Working at JCDS is Great!

JCDS was recognized as the Jacksonville Business Journal's #1 Best Place to Work among medium-sized businesses for 2023.

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

Quality of Life Matters
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. Teaching is hard, but the rewards make it worth the effort. 

Happy Kids!
One look around JCDS 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 to get a real feel for the JCDS culture.)

Classroom Supplies
Each grade level is provided with a generous budget for all classroom materials. In a pinch, other teachers are willing to help. Out of border paper? Send an email and someone will no doubt know where to find it on campus. Don't worry about students not having their school supplies. JCDS provides each student with their supplies at the beginning of the school year. 

Support, support, support
We have your back.  When issues arise, they are dealt with professionally and rapidly. Our administrative team recognizes when teachers need some assistance and are always available to work through challenging times.

In addition, our families are invested in making sure their children are successful in school...so you will receive support from home. At each grade level, teachers and their teams collaborate to ensure each member is best serving the students and their families.

We are JCDS...Community Matters
The parents, students, faculty, and staff of JCDS create a strong community. Each constituent is supportive of the next. Students and families are excited to see teachers at school functions, such as Grateful Gatherings, Spring Fling, and athletic, and arts events. In turn, our dedicated Parents' Association celebrates the faculty and staff throughout the year.

Professional Development
JCDS fully supports the professional development of the faculty and staff. We regularly schedule noted guest speakers on campus and members of faculty and staff are encouraged to attend seminars and workshops. At JCDS, 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 as they build their careers. On average, our full-time faculty have 15 years of teaching experience. 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! Growth within your profession is something that we support at JCDS too.

Give us a look to see how much you may love Jacksonville Country Day School!

Current Openings

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  • Extended Care Staff - Part-time

    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.
  • Operations & Tech Coordinator - Non-exempt

    Job Summary

    In alignment with our school's commitment to fostering an innovative learning environment, the Operations & Tech Coordinator plays a crucial role. This position is central to overseeing and coordinating school events, emphasizing efficiency, customer service, and a supportive learning environment. Reporting to the Director of Operations and collaborating closely with the Director of Technology, this role is pivotal in meeting the evolving needs of our diverse school community.
    •  Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
    •  Experience in facilities management or operations, particularly in an educational setting
    • Certification in First Aid, CPR/AED, or willingness to become certified
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong Computer Skills, with Mac OS & iOS Comprehension preferred
    • A flexible and adaptable approach, suited to a dynamic educational environment
    • Strong work ethic, with a commitment to contributing positively to the school's mission
    • Positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team
    • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    The Operations & Tech Coordinator will:
    • Assist the Operations, Technology, Auxiliary, and Facilities teams in their daily objectives, ensuring these align with our mission of empowering every student.
    • Play a key role in the planning, execution, and evaluation of school events, ensuring they reflect our dedication to inclusivity and innovation.
    • Act as a liaison between community constituents under the guidance of the Director of Operations, fostering a connected and engaged school community.
    • Work with the Director of Technology to address technology needs among faculty, staff, and students, supporting our innovative learning environment.
    • Troubleshoot maintenance and technology issues, providing efficient and effective solutions that ensure a safe learning environment.
    • Employ problem-solving skills to enhance the overall safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of school operations.
    • Communicate effectively with all school stakeholders, embracing our ethos of inclusivity and global citizenship.
    • Support and actively promote the school’s mission in all responsibilities and interactions.
    • Undertake additional responsibilities as assigned by and in support of the Head of School.

    Join us in creating a learning environment that not only nurtures the full potential of each student but also prepares them to be responsible, positive contributors to our society.
  • Summer Camp Staff

    Job Summary:

    The JCDS Camp staff is a seasonal group that handles the day to day operations and management of the Summer Camp program. 
         • Camp staff will work directly with elementary and/or preschool age students. 
         • Staff will be working indoors, outdoors, or both. 
         • Staff will have the opportunity to spend the summer gaining valuable work experience while developing skills in time management, leadership and effective communication with supervisors and campers in a setting designed to provide fun for all ages.

         • Positive attitude
         • Prior experience working with children is not required but helpful
         • Ability and willingness to follow directions and camp procedures
         • Ability and willingness to set a positive example for campers, demonstrating responsibility and respectfulness while maintaining a safe and fun, kid-friendly atmosphere
         • Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and must be entering 9th grade or higher
         • Paid staff must be entering 11th grade or higher
         • Some positions are only open to 18+


         • Counselor in Training: A volunteer position for 9th and 10th graders to spend their summer with a purpose, getting work and life experience in a fun and active environment
         • Camp Counselors: This is a group of energetic and dynamic individuals that are ready to spend their summer playing and get paid to do it! Counselors will manage the day to day operations of the groups of campers, lead activities and games, and help to create a fun and safe environment. Counselors must be entering 11th grade or above.
         • Program Staff: These are paid positions that include lifeguards, gym and activities staff, arts and crafts leaders, and office staff.

    Apply now at: https://jcds.campbrainstaff.com

Benefits at JCDS

Faculty and staff members who work full time at JCDS enjoy an excellent benefits plan, which includes:
  • 80% employer paid medical (PPO) and dental
  • 403b with generous 6% employer match
  • 60% JCDS tuition remission
  • 50% tuition remission on in-house after-school Enrichment Programs
  • Free employee before and after-school care
  • $3.25 chef-inspired lunch
  • 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)

About JCDS

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.