A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Current Openings

Durham Early School Lead Teacher

Start Date on or around August 15, 2019

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School’s Durham Early School seeks candidates for a lead teacher position with our four-year-old group. This teacher will also co-teach with the three-year-old and the five/six-year-old teachers in a mixed-age early school. Our Durham Early School is influenced by Quaker philosophy and pedagogy and inspired by practices in the schools of Reggio Emilia.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Planning and implementing an emergent curriculum
  • Observing and documenting the children and their work

  • Effectively communicating with parents and other teachers

  • Working collaboratively with teaching staff

  • Researching best practices for early childhood programs

  • Creating and maintaining aesthetically pleasing and organized indoor and outdoor classroom environments

  • Attending continuing educational opportunities throughout the school year

Traits and Requirements:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or a combination of relevant education/experience

  • In-depth experience as an early childhood educator

  • An interest in and curiosity about the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning

  • Keen observation skills and experience in planning for an emergent/negotiated curriculum

  • Strong intra/interpersonal skills and organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to co-teach in a shared classroom

  • Must be creative and flexible, possess a sense of humor, and able to view one’s work as “nothing without joy”

  • An understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School’s mission

  • Willingness to understand how power and inequality, influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc. impact our students and families

  • Certification in Infant/Child CPR, Basic First Aid


Carolina Friends School’s Early School

As early childhood educators, we strive to align our thinking and teaching with a research-based understanding of how children learn and grow. We foster social-emotional development and healthy relationships by knowing each student well and attending carefully to their needs and interests; we enable meaningful inquiry through class projects and experiences in the natural world; we build community through collaborative work and shared decision making; and we empower student autonomy through structured and unstructured play to enable the development of self-esteem, creativity, problem-solving, and cognitive development. Ours is a pedagogy of joy, in a culture of belonging and perpetual learning.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, in one complete PDF file, the following to jobopenings@cfsnc.org, with DES Lead Teacher indicated in the subject line:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Statement of Educational Philosophy

  • Names and contact information for three references, with letters to be submitted

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate DES Lead Teacher in the subject line of the email. All letters of reference must be received in order for the application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS employment opportunities page.

Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and program.

                      CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.