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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

Director of College Counseling

Director of College Counseling

University High School of Indiana seeks a Director of College Counseling to lead our college counseling department beginning with the 2022-23 school year. University is a vibrant and dynamic community of 340 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 2021 matriculated to 50 different colleges and universities and received $18.5M in merit awards. On average, 95% of University graduates attend their first-choice college or university.

The Director of College Counseling actively leads our efforts to place University graduates in best-fit programs in a variety of schools, and this person will oversee 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, overseeing the AP, PSAT, and SAT testing processes, and continuing relationships with our young alumni throughout their college years. The Director of College Counseling will supervise one full-time and one part-time College Counselor who will aid in this work.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with 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. The Director of College Counseling is a member of the school’s administrative team, serves on school committees, and otherwise supports 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.

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.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s or other advanced degree preferred
    • Experience in college and/or admission counseling required
    • Ability to manage department-level work – including budgets, personnel, and planning – required; experience with this 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 April, 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.

College Counselor

College Counselor

University High School of Indiana seeks a College Counselor for a full-time position in our college counseling department beginning with the 2022-23 school year. University is a vibrant and dynamic community of 340 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 2021 matriculated to 50 different colleges and universities and received $18.5M in merit awards. On average, 95% of University graduates attend their first-choice college or university.

Under the Director of College Counseling, College Counselors 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 working with 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. College Counselors 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.

Note: this is not a guidance or school counselor position. While some of those skills may be related, the focus of a College Counselor at University is to guide and advise students throughout the college application process.

Qualifications:

    • 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 April, 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.

Communications & Events Associate

Communications & Events Associate (12-Month)

University High School of Indiana seeks a full-time Communications & Events Associate to fill a 12-month position in our communication department from August 2022 to July 2023. University is a vibrant and dynamic community of 340 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 Communications & Events Associate will play a vital role in the school’s communication work by managing its social media presence, creating and sharing content on a daily basis as well as formalizing strategies and tracking results. Because digital content creation will be a priority, time each day will be spent taking photos and videos and writing copy for various platforms. This position will also support other departments of the school in their communication efforts, such as the advancement department, performing arts department, athletics department, and college counseling department.

In addition to the communication work, the Communications & Events Associate will also be responsible for undertaking administrative tasks to support many school events. This will often involve the creation and distribution of materials (such as signage, programs, nametags, and more) that fit the brand standards and demonstrate an exceptional attention to detail. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have a passion for working with high school students, the ability to deftly juggle multiple responsibilities, exceptional communication and people skills, comfort with basic photography and videography, experience using many different social media platforms, the ability to think critically, a desire to collaborate with other members of the faculty and staff, and an eagerness to be involved at University beyond the classroom.  

While this is currently a 12-month, temporary position, it is eligible for the school’s benefits package. There is potential for this to grow into a permanent role in subsequent years as the department’s needs shift. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience in marketing, communications, or event planning required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and to move projects forward with minimal supervision required
  • Positive, energetic, “can do” attitude required, as are strong work ethic, time management skills, professionalism, and integrity 
  • Knowledge of and active participation in social media required
  • Photo editing skills required; video editing skills strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace required; proficiency using Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, and InDesign preferred
  • Commitment to the school’s core values of diversity, excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity, and mutual respect, support, and trust required
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed 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. 

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

Please send a 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.

Science Instructor

SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR

University High School of Indiana seeks a dynamic educator to teach part-time or full-time in our science department beginning with the 2022-23 school year. The ideal candidate will have a passion for science at the high school level, a desire to collaborate with other members of the faculty and staff, and a willingness to be involved at University beyond the classroom.

Faculty members at University High School are responsible for all tasks related to instruction, including planning, implementing, and assessing a curriculum that fits the school’s mission to expand the hearts and minds of its students through academic, creative and physical achievement. Instructors 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.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in science, science education, or a related field required; master’s or other advanced degree preferred
    • Ability and willingness to teach all levels of science, including biology and chemistry, required; teaching experience strongly preferred, as is the ability to also teach physics or environmental science
    • 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
    • Interest in collaborating with colleagues on curriculum, assessment, and professional development required
    • Facility with technology required
    • 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 late March. The position will start in August 2022.

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.

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