Employment

Employment


Employment Opportunities

Poughkeepsie Day School employs a diverse, talented, and enthusiastic faculty, administration, and staff. Job openings are posted as they become available.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Lower School Lead Classroom Teacher
  • Early Childhood Associate Teacher (PreK and Kindergarten)
  • Upper School Spanish Teacher
  • 2022 Summer Program Educators/Counselors
  • Part-Time School Nurse

Full descriptions can be found below.


How to Apply

To express interest in posted positions and future employment* at PDS, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@poughkeepsieday.org

*Note: If you choose to submit an unsolicited resume in anticipation of a position becoming available it will be kept on file for one year only.


Positions

Lower School Lead Classroom Teacher

Poughkeepsie Day School (PDS) is a progressive, coeducational, PreK–Grade 12 school. PDS distinguishes itself from other Hudson Valley independent schools by a commitment to a highly differentiated and interdisciplinary curriculum that is catered to each and every student. The school is committed to building a diverse and equitable community, based on inclusivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

PDS seeks a dynamic, experienced lead teacher to join our growing Lower School division. This individual will teach in a mixed-age classroom and will work collaboratively with other team members for planning, assessment, and reporting. The school values an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to instruction; responsiveness to student exploration; and the role of the teacher as a guide to student learning. Teachers are expected to design engaging, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children. Our faculty work collaboratively and develop an integrated approach to curriculum development. Candidates should have a deep understanding of progressive pedagogical practices, SEL, and social justice. A commitment to ongoing professional growth is essential. The role requires strong written and interpersonal communication skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, differentiated curriculum built on social, emotional, and academic goals
  • Plan lessons and tailor instructions to meet students’ individual needs, based on classroom scope and sequence
  • Maintain records on all students, including attendance, portfolios, and assessment information
  • Write detailed progress reports two times per school year
  • Collaborate closely with specialist subject teachers about student progress
  • Coordinate with the school faculty, families, and outside support specialists to best support student growth
  • Communicate student progress and goals through family conferences, student reports, parent meetings, and emails
  • Attend school events, including admissions information sessions and community-building events
  • Connect with local organizations to build partnerships and extend learning beyond campus
  • Keep up to date with educational research and literature

Ideal candidates should possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) and a minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Ability to implement a high-quality developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Ability to teach a range of learning styles, comfort with differentiated instruction
  • Ability to collaborate and build rapport with children, parents, and colleagues
  • Experience in inquiry-based learning and teaching methodologies
  • Knowledge of a variety of classroom management techniques
  • Ability to successfully engage students with the goal of fostering their cognitive and social and emotional growth
  • Organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for working with children and the craft of teaching
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment at all times
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice
  • Investment in professional growth and school-wide initiatives

PDS strives to have its faculty, administration, and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. The school is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of our school’s mission and to promoting an environment of equality, belonging, and respect for difference. Poughkeepsie Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

 

Early Childhood Associate Teacher (PreK and Kindergarten)

Poughkeepsie Day School (PDS) is a progressive, coeducational, PreK–Grade 12 school. PDS distinguishes itself from other Hudson Valley independent schools by a commitment to a highly differentiated and interdisciplinary curriculum that is catered to each and every student. The school is committed to building a diverse and equitable community, based on inclusivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

PDS seeks an associate teacher to join its early childhood program. The school values an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to instruction; responsiveness to student exploration; and the role of the teacher as a guide to student learning. Teachers are expected to design engaging, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. Our faculty work collaboratively and develop an integrated approach to curriculum development. Candidates should have experience working with children and strong written and interpersonal communication skills. A commitment to ongoing professional growth is essential.

The successful candidate should be dynamic, energetic, and creative. This individual will teach in a mixed-age classroom and will work collaboratively with other team members for planning, assessment, and reporting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the lead teacher to plan and teach core subjects
  • Help to assess students’ progress and maintain records; assist in the writing of reports and updating of class newsletter; attend and plan for family conferences
  • Participate in weekly meetings and professional development opportunities
  • Fulfill community duties
  • Tailor instruction to meet students’ individual needs, based on classroom scope and sequence
  • Collaborate closely with specialist subject teachers about student progress
  • Coordinate with the school faculty, families, and outside support specialists to best support student growth

Ideal candidates should possess:

  • Previous experience working with children at the early childhood and/or elementary level
  • An Associate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A commitment to practices that foster diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • An understanding of progressive pedagogical approaches
  • Passion for the age group, subject matter, and the craft of teaching
  • Curiosity, collaboration skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Interest in professional growth and school-wide initiatives

PDS strives to have its faculty, administration, and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. The school is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of our school’s mission and to promoting an environment of equality, belonging, and respect for difference. Poughkeepsie Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

 

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Poughkeepsie Day School seeks an experienced educator for Upper School Spanish (part-time). PDS values an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to instruction; responsiveness to student exploration; and the role of teacher as a guide to student learning. Teachers are expected to design engaging, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for our students. Our faculty work collaboratively and develop an integrated approach to curriculum development. Candidates should have a deep understanding of child development with experience working with grades 5 – 12 and strong written and interpersonal communication skills. Strength and experience in working with grades 5 – 8 and an appreciation for the middle-school-aged child is required. A commitment to ongoing professional growth is essential.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum, built on social, emotional, and academic goals.
  • Plan lessons and tailor instruction to meet students’ individual needs, based on classroom scope and sequence.
  • Coordinate with the school faculty, families, and outside support specialists to best support student growth.
  • Communicate student progress and goals through family conferences, student reports, and parent meetings and emails.

