About Us


Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of 520 students (PK-VIII) and 90 faculty, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The year-long Central Subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Grades 3-8 engage in Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated, yearlong thematic study of a particular time or people in history. Faculty who teach a Central Subject are responsible for the skills and content in both social studies/history and language arts and, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty, the integration of these disciplines. Each Central Subject teacher also serves as a homeroom/advisor for 15-19 students.

Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school. We seek to develop independent, joyful, and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions. The School’s program enables children to explore their worlds and test their powers. As a diverse school, we believe that an inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who share this commitment and demonstrate the skills of culturally competent educators.

Shady Hill School is also a teaching-training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Course, which brings as many as 18 apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented men and women for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field. Because of the School’s commitment to teacher training, Shady Hill seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Shady Hill School actively seeks to forward diversity through its program and hiring.

Faculty Openings

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  • Middle School Tutor

    Shady Hill School is looking for a Middle School Tutor. The Tutor will work with Middle School Students on reading comprehension strategies, writing, vocabulary, and fluency. This is a part-time position with flexible hours, including traditional school hours and after-school hours. Sessions are paid at a contracted hourly rate and this position is not benefits eligible.   
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Administrative & Staff Openings

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  • Beginners/Afterschool Support Teacher

    Basic Purpose: The Shady Hill Auxiliary Program is seeking a Support Teacher to work closely with our Beginners and Afterschool teams, for the rest of the 2022 School Year. This is a part-time position, 30 hours per week. It is particularly focused on providing developmentally appropriate support to high-needs Beginners students in the classroom environment.
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  • Classroom Assistant - (January through June 2022)

    Summary: Shady Hill School has an exciting position for those interested in exploring education as a career path and looking to work in a school setting for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year. The Classroom Assistant will be a full-time member of our faculty. In compliance with safety guidelines and protocols, the CA will be assigned to and work primarily with one gradehead (lead teacher) and a small pod of students. Placement of CAs will be based on candidates’ experience and interests in specific grade levels
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  • Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker

    The Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker will be responsible for performing second shift custodial, maintenance, event preparation, and safety/security functions for the purpose of ensuring an attractive, sanitary, and safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. 
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  • Kitchen Assistant

    Basic Purpose: This full-time, 35-40 hours per week, position assists the Chef in the kitchen during the school year.  Scheduled hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with flexibility. Occasional night and weekend hours may also be available.
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  • Lower School Psychologist/Counselor

    Basic Purpose: This full-time, 10-month position provides services to the Shady Hill Lower School community, consisting of students in Beginners - Grade IV. 
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  • LS Math Curriculum and Instructional Specialist

    The Lower School consists of students in Beginners-Grade IV and seeks a Math Curriculum & Instructional Specialist to start for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.
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Other Openings

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  • Class Notes Designer For Magazine

    ISO Design for the Class Notes for Alumni Magazine

    Job Description:
    The Shady Hill School seeks a graphic designer and/or media specialist to assist in the publication of our annual school magazine. The ideal candidate will be able to structure a section of the magazine in coordination with the style and design of the rest of the publication.
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  • Substitute Teacher

    We are currently taking applications for substitute teaching positions in our Lower and Middle School for the 2021-2022 academic year. Candidates for substitute teaching positions should have at least a bachelor’s degree and experience working with children; preference will be given to candidates with degrees in education and to those with a master’s degree. SHS employees are also required to be vaccinated. 
    Please send a cover letter, resume and references to:
    Leslie Bliss, Sub Coordinator- leslie.bliss@shs.org

Whom To Contact

If we have no posted job openings and you would like to be considered for a future position at our school, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Allison Godlewski
Human Resources Manager

Shady Hill School
178 Coolidge Hill
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138