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Administrative Assistant for Events and Alumni Relations

Wildwood School is a preeminent, progressive coed, college-preparatory day school in West Los Angeles serving 750 students from kindergarten through 12th grade on two campuses. The school is seeking a collaborative Alumni Relations and Event Assistant to join a fast-paced, dynamic Advancement Department.

The Administrative Assistant for Events and Alumni Relations reports to both the Director of Development and the Director of Alumni Relations and works closely with others on the Advancement team. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for helping to grow Wildwood’s alumni program, writing and editing electronic communications, and executing departmental events. The Administrative Assistant also serves as a member of the Advancement team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Events Management

  • Plan and execute a series of special events, including: training and appreciation events, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Days, senior breakfasts, new parent cultivation, Alumni Day, alumni social events, and other events as needed
  • Create and maintain event plans and timelines necessary to coordinate mailings, track budget, and distribute event responsibilities amongst the team
  • Manage events from start to finish, including: invitation design and distribution, reminders and social media presence, vendor management, facilities set-up, guest/registration lists, event close-out, follow up, and database coordination
  • Assist with managing set-up, on-site production, and clean-up, as necessary
  • Collaborate with appropriate members of the Advancement team (and other school departments) to identify the goals, strategy, and outcome of each event and provide ongoing improvement in planning and implementation

Alumni Relations

  • Help grow and maintain relationships between Wildwood School and its alumni
  • Support the Alumni Council, alumni events, communications, social media, and other activities connecting alumni to the school
  • Solicit alumni content for newsletters and school publications, such as class notes, alumni profiles, lists of accomplishments and awards, etc.
  • Initiate regular correspondence with alumni through social media channels
  • Build strong and comprehensive records for alumni as part of the Raiser’s Edge database
  • Implement programs that create opportunities for alumni to volunteer, engage with, and financially support Wildwood School
  • Help develop and steward the alumni giving program, including annual giving and reunion giving
  • Organize affinity groups and social events that promote a sense of community and pride amongst alumni
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience managing events ranging in size and scope, preferably in an academic or non-profit setting
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks on time with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders within the school community, while maintaining appropriate professionalism and confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media tools
  • Experience with Raisers Edge or a similar donor database
  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, Wildwood’s mission, vision, and case for support of independent school education

Special Requirements

  • Some nights and weekends required
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds
  • Valid Driver’s License

Submission Process
Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, and related documents via email to hr@wildwood.org. No phone inquiries will be accepted. Comprehensive benefits offered, salary commensurate with experience. Please include in subject line “Events and Alumni Relations.” Click here for the PDF version of this job description.

Wildwood School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Digital Design and Entrepreneurship Institute Director

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its progressive pedagogy and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 750 students in three divisions on two campuses. Through its Outreach Center, Wildwood School has provided professional development programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries.

Reporting to the director of upper school, the founding DDE Institute Director will work collaboratively with other administrative and teaching colleagues to maintain a learner-centered, inclusive K-12 school community. Maximizing the myriad of resources available in Los Angeles and beyond, the DDE Institute at Wildwood School will embody the collaborative nature of the school’s mission and philosophy. In cohorts within and between grade levels throughout upper school (9-12), students will have opportunities to create, innovate, and imagine solutions to real world problems with mentoring from the institute director, Wildwood faculty, and experts in the field.

In addition to in-school work in classes and work groups, students will participate in after school and summer opportunities at Wildwood and in the community beyond. The director works with students, colleagues, and outside resources to surround students with information and access to resources that will allow for authentic, real-world work. Students will present their work at conferences and submit for publication in order to practice these important skills while sharing their experience, practice, and innovation.

The Digital Design and Entrepreneurship Institute at Wildwood School will provide scaffolding for structured exploration and connection to families and outside organizations as cohorts of students who gain entry into the program work together to identify areas of focus, nonprofits, companies, and people with whom to partner in the work, create a meaningful project or projects that will benefit the fields involved and participate in targeted, additional instruction coordinated by and often taught by the director.

