Employment Opportunities

Bennett Day School’s goal is to build a top-tier independent school with passionate and highly-dedicated team members that strive for excellence. Our current openings are listed below. Please review and select any positions in which you are interested in applying for to be directed to the online application process. If you have any questions, email us at personnel@bennettday.org

Full-Time Positions:

Human Resources Manager

At Bennett Day School, our mission is to provide a collaborative culture that nurtures our innate sense of inquiry and curiosity. We are committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders. Bennett Day School strives to be a progressive school that provides unparalleled experiences – in our program offerings, instructional approaches, and nurturing environment – that shape our community for a fulfilling, successful, and impactful life. The school’s goal is to build a top-tier independent school with passionate and highly-dedicated team members that strive for excellence. Information about this specific opportunity is below:


Job Description:

The HR Manager is responsible for providing a wide range of HR support and advice to ensure the achievement of Bennett Day School’s goals and strategies. Key functions of this position include recruiting, policy administration and implementation, creation and implementation of programs to enhance the employee experience and engagement, benefits administration, employee relations and HR legal compliance. Position is full time and reports to Director of Finance, Administration and Strategy.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Lead Hiring Team in annual hiring and onboarding process
  • Build and promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Maintains all HR files and ensures compliance
  • Measures engagement and works with leadership to implement programs to increase engagement 
  • Assists payroll and benefits administration in collaboration with DFAST
  • Assists in the discipline and/or termination of employees by performing investigations, recommending discipline and preparing appropriate documentation  
  • Manages hiring process including interviewing, offer letter preparation, onboarding and assimilation 
  • Provide guidance on performance management and administers the process with division heads and supervisors
  • Collaborate with division heads on employee development plans 
  • Oversees compensation programs and administers programs with division heads
  • Implements and administers employee policies and maintains faculty and administrative handbooks  
  • Collaborates with division heads and supervisors on time off requests and manages substitute pool 
  • Partner with Teacher Appreciation Family Committee to organize and implement events 
  • Co-Chair BDS Wellness Committee to promote physical and psychological wellness with staff
  • Responsible for recommending and organizing activities that create a sense of community and build engagement
  • Other duties as assigned by management

 Physical Demands:

  • Physical ability to perform the above listed essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical strength to independently lift up to 30 lbs. 

Education, skills, and experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of HR experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • Experience working with teaching faculty a plus
  • Continuous learner and stays up-to-date on HR laws, compliance, trends, policies, etc. 
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills  
  • Adaptable and flexible work style and approach
  • Strong problem-solving skills


If you’re interested please
apply HERE.

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Front Office Administrator

Front Office Administrator

The Front Office Administrator is the face of the school, responsible for the first impression and sets the stage for a friendly, welcoming and safe school environment. Responsible for handling front office reception and administrative duties including; greeting students, families, faculty and visitors, answering phones, handling school inquiries/communication and sorting/distributing mail. Coordination and management of calendars as needed to support Executive and Education faculty. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

COVID-19 has required schools across the world to rethink the way we do school. It is likely that for the 2020-21 school year there will be an ongoing hybrid of in person, on campus learning and remote, distance learning.  Depending on the exact role you play, staff may be asked to report to campus, work remotely or some combination in order to accomplish your job duties.

Job Specifications: 

  • Greet students, parents, faculty and visitors warmly, enforce coronavirus safety protocols, and make sure they are comfortable.
  • Answer phones, operate a switchboard and route calls/messages to appropriate parties.
  • Answer inquiries about the school or direct appropriately.
  • Coordinate mail and parcel flow in and out of office.
  • Send confirmations of student absences and pick up changes.
  • Management of visitor check-in process.
  • Perform filing and clerical duties.
  • Ability to securely handle confidential information.
  • Manage Operations email accounts.
  • Manage the appearance of the Front Office and all public areas of the building.
  • Manage day to day operations of arrival and dismissal.
  • Act as possible substitute teacher support staff if needed
  • Responsibilities are not all-inclusive and will include other duties as assigned. 

Job Qualifications: 

  • Ability to perform bookkeeping procedures and knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain clerical records and prepare reports within established timelines.
  • Ability to learn and interpret rules, regulations, laws and instructions.
  • Fluency in English and ability to speak and write correctly and appropriately.
  • Ability to operate office machines, software packages and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to meet and interact with the public and employees with courtesy and discretion.
  • Ability to compile information from various sources and type on a variety of forms.
  • Ability to use independent judgment as it applies to standard practices and procedures.
  • Normal hours: Monday – Friday 7:30-4:30, one hour lunch break, with flexibility as needed to support school related seasonal functions or events outside of school hours 

 Physical Demands:

  • Physical ability to perform the above listed essential functions with or without reasonable  accommodation.
  • Physical strength to independently lift up to 30 lbs.

