Employment

 
Virginia Chance School looks for employees who possess high intellect and content-area knowledge, who are creative and passionate about teaching and learning and leading. Chance seeks out those who have strong communication skills, and who are productive and energetic with strong work ethics, and who value their relationships with students, colleagues, and families. We explicitly look for those that understand and have studied the core tenets of Progressive Education or has taught in a Progressive Program. If you are in need of a Progressive Ed refresher, please see this article so that we may have an informed discussion about classroom expectations in the interview process: Progressive Education.

The school welcomes employment inquiries at any time during the year. In general, most interviewing and hiring for teaching positions occur during the months of May, June and July; however, positions are filled throughout the year as openings become available. Active openings are kept up to date daily and linked below. 

Individuals interested in exploring employment opportunities at the school should select the opportunity below and follow the Pre-Application Requirments through the Indeed Job Posting. Once those steps are completed in Indeed, please email the attached Application for Employment with cover letter, resume, and pertinent supporting documents to the attention of:

Dr. Betsy Fitch
Head of School - Virginia Chance School
 
Virginia Chance School encourages and actively seeks applications from a diverse faculty, staff, and school administrators. The school is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, gender religion, national origin age, sexual orientation, or disability. As a learning environment that fosters socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem-solvers, Virginia Chance School is an inclusive community with a welcoming spirit. We seek to embrace and celebrate each person’s individuality, and recognize the full spectrum of cultural traditions and life experiences in our community. We invite each other to understand and value multiple perspectives, to identify and reject stereotypes and biases, and to work for equity and peace within the school and beyond.
 

The diversity we affirm includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, or ability. We uphold this commitment by being welcoming to all our families; by enriching our student body, staff and board with members from varied backgrounds; and by learning with our children how to become compassionate citizens of our world. Through these efforts to engage across differences, we connect in our shared humanity and prepare our children for a lifetime of meaningful, peaceful relationships at home and in the world.

 

Employment Opportunities:

Start Date: Jan 4, 2021
 
Purpose of Position: An enthusiastic and positive accountant who feels at home with all the ages and stages of childhood development; responsible for standard business accounting and support; has a growth mindset and is a lifelong learner.
 
Qualifications: Virginia Chance School looks for employees who possess a high intellect and content-area knowledge, who are creative and passionate about their chosen field. Chance seeks out those who have strong communication skills, and who are productive and energetic with strong work ethics, and who value their relationships with students, colleagues, and families.
 
Responsibilities:
 
Accounts Receivable:
  • Student Billing and collections
  • Tuition Invoices
  • Enrichment Invoices
  • Chums Invoices
  • Auction Billing
  • Miscellaneous Billing
 
Accounts Payable:
  • Match up invoices with supporting paperwork
  • Prepare for input to the accounting system
  • Enter into the accounting system
  • Print AP Checks matching payment support to invoices
 
Payroll & Benefits Support:
  • Assist Director of Finance with spreadsheets
  • Account reconciliations for GL Accounts
  • Payroll Backup Support
 
Bank Reconciliations (multiple bank accounts)
Various GL account reconciliations
Help with year-end audit/review processes
 
 
To apply for this position please complete the Application For Employment, in the above drop-down link. Kindly submit your letter of introduction and the application form to Betsy Fitch, Ed.D, Head of School at betsy@chanceschool.org
Start Date: Jan 4, 2021
 
Purpose of Position: An enthusiastic and positive human resources professional who feels at home with all the ages and stages of childhood development; responsible for standard business accounting and support; has a growth mindset and is a lifelong learner.
 
Qualifications: Virginia Chance School looks for employees who possess a high intellect and content-area knowledge, who are creative and passionate about their chosen field. Chance seeks out those who have strong communication skills, and who are productive and energetic with strong work ethics, and who value their relationships with students, colleagues, and families.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Payroll Support
  • Onboard New Employees
  • Managing Retirement Program
 
Prefer Experience with:
  • SAGE
  • PayChex
  • MS Office
  • Google Applications: Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides
     
     
    To apply for this position please complete the Application For Employment, in the above drop-down link. Kindly submit your letter of introduction and the application form to Betsy Fitch, Ed.D, Head of School at betsy@chanceschool.org

Hours: Permanent, 30 hrs/week with Benefits/$16.00 per hour
Responsible to: Building & Grounds

Purpose of Position: The Grounds Assistant works under the direction of the Director of Grounds & Historic Preservation.  This individual will be assigned responsibilities both inside and outside the building. He/she will be responsible to walk the grounds/building and share any potential issues observed with the Director in an effort to prevent bigger issues or potential injuries.  