The Digital Design and Entrepreneurship Institute director’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a scope and sequence or curriculum guides that supports faculty
  • Encouraging students to act as a peer support system for members of the cohort to succeed, nurture and develop student leaders
  • Identifying and fostering on behalf of Wildwood School and its students meaningful connections with related professionals in for-profit, non-profit, and educational organizations in Los Angeles and beyond
  • Teaching electives designed to ignite a passion for digital design and entrepreneurship
  • Leading appropriate K-12 faculty in developing programming that will support and benefit from the work within the institute program and cohort
  • Maintaining connections with Wildwood School graduates who’ve benefitted from the Institute as they continue related work in college and beyond
  • Staffing and/or recruiting, identifying, and coordinating staffing for related summer programs
  • Assisting with the development of language and assessments by collecting data that drives instructional goals
  • Working collaboratively with other administrative and teaching colleagues to foster a technologically dynamic, learner-centered, inclusive K-12 school community

Collaborating with appropriate others to:

  • Support directors in providing oversight of related visual arts, technology, and entrepreneurship curriculum development and classroom implementation of curriculum
  • Participate in admissions activities as needed

Successful candidates will demonstrate related experience in the field; possess a kind, firm, and empathetic demeanor; a collaborative, flexible nature; a commitment to issues of multiculturalism; and unquestioned professionalism and work ethic. Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree and exhibit a facility in design; entrepreneurship; and technology integration.

Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual’s experience, and will include Wildwood’s comprehensive benefit plan. To apply: Please send via email a cover letter, resume, and references to Alberto Duarte, HR director, at aduarte@wildwood.org. Please include the phrase “DDE Institute Director” in the subject line of your email. 

Director of Student Life, Grades 6-12

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its progressive pedagogy and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 750 students in three divisions on two campuses. Through its Outreach Center, Wildwood School has provided professional development programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries.

Reporting to the directors of middle and upper, the director of student life works collaboratively with other administrative and teaching colleagues to maintain a learner-centered, inclusive K-12 school community. The director of student life works closely with the three school directors, school counselor, academic services coordinator, assistant director of middle and upper, director of equity and inclusion, head of school, and others. An exceptional opportunity for an aspiring independent school leader, the director of student life will contribute to and learn in a thriving, established, and well-regarded day school known for innovative practices.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Setting tone and culture for student life in programming and daily functioning of the school
  • Serving as first-in-line in guiding students who have made choices that are inconsistent with the values and norms of Wildwood, focusing on an authentic, compassionate, and thoughtful response as students are held accountable for their actions
  • Supporting and communicating with parents regarding student progress
  • Coordinating student life at the school by expanding leadership opportunities, school council, clubs, and after school programs
  • Coordinating and supporting students in leading weekly All School Meetings
  • Developing and leading outdoor education programming
  • Working in close collaboration with the school counselor, organization and study skills teacher, and academic services coordinator to develop and execute strong advisory and mind/body (health and wellness) curricular programs
  • Acclimating new students to the Wildwood philosophy, program, and culture
  • Guiding faculty in developing specific programs as determined by administration and faculty (i.e. Global Citizenship, Technology Integration, and Community Involvement)
  • Serving as programmatic liaison on operational and technology committees of the school
  • Serving as back up to the school directors when needed and as assigned

Collaborating with appropriate others to:

  • Organize and facilitate weekly middle and upper school faculty meetings
  • Support faculty in working effectively with students in the classroom through observation and conferences as needed
  • Manage middle and upper school schedules
  • Create a master schedule and assign student schedules
  • Recruit, hire, and retain faculty and staff
  • Plan new faculty orientation, faculty professional development, and in-services
  • Formulate and review policies and procedures
  • Actively participate in and—with others—lead Wildwood’s efforts to build an increasingly multicultural school community, actively supporting students and families
  • Conduct admissions interviews and participate in admissions activities as needed, including serving on admissions committee

Candidates for the position should have significant related experience as a secondary teacher-leader or administrator; excellent oral and written communication skills; a kind, firm, empathetic demeanor; a collaborative, flexible nature; and a demonstrated comfort with and commitment to issues of multiculturalism. Experience and belief in progressive education, project-based learning, and standards-based assessment highly preferred. Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree.

Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual’s experience, and will include Wildwood’s comprehensive benefit plan. To apply, please send via email a cover letter, resume, and references to Emily Johnson and Jenn Spellman c/o Christina McCrary at cmccrary@wildwood.org. Please include the phrase “Director of Student Life” in the subject line of your email.

Elementary School K-5 Science Teacher

Wildwood School provides students with a rigorously intellectual and innovative academic program, preparing them to become individuals who are reflective, ethically grounded, and confident in their ability to learn and lead amid the competing priorities of a complex, evolving, and multicultural world.

The Wildwood program focuses on project-based learning, a proven methodology that blends math, science, the arts, and humanities to provide students with a deep educational experience. Wildwood emphasizes problem-solving and academic mastery. Life skills, community involvement, and the Habits of Mind and Heart are woven into the curriculum.


