Employment

Pine Cobble School Employment Opportunities

Preschool Teacher

Pine Cobble School seeks an extraordinary preschool teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. This job is for you if you:  

  • Connect powerfully with young children — you look children in the eye; embrace mistakes as the best learning opportunities; know that passion for learning is contagious; and aren’t afraid to belt out a tune or make up a silly dance if it helps get an idea across.

  • Understand that children’s greatest intellectual strides occur when you make room for spontaneous joy, creative thinking, and oodles of laughter.

  • Are a living, breathing role model for empathy, compassion, and respect.

  • Nurture children’s natural instincts. You encourage them to ask questions, solve problems, explore the world around them, wiggle, and play.

  • Know that children learn best when their parents and teachers work together. You maintain multiple open, ongoing lines of communication with families.

  • Are gifted at creating a supportive, wholesome classroom environment in which every student flourishes.

References will be required. Pine Cobble School has set as a strategic priority amplifying historically marginalized voices in the classroom and ensuring that all intellectual inquiry both reflects and promotes broad perspectives and cultures; candidates who are committed to equity and justice are especially encouraged to apply.  If you are interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, statement of purpose and references to Christy St. John at hr@pinecobble.org, by May 11, 2018.

 

STEAM Teacher

Pine Cobble School, an independent day school, Pre-K through 9, seeks an enthusiastic STEAM teacher for the 2018-19 school year and beyond. In this position, you will develop and implement engaging, interdisciplinary project-based lessons to students in pre-K through fifth grade across multiple content areas (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). You will also work with classroom teachers to integrate design thinking and STEAM learning into everything they do.

This job is for you if you:

  • Think across boundaries. You’re an innovator and explorer, a maker and discoverer, an enthusiastic lifelong learner. You’re eager to help children construct catapults; engineer robots; calculate the height of trees using only a protractor and a bit of know-how; analyze the exquisite geometry of Sol LeWitt; then make LeWitt-inspired wall drawings of their own.

  • Can expertly teach not only scientific and math skills, but also how to use these skills to solve real-world problems.

  • Understand that what children learn in school isn’t merely information to be memorized for a test, but rather tools with which they will remake the world.

  • Are simultaneously bold and practical, ambitious and in-the-trenches, adaptable and adaptive. You’re ready to take a school with a solid foundation in project-based learning and 21st century learning skills to the next level.

  • Set grand, reach-for-the-stars goals for yourself and your students, know how to translate these aspirations into a concrete plan, and have the work ethic and drive to get it done.

  • Understand both the scientific method and design thinking principles. To you, there’s no sweeter sound than a child saying, “what if…” or “how could I…”

  • Aspire not only to nourish children’s minds, but also to stir their hearts and souls.

  • Are eager to build a curriculum that makes incredible STEAM learning a signature part of the Pine Cobble experience.


Sound like you? Then send your resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Christy St John at hr@pinecobble.org by April 20, 2018.  Pine Cobble offers an outstanding education, while actively fostering creativity, curiosity, hard work, integrity, community, and laughter. We have a 20+ acre campus, weekly skiing/skating in winter, and a healthy lunch program that you’ll have to see to believe.

 

Director of Athletics/Camp Director

Pine Cobble School is expanding its team! We seek a rockstar Director of Athletics and Camp Director to oversee and implement four integral aspects of the Pine Cobble School experience:

(1) team athletics for all students in grades 6-9 (soccer and field hockey in the fall, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse in the spring)

(2) weekly winter sports program (downhill and nordic skiing, ice skating), which happens weekly during school hours for all students K-9

(3) our summer day camp programming (we currently offer programs for ages 3-12)

(4) special events, including Pine Cobble traditions like Mountain Day and Field Day

In this position, you will be in charge of budgets, staffing, scheduling, transportation, communication with families, and connecting with students who have a wide range of athletic backgrounds and skills. You’ll schedule games, design summer programs, hire and train coaches and staff, and make sure that Pine Cobble School lives its mission not only inside the classroom, but also on our fields, on ski slopes and skating rinks, in the woods, on top of mountains, and during summer breaks.

