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Work at University High School

Best-Places-to-WorkUniversity High School’s commitment to genuine student/teacher relationships allows for meaningful instruction and assessment, a personalized approach to education, and the time and energy to truly engage.

Most classes at University number less than 25 students, so the average teacher works with 70-90 students total each semesterIn addition, our teachers teach four classes; in a seven-period schedule, four classes and mentoring allows for two prep periods. The role of mentor serves as the equivalent of a fifth “class,” although mentoring is nothing like a homeroom period. Every staff member, including the business manager and head of school, mentors up to ten students. At a minimum, mentors meet privately with each student mentee every other week for a 30-40 minute conversation. Mentors serve as advisors, advocates, counselors, confidantes, and cheerleaders. Many teachers find that mentoring is the most intense, but also the most rewarding, of their roles at University.

Teachers at University have tremendous autonomy within a curriculum that is both traditional and progressive. At the same time, departments work together on scope and sequence in alignment with state and national standards and proficiencies. Many school policies and decisions are discussed in full faculty meetings and are often made by consensus. In this way, teachers at University High School feel a level of investment and contribution that is unique.

Teachers are empowered. Students at University enjoy genuine empowerment, too. They routinely help devise January Term courses, serve on discipline and hiring committees, and initiate and manage clubs and service projects. Students are respected as partners in their own education and stewards of the school. They have a voice. Administrative and support positions are as involved with the students and what happens in the classroom as teachers are. Many administrators teach one or two courses. Far from being removed from the day-to-day classroom experience, teachers, administrators and staff all are integral members of the University High School community.


Employment Opportunities at University High School

Advancement Associate

Advancement Associate

University High School of Indiana seeks a dynamic individual to serve as an associate in our Advancement office beginning in fall 2020. In addition to excellent communication skills, the ideal candidate will have a passion for independent school education, an eagerness to work with high school students, a desire to collaborate with members of the faculty and staff, and a willingness to be involved in the University community.

This person will support the Director of Advancement and will be responsible for day-to-day clerical support and data entry. They will also assist with event planning, preparation, and execution, and they will be involved in follow-up communication with donors. This person will also support University High School’s alumni relations program and the other external relations departments as needed. Additionally, all faculty and staff members at University High School serve as mentors to students in the school-wide mentoring program.

This is a full-time, salaried, entry-level position that is eligible for the school’s benefits package. Some night and weekend work will be required.


    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high level of attention to detail required
    • Knowledge of development activities, fundraising, and alumni relations required; 2-3 years of experience in development, advancement, or fundraising preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred
    • Facility with technology (including the Microsoft Office suite and donor management software) required
    • Commitment to the school’s core values of diversity, excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity, and mutual respect, support, and trust required
    • Willingness to mentor required; mentoring experience preferred
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
    • Background check and current authorization to be employed in the U.S. required

University High School of Indiana is an independent college preparatory school located in Carmel, IN. University High School offers an excellent salary and benefits package. University is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, disability, marital status, and veteran status.

We will begin reviewing applications in August, and the position will remain posted until filled.

Please send cover letter and resume to University High School, c/o Jennifer Thompson at 2825 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032; fax: 317-733-4484; email: jthompson@universityhighschool.org.

Bus Driver

BUS Driver

University is currently hiring bus drivers for our morning and afternoon routes. These two routes run from the near north side of Indianapolis and from the Geist area to University High School. No CDL is required for these positions.

Interested applicants should contact Dave Vesper, associate head of school, at dvesper@universityhighschool.org.

Substitute Teacher

Substitute Teacher

University High School is always looking to expand its pool of short-term substitute teachers. If you are interested in substitute teaching opportunities, please contact Kathy Davis, school secretary, at kdavis@universityhighschool.org. A background check is required.

Head Boys Soccer Coach

Head Boys Soccer Coach

University High School is looking to fill our head boys soccer coach position. Candidates must be able to commit to hours of after-school practice and games, and they must have strong communication and organizational skills. Prior soccer coaching experience is preferred.

Interested applicants should contact John Walls, athletic director, at jwalls@universityhighschool.org or 317-410-9954 (cell).

Why Do Teachers Love Working at University?

Everyone at University High School recognizes that the essence of education is collaborative partnership. That kind of partnership can only happen in the midst of strong, vibrant relationships, and University works to encourage those relationships every day.

Franklin Oliver

History Instructor

I love teaching at University High School because there are so many opportunities to bring the language to life for my students. With smaller classes and the possibility for travel during January Term, my students get to have authentic experiences that really enhance their language learning and cultural understanding.

Shannon Swann

Director of International Programs & French Instructor

The way University High School is set up allows me to give a crazy amount of positive, personalized attention to my mentees as well as all my students. I am also in a situation in which I can focus my energy on creating the best possible learning experiences. It’s the most ideal teaching situation of which I have been a part.

Luke Crawley

Math & Science Instructor

The way I explain teaching at University High School to my former colleagues at other schools is probably the simplest way I can describe the wonderful experience of being at University. I have them remember back to when they were eighteen years old and deciding to major in education. I then tell them that University is as close to that idealized picture as you are going to find. […] Simply put, being a part of University High School makes you feel like you are contributing to something very special, and that is a wonderful feeling to take home every day.

Jake Thurman

Dean of Students & English & History Instructor