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

 
Professional Opportunity: Director of Marketing and Communications

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 Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for working collaboratively with the Leadership Team to implement the school’s brand strategies and to communicate the strategic initiatives, goals, vision and story to both internal and external constituents. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing an aggressive, multi layered, integrated communication plan with content that articulates and promotes understanding of the school’s programs and mission. We seek to hire a strategic marketing and communications professional who combines creative thinking with a can-do attitude and work ethic; who will advance the Mission of Highlands School, support the vision of the Head of School and the Board of Trustees, and advance the strategic goals of the school.
 
Areas of Responsibility:

Create and deliver Highlands’ message by engaging and inspiring our community across multiple communications platforms and bring the Highlands School story to life for the purposes of development, admissions, and enrollment management

Develop and oversee implementation of marketing, communications, advertising, and public relations plans with goals, strategies, tactics, and key performance indicators

Support the Head of School in her communications

Develop a communications plan and create internal process and guidelines necessary to ensure a consistently high standard across the School

Partner with colleagues across all departments to ensure clarity and consistency in all communications

Tell the Highland’s story through effective writing and speaking. The director will provide leadership for the school’s team in crafting these stories and communicating them throughout its various outlets

Oversee the development, design, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral, including social media

Provide oversight and leadership to the school’s website by regularly updating the content, news and videos. In addition, utilize web-based marketing strategies to increase the online presence for the school including the effective use of social media sites and search engine optimization for the website

Oversee and manage content for social channels including Facebook, Twitter and others – place and monitor online media campaigns

Oversee creation of videos and photography to support the communications plan

Monitor communication and trends on local boards and within the community at large

Provide event leadership for admissions, retention and marketing including open houses, re-enrollment, etc.
 
Manage the Marketing and Communications budget

Compile and analyze research data

Proactively develop, promote and maintain active relationships with various constituent groups. Develop relationships with and provide press releases to the media to provide newsworthy stories that will tell the Highlands story to the community

Provide leadership to the school community for the Highlands School brand by enforcing brand standards as well as reviewing and approving all collateral and web-based communications. Lead efforts to educate, mentor, and train faculty on the importance of marketing and communications to the internal as well as external communities
 
Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations or related field

2+ years of proven track record with executing integrated marketing strategies (preferred independent school experience)

Goal oriented and results driven

Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at a time

Outstanding storytelling skills, presentation skills, and sales skills

Basic photographer and videographer skills

Computer literacy in MS Office Suite, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and data base management

Familiarity with content management systems and website development project management

Experience in internal communications

Ability to write press releases, create presentations and negotiate with media

Exhibit a strong attention to detail and organization

Possess an understanding of and passion for Highlands School as well as independent school culture

Show strong interpersonal and leadership skills, possessing initiative, flexibility, responsiveness and nimbleness

Knowledge of WhippleHill/Blackbaud is a plus

3rd Grade Associate Teacher Position

Description

Highlands School, a progressive 4K – 8th independent school, is currently seeking a skilled and engaging elementary school teacher to help as an associate teacher in a self-contained 3rd grade classroom. The strong candidate will possess deep conceptual knowledge of best practices as well as strong intellectual curiosity, the desire to inspire an appreciation for learning among students, and a strong growth mindset relative to teaching and learning. Knowledge of Math in Focus and reading and writing workshop is desired but not required. In addition, this teacher will be expected to help design lessons for all other academic areas including science and social studies while assisting in creating a classroom environment that promotes collaborative learning and incorporates project-based units of study to help students develop 21st Century Skills.

Requirements
  • Degree in Elementary Education
  • A collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth, personal development, and social-emotional learning
  • Experience with differentiated instruction and an appreciation of each child as an individual with diverse needs
  • Experience integrating technology and applying 21st century learning within the classroom
 
Areas of Responsibility:
  • Highlands Associate Teachers will:
  • Help plan, supervise, and implement a challenging and developmentally appropriate program in accordance with the educational philosophy and policies of Highlands School, the curriculum’s scope and sequence, and the prescribed student objectives
  • Help create a safe and engaging classroom community and differentiate for students as needed by employing a variety of instructional strategies and materials supported by best educational practices to enhance creative teaching/learning
  • Assist in maintaining a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom
  • Help plan and execute educational field experiences and engage guest lecturers through appropriate channels
  • Help assess the learning of students frequently and analyze the data to drive instruction, teaching /learning
  • Assist in maintaining current and accurate attendance records and assessment data to meet the demand for a comprehensive knowledge of each student’s progress
  • Maintain open, supportive, and consistent communication with parents and administration
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff to promote a positive learning environment
  • Attend all staff meetings, required school events, parent/teacher conferences, professional development days, and orientations/in-service 
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.