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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 Announcements

Staff Positions

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  • Extended Day Activity Member

    Annie Wright is seeking an Extended Day Activity Member to begin immediately. This is a part-time, hourly position that reports directly to the Extended Day Program Coordinator. Hours are 2:30 - 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member:  
    • supervises, organizes and leads activities for students, including arts & crafts, games, homework club, STEM activities, etc.; 
    • tracks student attendance; 
    • escorts students to/from Arts or Athletics offerings; 
    • supervises students on the playground; 
    • communicates the whereabouts of students with ED leadership and other ED Activity Leaders; 
    • immediately communicates any issues or concerns to ED leadership; 
    • 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 Member 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 Member:  
    • 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 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 $18.40/hour. Sick leave pay is available to employees in compliance with the applicable state paid sick leave law. 
     
    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. In addition, please email a resume, email and telephone contact information for 3-5 references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Taya Glaudé, Extended Day Program Lead, at taya_glaude@aw.org 
  • Lower School Assistant Teacher

    Annie Wright is seeking a Lower School Assistant Teacher to begin either June 10, 2024 or August 16, 2024. This is a full time, 12-month staff position and reports directly to the Lower School Assistant Director. The hours for the position are 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, supporting our Grade 1, 2 or 3 classrooms during the school day and supporting students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 in our after school Extended Day program from 3:10-6:00 pm. The position supports Extended Day Camps during the winter and spring breaks, and the AWS Summer Arts and Athletics camps during the summer months. 

    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 Lower School Assistant Teacher is a passionate educator who finds joy in working with young students in this wonderful educational transition from early childhood into primary school. The Lower School Assistant Teacher is intuitive and sees the academic and social-emotional needs that arise throughout the school day when working with young children. The Lower School 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 reading groups and math lessons to snack and recess. The Lower School 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 a Lower School classroom or Extended Day space, the Lower School Assistant Teacher approaches each day with flexibility and positivity, allowing them to have fun above all else with the students and teachers.  

    Position Overview: Duties & Responsibilities

    The Lower School Assistant Teacher:
    • Assists in the classrooms, supporting 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;
    • May step in as an emergency sub if the classroom teacher is unexpectedly unable to teach;
    • Supports the lead teachers with classroom management;
    • Supervises and engages students in after school Extended Day program;
    • 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 supporting as part of the Extended Day program or Summer Camp during school breaks and summer;
    • Maintains a professional relationship with families and assists teachers with feedback through weekly class pages, and on written progress reports twice a year;
    • Invites feedback and follows direction from lead teachers, and maintains a cordial and professional relationship with colleagues.
    Qualifications
    The Lower School 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 Lower School Assistant Teacher:
    • Holds a high school diploma (bachelor’s degree is preferred); 
    • Has a minimum of 1-3 years experience working in schools with young children;
    • Works post-hire to create and maintain a Merit account and works with the team to complete Basic Stars training;
    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
    • Is open to feedback and support to grow professionally;
    • Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • Is available to work year-round on school days and during school breaks.
    • And, is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet 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 move comfortably around a classroom and outdoor playground space, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
    • Must be able to navigate the stairs on campus;
    • Must be able to communicate and exchange information with young children, other teachers and families. 
    Salary & benefits
    This position offers an hourly rate of $23.92. Benefits available to the hired candidate for the Lower School Assistant Teacher position include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Life insurance
    • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • Long-term disability insurance
    • Ability to accrue up to three weeks (3) of Vacation per accrual year, with a maximum roll over of 40 hours vacation 
    • Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year
    • Seventeen(17) paid Holidays in 2024
    • Fifty percent (50%) Tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
    • All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. 
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution
    • Lunch is provided daily.
    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 positions are filled.
  • Maintenance Technician

    Annie Wright is seeking a Maintenance Technician to begin immediately. This is a full-time, hourly position reporting to the Director of Maintenance and Security.
     
    Mission Statement
    Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
     
    Position description
    The Maintenance Technician is a core member of the maintenance team and the Annie Wright staff. They are responsible for applying basic fixes to equipment and building systems and ensuring facilities are tidy and functional and, at all times, handle their own and the Schools’ property and equipment in a professional manner. The Maintenance Technician will inspect different equipment and perform basic repairs or preventative maintenance when required.
     
