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 position:

  • Part-Time Art Teacher
  • Grade 3 & 4 Classroom Teacher

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

Part-Time Art 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.

Poughkeepsie Day School is seeking a part-time Art Teacher (2 full days per week) to join our team beginning September 2024. This faculty member will lead mixed age art classes in PreK-Grade 12 and collaborate with PDS’s Lower and Middle School teams to ensure delivery of an interdisciplinary arts program that explores a wide variety of 2-D and 3-D media. We seek an educator who practices a materials-based, process-oriented art education philosophy and engages in a multicultural pedagogy. The successful candidate will track students’ progress, needs, and report clearly and effectively in written and verbal form.

Qualified candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree and, preferably, a Master’s degree in Art Education or a related field and teaching experience in art. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Instructing students in five cohorts twice weekly: lower school (3), middle school (1), high school (1)
  • Keeping a tidy and organized classroom
  • Displaying students’ artwork for the PDS community to view
  • Collaborating with teachers in other subjects to promote interdisciplinary creativity
  • Ability to organize lessons or trips with art and nature groups in the Hudson Valley
  • Written evaluations of students’ work and progress

Ideal candidates should possess:

  • Experience with teaching the artistic process with school-age children
  • Ability to collaborate closely and communicate effectively with a team
  • The desire to encourage lifelong learning through fostering artistic habits of mind and cultivating creative expression
  • Encouragement of the process of art making and problem solving over the end product
  • Experience in leading artistic explorations across a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums and processes
  • A dedication to fostering students’ social and emotional well-being
  • A sense of humor, an interest in professional growth, a commitment to school wide initiatives, and the ability to be both the lead and a team player

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. 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.

Grade 3 & 4 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 teacher for a mixed age Grade 3 and 4 classroom. The individual 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 teacher as a guide to student learning. Teachers are expected to design engaging, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children. Candidates should have a deep understanding of progressive pedagogical practices, social and emotional learning (SEL), and be committed to a curriculum that promotes social justice. 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 instruction to meet students’ individual needs
  • 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, phone calls, 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 two 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 (Responsive Classroom a plus)
  • 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.