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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Administrative & Staff Openings

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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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  • School Nurse (August 2021-June 2022)

    Basic Purpose: We are looking for a part-time School Nurse to join the Health and Wellness Team at Shady Hill School. The School Nurse would work in partnership with the Health Director to care for all students at Shady Hill School. The position is part-time and the expected hours of work are 10:00 AM-6:00 PM daily. The position reports to the Health Director. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm for caring for children and educating students, faculty and staff, and families regarding matters of health, wellness, injury/illness prevention, and medical care.
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Other Openings

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  • Admission Counselor

    The Admission Counselor is an integral team member in the Admission Office with shared responsibilities for the Office’s interviews, information sessions, tours and events occurring throughout the year. The Office welcomes hundreds of families during the Admission season, processes applications for these families, and is the first and most critical point of contact for an experience with Shady Hill. As a member of the admissions team, this position will play a key role in the recruitment and selection of a diverse student population defined by our Diversity Mission Statement. The Admission Counselors’ duties include conducting information sessions and parent/guardian interviews as part of a positive and engaging admissions process. This position is seasonal from late September 2021 through February 2022. 
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  • Afterschool Teacher

    Basic Purpose: The Shady Hill Auxiliary Programs team is seeking dedicated, dynamic and engaging instructors to join our experienced Afterschool team for the 2021-22 school year.  This is a part-time position (total 21 hours per week).

    Auxiliary Programs Afterschool Program is available to all Shady Hill families from Beginners (Pre-K) through Grade V, and provides families with much needed after school childcare. Staff members are expected to supervise and engage students both during indoor and outdoor play time, support students with homework, and work with coworkers to develop and implement fun, enriching, developmentally appropriate activities for students.  
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  • Classroom Assistant

    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 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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  • 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