Employment

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.

Highlands School is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and professional opportunities. Interested candidates should submit electronically application for employment, a cover letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for a specific position and a resume to: humanresources [at] highlandsschool [dot] org.

Employment Opportunities

Elementary Science Teacher
Highlands School is currently seeking a teacher for its STEM Lab. The position’s primary responsibility will be instruction in a science classroom for grades four and five in our newly built Pitsco STEM lab. It also includes collaboration with the third grade science teacher regarding instruction for third graders in the STEM lab. The successful candidate will possess experience with the use of a STEM approach to teaching elementary science, general science curriculum development, differentiated instruction, and the use of technology to enhance teaching. It is important to note that many digital resources are integrated which means experience using online programs is necessary. Problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, enthusiasm, collaboration with colleagues, and a sense of humor are also important for this position. Effective communication with students, parents, and colleagues as well as active participation in the expectations of these grade levels is essential

Areas of Responsibility:
  • Demonstrate mastery of STEM concepts and strategies
  • Plan, supervise and implement a challenging and developmentally appropriate STEM programming in accordance with the educational philosophy and policies of Highlands School, the curriculum’s scope and sequence and the prescribed student objectives
  • 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
  • Maintain a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom
  • Plan, through approved channels, and execute educational field experiences, guest lecturers and other media
  • Assess the learning of students frequently and analyze the date to drive instruction, teaching /learning strategies
  • Maintain current and accurate attendance records and grades to meet the demand for a comprehensive knowledge of each student’s progress
  • Maintain open and supportive 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

Qualifications:
  • Degree in Elementary Education (Master’s level preferred)
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience preferred in elementary grades
  • Knowledge of PITSCO STEM curriculum is desired but not required
  • A collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth and personal development
  • Experience with differentiated instruction and appreciation of each child as an individual with diverse needs
  • Experience integrating technology and applying 21st century learning within the classroom
Elementary Math Teacher
Highlands School is currently seeking a skilled and engaging upper elementary school math teacher. The strong candidate will possess deep conceptual knowledge of mathematics as well as strong intellectual curiosity and the desire to inspire an appreciation of mathematics among students. Knowledge of the Math in Focus curriculum is desired but not required. In addition, this teacher will be a member of a dynamic 4th and 5th grade team, which promotes collaborative learning and incorporates project-based units of study to help students develop 21st Century Skills. This 4K-8th grade school provides a unique opportunity for elementary students to take risks, fail, succeed, and know they are valued.

Areas of Responsibility:
  • Demonstrate mastery of math concepts and strategies
  • Plan, supervise and implement a challenging and developmentally appropriate math program in accordance with the educational philosophy and policies of Highlands School, the curriculum’s scope and sequence and the prescribed student objectives
  • 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
  • Maintain a clean, attractive, well-ordered classroom
  • Plan, through approved channels, and execute educational field experiences, guest lecturers and other media
  • Assess the learning of students frequently and analyze the date to drive instruction, teaching /learning strategies
  • Maintain current and accurate attendance records and grades to meet the demand for a comprehensive knowledge of each student’s progress
  • Maintain open and supportive 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
Qualifications:
  • Degree in Elementary Education (Master’s level preferred)
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience preferred in elementary grades
  • Knowledge of Math in Focus curriculum is desired but not required
  • A collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth and personal development
  • Experience with differentiated instruction and appreciation of each child as an individual with diverse needs
  • Experience integrating technology and applying 21st century learning within the classroom
Part-Time Infant/Toddler Teacher
Highlands School Family Center is actively seeking a part-time infant/toddler teacher for an afternoon position(12:30pm to 6pm). We are looking for a teacher with education and experience who is a team player, positive thinker, responsible, nurturing and loving, has good parent teacher relations, reliable transportation, and will fit into our easy going fun team.  If you are easy to get along with, willing to perform at your best, and enjoy hands on activities and interacting with children, then we invite you to call Michelle Perkins (205)-956-9731 ext.120

Substitute Teachers
Highlands School and the Highlands School Family Center are seeking qualified substitute teachers.
 
Extended Day Program (EDP) Counselor
Highlands School is accepting applications for counselor in our Extended Day Program. EDP counselors are paid hourly. We have positions available five days a week. Hours are typically 3pm-6pm Monday-Thursday and 2pm-6pm on Fridays. Education majors highly preferred. Summer hours vary. Call Gabe McCool if interested (205)-956-9731 ext. 105

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.