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Working at JCDS is Great!

There are many benefits to working in an independent school, and at Jacksonville Country Day School, in particular.

Quality of Life
Teaching is hard, but the rewards can make it worth the effort. Our teachers at JCDS are cherished by our students, parents, and administration. A teacher's time is valuable, and we recognize that by providing adequate planning time, lunch breaks, and temporary coverage when needed.  Our lunch program is run by an executive chef who prepares healthy and tasty meals with reduced pricing for faculty.

Happy Kids!
One look around the school will tell you...our students are happy! They feel safe and loved at our school. This translates to more time spent on academics, and less time spent on classroom management. (Watch some of our YouTube videos and just look at the students' faces.)

Classroom Supplies
Each grade level is provided with an adequate allowance for classroom materials. In a pinch, other teachers are willing to help. Out of border paper? Send an email and someone will help you out. Don't worry about students not having their own school supplies. JCDS provides each student with a box of supplies at the beginning of the year. 

Support, support, support
We have your back. Issues, when they arise, are dealt with professionally and rapidly. Our admin team came up through the ranks and recognize when teachers need some assistance. In addition, our parents are quite vested in making sure their children are successful at school...so expect support from home when needed. At each grade level, teachers and their team lead collaborate to ensure each member is best serving the students.

Community
The parents, students, faculty, and staff of JCDS are like family. Each constituent is supportive of the entire JCDS community. Students and parents are thrilled to see teachers make appearances at school functions, such as the Fall Festival, Spring Fling, and athletic events. In turn, our wonderful Parents' Association celebrate the faculty with luncheons and snacks at various times throughout the year.

Professional Development
The administration at JCDS fully supports professional development of the faculty. We regularly schedule noted guest speakers to impart their wisdom. Teachers frequently attend seminars and workshops. JCDS truly believes that learning never stops.

Lower Burnout than Public Schools
According to edweek.com, 44% of new teachers leave the profession within 5 years. JCDS believes in nurturing our teachers for the long haul. Given all of the attributes listed above, it is no surprise that many of our teachers remain at JCDS for most of their teaching careers -- which could stretch to over 30 years!

We love our teachers! Please give us a look to see how much you may love JCDS.

JCDS was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work.
 

Benefits at JCDS

Faculty and staff members who work full time at JCDS enjoy an excellent benefits plan, which includes:
  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision health benefits
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending and dependent care spending options
  • 403b with generous employer match
  • Tuition remission
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Well-being benefits through Aetna Resources for Living
  • Holiday time off (Thanksgiving week, two-week Winter Break, one week Spring Break)

Current Openings

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  • Early Learning Teacher (Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, Kindergarten)

    Job Summary
    The Teacher is responsible for instructing, guiding, and supervising students in a positive learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving; developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom goals and concerns; and communicating/collaborating with parents regarding instructional program and student progress. The Teacher reports to the Director of Education.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • At least one year of successful teaching experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in applicable field

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Teacher will:
    • Create a positive learning environment for students
    • Set learning goals and develop learning plans to ensure student growth
    • Teach, guide, and empower students with instructional activities and learning opportunities that promote problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, global/social awareness, inquiry, and integration across the disciplines
    • Assess competency and/or developmental levels and provide feedback, support, and differentiation that will further student progress and achievement
    • Communicate to parents about student growth, sharing methods for improvement and reinforcement in the home environment
    • Participate in professional development and the school-wide culture of continual learning
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
  • Sharks Athletics Assistant (part-time)

    Job Summary
    The Sharks Athletics Assistant is responsible for the day to day management of sporting events, practices and games. This includes but is not limited to running the scoreboard, timeclock, keeping track of penalties/fouls, completing the scoring book, setting up and tearing down games, as well as managing equipment and referees. The position reports to the Director of Auxiliary Services.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • AA Degree
    • 3-5 years experience in team sports (Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Soccer)

