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

Current Openings

Upper School Spanish Teacher and Advisor

Start date on or about August 14, 2019

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is seeking a full-time Upper School teacher and advisor to join our staff for the fall of 2019. The teacher will join an Upper School team committed to continually developing a rigorous, student-centered, and mission-driven curriculum. The position will be centered in the Modern Languages department, but opportunities exist to teach electives in other areas, as determined by the school’s needs and the teacher’s areas of expertise and interest. CFS offers teachers an opportunity to engage with students in and out of the classroom, and utilizes a narrative-based approach to student evaluation instead of letter or number grades.

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

Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching 5 class sections in the Upper School, likely at least 4 in Spanish

  • Strong candidates should feel comfortable teaching Spanish from beginning Spanish I through Advanced Spanish (5th level), a literary and discourse-based course

  • Leading an advisee group of approximately 10 students

  • Participating in at least one school-wide committee and, for the first 2 years of employment, an extensive orientation and mentoring program

  • Participating in the Upper School’s End of Year program

Strong candidates will:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in field relevant to teaching high school Spanish. An advanced degree in either Spanish or Education is preferred

  • Demonstrate fluency, both written and spoken, in Spanish and English

  • Have experience teaching Spanish and a rich repertoire of teaching strategies to engage a variety of learning styles

  • Demonstrate a familiarity and comfort with a variety of pedagogical practices

  • Demonstrate the cultural competence necessary to lead trips to  Spanish-speaking countries

  • Demonstrate a love for adolescents and an understanding of their intellectual, social, and emotional needs

  • Enjoy mentoring and supporting teenagers in a wide variety of ways and contexts, demonstrating an understanding of the primacy of relationships in teaching adolescents

  • Enjoy collaborating on curriculum development with colleagues within and outside of the department

  • Employ technology in a variety of ways in the classroom, including utilizing a Learning Management System

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and interest in Quaker values as embodied by the CFS community

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


Who We Are:

The Upper School at CFS strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and can help 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

• Three letters of recommendation, including their names and contact information

Please complete all these documents into one complete packet and submit to jobopenings@cfsnc.org. Please indicate Upper School Spanish 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 Spanish Teacher in the subject line of the email.  All letters of reference must be received in order for application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until Tuesday, March 5, 2019. 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.


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