    The Maintenance Technician has previous experience in maintenance, is highly skilled with various hand and power tools, is able to follow direction as well as work independently, and contributes to the overall success and efficiency of the school. As a member of a school community, the Maintenance Technician 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. The Maintenance Technician 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 Maintenance Technician:
    • Conducts routine inspections of premises and equipment;
    • Performs preventative maintenance;
    • Handles basic repairs and maintenance;
    • Oversees contractors when professional repairs are necessary;
    • Diagnoses mechanical issues and fixes them;
    • Repairs machines, equipment, or structures as necessary;
    • Attends staff meetings and participates in professional development, as required;
    • Assists staff with routine event and meeting setups;
    • Performs classroom or office moves as needed.
    Qualifications
    The Maintenance Technician 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 Maintenance Technician:
    ●  Holds a high school diploma or general education degree (GED);
    ●  Has extensive experience with wall/drywall repair and performing routine maintenance;
    ●  Is able to take apart equipment or devices and to remove and replace defective parts;
    ●  Is able to use common construction tools such as hammers, saws, drills, and wrenches;
    ●  Is reliable, proactive, and has a solution-oriented mindset;
    • Has the ability to contribute to a team environment and interface well with varied constituencies;
    • Has the ability to handle multiple projects/tasks independently with great attention to detail to meet deadlines in an environment with interruptions;
    ●  Has excellent planning, organization, follow-up and time management skills;
    • Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • Has a valid WDL;
    ●  Is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet eligible to work in the United States.

    Physical Requirements
    • Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, scaffolds, stairs and work in confined spaces and in proximity to loud equipment.
    • Must be able to position one-self to work in confined spaces such as trenches, pits, manholes, attics and tunnels.
    • Physical ability to work around small children including sitting, standing, running and climbing stairs.
    • Must be able to see and respond to dangerous situations.
    • Must be able to work in cold environments and on concrete floors.
    • Must be able to traverse irregular and steep terrain.
    • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50 pounds occasionally. 
    Salary & benefits
    This position offers an hourly rate of $27.00 to $30.00 per hour depending on experience. Benefits available to the hired candidate for the Maintenance Technician position include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
    ●  Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    ●  Employee Assistance Program
    ●  Life insurance
    ●  Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    ●  Long-term disability insurance
    ●  Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year
    ●  Ability to accrue up to three (3) weeks of vacation per accrual year, with a maximum roll over of 40 hours of vacation.
    ●  Seventeen (17) paid Holidays in 2024
    ●  Fifty percent (50%) tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
    ●  All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. Charges apply for faculty in-service days or similar days 
    ●  A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3% employee contribution
     
    Application process
    Annie Wright Schools remains firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright Schools 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 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.
  • Bus Driver

    Annie Wright is seeking a School Bus Driver with a valid CDL license to begin immediately. 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 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 3. 
     
    Position overview: 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 via WhatsApp and the school regarding delays or any issues along a route 
    • Fills the gas tank of the bus, when needed 
    • Always maintains a clean and mechanically-sound bus 
    • 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 encourage 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 
    • Has 1+ years' experience driving a school bus
    • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively with students, families and school staff
    • Has some experience working with children (preferably 2+ years)  
    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 5 years
    • Clean driving record (no traffic citations in last 5 years)
    • A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate; and
    • Is eligible to work in the United States. Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet eligible to work in the United States.  
    Physical Requirements 
    • Prolonged periods of sitting and driving. 
    • Must be able to enter and exit the bus without assistance  
    Salary & benefits 
    This position offers an hourly rate of $28.08 per hour.  Benefits available to the hired candidate for the Bus Driver position include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan: 
    • Medical and Dental Insurance
      Employee Assistance Program
       
    • Life insurance 
    • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • Long-term disability insurance
    • Washington Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): One hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked
    • Fifteen (15) paid Holidays in 2023 (prorated to 4 paid hours per Holiday).
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution 
    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 has been filled. 

Faculty Positions

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  • Preschool Assistant Substitute Teacher

    Annie Wright is seeking a Preschool Assistant Substitute Teacher to begin immediately as needed. 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 Preschool Classroom Substitute 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 Substitute 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 Substitute 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 Substitute Assistant Teacher approaches each day with flexibility and positivity, allowing them to have fun above all else with the students and teachers.  

    Position Overview: duties & responsibilities
    The Preschool Classroom Substitute Assistant Teacher:
    • Assists in the five Preschool classrooms, supporting 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 teachers with classroom management;
    • Supervises and engages students in after school Extended Day program;
    • Supports the end-of-day transition for students from the classroom to carline, bus routes, Extended Day, or Clubs, and performs other duties as assigned; 
    • Maintains a professional attitude in all manner of conduct with students, faculty, and parents, including a commitment to confidentiality.
    Qualifications
    The Lower School Assistant Substitute 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 Lower School Assistant Teacher:
    • Holds a high school diploma (bachelor’s degree is preferred); 
    • Has a minimum of 1-3 years experience working in schools with young children;
    • Has and maintains a Merit account and with all components necessary for licensing up to date;
    • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
    • Is open to feedback and support to grow professionally;
    • Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • Is available to work year-round on school days and during school breaks.
    • And, is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet 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 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 children, other teachers and families. 
    Compensation
    Compensation includes an hourly wage of $22.00/hour. Lunch is provided. Sick leave pay is available to employees in compliance with the applicable state paid sick leave law.

