Employment Opportunties

Current Opportunties (updated August 10, 2021)

4th-8th Spanish Teacher (Part Time)

The Harbor School is looking for a part time (15 to 30 hours a week) 4th-8th Spanish teacher for the start of the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Founded in 1995, Harbor School is a K-8 independent school on Vashon Island. With a 10:1 student-teacher ratio and guided by the cornerstone values of compassion, personal best, integrity, accountability, respect, and responsibility. Our mission is to inspire young scholars to contribute their wisdom, compassion, and personal best in the classroom, the community, and the world.

Harbor School is located on Vashon Island, just a 20 minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. We are a close knit community and knowing and valuing our students and families is an important aspect of our program. Aside from traditional classroom learning, Harbor School emphasizes learning opportunities outside of the classroom including service learning, travel learning and outdoor education. The qualified applicant may be expected to participate and lead in these aspects of the school.


The Spanish Teacher is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing Spanish instruction for students in grades 4-8 . The Spanish Teacher works closely with other 4th-8th grade faculty members to support the academic, social-emotional and physical growth of all students. The successful candidate will engage with the wider school community and will assume responsibilities beyond the teaching of Spanish at the school, such as planning and chaperoning travel study opportunities. The successful candidate will be comfortable with the content knowledge required to teach at this level but will also be able to inspire, motivate and engage students in experiential learning that generates a lifelong love of World Languages. The schedule is not yet determined for the upcoming school year, and there will be some flexibility around days and hours.

Working closely with colleagues and the Head of School, s/he: 

integrates research-based, best practices and appropriate educational technology to support and differentiate instruction; 

encourages and monitors the progress of students and communicates regularly with students’ families about their progress;

Participates in planning and curriculum development including developing and implementing cross curricular, thematic units. 

participates in faculty meetings and professional development programming;

supports the school’s strategic, retention, and recruiting efforts through committee work and admissions events;

and adheres to the expectations outlined in the Faculty Handbook and fulfills other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree required; teaching certificate with appropriate endorsements preferred

Successful Spanish teaching experience with elementary and/or middle school students preferred

Teaching experience in independent schools preferred but not necessary

Native speaker preferred but not necessary

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Commitment to mission, vision and core values of Harbor School

Demonstrates excellent classroom management and the ability to oversee and ensure the safety of students in and out of the classroom; 

Strong written and oral communication, including fluency in English; 

Collaborates effectively with colleagues as part of a professional learning community;

Establishes and maintains positive partnerships with parent community and the greater community;

exhibits a commitment to social justice, professional reflection, and anti-racism work; 

is eligible to work in the United States.


Compensation commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE - To be considered for this position please email the items listed below (preferably in one PDF document) to .

A cover letter of interest in the position.

A current resume with relevant experience and three references.

Harbor School is an equal opportunity employer seeking a more culturally diverse workplace. Harbor School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Substitute Teacher

Harbor School on Vashon Island is seeking substitutes for the 2021-22 school year.

Substitute Teachers perform the following duties:

provide instruction and fulfill duties during the short-term absence of faculty; aid students in their daily tasks, help ensure their understanding of subject matter and use materials provided by absent teachers to attain lesson goals

manage classroom behavior in a positive way and reach out to other faculty members for support as needed and manage classroom procedures, including taking attendance and maintaining orderly classrooms and student work, in compliance with the school’s procedures, guidelines, and policies;

and maintain a professional attitude in all manner of conduct with students, faculty, and parents, including a commitment to confidentiality.

A successful candidate will hold the following qualifications:

hold a BA in education or a related field (teaching certification is a plus);

has experience working with and/or teaching youth;

commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion as an important foundation for educating youth

knowledge and application of current instructional practices, strategies, and technology as well as differentiated instruction and effective student management practices

experience with and passion for working with K-8 students

are detail-oriented and demonstrate the ability to follow written and oral instructions;

demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with students, faculty, and staff, and parents;

demonstrate the ability to cultivate relationships with students in a short period of time;

exhibit confidence and capability in providing instruction;

and are available from 8:00am - 4:00 pm.


Half day and full day rates


Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience to Teri Rutledge, Head of School at . No phone calls, please.


Harbor School is an independent day school on Vashon Island serving children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Small class size, experienced and cohesive faculty, comprehensive Travel Study program, and cornerstone values lived every day--in and out of the classroom--make for an exceptional education.

Harbor School provides a stimulating academic environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and a sense of community.

The overriding goal of Harbor School is to instill in children a love of learning and to create a stimulating school environment in which to learn.