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Working at Annie Wright

Our talented and committed group of faculty and staff is at the heart of Annie Wright's strong community. Employees can expect a warm and collegial atmosphere, where students from age three to 18 are at the center of all we do. A supportive administration, beautiful setting, excellent resources and a spirit of fun make Annie Wright a wonderful place to work.

Employment Benefits

We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan that comprises an important part of your total compensation package. These benefits include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 403 (b) retirement plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition remission

Contact Us

For more information about working at Annie Wright Schools, please contact Omari Maulana, Human Resource Manager. 

Employment Announcements

Tacoma-Based Faculty Positions

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  • Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher

    Annie Wright is seeking a Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher to begin Wednesday, December 14, 2022. The hours for this position are currently 9:00am-5:30 pm. This is a full time, hourly position and reports to the Early Childhood Director.

    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.

    About AWS
    Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

    Position Description
    The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher is a passionate educator who finds joy in working with young students in their beginning journey into school. They are intuitive and see the social-emotional needs that arise throughout the school day when working with three- to five-year-olds. Their love of learning leads them to make connections with the students of their learning in the world around them. The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher understands the importance of their role as a support to both the lead teacher and the students and is comfortable stepping in as needed to assist in a variety of duties from Morning Meeting to snack and recess to rest time and station rotations. The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher builds strong relationships with students, supporting them to be their best as a learner and a friend. They see them for who they are, build upon their strengths and with the classroom teacher, support them in their areas of growth. While there is always work to do in the Preschool classroom, the Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher approaches each day with flexibility and positivity, allowing them to have fun above all else with the students and teachers.  

    Core duties & responsibilities
    The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher:
    • assists in the Preschool classrooms in the Lower School and supports school policies and procedures in alignment with the mission and philosophy of Annie Wright Schools and with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework; 
    • assists in supporting the academic and social and emotional growth of the students;
    • supports the lead teacher with classroom management;
    • facilitates the end-of-day transition for students from the classroom to carline, bus routes, Extended Day, or Clubs, and performs other duties as assigned; 
    • assists in supervising and leading as part of the Preschool Wraparound program during school breaks and summer programming;
    • maintains a professional relationship with families and assists teachers with feedback through weekly class pages, in conferences twice a year, and on written progress reports twice a year;
    • Immediately post-hire creates and maintains a Merit account;
    • works with the team to complete Basic Stars training;
    • invites feedback and follows direction from lead teachers, and maintains a cordial and professional relationship with colleagues.
    Qualifications
    The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Preschool Classroom Assistant Teacher:
    • holds a high school diploma (bachelor’s degree is preferred); 
    • has experience working with preschool-aged students;
    • demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with the Preschool teaching team;
    • is a strong communicator and empathetic listener;
    • is open to feedback and support to grow professionally;
    • practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • is available to work year-round from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm or 9:00 am - 5:30 pm;
    • is eligible to work in the United States.
    Physical Requirements
    • Must be able to get down on floor level, sit and stand for extended periods of time;
    • Must be able to move comfortably around a classroom and outdoor playground space, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
    • Must be able to communicate and exchange information with young students and other teachers. 
    Salary & benefits
    Compensation includes a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, a retirement plan, and more. This is an hourly staff position and pays at $19.00 an hour. 

    Application process
    Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 
     
    To apply, email a cover letter, resume, email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at erin_gann@aw.org. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. 
  • Substitute Teachers (Lower & Middle Schools)

    Annie Wright is seeking Substitute Teachers in the Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8) for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a part-time, hourly position. 

    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
     
    About AWS
    Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

    Position description
    The Substitute Teacher at Annie Wright fills in for absent teachers as needed and allows a smooth transition for students to continue with their school day and week. They are experienced in working with children, and ideally have classroom teaching experience to help guide them. They are flexible and comfortable with the unknowns that come with subbing in a class in which you are not the teacher, and are able to follow lesson plans left for them, as well as coming up with additional activities should the need arise. Substitute teachers at Annie Wright are skillful at engaging children, approach them with a positive attitude and find joy in spending the day in the classroom. They are not afraid to ask for help, and are comfortable giving feedback if the day or process did not go as planned.  

    Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
    Substitute Teachers:

    • provide instruction and fulfill duties during the short-term absence of faculty; aid students in their daily tasks, help ensure their understanding of subject matter and use materials provided by absent teachers to attain lesson goals;
    • manage classroom behavior in a positive way and reach out to other faculty members for support as needed and manage classroom procedures, including taking attendance and maintaining orderly classrooms and student work, in compliance with the school’s procedures, guidelines, and policies;
    • and maintain a professional attitude in all manner of conduct with students, faculty, and parents, including a commitment to confidentiality.

