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

  Human Resources Manager

Job Description:

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for upholding the culture and mission for any faculty member at Bennett Day School. To facilitate a thorough hiring process each year, organize faculty development and regular evaluation processes and create and assure compliance with legal and other employment related policies.

 Job Responsibilities: 

  • Lead Hiring Team in yearly hiring and onboarding process
  • Maintains all personnel communication and files
  • Measures and defines culture at Bennett Day School, ensuring positive growth
  • Assists payroll and benefits administration in collaboration with DFAST
  • Hosts weekly HR open hours
  • Processes recommendations for the discipline and/or termination of employees, assembling substantiating documentation, and arranging action plans as needed in tandem with Division Heads/Supervisors
  • Attend all offer letter meetings in conjunction with faculty Division Heads/Supervisors
  • Performs OnBoarding process with all new faculty
  • Maintains up-to-date Bennett Day School Faculty Handbook and Administrative handbook with internal policies
  • Manages substitute pool and receives planned personal day time requests to fill
  • Collaborates with Division Heads/Supervisors to approve personal day requests
  • Work with Teacher Appreciation Family Committee to organize perks throughout the year
  • Maintain Co-Chair position on BDS Wellness Committee 
  • Organize internal activities and team-building (work outs, relaxation time, after hours outings, recipe swaps, etc)
  • Continues to grow in current Illinois HR knowledge, laws, policies, etc
  • Maintains HR memberships (SHRM, HRMAC)
  • This is a year-round position, which reports to Director of Finance, Administration and Strategy 

 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred; courses in ECE/Elementary Education a plus
  • Previous experience in a school setting a plus
  • Ability to communicate effectively and help others
  • Flexibility/adaptability within your work style
  • Experience working with teaching faculty
  • Experience with proactive and effective problem solving and collaboration

If you’re 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 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 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 12-5:30pm
  • 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.

Extended Leave Substitute - Teacher's Assistant

Extended Leave Substitute – Teacher’s Assistant

Anticipated Report Dates: Early November – Early April

This role would cover three (3) different extended leave opportunities within our Early Childhood program.

The Assistant Teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  Assistant teachers help create and support classroom learning and school culture. Bennett Day School is looking for educators 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. Assistant 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.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood or elementary 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; early childhood and/or elementary 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 – 7 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 
  • Attend 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
  • Potential participation in family/community evening/weekend events pertaining to each specific classroom
  • Responsibilities are not all-inclusive and will include other duties as assigned
  • Hours:  7:45-3:45 M-F 
  • This is an hourly role, paid at our substitute teacher rate of $17.50/hour; not benefits eligible

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 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 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 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
  • Hours:  
    • Early Childhood Campus Possibilities:
      • M – Th: Full day 7:45 – 2:45, Half day 7:45 – 11:30, AfterCare until 5:30
      • F: Full day 7:45-12:15, AfterCare until 5:30
    • Flagship Campus Possibilities:
      • M – Th: Full day 7:15 – 3:15, Half day 7:15 – 12:45, AfterCare until 6:00
      • F: Full day 7:15-12:45, AfterCare until 6:00

If interested, please apply HERE!

Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

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.