Poughkeepsie Day School is a progressive, coeducational, PreK–Grade 12 school. PDS distinguishes itself from other Hudson Valley independent schools by a commitment to a highly differentiated and interdisciplinary curriculum that is catered to each and every student. The school is committed to building a diverse and equitable community, based on inclusivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

Poughkeepsie Day School strives to have its faculty, administration, and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. PDS is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of our school’s mission and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference.  Poughkeepsie Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

B.A. required. M.A. preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.

Previous teaching experience required.

Qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Experience and comfort differentiating instruction.
  • Committed to using a variety of instruction and assignment strategies.
  • Experience in inquiry-based learning and teaching methodologies.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, verbal skills.
  • Passion for the age group, subject matter, and for the craft of teaching.
  • Curiosity, collaboration skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice.
  • Interest in professional growth and school-wide initiatives.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

 

2022 Summer Program Educators/Counselors

Poughkeepsie Day School (PDS) is a progressive, coeducational, PreK–Grade 12 school. PDS distinguishes itself from other Hudson Valley independent schools by a commitment to a highly differentiated and interdisciplinary curriculum that is catered to each and every student. The school is committed to building a diverse and equitable community, based on inclusivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

We are seeking educators/counselors to lead one or more one-week summer programs in June, July, and August. PDS values an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to instruction; responsiveness to student exploration; and the role of the teacher/counselor as a guide to student learning.

Candidates are invited to lead one or more of the following weekly programs:

Young Adventures: Water Fun! Ages 4-11
(Three Weekly Offerings: June 27-July 1; July 18-22; August 1-5)
Water fun will be a week full of games with water, playing in the sprinklers, jumping in and out of small pools, and taking a run and jump on a splash and slide! Enjoying the hot summer days cooling off, and being outside is the perfect way to spend the week! Outdoor games and obstacle courses will be created for movement and fun. Indoors (or bad weather) campers will be engaged with different centers around the room, creating playdough, goop, and many other sensory objects that they can take home!

Young Adventures: Forts & Fairy Houses, For ages 4-11
(Two Weekly Offerings: July 5-8; July 25-29)
The summer forest is a magical place! During this week of camp, students will learn a variety of simple outdoor building techniques. They will use natural materials such as leaves, and branches to create a village of forts and fairy houses. Once their structures are created, the week will be spent improving their designs and participating in imaginative play.

Young Adventures: Wizardry & Witchcraft, For ages 4-11
(Offering: August 8-12)
Welcome to a week of sorcery, charms, alchemy, and spells! Make a wand to harness your powers. Cook up fun potions, design your own cape, and practice casting spells. Practice quidditch and brush up on your herbology by learning more about plants, flowers, and herbs. We work together to make magic happen. Magical games and a mystical scavenger hunt will round out this amazing week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate and fun curriculum
  • Tailoring instruction to meet students’ individual needs, based on classroom scope and sequence

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

 

Part-Time School Nurse

The Poughkeepsie Day School Nurse will be responsible for the healthcare of our students and employees, general management of the health office, and ensuring the health and safety of students by providing immediate medical care and accurate administration of medication when needed. Candidates should have an understanding of child development with experience working with children in PreK through grade 12.  A commitment to ongoing professional growth is essential.

General Responsibilities:

  • Promote and protect the optimal health of PDS students and employees including providing emergency and preventative medical care
  • Monitor procedures for the safe storage and administration of student medication for those with chronic physical concerns or conditions and medication for general dispensing in line with health regulations
  • Ensure the school is equipped with first aid to be used in classrooms and field trips, as well as specialty first aid equipment such as EpiPens
  • Provide health assessments
  • Maintain up-to-date health history for each student
  • Observe students for development and health patterns in making nursing assessments
  • Promote and assist in the control of communicable diseases; including ongoing assistance with safety protocols related to COVID-19
  • Maintain school health policies in line with New York laws and health mandates
  • Be mindful of the emotional and mental health needs of growing children
  • Coordinate and provide nursing care for students with chronic health conditions
  • Interpret the health status of students and communicate assessments to parents and school personnel
  • Provide age-appropriate health education and anticipatory guidance to students
  • Administer medications as prescribed by healthcare providers and authorized by parents in accordance with state and local laws
  • Collect student immunization records and ensure that records meet state health requirements
  • Submit reports to state licensing and health departments, as required by law
  • Plan and implement school health management protocols
  • Engage in research and evaluation of school health services to act as a change agent for school health programs and school nursing practices
  • Utilize existing health resources to provide appropriate care of students
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years of clinical nursing experience
  • Specific Skills: High-level interpersonal skills with students, employees, and parents. Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational and crisis management skills, with the ability to multitask and remain calm in a high-pressure environment
  • Health assessment skills with the ability to intervene appropriately in emergency circumstances
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate services between the School, local health agencies, and other community resources
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality and implement this within the School health office
  • Certifications/Licenses: Registered Professional Nurse, CPR/First Aid/AED

Poughkeepsie Day School is a progressive, coeducational, PreK–Grade 12 school. PDS distinguishes itself from other Hudson Valley independent schools by a commitment to a highly differentiated and interdisciplinary curriculum that is catered to each and every student. The school is committed to building a diverse and equitable community, based on inclusivity, accountability, and mutual respect. 

Poughkeepsie Day School strives to have its faculty, administration, and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. PDS is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of our school’s mission and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference.  Poughkeepsie Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.