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Sharks Athletics Assistant will:
    • Coordinate with the Director of Auxiliary services to 
      • Prepare and set up for each athletic events and competitions
      • Work with coaches and athletic staff to take attendance, prepare equipment and run practices
      • Ensure all referees have received a review of rules, signed appropriate paperwork and are following league guidelines
      • Host Athletic events, including welcoming and assisting opponents, parents, and players to JCDS
      • Attend away games as needed to support coaching staff and players
      • Attend to equipment needs, repair /replacement as needed for practice and competitions
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of developmental sports, teamwork and sportsmanship
    • Fill in as a referee as needed for any league sports
    • Fill in as a coach as needed for any league sports
    • Communicate effectively with all school and league stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
  • Elementary Teacher (1st-3rd Grades)

    Job Summary
    The Teacher is responsible for instructing, guiding, and supervising students in a positive learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving; developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom goals and concerns; and communicating/collaborating with parents regarding instructional program and student progress. The Teacher reports to the Director of Education.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • At least one year of successful teaching experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in applicable field

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Teacher will:
    • Create a positive learning environment for students
    • Set learning goals and develop learning plans to ensure student growth
    • Teach, guide, and empower students with instructional activities and learning opportunities that promote problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, global/social awareness, inquiry, and integration across the disciplines
    • Assess competency and/or developmental levels and provide feedback, support, and differentiation that will further student progress and achievement
    • Communicate to parents about student growth, sharing methods for improvement and reinforcement in the home environment
    • Participate in professional development and the school-wide culture of continual learning
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
  • Upper Elementary Teacher (4th-6th Grades)

    Job Summary
    The Teacher is responsible for instructing, guiding, and supervising students in a positive learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving; developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom goals and concerns; and communicating/collaborating with parents regarding instructional program and student progress. The Teacher reports to the Director of Education.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • At least one year of successful teaching experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in applicable field

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Teacher will:
    • Create a positive learning environment for students
    • Set learning goals and develop learning plans to ensure student growth
    • Teach, guide, and empower students with instructional activities and learning opportunities that promote problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, global/social awareness, inquiry, and integration across the disciplines
    • Assess competency and/or developmental levels and provide feedback, support, and differentiation that will further student progress and achievement
    • Communicate to parents about student growth, sharing methods for improvement and reinforcement in the home environment
    • Participate in professional development and the school-wide culture of continual learning
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
  • Enrichment Instructor: Visual Arts (Art Sharks)

    Job Summary
    The Visual Arts Enrichment Instructor is responsible for the oversight of the ‘Art Sharks’ Enrichment program. The primary duties for this position include instruction of art classes for various ages and grades, weekly planning of projects and preparations for art shows. This position reports to the Director of Auxiliary Services.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree in education, fine arts, or other related field.
    • Experience implementing an art-based curriculum for students at various grade and skill levels
     
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • Expose students to a variety of art techniques and styles
    • Build a classroom culture based on positive encouragement of creative expression 
    • Differentiate instructional techniques to meet diverse needs of students
    • Collaborate in producing regular art exhibitions for students to showcase their work
    • Develop a scope of curriculum that will expose students to a variety of art forms
    • Upkeep of accurate attendance records for each class
    • Maintain art supplies, classroom materials, and all school property
    • Nurture and maintains professional and positive relationships with faculty and staff, administration, and all JCDS families
    •  Maintain constant supervision of students and effectively manage classroom
    •  Practice exemplary organizational and time management skills·    
    • Carry out other duties as assigned by Head of School or direct supervisor
  • Dance Instructor

    Job Summary
    Provides support to the instructional process by serving as a teacher with specific responsibility for supervising students within the dance classroom and other assigned areas; develops lesson plans and choreography and delivers group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines. The Dance Instructor reports to the Dance Manager and the Director of Auxiliary Services.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • BA in education or dance
    • Experience teaching dance with elementary ages
    • Significant experience in the discipline of Hip Hop

