Cascades Academy is an independent PK-12 day school with ~235 students located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides in award-winning facilities on a 51-acre campus located on the Deschutes River. The school’s unique mission weaves challenging academics with experiential learning within an engaged, vibrant community.
Cascades Academy values employees who are committed to our mission, are prepared to engage fully in a learning community, and are excited to bring their authentic selves to work. Cascades Academy’s culture is highly collaborative and puts what is best for students at the center of the work. Regularly named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon, our faculty and staff see each other as teammates and feel motivated to do their best work here.
Cascades Academy strives to cultivate and maintain a supportive, inclusive community for all employees and actively promotes a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and are eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
Cascades Academy seeks an experienced upper school science and math teacher to instruct classes to students in grades 9 - 12. This position will involve teaching high school science including environmental science and biology, as well as algebra I and/or II. The position could also include physics for one year. Additionally, this position will include co-leading experiential classes and multi-day overnight trips in and outside of the state of Oregon. Ideal candidates will possess trip leading experience and familiarity with experiential education practices.
Curriculum and Instruction:
Teach 2 sections of US science and one section of US math
Co-teach experiential classes on and off-campus
Teach elective courses
Leadership and Mentorship:
Serve as an academic advisor for group of 8 - 12 students
Co-lead multi-day Traveling School trips during the fall and spring trimesters.
Attend all full-faculty trainings, meetings, and professional development activities.
Participate in other all-school events including open houses and other admissions events
Duties as assigned by the US Division Head
Minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience
Clean driving record and valid driver’s license
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Passion for teaching math and science experientially to the greatest extent possible
Passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
Strong relational skills and emotional intelligence
Strong organizational skills
Clear verbal and written communication skills
Ability to drive a 14-passenger bus
Commitment to implement culturally competent curriculum and instruction
Appreciation and respect for diversity in all of its forms
Advocacy around inclusion
Commitment to experiential learning, outdoor education, and social-emotional learning
Desire to be an active member of a vibrant community of students, families, and staff
Knowledge of common tech platforms used in education, such as Blackbaud, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, etc.
Integrity, sound judgment, self-confidence, collaborative spirit, and a sense of humor
Requires mobility to traverse campus to accompany and assure the safety of children This may include moving between buildings multiple times throughout the workday and bending, squatting, stooping, and kneeling
Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds
Must be able to consistently and clearly communicate with children, colleagues, and families