Education and experience:

  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Two years clerical/secretarial experience preferred.
  • Courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education a plus.
  • Previous experience in a school setting is a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and help others.
  • Flexibility/adaptability within your work style.
  • Successful work history.
  • Experience working with students and parents.


If you’re interested please
apply HERE.

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Apprentice Teacher

Apprentice Teacher

Agreement Start Date August 1, 2020  

The Apprentice Teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  Apprentice teachers help create and support classroom learning and school culture.  Bennett Day School is looking for educators new to the profession who are deeply invested in a collaborative work environment where they will assist the lead teachers to create a cohesive and authentic learning place for all students. Apprentice Teachers should understand that teaching is dynamic and will work in tandem with the lead teachers to adapt and integrate this belief in the daily work in the classroom and school community.

Covid19 has required schools across the world to rethink the way we do school. It is likely that for the 2020-21 school year there will be an ongoing hybrid of in person, on campus learning and remote, distance learning. During distance learning time it is expected that faculty are available during the school day hours to fulfill the requirements of their role. Distance learning will require synchronous (live) teaching times from your homes. During the summer months you will receive your grade level’s live expectations, grade level meeting, and faculty meeting times so that you can plan accordingly for your family needs. 

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood, elementary or intermediate grades classrooms
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with technology use and applications
  • Adaptability
  • Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred; EC, elementary and/or intermediate grades coursework highly valued

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Direct classroom work with children ages 3 – 12 years old
  • Work collaboratively with lead teacher in all aspects of classroom life
  • Support and model positive discipline
  • Supervision responsibilities: family-style lunch, recess and gross motor play, MorningCare 
  • Participate in specials classes
  • Prepare curriculum materials/documents in collaboration with lead teacher
  • Collaborative role in learning and supporting technology and material integration
  • Individual student and group work documentation
    • Tagging photos
    • Written Weekly Updates
    • Record student observations
  • General classroom organization and clean-up
  • Over the year, duties may shift from an observing assistant role to more of a partnership with lead teacher. 
  • Responsibilities are not all-inclusive and will include other duties as assigned
  • Participation in family/community evening/weekend events: Curriculum Night, Family Association Meeting and 2 of the following required; Parent Panel, Open House, New Family Play Date or other additionalAdmissions/Marketing outreach events. 
  • Apprentice hours: 
    • Tu, Th, Fri 7:30-4:00
    • M, W 7:30-5:00 

If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Primary/Intermediate Grades Long Term Substitute Teacher

Primary/Intermediate Grades Long Term Substitute Teacher

Bennett Day School is a Reggio-Emilia inspired progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning. 

The Primary/Intermediate Grades Long Term Substitute Teacher position is for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program. Bennett Day School is looking for educators who are deeply invested in a collaborative work environment where they will participate actively in the teaching and learning process with students. They are also responsible for the integration of technology in the classroom as a powerful tool for student learning and documenting the process. They will work in close collaboration with the lead and specialist teachers to develop and support best practices with technology and materials as it relates to the learning process. Candidates should understand that teaching is dynamic and will work in tandem with the primary and intermediate grades teachers to adapt and integrate this belief in the daily work in the classroom and school community.  

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in primary and intermediate grades classrooms; 3+ years of experience preferred
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with primary and intermediate grade-level content and instruction; mathematics and literacy
  • Commitment to continual development of one’s cultural competence
  • Flexibility and adaptability in teaching and collaborating in a remote or alternative environment
  • Experience in progressive education preferred
  • Education Background: Bachelor’s degree required; primary education coursework preferred

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Grade-level curriculum development
  • Individual student documentation and evaluation
  • Family communication: home visits, four conferences, blogging
  • Collaboration and communication with Lead and Assistance Teachers
  • Professional Development: Wednesday afternoon; beginning and end of year PD
  • Collaboration, communication, and integration with Specialist teachers (Art, Music, TESLab, Spanish, PE)
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process; individual and team meetings with the Director of the Intermediate and Middle School
  • Participation in family/community evening/weekend events: Curriculum Night and 2 of the following required; Parent Panel, Open House, New Family Play Date or other additional Admissions/Marketing outreach events.
  • Participation in arrival/dismissal and/or lunch/recess duties as assigned
  • Hours:  8:00am-4:00pm M/T/TH/F; 8:00am-5:30pm W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development)
  • If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Third Grade Lead Teacher

