Current Openings & Application

Who We Are:

We are a rapport-based independent school who is proud of our roots in the Vail Valley. As a group, we are made up of active people who are committed to instilling the value of our natural surroundings to the next generation through education, responsibility, and kindness. VMS is a caring and thoughtful organization committed to the lives of our employees. We offer a competitive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision insurance plans designed to fit the needs of our faculty and staff. We offer a monthly wellness benefit reimbursement as well as FSA and HSA options depending on your health insurance elections. We focus on the professional development of our faculty and staff through individual professional development opportunities. Vail Mountain School is proud to offer competitive compensation based on your life experience.
 
In order to develop character, seek knowledge, and build community, Vail Mountain School is dedicated to addressing institutional and individual inequities in order to holistically support the well-being and success of our community members. We are committed to approaching the topic of inclusivity as rigorously as we do our academics, learning side by side as a cross-age community. We aim to acknowledge the past societal failures of silence and passivity, especially prevalent in our educational institutions, as we strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for every student.
 

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@vms.edu
 

Open Positions

 

Learning Above & Beyond Program Teacher

Vail Mountain School is seeking a Project Based Learning Specialist for the Learning Above & Beyond Program. The Learning Above & Beyond program (LA&B) is a personalized and project-based middle school classroom in which students deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, and rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. You will not see traditional textbooks. Students find their unique identities as learners and gain the most important skills in education (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and self-management) by exploring what matters most to them - all while still developing their literacy and numeracy understanding. You will be a guiding teacher to lead a group of students in their pursuit of meaningful educational experiences and the development of their success skills.

Who You Are:
  • A “raise your hand” type of person. You’re interested in participating in school events like after school academy, field trips, sitting at lunch tables, assisting with carpool, hut trips, and Ski Fridays (or alternative winter outdoor activities). You are ready to participate fully in the life of the school.
  • Curious about life and a love of lifelong learning with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A person with a deep understanding and belief in Project Based Learning.
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong culture of self-directed learning.
  • Customer service orientation with the ability to give and receive feedback and get a positive response.
  • A person who fosters an inclusive workplace built on equitable policies and procedures. You are also able to engage a diverse team of co-workers and students.
  • Able to communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, colleagues, and volunteers.
  • Ready to attend related meetings and assist with afternoon/evening programs; some of which may occur outside of the school day.
  • Actively promoting the mission of the school.
  • Committed to pursuing professional development and are a life-long learner.
  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university required; advanced degree preferred.
  • You are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and their integration into our school. You consider yourself culturally competent and so do your co-workers.
What You Will Do:
  • Facilitate a truly customized education for 12 learners in a self-contained classroom.
  • Foster student agency by supporting students in identifying their strengths, needs, and interests as learners .
  • Facilitate and support the design process for students to build individual projects. 
  • Build rapport with students, holding them accountable to their goals and delivering the ‘best work they can do'.
  • Create meaningful exhibitions of student work to both celebrate student accomplishments and help students reflect on their progress.
  • Collaborate with various constituents in and out of the building to support student growth.
  • Encourage students to track their own progress and document their process.
  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Attend related meetings which may occur outside of the school day.
  • Ensure adherence to Formal Accommodation Plans in cooperation with Division Directors and the Student Support Services team.
  • Help students with executive functioning, planning, and long term organization.
  • Participate fully in the life of the school.
  • Provide general supervision of students
  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Attend related meetings which may occur outside of the school day.
  • Assist with afternoon and evening programs as requested.
  • Participate in orientation, field trips, hut trips and Ski Fridays (as needed).
  • Advocate for and ensure that diversity, inclusion, and social justice permeates the school's programs and drives its culture.
  • Jump into help when your team is in need. This might include covering classes, skiing or snowshoeing with students, hopping onto a field trip that needs to be covered.

Grade 2 & 3 Reading Teacher

Vail Mountain School is seeking a 2nd and 3rd grade reading teacher. A Lower School teacher is responsible for carrying out the mission of VMS through curriculum development, classroom teaching, assessment, differentiation, classroom management, outdoor education, character development and building rapport with students in and out of the classroom. Our teachers support the mission and philosophy of the school. They value the community and culture of Vail Mountain School and strive to make our school a better place. The hallmark of our faculty is their participation in the school outside of their classroom. They volunteer for activities and are active in the community. Our teachers understand that knowing their students is a prerequisite to becoming a great teacher. 

