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Job Opportunity: Education Guide at Dallas Community School

April 02, 2015

Who We’re Looking For

We believe the most successful candidates will be out-of-the-box thinkers who fully embrace the idea of education that takes place in community-based and personalized learning environments. You are someone who understands that not all kids learn at the same pace and that a once-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for everyone. We’re looking for people who are passionate about igniting a lifelong approach to learning and embrace the idea that parents, family, and community can (and do) play an enormous role in education.

A successful candidate is someone who likes the idea of a flexible work environment (after all, you’ll be traveling within Marion and Polk counties to meet with your students) and is willing to approach challenges with grace and a can-do attitude. Guides have either an Elementary Multiple Subject Matter Endorsement (for facilitating grades 1-6) or Single Subject Matter Endorsements (for facilitating grades 7-8). As a DCS Guide, you are willing to try new approaches, roll with change, and develop productive relationships with people from all backgrounds. You’re someone who truly cares about the unique needs, abilities, and interests of your students  and you’re ready to help your students develop a learning path that reflects those abilities and interests. You’ve likely got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to determining individual student strengths and development areas, and you excel at positive communication. You’re a highly organized, accomplished, enthusiastic educator and you’re ready to put your skills to work in a new and refreshing way.


Education Guides meet the following qualifications and skills:

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid Oregon teaching license with appropriate endorsements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

  • Meets definition of highly qualified

  • At least two years’ experience as an educator in a public, private, or alternative education setting.

  • At least one year experience in curriculum selection, standards-based instruction, unit-based studies, and assessment methods.

  • Demonstrated understanding of community-based learning including nonformal education settings, homeschooling, and alternative education.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Able to check email daily and respond within 24 hours unless holiday or weekend.

  • Available and willing to meet face-to-face with students and parents on a scheduled basis.

  • Operational knowledge of web-based communication platforms and Microsoft office suite.

  • Strong communication skills – written, oral, telephone, e-mail

  • Access to personal transportation; insurable driving record.

  • Ability to engage and motivate diverse community of learners with high regard to individual interests, learning styles, and academic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field

  • Direct experience working with homeschooling families, nonformal learning environments, or other nontraditional fields.


To Apply:

  1. View the complete position description at

  2. Email the following documents to with Education Guide in the subject line no later than April 30, 2015.

  • Cover letter that clearly states:

    • Why Dallas Community School is a good fit for your personal teaching philosophy

    • Whether you are applying to teach grades 1-6 or grades 7-8

  • Resume

  • Copy of Oregon Teaching License (both sides)

  • Letters of Recommendation written within the last three years

  • Complete College Transcript (need not be official)

Due to the anticipated number of applications expected, we regret that we cannot personally reply to every inquiry. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by May 4, 2015. Applicants selected for hire must pass a drug screening and a comprehensive criminal, driver, and personal history background check.

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