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Work at University High School

University 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 semester. In 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

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Assistant director of college counseling

University High School of Indiana seeks an Assistant Director of College Counseling for a full-time position beginning with the 2023-24 school year. University is a vibrant and dynamic community of 350 students and 50 faculty and staff who work together daily in service of the school’s mission “to expand the hearts and minds of students and to nurture excellence through academic, creative, and physical achievement.” The college acceptance list of the last ten years includes a variety of schools – from large state research universities to highly selective schools to small liberal arts colleges. The 94 seniors in the Class of 2022 attended 50 different schools and received $21.7M in merit awards. On average, 95% of University students attend their first-choice school.

Under the Director of College Counseling, the Assistant Director will participate in all aspects of the department, including developing programming for all grade levels, representing University to colleges and college representatives, holding individual meetings with students and families, and continuing relationships with our young alumni throughout their college years. The ideal candidate will have a passion for high school students, a well-rounded approach to the college search process that supports students toward matriculation to best-fit schools, a desire to collaborate with other members of the faculty and staff, and a willingness to be involved at University beyond the classroom. They will also serve on school committees and support the educational system of the school as a whole. Additionally, all faculty and staff members at University High School serve as mentors to students in the school-wide mentoring program.

Please note: this is not a guidance or school counselor position. While some of those skills may be related, the focus of College Counseling at University is to guide and advise students throughout the college application process. Course registration and mental and emotional health are primarily handled through other avenues of the school.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s or other advanced degree preferred
  • Experience in college counseling or guidance strongly preferred
  • Willingness to mentor required; mentoring experience preferred
  • Commitment to the school’s core values of diversity, excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity, and mutual respect, support, and trust required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Facility with technology required; experience with Naviance, Scoir, and other college application software preferred
  • Ability to collaborate with, or teach in, other departments may also be considered
  • 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.

Applications will be reviewed beginning in May, and the position will remain posted until filled.

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

Summer Camp Teacher

Summer Camp Teacher

University High School of Indiana seeks dynamic teachers to teach summer enrichment camps to elementary and middle school students during the summer of 2023. These camps tend to be weeklong half-day courses, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. The teacher will have the freedom to develop content/curriculum for a camp that would appeal to this age level.

Summer Camp Teacher Job Responsibilities:

  • Plans, leads, and implements camps for children grades 1-8.
  • Provides high-quality educational opportunities and enjoyable experiences for participants.
  • Supervises students and ensures their safety, development, growth, skill achievement, and general well-being.
  • Maintains a schedule for participants.
  • Facilitates and creates lesson plans for daily activities.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate program records, including check-in and check-out of students and daily attendance.
  • Knows and understands all emergency procedures and safety guidelines associated with the school.

University High School of Indiana is an independent college preparatory school located in Carmel, IN. 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.

Please email summer@universityhighschool.org for further information.

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