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Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 520 students (PreK - 8) and 70+ faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. 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 whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.
 
A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades III-VIII engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Gradeheads (lead teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in both social studies/history and language arts, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. Additionally, gradeheads in Beginners through Grade IV are responsible for implementing instruction in mathematics.
 
Shady Hill School is also a teaching training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings as many as eighteen apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people 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, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Faculty Openings

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Administrative & Staff Openings

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  • Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker

    Summary:
    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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  • Director of Human Resources

    Summary: Provides human resources functions for the School.  Responsible for employee relations, recruitment, compensation, and overall talent management in consultation with the senior leadership of the School.  Manage the SHS employee benefit programs and payroll systems, and interface with faculty and staff on all employee benefit and payroll issues.  Develop and implement HR systems, policies and procedures, communications, and best practices.
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  • Director of Marketing and Communications 

    Basic Purpose: The Shady Hill School seeks an experienced Director of Marketing & Communications who will work with the School’s senior administration team to develop and implement dynamic marketing and communications strategies and plans that advance the School’s mission and goals. The successful candidate will ensure a consistency of messaging and brand across all of the School’s digital, print and video platforms and will create or manage content for Admission, Development, Head of School and other Administrative initiatives of the School. The Director of Marketing & Communications is a member of the senior leadership team. This is a full-time, 12-month position that supervises a staff of two.
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Other Openings

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  • Middle School (6-8) Fencing Coach

    Shady Hill School seeks an energetic and qualified individual to instruct a beginner fencing team in a safe and positive environment. Practices will begin the first week of December, from 2:15 to 3:15 PM, and conclude on February 9. Coaching and/or competition experience are required. This is a stipend-paid seasonal position. Shady Hill School is an independent PK-8 school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with the subject line "Fencing Coach" to Melissa Carver, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, at melissa.carver@shs.org.
  • Middle School (6-8) Fitness Elective Instructor

    Shady Hill School seeks an energetic and qualified individual to work closely with our youth to increase their overall fitness levels in a safe and positive environment. Sessions will begin the first week of December and conclude in mid-March. Sessions may run either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday from 2:15 to 3:15 PM. Proper fitness certification and experience instructing youth are required. This is a stipend-paid seasonal position. Shady Hill School is an independent PK-8 school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with the subject line "Fitness Instructor" to Melissa Carver, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, at melissa.carver@shs.org.
  • Middle School (6-8) Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

    Shady Hill School seeks an energetic and qualified individual to be its Varsity Middle School Boys Basketball Coach for the 2022-2023 winter season. Practices begin on November 29 and conclude on February 9, 2023. Practices are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15-5:00 PM. Games may be scheduled for Tuesday and/or Thursday, and coaches need to be available at 2:20 PM to travel with the team for away games. Coaching and/or playing experience are required. This is a stipend-paid seasonal position. Shady Hill School is an independent PK-8 school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with the subject line "Basketball Coach" to Melissa Carver, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, at melissa.carver@shs.org.
  • Middle School (6-8) Varsity Ice Hockey Coach

    Shady Hill School seeks an energetic and qualified individual to be its Varsity Middle School Ice Hockey Coach for the 2022-2023 winter season. Practices begin on November 29 and conclude on February 9, 2023. Practices are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:20-4:30 and games may be scheduled for Tuesday and/or Thursday. Coaching and/or playing experience are required. This is a stipend-paid seasonal position. Shady Hill School is an independent PK-8 school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references with the subject line "Ice Hockey Coach" to Melissa Carver, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, at melissa.carver@shs.org.
  • 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:

Maureen Nunez
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Shady Hill School
178 Coolidge Hill
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138