This job is for you if:

You’re eager to make a mark. You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and take a solid program to the next level.

You can think big pictureYou can see not only what’s there, but also what could be there. You’re committed to creating not merely good experiences, but awesome ones — the kind kids will still be smiling about decades from now.

…And you also obsess over details. You’re organized, efficient, and thorough. You make lists (and check them twice), plan exhaustively, meet deadlines, and follow through.

You’re a leader…. Your expectations are clear, your attitude is positive, you’re cool under pressure, and you can think on your feet. On top of that, you’ve also got that special something — elusive yet totally real —that makes the people around you excited to bring their best selves.  

…But you’re not afraid to jump in. You’re happy to search for a lost ski, lace up an ice skate, haul equipment, drive a bus, lead a cheer, apply sunscreen, and give hundreds and hundreds of high fives. In other words, you do whatever needs to be done, whenever it’s needed.

You believe in the power of athletics and camp… You know that the right summer and sports experience can foster not merely skills, but also lifelong character and integrity. You know entire lives are transformed by those moments where a child takes a leap, plays hard, learns to be part of a team, and leaves everything on the field.

…and you know it’s all about the kids. You never, ever lose sight of your purpose: helping one child at a time dare to aspire, to step out of a comfort zone, to push themselves, and to discover new sources of strength, courage, and confidence.

If this sounds like you — and if you’re excited by the prospect of spending your days with passionate colleagues in a dazzling natural setting —  please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of purpose and references to Christy St. John at hr@pinecobble.org, by April 1, 2018.  Candidates who are committed to equity and justice in their work are especially encouraged to apply.  

 

Math Teacher

Pine Cobble School, an independent school for Pre-K through  grade 9 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, seeks a math teacher for grades 6-9, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

This job is for you if:

  • You’re a terrific teacher. You’re positive, upbeat, collaborative, and you have that special sauce that engages and inspires students to work hard, believe in themselves, and achieve more.

  • You’re excited about math, and you can’t wait to share this excitement with students. You know that the language of the universe is written in mathematics. You understand that if you look at anything closely enough — art, trees, air, insects, a blade of grass — you’ll find math. You agree with Bertrand Russell that mathematics “possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.” You see that beauty, and you want others to, as well.

  • You’re aspirational. You set big, lofty goals for yourself and for your students, and you’re always looking for ways to up your own game.

  • You’re willing to get in the trenches. You understand that making progress in mathematics takes not only hard work and good habits on the part of a student, it also requires patience, purpose, and day-in/day-out passion on the part of a teacher.

  • You believe in community. You know that a good education requires many partners working together constructively. You’re eager to collaborate and learn from colleagues, and you’re as excited to share ideas with colleagues as you are about working with students.  

  • You work toward inclusion, equity and justice in your classroom. You are familiar with and leverage inclusive pedagogical practices and think about how you meaningfully engage all students in the classroom.  You also understand that mathematics, like any other subject, offers opportunities to examine biases and marginalization. You’re ready to examine and discuss these issues, and you strive to create just, equitable, and inclusive classrooms.

  • You have a proven track record of doing hard things. You know how to plan exhaustively, collaborate with others, persevere, and stay positive.

  • You have ideas for making use of our 20+ acre campus. Pine Cobble School has a stunning campus with fields, a frog pond, garden, old-growth trees, and even a Tiffany fountain. You’re brimming with ideas for how to use this campus in classroom activities.

  • You’re eager to connect mathematics to the local region. Want to take students on field trips to nearby art museums to show math’s relevance to Sol LeWitt wall drawings or Louise Bourgeois sculptures? Want to bring college professors to campus to explain big ideas like P vs. NP, or fractal geometry? We want you to do all of these things and more.

  • You have a wide range of interests. While mathematics will be your primary activity, you’re also eager to jump into other activities, like coaching, running an after-school club, or organizing special events on campus.

