Careers

Thank you for your interest in working at The Co-op School! We are in search of committed educators interested in working in a fun, highly collaborative, creative, and rewarding community. As a progressive, independent school, our staff members help to develop the foundation for achieving our mission and vision and guide students in the dynamic, life-long process of questioning and deepening connections.

Benefits of Being a Part of The Co-op School Staff

  • Play a role in building a school and contributing to its culture and curriculum.
  • Work in a collaborative environment with two teachers in each classroom.
  • Learn through ongoing professional development during our Summer Professional Development Week, weekly meetings with the Education Director, weekly planning sessions, Professional Development days 5 times a year, peer visitations, and off-site professional development workshops.
  • Receive a competitive salary package.

Hiring Process

  1. Once applications are submitted, they will be reviewed by the one of the education directors and the executive director of the school. If a candidate meets our initial requirements, that person will be contacted to schedule a phone or in-person interview. We will ask questions such as:
    • Why do you want to work at The Co-op School?
    • How is your philosophy similar with the mission of The Co-op School?
    • What does progressive education mean to you?
    • How do you like to collaborate with your peers?
    • What makes you qualified for this position?
    • What strengths/unique skills do you think you can bring to the team?
  2. Candidates who appear to be a match with the school’s mission and vision will be invited to demonstrate their teaching practice through a demo lesson and debrief session. Final round candidates will receive an overview of the school and a school tour during their visit.

Current Openings

Special Education Teacher Support Services Providers
The Co-op School is an inclusive learning community and thus we are always looking to help connect our families to quality Department of Education–approved SETTS providers. Currently we need providers for five 60-minute sessions for a second-grade student, a third-grade student, and a fourth-grade student. Email our Special Education Coordinator, Jenna Vitale, at jennav@thecoopschool.org, if you are interested.

Elementary School Classroom Co-Teacher Position
The Co-op School is seeking committed educators to join our team as a co-lead in our one of our elementary school classrooms.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with co-teacher, coordinators, and Education Director to plan out and provide high quality, relevant instruction to all children
  • Actively participate in a learning community, including teacher committees that meet on a monthly basis, peer observations, planning meetings, and staff meetings sometimes outside of school hours
  • Use a variety of assessments to measure student learning and drive instruction
  • Use student performance data to tailor and differentiate curriculum to individual students and to determine small groupings and modifications
  • Collaboratively plan interdisciplinary units of study
  • Actively participate in the school’s decision-making process
  • Regularly communicate with families, students, and community partners through phone, face-to-face conversation, email, list serves and blogs
  • Integrate The Co-op School Values into classroom culture, units of study, and interactions with staff, families, and students
  • Integrate the real world and surrounding community into units of study, lessons, and classroom
    culture
  • Maintain positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues
  • Maintain confidentiality with student information and records
  • Create a positive and safe classroom culture and community

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in childhood and/or special education
  • 3 or more years of relevant lead teaching experience preferred
  • New York State Teacher Certification optional (Childhood, and/or Special Education)
  • Educational philosophy aligns with the mission and vision of The Co-op School
  • Reflective practitioner in a state of constant professional growth and a willingness to share their craft with others
  • Has own passions and interests
  • Experience with co-teaching preferred
  • Experience working with children with special needs as some students have IEPs
  • Experience planning and teaching interdisciplinary units of studies and inquiry-based learning
  • Commitment to and knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • Commitment to diverse learning environments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience collaborating with children, families, colleagues, and administrators

Send your resume and cover letter to mandy@thecoopschool. Please include “art teacher” in the subject line.

Preschool and Elementary School Art Teacher
The Co-op School is seeking a committed educator to join our team as our Preschool and Elementary School Art Teacher (pre-k through fifth grade).

Responsibilities

  • Keep a clean/tidy/well organized Art Room
  • Creation of Elementary School Art Room Curriculum
  • Binders with curriculum documentation for each grade kept in the Art Room, accessible to parents and staff
  • Maintenance/organization of classroom materials
  • Monthly coordination of supply orders with office manager/upkeep with inventory chart
  • Create displays to promote art making around the school
  • Monthly summaries with photos, displayed outside of the Art Room
  • Report card contributions two times a year
  • Continual check in with classroom teachers in order to tie in instruction to project work when possible.
  • Coordinate and work with art room volunteers

Qualifications:

  • Deep knowledge and ability to independently plan and execute engaging art curriculum for preschool and elementary school art classes
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of current educational principles, best practices and theory
  • Two or more years of relevant teaching experience preferred
  • Deep knowledge and ability to independently plan and execute engaging art curriculum for preschool and elementary school art classes
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of current educational principles, best practices and theory
  • Two or more years of relevant teaching experience preferred
  • Possess demonstrated ability to handle the instructional goals of several classrooms at once as well as strong organizational and planning skills and attention to detail
  • Educational philosophy aligns with the mission and vision of The Co-op School
  • Reflective practitioner in a state of constant professional growth and a willingness to share their craft with others
  • Has own passions and interests
  • Experience working with children with special needs as some students have IEPs
  • Commitment to and knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • Commitment to diverse learning environments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience collaborating with children, families, colleagues, and administrators

Send your resume and cover letter to mandy@thecoopschool. Please include “art teacher” in the subject line.

6th Grade Humanities Teacher (Maternity Leave Position to begin April 29)
We are currently seeking an experienced educator to fill a maternity leave position as our 6th grade Humanities teacher. Candidates should be committed to working with middle school students and have an enthusiasm for making real world connections. They should also have an ability and willingness to differentiate instruction for students with IEPs. Interested candidates are asked to send a resume and cover letter to Kerry Roeder, Middle School Director, at kerry@thecoopschool.org.

Middle School Learning Specialist
We are seeking an experienced and passionate middle school educator to join our team as we launch our first 7th grade class. This is a truly unique opportunity to work closely with our team and middle school director in shaping a brand new program with lots of room for
professional growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating IESP services through the DOE.
  • Providing support for literacy and math intervention through small group settings and
    push in/pull out formats.
  • Working closely with Preschool and Elementary Learning Specialist to provide for continuity across divisions.
  • Working with grade level teachers to provide coaching and support for differentiation in the classroom.
  • Communicate regularly with the DoE of NYC and complete all documentation required for students on assigned caseloads.
  • Collaborating with teachers and parents to ensure students meet and/or exceed instructional goals and expectations.
  • Observing and assessing student performance and maintaining records on all observations and assessments.
  • Develop and teach study skills course.
  • Serve as a middle school advisor.

Qualifications:

  • A commitment to working with middle school students
  • Master’s degree in special education/learning disabilities
  • 3 years experience working with students in grades 6-8
  • Enthusiasm for the opportunities and challenges inherent in working with middle school students
  • A willingness to collaborate with others and continually inspire students to love learning
  • A commitment to social justice and anti-bias curriculum
  • A reflective practitioner in a state of constant professional growth and a willingness to share their craft with others
  • A strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as a deep knowledge base regarding ADHD
  • Experience coordinating with the DOE.
  • A positive attitude, flexible approach, and a sense of humor

Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter, résumé, and statement of education philosophy to Kerry Roeder, Middle School Director, at kerry@thecoopschool.org.

The Co-op School is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit. discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, citizenship, national origin or ancestry, religion or religious practices, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, prior arrest or conviction record, genetic predisposition or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws. Our policy extends to all employment practices including but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and termination.