Qualifications/Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent.

  1. Punctual attendance, hard worker, honest
  2. Clean Background
  3. Prefer at least one year of experience, but willing to train - if willing to learn.
  4. Valid Driver’s License
  5. The ability to work with others (administration, faculty, staff and students)


Responsibilities: The Grounds Assistant will be responsible for care and maintenance of a number of projects on campus, both inside the building and outside on the grounds.

Beginning responsibilities will include:

  1. Light carpentry, painting, ability to work while on a ladder(small jobs - big projects are outsourced), minimal custodial 
  2. Weeding, mulching, watering
  3. Keeping walkways clean and free of debris both inside and outside (leaves/snow/ice)
  4. Setup/teardown of special events/meetings
  5. Playground and field learning spaces - inspections of equipment and areas, removal of trash, refilling of handwashing stations
  6. Ability to lift and move 50#
  7. Use of power tools (weedeater, drill, power washer, etc.)
  8. Recycling, composting, and trash pick up around campus
  9. Being a presence on the grounds and building a knowledge base of grounds needs
  10.  Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Grounds and Historic Preservation

 

To apply for this position please complete the Application For Employment, in the above drop-down link. Kindly submit your letter of introduction and the application form to Betsy Fitch, Ed.D, Head of School at fitch.betsy@chanceschool.org

Hours: Before and after school; flexible hours 
Responsible to: Director of Extended Programs
Salary: $15.00/hour

Purpose of Position: Support children before and after school by providing fun, outdoor learning, and hands-on experiences for children 2-11 years old. Knowledge of Positive Discipline and Progressive Education preferred.

Qualifications:
Enthusiastic, creative, and curious; strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills; ability to work independently and also collaboratively; ability to work with teams; commitment to modeling and promoting equity and inclusion; experience planning events or activities for children and communicating with parents; love for the outdoors with interest or experience in outdoor learning; interest in progressive education desired.
 
Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in education or a related field.
 
CPR and first aid certifications desired
 
Responsibilities: 
  • Punctual
  • Responsible
  • Work with children before and after school
  • Maintain a safe, engaging and nurturing environment for children



To apply for this position please complete the Application For Employment, in the above drop-down link. Kindly submit your letter of introduction and the application form to Tiffany Camp, Director of Extended Programs at tiffany@chanceschool.org

 

We asked the teachers about teaching at Virginia Chance School and here is what THEY said:
 
  • We have small class sizes—each classroom has two teachers and our classroom ratios are very low
  • We form real and meaningful relationships—with other teachers, administrators, parents and the children
    People want to be here so there is a positive work environment
  • We are an outdoor-integrated school so the environment is healthy and enriching and we promote that learning
  • We have and show mutual respect between parents, teachers, administrators and the children
    The environment is healthy and positive
  • There is consistency in providing a progressive education throughout the school, from 2s-5 th grade and in how we treat one another
  • There is collaboration with other teachers—both classroom and specialist teachers
  • We have outstanding parental support so have a partnership between school and home
  • We are both a preschool and an elementary school so we have multiple ages and interactions
  • There are two teachers in every classroom who are qualified partner teachers; co-teaching provides support and shared work, better differentiation, more opportunities and true collaboration
  • We follow best practices in education based on current research
  • We have multiage classes at the elementary level so we get to have the children for two years and really know them well
  • We have a beautiful school and 26 acres including exceptional outdoor learning spaces
  • We really do focus on the whole child and equally value cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical abilities
  • We value play and every child has playtime, from the twos through fifth grade
  • Every decision is based on what’s best for the child and that is evident and clear
  • We have Specialists for both Preschoolers and Elementary students
  • We get to teach in a stimulating and creative environment
  • We have a family and community atmosphere here
  • The children are excited about school and learning, and we have few discipline challenges
  • Teachers get to learn effective parenting skills as well
  • Parents are happy, and partnerships between teachers and parents are positive
  • Teachers are supported—by other teachers, Directors, Administrators and a Resource Teacher
  • We are a School of Compassion and treat one another, people, animals and our earth with compassion
  • We have wonderful classroom materials, supplies, and equipment
  • We all have paid planning time
  • It is fun to teach here