Highlands School is a vibrant leader in independent education in the Birmingham metropolitan region. Highlands School’s whole-child focused academic program – guided by a comprehensive emphasis on physical, social-emotional, creative and intellectual development – educates and inspires students in our Family Center and preschool through 8th grade. The School was founded in 1958 and holds dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

We are looking for teachers who are passionate about education and are committed to 21st century teaching and learning. The Highlands Faculty is collaborative and innovative, and we seek candidates to complement the strengths of our program and to add his or her own expertise and background to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students. We are a vibrant professional learning community for children, parents, and teachers. Teachers receive regular support from colleagues and administrators. Regular professional development opportunities are provided and encouraged.

Additional Salary Information: Highlands School is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary, benefits, and professional opportunities. Interested candidates should submit electronically a pre-employment application, a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this specific position, and a resume humanresources@highlandsschool.org

Employment Opportunities


Opportunity: Bus Driver (CDL required)

Highlands School is a vibrant leader in independent education in the Birmingham metropolitan region.  Highlands School’s whole-child focused academic program – guided by a comprehensive emphasis on physical, social-emotional, creative and intellectual development – educates and inspires students in preschool through 8th grade.  The School was founded in 1958 and holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

 
Position Overview:
-        The School Bus Driver is responsible for safely operating the school bus on a regular daily schedule and to provide safe transportation to other sites on an as-needed basis. Includes some mid-day filed trips and shuttle services for special events.
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Areas of Responsibility:
-        Operate the school bus in a safe and efficient way in compliance with the law and according to al relevant school policies and procedures
-        Complete the school bus route as assigned ensuring that students enter safely and enter and exit the bus at their designated stops.
-        Ensure all bus passengers are safely seated before and while the school bus is in motion.
-        Observe all speed limits and obey all road signs and traffic regulations.
-        Maintain order on the bus, explain safety procedures to passengers as needed, enforce rules of conduct and respond to emergencies, including the safe evacuation of passengers through emergency exits.
-        Keep a record of the number of students transported and miles driven on each run and report to Business Office.
-        Ensure that vehicles are in good operating condition by performing required daily pre-trip safety inspections and maintenance checks.  Reports needed mechanical repairs immediately to the Director of Facilities and/or Director of Finance and Operations.
-        Ensure that vehicles are in broom clean condition and free from garbage daily.
-        Washes bus when needed.
-        Exercise good judgment in the performance of job responsibilities and work without direct supervision.
-        In cooperation with teachers, schedule mid-day filed trips so as not to interfere with regular bus route runs.
-        Communicate effectively with students, parents and staff.
-        Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
 
Qualifications/Requirements:
  • Must possess a valid AL Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a P endorsement (S is preferred) and be at least 21 years of age.
  • Demonstrate personal warmth and friendliness.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to understand and carry out both written and oral instructions in an independent manner.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
  • Must maintain current CPR/First Aid certification
  • Must demonstrate a good driving record, as defined by Highlands School in its sole discretion, for the past 5 years
  • Drivers are subject to background checks and drug screenings from authorized and designated service providers.  Drivers are subject to random drug screening tests in accordance with the US DOT, as well as mandated drug screening tests in the event of an on-the-job accident
  • Drivers must agree in writing to have their DMV records made confidentially accessible to the School.
 
Application Procedures:
Highlands School is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and professional opportunities.  Interested candidates should submit complete our online application and forward it to hr@highlandsschool.org:
 





Family Center Early Childhood Teacher

The Family Center at Highlands School is an early childhood program meeting the needs of children from 6 weeks old to 4K readiness. We seek to hire a teacher with a strong background in early childhood education and child development with commensurate experience. The successful candidate must be a team player and positive thinker, exhibit a model work ethic and can-do attitude, be loving and nurturing, and possess strong communication skills. This is a full-time, year-round position.

Areas of Responsibility:
  • Plan and implement age and developmentally appropriate classroom practices that will include the areas of physical, emotional, social and cognitive/intellectual needs of the children, utilizing early childhood educational best practices
  • Have knowledge of and preferred experience teaching a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum (ex: Creative Curriculum) as well as NAEYC curricular guidelines
  • Accept and maintain responsibility on a daily basis for the ordered arrangement, appearance and cleanliness of the learning environment 
  • Complete weekly lesson plans and maintain a portfolio for each student
  • Encourage children’s development in the areas of building self-confidence, problem-solving, and taking responsibility for their actions
  • Foster and build strong relationships with each child on a daily basis through circle time, centers, snacks, lunchtime, playground, etc.
  • Consistently yet lovingly teach developmentally appropriate classroom behaviors
  • Build positive, informative, and communicative relationships with the parents and other caregivers
  • Work with courtesy, tact, and diplomacy in dealing with others, and work cooperatively as part of a team
  • Be an active and integral part of the Highlands Community by fostering relationships with other teachers and staff at all grade levels and in all departments
  • Exhibit a growth mindset in the area of professional learning and development
  • Understand, accept, and abide by the School’s philosophy and mission statement in all his/her school activities

Qualifications:
  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development Degree
  • 2+ years’ experience in a quality Early Childhood program
  • DHR background clearance
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication ability, and creativity
  • Possess strong time management skills
  • Maintain certification in First Aid and CPR
  • Show strong interpersonal and leadership skills, possessing initiative, flexibility, responsiveness and nimbleness
  • Must be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation







Facilities Worker

The facilities worker is part of a team responsible for the daily maintenance, service and upkeep of the Highlands facilities. This important function helps to create a clean, comfortable and safe learning/working environment for the entire community.

Areas of Responsibility:
  • Sets up, maintains and serves daily lunches for children and staff
  • Maintains clean, orderly and safe food service facilities
  • Provides daily cleaning services around the campus
  • Provides on-call cleaning services
Qualifications:
  • Prior commercial janitorial and/or food service experience
  • Personal warmth and friendliness
  • Must maintain safe food handlers certification
  • Effective time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Satisfactorily complete background check  

Application Procedures:


Interested candidates should submit complete our online application and forward it to lbender@highlandsschool.org https://highlandsschool.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/647/download/download_1606702.pdf
 




Extended Day Program (EDP) Counselor

Highlands School is accepting applications for counselor in our Extended Day Program. EDP Counselors are responsible for direct supervision of our students after school. This includes homework help, outside play time as well as arts and crafts and special projects. EDP counselors are paid hourly. Hours are 2:45pm-6:00pm, Monday-Friday. Education majors highly preferred and experience with children required. Summer hours vary. Call Gabe McCool for more details (205)-956-9731 ext. 105

Interested candidates should submit complete our online application and forward it to gmccool@highlandsschool.org https://highlandsschool.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/647/download/download_1606702.pdf




Substitute Teachers

Highlands School and the Highlands School Family Center are seeking qualified substitute teachers.




Application Procedures:

Highlands School is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and professional opportunities.  Interested candidates should submit electronically a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this specific position, a resume and three professional references to humanresources@highlandsschool.org.  Please also complete the Application for Employment found on this page.


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Highlands School does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status or any other protected class pursuant to applicable local, state or federal laws.
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.