The Bennett Day Intermediate School is hiring a third-grade teacher. The Third Grade Lead Teacher position is for an education professional eager to participate in the development of a growing Reggio-Emilia inspired academic program. Bennett Day School teachers understand that the craft of teaching is dynamic; they adapt to and integrate this belief in his or her daily work in the classroom and school community.  In this role, you’ll be a third-grade homeroom teacher delivering the math programming. This position reports to our Director of Intermediate School. 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years experience as a classroom teacher (preferably third grade)
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with intermediate grade level mathematics content and instruction
  • Commitment to continual development of one’s cultural competence
  • Flexibility and adaptability in teaching and collaborating in a remote or alternative environment
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree is required

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Grade-level curriculum development
  • Individual student documentation and evaluation
  • Family communication: home visits, four conferences, blogging
  • Collaboration and communication with Lead and Assistance Teachers
  • Professional Development: Wednesday afternoon; beginning and end of year PD
  • Collaboration, communication, and integration with Specialist teachers (Art, Music, TESLab, Spanish, PE)
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process; individual and team meetings with the Director of the Intermediate and Middle School
  • Participation in family/community evening/weekend events: Curriculum Night and 2 of the following required; Parent Panel, Open House, New Family Play Date or other additional Admissions/Marketing outreach events.
  • Participation in arrival/dismissal and/or lunch/recess duties as assigned
  • Hours:  8:00am-4:00pm M/T/TH/F; 8:00am-5:30pm W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development)
  • If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

AfterCare Leader - Full Time

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with an innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

Position Summary:  

Bennett Day School is seeking motivated and creative AfterCare Leaders for this school year. The position is responsible for leading participants in freeplay, crafts, homework, snack, and gym games. Other daily responsibilities include communicating with parents during drop-off and pickup, supervising safety and supporting the Auxiliary Programs Director with activity planning. This year, AfterCare Leaders will be assisting in classrooms during the school day as well. This flexible position could be a fit for current college students.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children ages 3-11
  • Required availability: Five (5) days per week M-F 10-4:30pm
  • Additional hours may be available
  • Enthusiasm for educating!
  • Team player able to collaborate with other AfterCare leaders
  • Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
  • Must be able to pass DCFS Background Check and Additional Qualifications
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Some college preferred
  • Potential to be a year-round position, shifting into Summer Camp Counselor starting mid-June

If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Positions:

Upper School Adjunct Teacher

Upper School Adjunct Teacher

Passionate about the work you do? Want to share that passion with young people? The Bennett Day Upper School is hiring adjunct teachers for the 2019-2020 school year. Bring your knowledge and experience into the classroom, sharing your passion as an adjunct faculty member in a progressive learning environment. Work with a flexible schedule and explore an opportunity to inspire others. Reporting to our Director of Upper School, you will be a part of a unique and growing school who is looking to change the way students experience school.

 

The Opportunity:

As an adjunct, we have two unique ways to get involved at Bennett Day:

  1. Subject-Based Seminars: You will be teaching a seminar in your area of expertise over the course of 12 weeks (one trimester). This would be considered “traditional” teaching, in the sense that the course will operate much like any high school or college course. The delivery of the seminar will require a mixture of meetings with the class 3 times per week, with each class period running 90 minutes. These meeting times can serve as:
    1. time for clarification based upon common questions that have been received during the week or questions students currently have.
    2. time to give direct instruction.
    3. time to work on an activity with students to reinforce student knowledge.

A typical week would include meeting with students during required times, providing feedback to each student, answering student questions in a timely manner, and managing online coursework.

  1. PBL Subject Teaching: Every student in our school takes a cross curricular, themed, Project Based Learning (PBL) experience every trimester. These PBLs are co-taught by our lead teachers, but require subject-level experts to help plan and implement content in specific areas of need. In this role, you would be bringing your expertise to the team for approximately 10-12 hours each week to:
    1. Help brainstorm and plan content relevant to student interest and content needs
    2. Create learning experiences for students in your subject as it relates to the theme of the PBL
    3. Lead students through activities related to the PBL

Weeks as a PBL Subject teacher may vary in terms of contact time with students and expected duties, depending on the needs of the specific PBL.

For both options, you will also be asked to assess students based on specific demonstrations of skills mapped to our competency-based system. If you are unfamiliar with competency-based learning, here is an article that explains it. We do not use A-F letter grades.

