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Thank you for your interest in Countryside School. We are currently in search of two positions: middle school science teacher and advancement director

Middle School Science Teacher

Start Date:  August 1, 2022
Application Deadline:  May 31, 2022

Organization Overview
Countryside School is an accredited, independent school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Champaign, Illinois. Our faculty is creative, passionate, and dedicated to our mission of providing “Joy in Learning, Excellence in Education.” Our students and families are engaged in their educational experiences.

We offer students a broad hands-on education that integrates a challenging core curriculum with art, music, drama, technology, world languages, physical education, character development, and global community service. We provide active learning, encourage intellectual risk-taking and curiosity, and promote a culture of respect and compassion. Countryside emphasizes responsibility and commitment to the community and challenges students to think of themselves as global citizens.

Countryside School is seeking a middle school science teacher to bring creativity and expertise to our middle school. Countryside is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview
Countryside School seeks an experienced 6-12 educator to help realize the mission and vision of the school.

Countryside teachers:

  • Fully embrace the Countryside mission:  Joy in Learning, Excellence in Education.
  • Work collaboratively.
  • Treat children with dignity, respect, empathy, and compassion.
  • Customize and personalize learning for students.
  • Organize learning around experiences.
  • Structure learning to make relevant connections.

Specific Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Motivate and instruct students in the subject areas included in the Countryside curriculum.
  • Prepare lessons, units, and materials to achieve above.
  • Nurture social and emotional development of each student.
  • Participate fully in Countryside’s calendar of days and events.
  • Engage actively in curriculum development, design, and execution.
  • Participate actively in professional growth and development programs.
  • Attend and actively participate in all school meetings.
  • Cooperate with colleagues and parents in providing a superior educational experience for each student.

Qualification & Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary or Secondary Education or related/similar academic discipline.
  • Classroom teaching experience in a grade 6-12 setting, 1-3 years experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of current pedagogical strategies and high proficiency with educational technology.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Collaborative and cooperative mindset.

What we can offer you:

  • Health insurance including vision
  • Dental insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with a 7.5% match by the school
  • Life insurance policy
  • Long-term Disability insurance

Background Check:
All Countryside School employees and volunteers must agree to a comprehensive background check.

To Apply:
Individuals interested in the position must provide:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List two professional references
  • Copy of college(s) transcripts.  

Please include the job title in the subject line of your email and send this information to Susan Richardson, Associate Head of School at richardson@countrysideschool.org.

downloadable job description - Middle School Science


Advancement Director, Full-Time

Preferred Start Date:  July 1, 2022

Organization Overview
Countryside School is an ISACS accredited, independent school serving 150 students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Champaign, Illinois where the University of Illinois is located. We offer students a broad hands-on education that integrates a challenging core curriculum with art, music, drama, technology, world languages, physical education, character development, and global community service.

Position Overview
Countryside School seeks an experienced development professional to serve as our Advancement Director. The Advancement Director’s role is to further Countryside’s mission through fundraising and to foster a culture of philanthropy among the Countryside community. The Advancement Director will oversee institutional advancement, including planning and managing all cultivation and fundraising activities and focused communications.  The Advancement Director serves on the Administration Team and works closely with the faculty. The Advancement Director reports to the Head of School.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop strategy and oversee day-to-day operations of the advancement program including:  Excellence Fund (annual fund), major gifts, endowment, campaigns, and yearly development goals.
  • Cultivate, engage, and solicit current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, current and former faculty and staff, and friends of the school to increase all types of giving at Countryside.
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Communications and Alumni Relations.
  • Support planning and execution of special events.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for the Countryside School Association (PTO).
  • Create print and electronic communication materials related to fundraising and advancement at Countryside.
  • Process gifts and generate acknowledgement letters.
  • Serve on the Administration Team and attend meetings.
  • Support the Head of School, as needed.

Qualification & Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Preferred) in liberal arts, business, communications, or related/equivalent experience.
  • Successful experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, and/or business, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Poise, good judgment, and professionalism to work with a broad range of constituents of the school.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and deadline driven.
  • Ability to build relationships.
  • Collaborative and cooperative mindset.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.

Salary:  
Competitive Salary commensurate with experience.

Background Check:
All Countryside School employees and volunteers must agree to a comprehensive background check.

To Apply:
Individuals interested in the position must provide:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List three professional references  

Please include the job title in the subject line of your email and send this information to Krystal Young, Head of School, at young@countrysideschool.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

downloadable job description - Advancement Director

 

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