Who You Are:
  • A “raise your hand” type of person. You’re interested in participating in school events like  after school academy, field trips, sitting at lunch tables, assisting with carpool, hut trips, and Ski Fridays. You are ready to participate fully in the life of the school.
  • Willing to provide general supervision of students.
  • Able to communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, colleagues, and volunteers.
  • Ready to attend related meetings and assist with afternoon/evening programs; some of which may occur outside of the school day.
  • Actively promoting the mission of the school.
  • Deeply knowledgeable in the subject area; displaying dedication, passion, inspiration, the ability to individualize learning, and the capacity to help all students succeed. 
  • Committed to pursuing professional development and are life-long learners. 
  • You hold a Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; advanced degree preferred.
  • You have been trained in Orton-Gillingham and Responsive Classroom.
  • You have an understanding of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of your students.
  • You have three or more years in teaching the subject of reading to elementary aged students.
  • Proficiency in designing effective lessons, teaching diverse learning styles and managing elementary school age students.
  • You are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and their integration into our school. You consider yourself culturally competent and so do your co-workers. 
What You Will Do:
  • Teach Lower School curriculum, develop lesson plans and map curriculum within the Lower School.
  • Plan curriculum and teach in your classroom, including relevant and differentiated instruction and assessments.
  • Collaborate with all colleagues to provide the best possible experience for our students and community members. 
  • Provide general supervision of students at all times in the building (including lunch and recess).
  • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Participate in Board related events, as requested.
  • Participate in orientation, field trips, hut trips, student activities, and Ski Fridays.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of students and how they learn, and implement new teaching models to match student needs.
  • Participate in peer review through observation and coaching following the VMS professional growth plan.
  • Advocate for and ensure that diversity, inclusion, and social justice permeates the school's programs and drives its culture.

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Vail Mountain School is seeking a Middle School Social Studies Teacher. A Middle School Teacher is responsible for carrying out the mission of VMS through curriculum development, classroom teaching, assessment, differentiation, classroom management, outdoor education, character development and building rapport with students in and out of the classroom. Our teachers support the mission and philosophy of the school, value the VMS culture, and strive to make our school a better place. They have a deep knowledge of their subject area, and display dedication, passion, and the capacity to help all students succeed. They are committed to pursuing professional development and are life-long learners.

Who You Are:
  • A “raise your hand” type of person. You’re interested in participating in school events like  orientation trips, field trips, sitting at lunch tables, assisting with carpool, hut trips, and Ski Fridays as necessary. You are ready to participate fully in the life of the school.
  • Master in content and able to teach classes above and below the levels listed
  • Able to communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, colleagues, and volunteers
  • Ready to attend related meetings and assist with afternoon/evening programs; some of which may occur outside of the school day
  • Experienced with advisory programs (our is called homebase) and the social-emotional development of students
  • Actively promoting the mission of the school
  • Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university 
  • Experience teaching in an independent school awards bonus points!
  • You are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and their integration into our school. You consider yourself culturally competent and so do your co-workers. 

What You Will Do:
  • Collaborate with teachers teaching humanities courses in lower, middle, and upper school, skillfully navigating the needs of all schools.
  • Work in the middle school with all faculty.
  • Ensures what is taught is developmentally appropriate for students, ensures student learning and growth, is mission appropriate, and relevant
  • Provide general supervision of students at all times in the building (including lunch and recess)
  • Set targets, goals or essential questions for every unit
  • Monitors and updates curriculum maps and maintain curriculum standards in collaboration with the history department
  • Supports students with diverse learning needs
  • Lead a middle school Homebase
  • Collaborate with other Middle School Homebase (advisory) teachers to implement and execute the advisory curriculum
  • Co-lead a Middle School club
  • Works with students during study halls and office hours
  • Demonstrates knowledge of students and how they learn, and implements new teaching models to match student needs
  • Participates in peer review through observation and coaching following the VMS professional growth plan 
  • Works with MS Director and Director of Student Support Services to support the policies and implementation of academic probation and restriction for students
  • Works to ensure that there is a fair amount of graded opportunities that exist for every class and that there is consistent communication for every class
  • Advocate for and ensure that diversity, inclusion, and social justice permeates the school's programs and drives its culture.

How to Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@vms.edu