    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 positions are filled.
  • Upper and Middle Schools Learning Support Specialist

    Annie Wright is seeking an Upper and Middle Schools Learning Support Specialist to begin on August 16, 2024. This is a full-time faculty position that reports to the Upper Schools and Middle School Division Directors. 

    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
    Access to Learning Support is critical for students who have barriers in demonstrating their learning. These barriers can be physiological, cultural, or societal, and thus, the Upper and Middle School (USs and MS) Learning Support Specialist is uniquely positioned to impact the student experience and be at the forefront of critical work to further Annie Wright Schools’ DEI Mission.

    This USs and MS Learning Support Specialist is an advocate for and partner with those learners who find the biggest barriers to demonstrating their learning, ensuring these students receive appropriate individualized support, whether that be additional challenge or supplementary accommodations. Working alongside faculty, counselors, families, and students, the primary goal of the Learning Support Team is to cultivate the self-management and self-advocacy skills that will allow all students to thrive in academic and non-academic spaces, with an emphasis on students with Individual Accommodation Plans. The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist will carry a caseload of 18-22 students with unique learning profiles who would benefit from intense, sustained support and active advising. They will support students from Grade 6 - 12 with an eye on continuity of care, especially through the transition between Middle and Upper schools. 

    The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist is a crucial member of the learning support team, providing an invaluable perspective as to how students can be best supported and encouraged, and how the school can ensure that students feel valued and empowered in academic spaces throughout their time at Annie Wright Schools. The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist also works closely with Upper and Middle School faculty to ensure that their classes offer rich and differentiated instruction employing best practices of pedagogy.

    The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist upholds the principles of empathy, understanding, and inclusivity that are core to the school, and recognizing there are many ways to be and embody what it means to be an Annie Wright student, works to support students in becoming the strongest, most independent learners they can be. Grounded in the belief that students are capable of the high-level work that is part of a rigorous curriculum, the USs and MS Learning Support Specialist serves an essential role in developing the well-educated, creative, and responsible citizens Annie Wright Schools aspire to cultivate.

    Position overview: duties & responsibilities
    The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist reports to the Upper Schools and Middle School Division Directors and focuses on the following broad areas:
    • Student and family support:
      • Provides direct support to individual students requiring accommodations, scaffolding and extension by pushing into classrooms or pulling students out for individual or small group support;
      • Coaches and supports faculty to develop strategies to implement accommodations and support students;
      • Maintains frequent communication with faculty and with families about students’ needs and progress and provides parent support as needed;
      • Develops strong, trusting relationships with each student and their family, as well as with each member of the faculty.
    • Programmatic support:
      • Works as part of the MS and US Learning Support Team to identify, strategize on, and support student needs;
      • Provides training on best practices in differentiation and learning support to faculty;
      • Participates actively in after school and extra-curricular programming along with other members of the faculty to understand students outside as well as inside the classroom.
    • Administrative duties:
      • Writes Individual Accommodation Plans (504, IEP) after carefully reviewing all documentation and reports, and maintains support plan files for students with documented/ demonstrated learning differences;
      • Administers assessments for students as required to monitor the development of skills, track student progress, and plan effective instruction;
      • Works with the College Counselor and standardized testing agencies to ensure accommodations for SAT and ACT when those are appropriate and documented;
      • Works closely with other learning support faculty in the US and MS to develop and ensure clear schoolwide practices and beliefs regarding learning support;
    Qualifications
    The USs and MS Learning Support Specialist 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 USs and MS Learning Support Specialist:
    • Holds a BA in Education or a related field;
    • Has experience working with Middle (6-8) and/or Upper School (9-12) students as a classroom teacher or learning specialist;
    • Demonstrates familiarity with current research and best practices in learning, differentiation and teaching;
    • Shows flexibility in using technology as a learning support tool;
    • Has an understanding of, and enthusiasm to work with and care for, adolescents;
    • Has the desire and enthusiasm to collaborate as a part of a team;
    • Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • And, is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet 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 move comfortably around a classroom, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
    • Must be able to lift 25 pounds;
    • Must be able to communicate and exchange information with students, other teachers, and families. 
    Salary & benefits
    This position offers a salary range between $60,000 and $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits available to the hired candidate include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Life insurance
    • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • Long-term disability insurance
    • Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year
    • Twelve (17) paid Holidays in 2024
    • Fifty percent (50%) Tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
    • All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. Charges apply for faculty in-service days or similar days  
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution
    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.
  • Upper Schools Counselor (Limited Duration Position)

    Annie Wright is seeking an Upper Schools Counselor to begin on August 16, 2024. This is a Limited Duration faculty position that reports directly to an Upper Schools Division Director. This position is a minimum of twenty (20) weeks’ duration, from August 16, 2024 until January 25, 2025.