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Dance Instructor will:
    • Administer and develop dance specific class rules and routines for his or her classes, class warmup and traditional exercises in the center floor and traveling across the floor, and performance dances for the purpose of assessing student competency levels and/or developing individual learning plans.  
    • Advise the Dance Manager and then the parents and/or legal guardians of student progress for the purpose of communicating expectations; student's achievements; develops methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment. 
    • Assess student progress towards learning targets, objectives, expectations, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration.
    • Demonstrate and differentiate methods required to perform dance technique and choreography for the purpose of providing an effective program that caters to individual student requirements and physical technique level. 
    • Instruct students for the purpose of improving their success in dance, cheerleading and acrobatics through a defined course of study. 
    • Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment. Monitor students in a variety of educational environments , but most specifically, while in the dance studio, stage, and gym for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
    • Respond to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. 
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders.
    • Support the school and its mission.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School.
  • Extended Care Staff Member

    Job Summary
    The Extended Care Staff Member is responsible for the oversight of students in the extended care program. This includes but is not limited to planning age appropriate activities, supervision of students, and keeping accurate attendance records. The position reports to the Enrichment Services Manager.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • AA degree
    • 3-5 years experience in an extended care setting

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The Extended Care Staff Member will:
    • Fill out monthly planning work sheets with appropriate age level activities.
      • Request supplies for activities each month.
      • Plan activities in the following categories: science, sensory, arts/crafts, group games, centers, books/book club.
    • Keep accurate attendance records with sign in & sign out times.
    • Serve snack.
    • Provide constant supervision.
    • Make sure extended classrooms are safe and clean.
    • Create and follow a schedule for afternoon activities.
    • Communicate with parents on student behavior, conduct, and performance.
    • Develop appropriate discipline and reward strategies for student behavior.
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders.
    • Support the school and its mission.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School.
  • Aramark Custodian

    Hours:
    3:00pm to 11:30pm Monday-Friday

    Qualifications: 

    • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, senior management, and ARAMARK support staff  
    • Ability to respond effectively to changing demands
    • Requires the practices of Quality, Integrity, and Trust
    Essential Functions:

    • Ensures building is clean; classrooms, restrooms, corridors, gym, auditorium, library, offices, trash removal, etc.
    • Conserves energy by turning off lights in areas not in use 
    • Keeps the school buildings and grounds, including mats, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and play area, neat and clean
    • Follows procedures for storage and disposal of trash (regular, recyclable and other trash) and transports to designated areas
    • Wears protective equipment and follows safety procedures
    • Performs projects as assigned
    • Take breaks in designated areas at assigned times
    • Scrub, strips, and polishes floors with floor machines
    • Spray, buffs, and vacuums with floor machines
    • Washes walls, ceiling, floors, windows, and furniture as directed
    • Moves furnishings and equipment to prepare for meetings, classroom activities and events
    • Attend in-service training (e.g. blood borne pathogens, cleaning solvents, floor care, First Aid, etc.) for the purpose of receiving information on new and/or improved procedures
    • Shampoos carpets, furniture, and mats
    • Securing of the facility ensuring building is lock/unlocked as required
    • Keeping school entrance grounds clean and free from paper and litter
    • Change ceiling, tiles, and light bulbs as needed.
    • Record time worked
    • Perform after school activity set-up and clean–up
    • Report maintenance concerns (work order requests) to appropriate personnel
    • Follow the instruction from supervisors; adhere to company and component policies and procedures
    • Display safe work practices
    • Inspects school facilities to ensure site is suitable for safe operations, maintained in an attractive, clean manner
    • Maintains supplies and equipment (e.g. cleaning solutions, paper products, vacuum, and mops, etc.) to ensure the availability of items required to properly maintain facilities
    • Prepare reports (e.g. safety hazards, work orders, supply requisitions, etc) as needed
    • Prepares facilities for daily operations ( e.g. opening gates/access doors, disarming security systems, raising the flag, providing cross walk signs, etc.) 
    • Responds to immediate safety and/or operational concerns (e.g. facility damage, injury, alarms, etc.) 
    • Secures facilities and grounds for the purpose of minimizing property damage, equipment loss, and potential liability to the organization
    • Operates various types of equipment and machinery which may include buffer, automatic floor machines, burnishers, back pack vacuums, Kivacs, wet and dry vacuums, commercial vacuums, buckets, wringers, carts, hand trucks, rotos, blowers, extractors, washing machines, dryers, lifts, ladders, tools, products, chemicals, and supplies
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Physical Demands:

    • Lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects up to 25 pounds
    • Frequent bending, reaching, standing, and walking

Accepting Resumes

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  • Teacher

    Job Summary

    Teachers are responsible for instructing, guiding, and supervising students in a positive learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving; developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom goals and concerns; and communicating/collaborating with parents regarding instructional program and student progress. Teachers report to the Director of Education.
    Preferred Qualifications
    • At least one year of successful teaching experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in applicable field

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Teachers will:
    • Create a positive learning environment for students
    • Set learning goals and develop learning plans to ensure student growth
    • Teach, guide, and empower students with instructional activities and learning opportunities that promote problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, global/social awareness, inquiry, and integration across the disciplines
    • Assess competency and/or developmental levels and provide feedback, support, and differentiation that will further student progress and achievement
    • Communicate to parents about student growth, sharing methods for improvement and reinforcement in the home environment
    • Participate in professional development and the school-wide culture of continual learning
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School
  • Assistant Teacher

    Job Summary

    The Assistant Teacher will support the Teacher during the academic day. The position will report to a Director of Education.
    Preferred Qualifications

    • BA in education or a related field
    • One year or more of classroom teaching experience


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    The Assistant Teacher will:
    • Help support the Teacher during the school day by providing another trained professional in the classroom.
    • Supervise students at both recess and lunch.
    • Assist the Teacher with lesson planning.
    • Help differentiate classroom instruction through a combination of small group and whole group methods.
    • Provide clerical support by filing, grading papers, and producing take home folders.
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders.
    • Support the school and its mission.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School.
  • Grade-Level Team Lead

    Job Summary

    The Grade-Level Team Lead is responsible for instructing, guiding, and supervising students and teachers in a positive learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving; helping to develop lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom goals and concerns; and communicating/collaborating with parents regarding instructional program and student progress.
    Preferred Qualifications

    • At least five years of successful teaching experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in applicable field


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    The Grade-Level Team Lead will:
    • Create a positive learning environment for students and teachers
    • Set learning goals and develop learning plans to ensure student growth
    • Teach, guide, and empower students with instructional activities and learning opportunities that promote problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, global/social awareness, inquiry, and integration across the disciplines
    • Assess competency and/or developmental levels and provide feedback, support, and differentiation that will further student progress and achievement
    • Communicate with parents about student growth, sharing methods for improvement and reinforcement in the home environment
    • Work with teachers to develop weekly plans and coverage during lunch, specialist periods, and recess so that planning time is optimized
    • Participate in professional development and the school-wide culture of continual learning
    • Act as liaison between administration and colleagues; may include instructional leadership and administrative duties
    • Complete two professional conversations annually with the teachers on the team
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders
    • Support the school and its mission
    • Reports to the Director of Education
    • Perform other duties as assigned by and in support of the Head of School

 
Today, nearly sixty years later, the goals of our founders remain evident in our mission to provide a strong academic and character rich foundation for each student as JCDS educates children from Pre-K 3 through 6th grade.
 
With an emphasis on intellectual exploration that involves project-based and hands-on learning experiences, JCDS prepares students for success at the next academic level and beyond. Strengthened by a dynamic, engaged and nurturing community of faculty and staff, JCDS students learn to approach challenges with confidence and perseverance resulting in the conviction that they can achieve great things.

Jacksonville Country Day School is an independent, nonsectarian, and multi-cultural school that serves students age three through 6th grade. Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@jcds.com if you are interested in applying for an open position.

Jacksonville Country Day School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.