Hawken School is committed to doing school differently and better. We seek to create an inclusive and accepting community where adults are empowered to design educational experiences for students that are deep and learner-centered. Hawken School seeks culturally-competent teachers, administrators, and staff members who are committed to equity and social justice, who are comfortable taking risks, and who embrace a growth mindset. We are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity and agency while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students.

Hawken School is seeking an experienced, professional, thoughtful, and caring individual whose passion is working with toddlers (18 months to 3 years) approximately 24-28 hours per week. Candidates should be dedicated in their work with toddlers and eager to work in a collaborative, team-based environment with thoughtful individuals committed to doing school better.

  • Practice a high level of professionalism with a student-centered mindset
  • Collaborate with co-teacher to provide relationship-focused care, including sensitive observation and planning developmentally-appropriate classroom provocations that include all domains of learning as set forth in the Ohio Early Learning Standards
  • Implement the principles of the RIE philosophy during daily interactions with students and families, including in diapering, feeding, and nap support
  • Practice peaceful and timely, effective communication with teaching team, families, support staff, and administrators 
  • Serve as a member of the grade-level team, responsible for developing, planning, and implementing classroom and grade level curriculum and measuring and documenting student progress
  • Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings, faculty meetings, and professional development
  • Nurture a caring and supportive early childhood learning environment with SEL and DEIJ work at the core 
  • Prepare materials and clean materials and environment on a daily basis
  • Keep accurate daily records of students’ care 
  • Plan for and participate in family-teacher conferences according to the school cycle (typically 3-4 times a year)
  • Perform any other non-teaching duties as assigned by the Director or Head of School, including but not limited to professional development workdays and admission events 
  • Preference will be given to candidates with Master’s degree and/or experience in RIE-inspired classrooms 
  • Demonstrated competence and leadership in early childhood curriculum development, instruction, and pedagogy 
  • Exceptional understanding of the developmental needs of early childhood learners
  • Joyful enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, good humor, and a team spirit necessary for working within a dynamic team serving toddlers individually and in groups
  • A willingness and eagerness to assist in the life of the School 
  • Experience collaborating with colleagues and families 
  • Multilingual fluency is a plus 
Mission, Culture, and Philosophy Alignment: Successful candidates show they can thrive at Hawken and are highly motivated by the school’s mission. 
Fair Play: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice: Successful candidates indicate a commitment to and have experience with serving students and communities equitably. 
Relationship Building and Cultivation: Successful candidates show they can build relationships throughout the Hawken community. 
Content Knowledge: Successful candidates demonstrate depth in content area knowledge as well as an ability to inspire students to a high level of excellence and challenge and take a student-centered approach to all aspects of their work. 
Humility and Growth Mindset: Successful candidates are eager to learn new approaches and methods and be able to team effectively with others. 
Approach to Work: Successful candidates show initiative and agency with a commitment toward feedback and flexible problem-solving.

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 1,600 students in toddler through grade 12. Our four campuses are located within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland, and an urban extension center in the city’s museum district provides a demanding and integrated course of study in a diverse and dynamic environment. To learn more about us, visit www.hawken.edu.

Please send a resume, references, and a cover letter to Brooke Marcy at ecemployment@hawken.edu.

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

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