Careers

Founded in 1963, the Montclair Cooperative School (the Co-op) is an independent progressive day school educating children from preschool through eighth grade. For 60 years Montclair Cooperative School has been dedicated to providing engaging, creative, multi-disciplinary learning as a rigorous preparation for high school and beyond. Today, the Co-op remains deeply committed to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and develop exceptional social skills, along with a deep sense of community and social justice.

The Montclair Cooperative School fully and actively supports equal opportunity for all people. We comply with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.

ALL OPEN POSITIONS ARE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE.

CAREERS
Early Ages Head Teacher

Position

The Montclair Cooperative School is seeking a progressive, energetic Early Ages Head Teacher to join our dynamic team for the 2024-2025 school year.

About the School

Founded in 1963, the Montclair Cooperative School (the Co-op) is an independent, progressive, co-educational school, serving approximately 135 students from Early Ages through eighth grade. We are a community of students, teachers and parents dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually, creatively and emotionally while developing exceptional social skills and a deep sense of community responsibility. The Co-op’s whole-child curriculum is interdisciplinary, emphasizing inquiry, diversity, critical thinking and deep understanding, while supporting individualized social and emotional growth.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Early Ages Head Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and differentiated instruction for students in Early Ages.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and design developmentally appropriate educational programs and lessons for 2.5 to 3.5 year old children.
  • Support students with their social-emotional development with a strong focus on health and wellness;
  • Provide opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration and problem-solving;
  • Create and provide a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another;
  • Conduct informal and formal learning assessments to be responsive to an individualized approach for student growth;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Communicate with families about students’ learning through frequent updates, parent-teacher conferences, and student progress reports;
  • Continue to develop professionally by actively participating in professional development opportunities within the independent school community;
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials that support individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student;
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies;
  • Participate in faculty and curriculum development meetings and committees as requested;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Masters preferred
  • Effective organizational skills including but not limited to lesson planning, implementing units of study, differentiating instruction, designing and implementing assessments
  • A working knowledge of and an embracing of a progressive educational approach
  • A clear commitment to the mission of the Montclair Cooperative School
  • Excellent time management skills and be detail and goal oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be a strong team player and have experience working collaboratively with peers to implement an academically robust, engaging, and integrated curriculum
  • Solid organizational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly resourceful and motivated – a “self-starter” with initiative, energy and enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to interact well with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a statement of educational philosophy to careers@montclaircoop.org. Only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CAREERS
Middle School Humanities (Social Studies) Teacher

Position

The Montclair Cooperative School is seeking a progressive, energetic Middle School Humanities (Social Studies) Teacher  to join our dynamic team for the 2024-2025 school year.

About the School

Founded in 1963, the Montclair Cooperative School (the Co-op) is an independent, progressive, co-educational school, serving approximately 135 students from Early Ages through eighth grade. We are a community of students, teachers and parents dedicated to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually, creatively and emotionally while developing exceptional social skills and a deep sense of community responsibility. The Co-op’s whole-child curriculum is interdisciplinary, emphasizing inquiry, diversity, critical thinking and deep understanding, while supporting individualized social and emotional growth.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and design developmentally appropriate educational social studies curriculum and differentiated instruction for students in grades 6-8;
  • Support students with their social-emotional development;
  • Work closely with learning specialists to create and implement both learning support and enrichment activities;
  • Provide opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, and the use of technology;
  • Create and provide a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another;
  • Conduct informal and formal learning assessments to be responsive to an individualized approach for student growth;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Communicate with families about students’ learning through frequent updates, parent-teacher conferences, and student progress reports;
  • Continue to develop professionally by actively participating in professional development opportunities within the independent school community;
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials that support individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student;
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies;
  • Participate in faculty and curriculum development meetings and committees as requested;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications  

  • Master’s Degree (preferred) , in education with a specialization in social studies, or equivalent. At least 5 years of successful experience as a classroom teacher with middle school students
  • A deep understanding of effective social studies instruction and content
  • Effective organizational skills including but not limited to lesson planning, implementing units of study, differentiating instruction, designing and implementing assessments
  • A working knowledge of and an embracing of a progressive educational approach
  • An understanding of child/adolescent development and how social emotional factors impact learning
  • A clear commitment to the mission of the Montclair Cooperative School
  • Excellent time management skills and be detail and goal oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be a strong team player and have some experience working collaboratively with peers to implement an academically robust, engaging, and integrated curriculum
  • Solid organizational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly resourceful and motivated – a “self-starter” with initiative, energy and enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to interact well with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a statement of educational philosophy to careers@montclaircoop.org. Only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

CAREERS
Substitute Teacher

Position

The Montclair Cooperative School is seeking substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 school year.  

About the School

The Montclair Cooperative School is an independent Early Ages through Eighth grade school founded in 1963 and located in Montclair, NJ. We have an enrollment of  approximately 140 students, a program that is progressive and a community that is highly collaborative. 

Qualifications

Substitute Teacher candidates should have past experience as a teacher, or working in a school setting, or in other programs with children such as camp or childcare.  The ideal candidate is positive, fun, flexible, open-minded, patient, with a good sense of humor, and a genuinely child-centered approach.  We are searching for substitute teachers who are self-starters and can lead a class with a given plan independently or in partnership with an assistant teacher.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@montclaircoop.org. Please indicate how you learned of the opportunity and with which age groups of children you feel confident working.  Please understand that due to volume, only candidates selected to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.