We are seeking an experienced and innovative Elementary (K-5) Science Teacher with an expertise and passion for environmental sciences and who has a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, early elementary students. Wildwood teachers are expected to be leaders with core principles that reflect those stated in our Mission Statement, utilizing the Life Skills and Habits of Mind and Heart we wish our students to learn and exhibit. All Wildwood teachers are responsible for implementing a high-quality, rigorous academic program that supports the intellectual and social/emotional development of each child. The curriculum emphasizes a project-based, hands-on approach in which children learn to think critically and creatively.

We are looking for candidates who have an environmental science background, experience in progressive education, and a solid understanding of the academic, social, and emotional development of early elementary students. The core responsibilities for this position include daily instruction and management of the classroom and the following duties:

  • Collaborating with colleagues in designing and managing the K-12 science curriculum
  • Creating, planning, and delivering daily curricula that meets the goals of the K-5 science scope and sequence, with a heavy concentration on K-2
  • Creating lesson plans and gathering instructional materials for the science lab
  • Guiding and supporting student learning, differentiating appropriately
  • Consulting with school resources to support learning and growth of each student
  • Regularly assessing the progress of each student to plan and support student growth and development
  • Maintaining professional and timely communication with parents regarding students’ academic progress
  • Writing clear and concise progress reports to communicate students’ progress and learning needs to parents and students
  • Meeting administrative deadlines in a timely manner (e.g. narratives, Child Abuse Reporting Acknowledgement, etc.)
  • Attending all faculty meetings (divisional, K-12, department, committee, etc.) and other school events, including three exhibition evenings and weekly All School Meeting
  • Collaborating with colleagues, maintaining healthy and respectful communication
  • Participating in professional development activities, both internal (led by directors, teachers, and visiting lecturers) and external (visiting similar schools, attending conferences, etc.)
  • Purchasing, with approval of school director, instructional materials
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly classroom/laboratory
  • Contributing to the care and use of the elementary campus garden and outdoor classroom
  • Supporting social and emotional development of students through caring interactions and instruction, and, more formally through multicultural programming
  • Participating in ad hoc committees relating to Core Responsibilities and the functioning of a grade, discipline, division, etc.
  • Collaborating and leading curricular coordination, growth, or professional development when called upon
  • Participating in shared duties (student drop-off, afternoon pick-up, morning supervisions, etc.)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and elementary teaching certification
  • Minimum of three years-experience teaching early elementary grades
  • Demonstrated subject-matter competency through appropriate coursework and references
  • Experience with and passion for pedagogical practices grounded in hands-on, project-based learning and in creating appropriate standards-based curriculum in accordance with these philosophies
  • Experience developing interdisciplinary units and lessons using various curriculum development tools (Backwards Design, Understanding by Design, etc.)
  • Experience organizing and managing a student-centered classroom that includes age-appropriate and multi-culturally responsive classroom management practices
  • Experience creating and maintaining caring classroom environments where instructional time is dedicated to subject based-learning and exploration, community-building, conflict resolution, and empowering students to be agents for positive social and environmental change
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills as well as a desire to collaborate with all K-12 faculty and staff, students, and families to help maintain a positive whole school community
  • High level of professionalism, positive attitude, and a strong work ethic

To apply, please send via email a cover letter, resume, and application to Adriana Gonzalez at agonzalez@wildwood.org. Please include the phrase “Elementary School Science Teacher” in the subject line of your email.

Middle and Upper School Athletics Coaches

Wildwood offers a robust athletics program with over 70% of middle and upper school students participating in one or more sports. Wildwood coaches are professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic mentors who possess effective management skills as well as the experience to provide sport-specific training and skill development for student athletes.

Wildwood fields competitive teams in the following sports: Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Cross-Country, Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Golf, and Tennis.

Wildwood seeks exemplary coaches and accepts applications throughout the year from qualified candidates. If you are interested in a coaching position at Wildwood, please send a cover letter and resume to Athletics Director Billy DuMone at bdumone@wildwood.org.

Coaching positions available for the 2017-2018 school year:

Fall
Middle School Girls Volleyball

Winter
Middle School Basketball
Middle School Soccer

Spring
Middle School Boys Volleyball
Middle School Tennis


K–12th grades, authentically progressive since 1971.

Elementary School

12201 Washington Place
Los AngelesCA 90066
(310) 397-3134

Middle and Upper School

11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los AngelesCA 90064
(310) 478-7189
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