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Job Opportunity: Founding Guide for Millennium School

April 02, 2015

The Role: Founding Guide

We call our teachers “Guides” to indicate how we see the ideal learning relationship with students. We support the shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide by the side” and beyond.



• At least 8 years experience leading learning experiences for middle school students, in a

classroom or other venues.

• Experience designing curricula for adolescents.

• (Preferred) Experience in seminar and/or project-based learning.

• We are seeking to hire faculty across a range of content specialties



• Curriculum Design: The role will start in Summer 2015, joining a small startup team of 4-5 full time staff. The Lead Guide will work closely with the Co-Founders and with advisors, future hires, and curriculum development consultants to develop Millennium School’s curriculum and assessment approach.

• Founding Admissions & Hiring: Participate in admissions and hiring processes during the 2015-2016 school year.

• Teaching: Once the school is launched, lead a mixture of 2-4 seminars and project-based learning groups at any one time. In addition, lead 2 Forum groups - our term for an

intensive peer advisory group, in which students develop their social, emotional, and ethical intelligences. Continue improving curricula and assessment tools.

• Collaboration: We’re looking for Guides who want to be part of a close-knit team, inviting others to see their teaching, sharing their success and challenges with vulnerability and openness.


In designing an environment to support transformative teaching, we want to enable guides to continue their own personal learning journeys, with time for self-development, curriculum design, and continual study of education and adolescent development. We’re designing a transparent, low-bureaucracy environment with a lean administrative team and close responsibility sharing and partnership between faculty and administration. 

Personal Values:

• Your passion is to help others grow. You accurately observe students’ strengths, personality and challenges; you have a strong sense of what excellence looks like in given areas of study; you combine the determination to lovingly challenge students with the compassion and wisdom to know when to be patient or to step back.

• You have a calling for, and deep appreciation of adolescents. You know youth culture; you love the uniqueness of this age. You see middle school as a time of transformation, not just in intellectual development, but also across social, emotional, physical, ethical, and creative intelligences.

• You’re on a lifelong learning journey. Whether through vocation, travel, personal study, reacting to challenging life experiences or otherwise, you’ve undergone and can articulate your learning journey. You’ve had to face personal challenges and have come out humble and with greater clarity about your path. You’ve developed personal habits and mindfulness practices that support you in continuing to grow.

• You’re worldly. You are “world savvy” and pragmatic about how to get things done in the real world. You’ve traveled or even lived overseas; you’ve been entrepreneurial formally or informally. You’ve endeavored to create value, faced failure and experienced success.

• You comfortably exist in and naturally model authenticity. Through experience and practice and perhaps your own mentors, you’ve developed an awareness of what authenticity looks like, and a comfort being yourself.


Application Process

• Millennium offers above-average compensation as well as a full benefits package.

• To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Chris Balme, Co-Founder & Head of School, at In your cover letter, please share a story of a favorite teacher, and what made them special to you.

• Millennium School is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

• More information at

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