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 Learning Specialist

    Specific Responsibilities:
    • Utilizing a flexible push-in, pull-out model, provide direct academic support to middle school students in math and humanities 
    • Partner with the Middle School Director of Learning Resources and faculty to interpret results of and implement recommendations from student’s neuropsychological evaluations 
    • Teach one section of English Enrichment (50 min. class, 4x/week, course description below)
    • Support students by providing observational and/or assessment data about students’ experience and performance in classes and working together to differentiate instruction
    • Maintain close communication with individual classroom teachers and families regarding student progress and supports in place, including parent conferences and team meetings as necessary 
    • Work with students, teachers, and families to develop support plans for school and home and help to ensure continuity between school and home where appropriate 
    • Attend team meetings, as well as required meetings of the faculty and the Learning Resources Department
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  • Physical Education Teacher and Coach

    Specific Responsibilities:
    • Teach select physical education classes in grades PreK-8
    • Coach a 6-8 athletic team each of the three seasons
    • Attend weekly curriculum planning and department meetings
    • Write reports on student progress
    • Provide department office support and assist with major events, such as Movement Assembly and Fitness Night
    • Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings, sitting on committees, participating in admissions activities and covering duties and other routine faculty responsibilities
    • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including faculty summer study, travel grants, and yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees
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  • Shop and Studio Arts Teacher

    Basic Purpose: This full-time position will be teaching the fundamentals of woodshop, clay, drawing, painting, and printmaking to elementary and middle school students.  The position may also include teaching responsibilities in our Grade VII-VIII StudioSpaces arts elective program.
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Administrative & Staff Openings

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  • Administrative Assistant (Start Date August 2021)

    Basic Purpose: The Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Head of School and Chief Equity Officer provides confidential, consistent and professional support. Possessing excellent organizational, writing and editing skills and an ability to anticipate the needs of the office, the administrative assistant takes initiative to make the work of the Assistant Head and Chief Equity Officer more efficient. 
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  • Multimedia Marketing Specialist

    Basic Purpose: Shady Hill School is seeking a talented and energetic Multimedia Marketing Specialist to take a leading role in the creation, management, and execution of multimedia e-marketing content. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the School’s Multimedia Marketing Specialist will inform and engage the School’s external audience by creating marketing content that reflects the vibrant and diverse set of voices that make up the Shady Hill community.
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  • Summer IT Assistant

    Job Summary:
    This is a full-time, hourly, temporary position beginning in May/June (dependent on candidate availability) and ending in late August.  The Summer IT Assistant will assist with cleaning equipment, hardware testing, computer setup/provisioning, laptop cart cord management, inventorying of equipment, and the setup of technology in teaching spaces, meeting spaces, and offices. The ideal candidate would be a current college student with an interest in information technology.  Understanding of and experience with computer networking tasks is beneficial.  

    All summer staff will be required to adhere to all campus and classroom health and safety protocols. Shady Hill is requiring that summer staff members are vaccinated for COVID-19. 
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Other Openings

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  • Classroom Assistant

    Shady Hill School has an exciting new position for those interested in exploring education as a career path and looking to work in a school setting for the 2020 - 2021 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 (Beginners through Grade V). Placement of CAs will be based on candidates’ experience and interests in specific grade levels.
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  • PE Substitute Teacher

    Basic Purpose: Shady Hill is looking for a potential Substitute PE Teacher for May and June
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  • Substitute Teacher

    We are currently taking applications for substitute teaching positions in our Lower and Middle School. 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.
    Please send a cover letter, resume and references to:
  • Summer Programs Seasonal Staff

    Shady Hill School seeks seasonal staff to provide supervision of children throughout the Summer Programs at Shady Hill School.  Summer at Shady Hill School offers summer enrichment programs to children of all communities aged 5 to 14  years old.  We provide a safe, fun, supportive environment in which children can explore new, challenging, and educational experiences, learn from positive role models, and have the opportunity to build new skills based upon individual interests.

    All program staff must be 18 years old by  June 01, 2021.  
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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