Hawken School is committed to doing school differently and better. This means developing an inclusive and accepting community where adults feel empowered to design educational experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects. Hawken School seeks culturally competent teachers who are committed to equity and social justice, comfortable taking risks, and who embrace a growth mindset. Our faculty members are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students.  
Successful candidates for any role at Hawken School must demonstrate skill and commitment in all the following key areas:
Mission, Culture, and Philosophy Alignment 
Candidates must show they can thrive at Hawken and are highly motivated by the school’s mission.
Fair Play: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice 
Candidates must indicate a commitment to and have experience with serving students and communities equitably.
Relationship Building and Cultivation Candidates must show they can build relationships throughout the Hawken community.
Content Knowledge
Candidates must demonstrate that they can lead and guide colleagues and/students to depth in their work.
Humility and Growth Mindset
Candidates must be eager to learn new approaches and methods and be able to team effectively with others.
Approach to Work
Candidates must show initiative and agency with a commitment toward feedback and flexible problem solving.
Hawken School is seeking a professional, thoughtful and caring individuals interested in working part-time approximately 25-30 hours per week, in our Toddler Class (18 months-3 years) for the remainder of this school year. Hours would fall within the range of noon-6pm four days a week and 3:30-6pm one day a week. Candidates should be eager to work in a collaborative team-based environment with thoughtful individuals committed to doing school better.  
  • Assist a co-teaching team in caring for students’ needs including diapering, feeding, nurturing, and supervising outdoor play
  • Prepare materials and clean-up on a daily basis
  • Keep accurate daily records of students’ care
  • Support teachers in various ways throughout the day
Because Hawken believes in supporting teachers’ passions, in deepening their expertise, and in fueling their spirit of innovation, we provide substantive professional development opportunities that lead to the kinds of excellence that are a hallmark of our community.
An associate degree in Early Childhood Education and/or previous experience in a toddler classroom are required.  Experience in a Reggio-inspired classroom is preferred.  In addition, we seek candidates with:
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative environments
  • A willingness to learn from and contribute to a dedicated team and across disciplines both in and out of the classroom
  • Joyful enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, good humor, and a team spirit necessary for working within a dynamic department serving toddlers individually and in groups
  • A continuous commitment  to improve one’s own growth
Founded on the ideal that “the better self shall prevail, and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life,” Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with over 1,400 students serving toddlers through grade 12. Hawken’s three campuses within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland, an urban extension center, and a new high school in the city’s museum district provide students with five campuses in total, offering a demanding and integrated course of study in a diverse and dynamic environment.
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Please send a resume, references, and a cover letter to: Mary Beth Hilborn, Director of Early Childhood, at
Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
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