    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 Upper Schools Counselor is a dynamic and dedicated educator who supports students in both the Upper School for Girls and the Upper School for Boys. The Upper Schools Counselor thrives working with a diverse body of students and families, commits to making a positive impact on the lives of students through personal and differentiated relationships, and seeks to ensure that students feel a sense of belonging in the community. In keeping with an integrated approach to student wellness, the Counselor supports faculty and parents in their work with students, coordinates with mental health professionals in the community, builds, refines and implements grade-level programming focused on social-emotional learning and other important mental health topics, and in conjunction with the other members of the Upper Schools Leadership Team and other school Counselors, coordinates social and emotional accommodations to work towards student success and growth.  

    The Counselor is a core member of a team of administrators charged with supporting students in their journey through Grades 9-12, including another counselor, learning support coordinators, college counselors, and IB coordinators, assistant directors and directors of the upper schools. The Upper Schools Counselor advocates for wellness on campus and supports our older students as they navigate the sometimes challenging terrain of adolescence. Understanding that our community thrives when its members feel known and included, the Upper Schools Counselor demonstrates comfort, knowledge, and fluency in topics involving personal identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. 
    The Counselor is kind, compassionate, and contributes to an overall school climate that promotes healthy adolescent development, student wellness, and the school’s mission and vision.

    Position overview: duties & responsibilities
    The Upper Schools Counselor:
    • Provides support to students as needed, especially those experiencing emotional challenges, and maintains appropriate communication and support for their families; when necessary, the Counselor refers families to outside counselors or psychologists for appropriate counseling or care; 
    • Partners with our full team of counselors and administrators to ensure that all Upper School students feel known and supported;
    • Builds, delivers, and refines the broader Upper Schools’ health and wellness curriculum in collaboration with the Assistant Directors and other Upper Schools Counselor;
    • Promotes equity and access to rigorous educational experiences through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration; 
    • Supports a positive learning environment for all members of the school community and addresses the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs; 
    • Assists students, families, faculty, and administrators in creating and implementing support plans for students;
    • Provides parent education opportunities throughout the year and parent support as needed; 
    • Participates in grade-level teams to identify, strategize on, and support students’ needs, attends faculty meetings and fulfills other duties as assigned;
    • Provides referrals for students and families;
    • Participates actively in the life of a day/boarding independent school, including attendance at games, concerts and plays and some evening and weekend events throughout the academic year;
    • Reports to an Upper School Director and engages fully in professional responsibilities including attending meetings and serving on committees, as called.
    Qualifications
    The Upper Schools Counselor 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 Upper Schools Counselor:
    • Holds a master’s degree in school counseling or psychology;
    • Has experience as a school counselor at the high school and/or middle school level;
    • Has 4-8 years of relevant experience;
    • Is familiar with independent schools and/or the International Baccalaureate framework; 
    • Is a strong communicator and empathetic listener;
    • Is innovative;
    • Is a mentor, a guide and a team-builder; 
    • Demonstrates an ability to form authentic and appropriate relationships with high school students;
    • Demonstrates proficiency in educational technologies;
    • Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
    • And, is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet 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 move comfortably around a classroom, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
    • Must be able to communicate and exchange information with students, other teachers, and families. 
    • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. 
    Salary & benefits
    This position offers a salary of $1,846 per week (prorated on a daily basis for any days not worked). Benefits available to the hired candidate include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Life insurance
    • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • Long-term disability insurance
    • Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year
    • Twelve (17) paid Holidays in 2024
    • Fifty percent (50%) tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
    • All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. Charges apply for faculty in-service days or similar days  
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution
    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 2023-2024 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 available from 7:30 am-3:30 pm,
    • And, is eligible to work in the United States. (Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet eligible to work in the United States.)

    Compensation
    Compensation includes an hourly wage of $22.00/hour. 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.
     
For more information about working at Annie Wright Schools, please contact Omari Maulana, Human Resource Manager.