    Qualifications
    The Substitute Teacher will demonstrate key elements of the expertise and experiences listed above. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Substitute Teacher:


    • holds a BA in education or a related field (teaching certification is a plus);
    • has experience working with and/or teaching youth;
    • is detail-oriented and demonstrate the ability to follow written and oral instructions;
    • demonstrates effective and appropriate communication with students, faculty, and staff, and parents;
    • demonstrates the ability to cultivate relationships with students in a short period of time;
    • exhibits confidence and capability in providing instruction;
    • is willing and able to work while standing for most of the day, with few breaks to sit (especially for Lower School Substitute Teachers);
    • is available on short notice and on a regular basis, and respond promptly to requests for substituting;
    • is fully vaccinated against COVID-19;
    • and is available from 7:30 am-3:30 pm.

    Compensation
    Compensation includes an hourly wage of $20.00/hour for lead teaching positions and $17.36/hour for assistants. Lunch is provided.

    Application process
    Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

    To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at erin_gann@aw.org. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
     

Tacoma-Based Staff Positions

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  • Bus Driver (part-time)

    Annie Wright Schools seek a Driver with a valid CDL license to begin as soon as possible. This is a part-time position.  

    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.

    About AWS
    Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

    Position Description
    The Bus Driver is often the first person a child sees on their way to school. The Bus Driver, therefore, is essential to our school’s ecosystem, and the warm attitude and patient spirit with which the Bus Driver welcomes each and every student is key to this partnership. The Bus Driver is a kind and steady presence, conscious of the health and safety of the students in their charge, and diligent in communication, timing and responsibility.   
     
    The Bus Driver is comfortable and enjoys the sound of students laughing and playing on the bus and is able to manage these distractions while focusing on the road. The Bus Driver must be available to drive the regular morning and afternoon routes as well as frequent assignments for transporting students to field trips and activities and must ensure that all students are safely and successfully delivered to and from school.   
     
    Annie Wright buses are 21’ to 27’ long and carry a maximum of 20 friendly and eager students. Currently the maximum number of stops per route is three. 

    Position Overview: core duties & responsibilities
    The Bus Driver: 
    • Drives safely along designated routes,
    • Obeys traffic laws, safety procedures, and transit regulations,
    • Picks up and drops off students at designated times and locations,
    • Transports students to and from athletic activities in the afternoons,
    • Assists all students with getting on and off the bus as required, 
    • Prevents or stops unruly behavior from students and ensures safety of all students, 
    • Communicates with families and the school regarding delays or any issues along a route, 
    • Fills the gas tank of the bus, when needed, 
    • Maintains a clean and mechanically-sound bus at all times, 
    • Attends staff meetings and participates in professional development, as required.
    Qualifications
    The Bus Driver will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Bus Driver:
    • Holds a high school diploma or GED;
    • 1+ years' experience driving a school bus;
    • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively with students, families and school staff,
    • 2+ years' working with children is preferred.
    In addition, the Bus Driver must have: 
    • A valid Washington State driver’s license, including CDL with passenger endorsements;
    • The ability to carry out assigned route on time;
    • No at-fault traffic accidents in the last five years;
    • Clean driving record (no traffic citations in last five years);
    • A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate; and
    • Is eligible to work in the United States.
    Physical Requirements
    • Must be able to see and respond to dangerous situations.
    • Must be able to withstand prolonged periods of sitting in a van/bus.
    • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
    • Must be able to use mobile phone technology and conduct communication via electronic devices.
    Salary & benefits
    Compensation includes an hourly wage at $27/hour plus limited benefits.  

    Application process
    Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  
     
    To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at erin_gann@aw.org. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. 
  • Extended Day Activity Leader

    Annie Wright is seeking an Extended Day Activity Leader to begin August 22, 2022. This is a part-time, hourly position that reports directly to the Lower School Extended Day Program Lead. Hours are 2:45 - 6:00 pm each school day. 

    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
     
    About AWS
    Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

    Position description
    The Extended Day Activity Leader is passionate about working with students in Preschool through Grade 8 and finds joy in leading young students through a variety of activities as they learn and engage through play, sports, arts, and, when needed, homework. The Extended Day Activity Leader understands the importance of their role as nurturer, activity leader, schedule manager, and supporter of students. They are intuitive and able to manage and resolve conflicts that arise among students. They see the students for who they are, ensure a safe and positive environment, and build strong relationships with them, supporting them to be their best as a learner and a friend. The Extended Day Activity Leader approaches each afternoon’s programming with flexibility and positivity, allowing them to have fun above all else with the students and teachers.  

    Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
    The Extended Day Activity Leader: 
    • supervises students and tracking students’ attendance;
    • organizes and leads activities for students, including arts & crafts, games, homework club, STEM activities, etc.;
    • escorts students to and/from Arts or Athletics offerings;
    • supervises students on the playground;
    • communicates with ED leadership and other ED Activity Leaders the whereabouts of students;
    • communicates any issues or concerns to ED leadership right away;
    • keeps students safe and maintains a positive, fun and engaging environment;
    • enforces stated rules and expectations for students; 
    • other duties as assigned.
    Qualifications
    The Extended Day Activity Leader will demonstrate key elements of the expertise and experiences listed above. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Extended Day Activity Leader: 
    • has experience working with and managing groups of students; 
    • demonstrates strong communication skills, a positive attitude, flexibility, and the ability to work independently; 
    • is consistently available during ED times, listed above (limited hours are available); 
    • is fully vaccinated against Covid-19;
    • is eligible to work in the United States. 
    Physical Requirements
    • Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
    • Must be able to able to move comfortably around a classroom and outdoor playground space, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
    • Must be able to communicate and exchange information with young students, other teachers and families.

    Compensation
    Compensation includes an hourly wage of $17.35/hour.

    Application Process
    Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

    To apply, please complete this brief form. At the end of the form you will be asked to attach a resume and contact information for at least 3 references.
  • Housekeeper

    Annie Wright is seeking a Housekeeper to begin immediately. This is a full-time staff position that reports directly to the Housekeeping Supervisor. 

    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
     
    About AWS
    Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.

    Position description
    The Housekeeper is a core member of the Annie Wright staff and the Schools’ housekeeping team, ensuring the school’s ability to operate effectively and safely. As part of the housekeeping team, the Housekeeper keeps their assigned area cleaned and maintained in an orderly condition.
    The Housekeeper has previous experience in housekeeping roles, is hardworking and organized, takes pride in their work, and is able to work as part of a team as well as work independently. As a member of a school community, the Housekeeper is comfortable around children of all ages, working around school needs, and brings a positive attitude to their daily work.
    Annie Wright Schools’ strong community starts with the faculty and staff who are dedicated to the growth, health, and education of our students. By helping ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the school campus, the Housekeeper works with all faculty and staff to continue to uphold the mission and the students at the core of the institution.

    Position overview: duties & responsibilities
    The Housekeeper:
    • Maintains floors in a clean state by sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and waxing them;
    • Empties and cleans trash receptacles and collects recycling;
    • Cleans, sanitizes, and supplies bathrooms;
    • Complies with the safe use of all equipment, chemicals and solvents;
    • Cleans and services equipment as needed;
    • Reports any safety, sanitary or fire hazards to the appropriate department;
    • Attends onboarding, training and development programs as requested;
    • Handles their own and the Schools’ property/equipment in a professional manner, including maintaining confidentiality, as needed.
    Housekeeper shifts are currently expected to be Monday through Friday, 5:00 am - 1:30 pm OR 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, but may fluctuate to fulfill the needs as determined by the Housekeeping Supervisor.

    Qualifications
    The Housekeeper:
    • Holds a High School diploma or GED and one year minimum of successful experience in janitorial/housekeeping or similar position;
    • Has the ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and directions regarding the use of housekeeper/janitorial products used by the School;
    • Demonstrates the ability to work with minimal supervision and direction in accomplishing work goals;
    • Is eligible to work in the United States.
    Physical Requirements
    The Housekeeper:
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times; 
    • Needs to regularly move about inside the building;
    • Regularly ascends / descends a ladder to service building equipment.
    Salary & benefits
    Compensation includes benefits including a retirement plan and daily lunch. Compensation is $18.50 per hour.

    Application process
    Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 
     
    To apply, email a cover letter, resume, email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at erin_gann@aw.org. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled.

Our Commitment

Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Disability & Accommodation

To the extent required by law, the Schools will make reasonable accommodations if you have a disability that affects your ability to perform the essential functions of your job. Although all employees must be able to properly perform their essential job duties, the Schools may be able to adjust work schedules, transfer you to a vacant position for which you are qualified, or make other modifications or accommodations to permit you to perform the essential functions of your job and to continue working.
 
If you have a disability that affects your ability to work and believe that you may need an accommodation, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your circumstances with your supervisor. Your supervisor will treat such information as confidential, except to the extent that other employees need to know to evaluate your request for an accommodation or to accommodate your disability.

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.