Full-Time Staff Position
Arts & Ideas Sudbury School, a fully democratic school for children 5-18 located in Baltimore, Maryland, is looking to hire a full-time staff person for the 2017-2018 school year. Arts & Ideas opened its doors in the fall of 2008 with just 9 students; this year, the school is thrilled to finally have planted their roots by purchasing and moving into a 12,000 square foot building that includes a full acre of outdoor space. We currently have 63 students.
Staff at Arts & Ideas act as dependable stewards of the school; facilitate student access to resources; exemplify mature practice of personal fulfillment and societal engagement; and anchor school culture to values of interpersonal respect and trust in the natural impulse toward personal growth. In general, the duties of staff include: instruction and assistance of students who request it; responsibility for administrative work and campus maintenance as necessary to ensure that the school runs smoothly and safely; participation in the democratic structures of the school; outreach; parent support; and working in accordance with the Sudbury philosophy. Our staff serve as advisors and staff advocates to students, growing and maintaining relationships with them, as desired by the student. A person accepting a staff position is agreeing to show a high level of initiative in their service to the school, even when work must occur during hours that are not scheduled (e.g., evenings, weekends, holidays, breaks). All candidates must submit to a background check.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Sudbury model style of schooling and democratic education as a whole, including the ability to present and explain the model of the school to newcomers and outsiders
- Belief in the natural impulse of all people, regardless of age, to strive for personal growth; commitment to one’s own personal growth
- Ability to relate to children of all ages in a respectful, egalitarian, and non-patronizing manner
- Must be extremely reliable, punctual, appropriately safety-conscious, sensitive to confidential student and family information, and professional in demeanor
- Be an interested, interesting, engaged, and passionate person
- Excellent communication and literacy skills, including abilities to express thoughts in writing, fluency with word processing and email, and interact effectively with children and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds
- Ability to communicate effectively, supportively, and sensitively with parents and families
- Strong self-management skills, including high levels of initiative and ability to authentically and effectively prioritize
- Some particular skills/interests/abilities that are attractive to the school but are not necessarily required qualifications include grant writing and entrepreneurial business knowledge, first aid knowledge/certification, financial management skills, woodworking skills, animal husbandry, public speaking, and/or interests in music, science, technology/computers, and cooking.
If you are interested in applying for this position, you should first acquaint yourself thoroughly with the school's philosophy and practice through our web page: aisudbury.org. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the completion of our online application form that can be found on our website. Decisions related to hiring matters, including the final hiring decision, are voted upon by all staff and students at the school. Please direct any questions to the Hiring Clerks—Cas, Cody, and Rayne—at email@example.com or 410-426-0001.
Our hiring process is an in-depth process aimed at ensuring that the hired staff is a good match for our community. Our process includes the following steps:
- Resume and application. It is important to demonstrate knowledge and interest in the model as well as the other characteristics listed above.
- Interview with the hiring committee.
- Visiting week to see what being staff at the school will be like and to allow the whole community to get to know the candidate.
- The whole school votes to decide whether the candidate is acceptable to the community.
- The Hiring Committee makes the final decision among the candidates that School Meeting has accepted.
Interested candidates should also be aware of our particular structure. Each year, the staff who wish to return the following year are voted on by the whole community. Although a rare event, it is quite possible for a staff member to be voted out if it is not a good fit with the community.
Additionally, staff salary is set by School Meeting and approved in the Assembly budget. At the time of this posting, the following governs salaried staff :
During the school year, salaried staff are full-time employees and must fulfill a minimum of 35 in-school hours, working a scheduled workday of 7 hours each day, Monday through Friday. 5 additional in-school and/or out of school hours are required as pertaining to clerkships, corporations, and committees, and may include, but are not limited to: Open Houses, public and/or promotional events, parent meetings, and running errands for the school. If employed before the school year starts (as of August 1) and/or after the school year ends (through July 31), salaried staff hours are scheduled as needed with respect to all necessary duties pertaining to clerkships, corporation, and committees, and overall support of the school. Hours exceeding 40 hours per week will be as needed; no overtime pay will be provided.
Salaried staff are paid based on years worked at Arts & Ideas and salaries are in place for one calendar year from the date of employment.
The term of employment begins on the official start date through July 31 of that school year.
Staff are paid bi-weekly via direct deposit.
Full-time staff is a salaried position. Salaries are paid according to this scale:
Year :: Salary in $ 1 :: 27,500 2 :: 30,000 3 :: 32,500 4 :: 35,000 5 :: 37,500 6 :: 38,500 7 :: 39,500 8 :: 40,500 9 :: 41,500 10+ :: 42,500