Adolescent Teacher & House Parent
Company: Arthur Morgan School
Posted on: January 15, 2022
Description of school: Arthur Morgan School is a small,
alternative boarding and day school for 27 students in grades 7-9.
Our 100 acre campus, located in the Black Mountains of North
Carolina, consists mainly of woods and meadows, with creeks and a
pond; it is surrounded by National Forest. The school fosters a
loving, energetic living/learning community dedicated to supporting
individuality while teaching group cooperation. A balance is sought
between academics, outdoor activities, and meaningful work.
Experiential learning and responsible participation in community
are emphasized throughout. Boarding students live in homes with two
or three staff members, and the entire community actively shares
work, study, play, and decision-making.
General Responsibilities: It takes a lot of energy to work here. We
have intense work schedules-usually 60 plus hours per week. Our
work calendar generally follows a conventional school year
calendar, with some additional work required during students'
breaks. AMS is staff-run by consensus; we have no director or
headmaster. All staff are expected to attend our two weekly staff
meetings, two of our four Board Meetings, and to participate in
running the school cooperatively. Everyone is also expected to
attend our weekly student-run All School Meeting and to participate
in work projects with the kids. Most of the staff is also involved
in planning and leading backpacking/outdoor trips, our 18 day field
trips, and any other special field trips or projects/activities we
might plan to do.
House Parenting Responsibilities: House parenting is a
time-intensive position that involves living in a boarding house
with 4 to 5 students, a co-houseparent, and perhaps an intern. Both
couples and single people are considered for house parenting
positions. A healthy, respectful working relationship is key to all
house parent pairs. Responsibilities of house parents include:
running the household (facilitating student's chores, cooking meals
and housework projects), identifying and working on general care of
the house and grounds (including yard work, the maintenance of the
appearance of the boarding house etc.), managing a house budget
with a monthly house allowance, helping students with homework, and
having fun with the kids in daily life as well as in special house
activities. House parents act in loco parentis-in the place of
parents-and fill the role of limit setter and authority figure as
well as friend and confidant. The position requires the sharing of
one's personal space (one's home) and one's self (being "real'').
This usually results in very strong and rewarding relationships
between house parents and the students in their homes.
Additional Responsibilities: House parenting is half of a full-time
position and is combined with other duties to create a full-time
position. These other duties can include: teaching core academic
classes (Math, Science, English, Art or Social Studies) or
electives (performing or visual arts, outdoor skills, woodworking,
sports and games, etc.); participating in ongoing maintenance of
the school grounds and buildings; leading sports and games;
finances and administration; participation in staff committees;
fundraising and grant-writing; cooking and chore supervision. All
AMS staff are people with a variety of skills, talents, and
interests, and our jobs cover a wide array of responsibilities at
Requirements: You must be committed to alternative education; be
interested in learning: enjoy being around teenagers; be able to
work cooperatively with other adults; and enjoy a simple lifestyle
that includes physical work and outdoor activities. Experience in
the position for which you are applying is an asset. Willingness to
learn about and work within the consensus process is essential.
Flexibility and a sense of humor are also very important. We ask
for at least a two year commitment from new staff members, as it
takes a year for new staff to become acclimated to our program.
Benefits: Staff receive room and board, and a salary of about
$16,500. Most staff members have been able to find affordable
health care through the ACA.
To Apply: Please send a resume with a cover letter stating why you
want to work at AMS, how AMS fits into your on-going interests, and
describing any relevant past experience. Call for specific job
descriptions, information about openings or with questions. We
typically review resumes and letters of interest every few weeks
and phone interview several persons chosen from the pool of
applicants. After a positive phone interview, we invite applicants
to interview in person on our campus for two days and two nights.
This visit includes time for both formal and informal interviews
with applicants and includes the opportunity for applicants to work
with students and staff as we progress through our daily schedule.
During this process we are interested in staff and student
interactions with and observations of the applicant, and we are
interested in the applicant's questions and observations of our
The Arthur Morgan School, Inc. is committed to equality of
opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students
employees based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion
sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, or
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