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

Current Openings

Upper School Music Teacher

Position to start on or about August 14, 2019

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is seeking an Upper School Music Teacher (benefits-eligible)  to join our staff. The teacher will join an Upper School team committed to developing a vigorous, student-centered and mission-driven curriculum. CFS offers teachers an opportunity to engage with students on a variety of levels in and out of the classroom, and utilizes a holistic, narrative-based evaluation system.

Teachers at CFS enjoy a school community committed to a pedagogy rooted in Quaker values and philosophy. We strive to collaborate toward the realization of every child’s highest potential in the classroom, community, and wider world.

The Position

This teacher’s responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching a minimum of 4 electives in the Upper School in music and related electives

  • Leading and managing the Upper School’s Quaker N'Oats a capella group

  • Providing audio technology support to the Performing Arts Center  

  • Participation in staff meetings/staff development, and, for the first 2 years of employment, an extensive orientation and mentoring program

Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrate an ability to teach instrumental music through flexible ensembles that include non-traditional instrumentation and students of varying skill levels

  • Demonstrate an ability to teach vocal music, which may include traditional chorus, a cappella groups, and/or musical theater

  • Demonstrate an ability to offer creative electives that would be open to all levels of musical skill

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for and knowledge of a variety of music styles and traditions, and an appreciation of the cultural context of various forms of music  

  • Enjoy working with, mentoring, and supporting teenagers in a variety of ways

  • Demonstrate a willingness to be adaptable, patient, and flexible

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional growth and an enthusiasm for learning in community

  • Help our students to make music a positive part of their lives

  • In the context of our Quaker environment, help to make art a real-life experience

  • Express willingness to understand how power and inequality, influenced by factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and learning and physical disabilities impact our students and families

  • Demonstrate an affinity for and interest in Quaker values as expressed in the CFS community

Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music, or music education

  • Experience in teaching music

  • Demonstrated understanding of the primacy of relationships in teaching adolescents, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of partnering with parents in the lives of children

  • Possession of diverse pedagogical tools and methods suited for a wide range of student learning needs


Who We Are:

The Upper School at Carolina Friends strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and create a safe place for the exploration of themselves and the world. Students and teachers address one another without titles as an expression of the equality we see in one another.  We believe that a child’s secondary education experience should challenge them to develop the critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills that not only prepare students for life beyond graduation, but also for participation in the world as active agents right now. We require students to have a wide variety of curricular experiences, from traditional academic requirements to extensive work in the arts and community service. Upper School students are asked to see themselves as stewards of the whole community.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Statement of Educational Philosophy

  • Names and contact information for 3 references

Please compile all these documents into one complete packet and submit to jobopenings@cfsnc.org.  Please indicate Upper School Music Teacher in the email subject line.

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate Upper School Music 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 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 Job 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.