This sound like you? Then join Pine Cobble School’s team. We value interdisciplinary learning, real-world projects, collaboration, critical thinking, and all-around awesomeness. Please supply a resume, cover letter and two references to Christy St. John at hr@pinecobble.org by April 1, 2018. A bachelor’s degree in math or the sciences is preferred, and great enthusiasm for teaching and learning mathematics is necessary.   In your cover letter, please reflect on how you might contribute to Pine Cobble School’s commitment to building and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.


Camp Counselors

The Summer Programs at Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, Massachusetts is hiring! We’re looking for enthusiastic and responsible counselors for our 2018 summer season. As a counselor, you’ll participate in and lead camp activities, assist the camp director with a variety of daily tasks, greet families, build relationships, and create a memorable and meaningful camp experience for your campers.

This job is for you if:

  • You’ve got the personality. You’re level-headed, reliable, responsible, and flexible. You show grace under pressure, you know how to connect with both children and their parents, and you have a terrific sense of humor.

  • You’ve got the skills. You know how to balance structure and spontaneity, laughter and learning, inspiration and instruction. You’re both professional and nurturing, compassionate and committed…and you’re an absolutely stellar role model for young people.

  • You’ve got the values. You believe in inclusion, respect, joy, and a hard day’s work. You love that no two children are alike, and you’re committed to helping all children discover the best parts of themselves.

  • You know that camp matters. Maybe you had a phenomenal camp experience when you were young. Maybe you’re eager to create the experience you wish you had. Either way, you know that for kids, the right summer camp means lifelong memories and the chance to grow in all the best ways.

  • You’re not afraid to get messy. You’re happy to dig in the dirt, stomp in mud, get splattered with paint, wipe noses, get your face painted, build sand castles, and catch frogs and insects.

  • You know kids. Not only are you a proven leader among your peers, you also have experience working with younger children as a volunteer, coach, classroom assistant, and/or counselor in another camp program.

  • You believe in magic. You know that magic takes many different forms: friendship. A great story. The natural world. S’mores by the campfire. A special camp song. Discovering something new about the world…or about yourself. You see enchantment everywhere, and you’re excited to share it with campers.

Pine Cobble Day Camps offer eleven weeks of good old-fashioned summer fun for kids. An early childhood program nurtures children ages two years nine months through age six, with developmentally-appropriate activities. Our Adventure Camp program, for ages 7+ includes weekly hikes, fort-building, nature activities, frog catching, intellectual challenges, a mix of inclusive sports for athletes and non-athletes alike, and swimming at Sand Springs.

Sound like you? Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Christy St. John at hr@pinecobble.org by April 7, 2018.


After School Teacher / Substitute Teacher

Pine Cobble School seeks after-school teachers and substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider applying if you:

  • Have a knack for getting the best out of children of all ages. You’re able to keep them engaged, anticipate when they’re on the verge of the wiggles, and you’re proactive, clear, and warm in your approach.

  • Are responsible but not rigid; organized but not inflexible; and you have high standards.

  • Value and model Pine Cobble’s character pillars: compassion, respect, honesty, awareness of others, courage, gratitude, responsibility, and perseverance.

  • Understand that children are individuals. You’re eager to get to know what makes each tick, and you’ll adjust your own approach if it helps a child thrive.

  • Have a keen sense of humor (and you’re not afraid to use it!).

  • Know that childhood matters. You give 100% when you’re around children, because you know there’s no such thing as an insignificant moment in the life of a child.

Pine Cobble School has set as a strategic priority amplifying historically marginalized voices in the classroom and ensuring that all intellectual inquiry both reflects and promotes broad perspectives and cultures; candidates who are committed to equity and justice are especially encouraged to apply.  If you are interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, and references to Christy St. John at hr@pinecobble.org.

 

Pine Cobble School is an independent day school, Pre-K through 9, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. We offer an outstanding education, and we actively foster creativity, curiosity, hard work, community, and laughter. We have a 20+ acre campus, weekly skiing/skating in winter, and a healthy lunch program that you’ll have to see to believe.

Pine Cobble School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
 
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