The Salary: $3000/course (each course=one trimester)

Expected Hours Per Week: 10-12

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of progressive education practices, such as project-based learning or Harkness/Socratic seminars
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching in a competency-based learning programs
  • Commitment to the continual development of one’s cultural competence
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • 2 years experience working with adolescents (ages 12-20) in an education setting
  • Commitment to attend the on-boarding process so as to become acquainted with Bennett Day’s methods and mission
  • Experience in or strong desire to work in a Project Based Learning environment

STRONGLY DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience designing learning experiences
  • Interest in the Science of the Adolescent Brain/Learning Science
  • Working knowledge of the field of design in education, especially design and systems thinking
  • Working knowledge of one additional language (desired, but not required)

 

On-boarding:

Every adjunct teacher needs to complete a Bennett Day School orientation in order to understand the methods, assessment and pedagogy style employed by the school. This will occur over several days prior to the beginning of the trimester.

On-boarding is a training period to help those new to Bennett Day School to create a meaningful curriculum and assess students in a competency model. Adjuncts will bring their proposals as well as skills they expect students to gain to workshop the creation of coursework with competencies that fit the values of Bennett Day.

Each Bennett Day adjunct teacher must participate in an initial day-long in-person visit to the school to get to know the students.

To Apply:

  1. Submit a proposal relating to your area of interest. The proposal should include:
    1. If you are proposing a stand-alone course, please provide a sample of what your curriculum would look like week-to-week for the entire trimester. (*We understand that things change depending on student needs, but we would like to see an outline of what a student might accomplish), explicit skills a student could obtain by completing this seminar (see our competency map for initial guidance, although you could add your own as well), and a list of deliverables that can be added to a student portfolio
    2. If you are submitting to work on a PBL, please identify your area of expertise that you would bring to the PBL, an identification of the skills you think high school students would gain based on your involvement, and a link to any PBL work you’ve done in the past.
  2. Submit a cover letter and resume that describes your experience, and why you would be a good fit to teach your topic of interest.

If you’re interested please apply HERE.

 

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

AfterCare Leader - Part Time

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with an innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

Position Summary:  

Bennett Day School is seeking motivated and creative AfterCare Leaders for this school year. The position is responsible for leading participants in freeplay, crafts, homework, snack, and gym games. Other daily responsibilities include communicating with parents during drop-off and pickup, supervising safety and supporting the Auxiliary Programs Director with activity planning. This year, AfterCare Leaders will be assisting in classrooms during the school day as well. This flexible position could be a fit for current college students.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children ages 3-11
  • Required availability: Wednesdays 12-6pm, plus one of the following days; M/T/Th/F 2:30-6:00pm
  • Additional hours may be available
  • Enthusiasm for educating!
  • Team player able to collaborate with other AfterCare leaders
  • Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
  • Must be able to pass DCFS Background Check and Additional Qualifications
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Some college preferred
  • Potential to be a year-round position, shifting into Summer Camp Counselor starting mid-June

If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Substitute Teacher Position

Substitute Teacher Position

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with an innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

The substitute teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule that allows for pre-scheduled dates as well as day-of requested dates. Substitute teachers help support classroom learning and school culture.  Bennett Day School fosters a collaborative work environment where a substitute will support an authentic learning place for all students. 

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood and/or elementary classrooms
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with technology use and applications
  • Adaptability
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree or working towards a degree is preferred
    • Early childhood and elementary coursework required

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Direct classroom work with children ages 4 to 7 years old
  • Work collaboratively with lead teacher in all aspects of classroom life
  • Recess and gross motor play supervision
  • Support and model positive discipline
  • Support family style eating
  • Possible Hours:  
    • M/T/Th/F: Full day 7:30 – 4:00, Half day 7:30 – 1:00 or 12:00-4:00, AfterCare until 6:00
    • Wednesdays: 7:30-1:00, AfterCare until 6:00

If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Bennett Labs Positions:

General Inquiry:

General Inquiry Application

Bennett Day School is always looking to attract employment inquiries and develop relationships with other educators and faculty who are drawn to our mission and vision.

If you are interested in applying for a position at Bennett Day School, but do not see the perfect opening to fit your needs, we are happy to have you complete a general inquiry application that we can keep on file should a relevant position become available.

Along with the application, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a current resume. No email or telephone inquiries, please.

Click here to submit your application.

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital, or veteran status; disability; or any other legally protected status.  Equal access to the hiring process, services, and employment is available to all persons.