Chagrin Valley School
Job Openings

**All positions have been filled**

School Staff Member

The role of a staff member at the School at KWWF is to model passionate lifelong learning and be available to guide, mentor and assist students, help with the administration and upkeep of the school, contribute to the farm/school enterprise, serve on designated school committee(s), and develop and maintain healthy relationships with other community members. As the role of staff is also completely self-directed, staff need to be proficient at independently managing their time and duties.  A staff member constantly observes the community dynamic, identifies possible improvements, solicits input from community members, and initiates projects (small and large) which improve the environment to support self-directed education.


Following the self-directed & student democracy model, the school staff and students must vote to accept a candidate into the position. Please email with cover letter and resume if interested.


Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Experience working with children of a range of ages in an informal setting

  • Understanding of the self-directed education philosophy

  • Willingness to research & read books about self-directed learning and about being a staff member of a self-directed school

  • Ability to demonstrate trust and respect for children as equals

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Reliable and timely

  • Evidence of appropriate background including employment and character references

  • CPR/ First Aid training a plus

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Actively create a safe environment in which self-directed learning thrives

  • Being a role model for the school’s foundations of balancing freedom and responsibility, respect & trust

  • Helping students with conflict resolution and mediation

  • Perform administrative functions including paperwork, contracts, budgeting

  • Confidently talk with parents about their students & the self-directed model

  • Support students in their learning when they ask for support or guidance

  • Assisting in facilitating meetings with students and/or staff

  • Uphold school meeting rules and protect member freedoms, rights and safety

  • Supervising children, making safety judgement calls while they are engaged in self-directed activities, such as tinkering, playing music, outdoor games, and woods exploration

  • Exemplifying personal lifelong learning & passion in the form of sharing interests, hobbies, knowledge, etc

  • Maintaining the safety and structural integrity of buildings, grounds, and infrastructure

  • Being self-directed in own management of staff duties and responsibilities

  • Driving members when necessary to field trips

  • Applying first aid when necessary

  • Doing various other tasks as needed to uphold the culture of Chagrin Valley School

  • Attending twice monthly staff meetings, participate in school events each year, including but not limited to Annual Pig Roast Fundraiser, Holiday Craft Fair, Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers, and open houses

  • Be a positive face and communicator for the school in the larger community and networking at events, promoting the school and philosophy in various ways

  • Perform necessary visioning about next steps


Preschool Director

Chagrin Valley School is seeking a Director to develop, lead, and teach our Early Childhood Nature Immersion Program. The program is run outdoors during all seasons with free-play being the focus of learning.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Have an outdoor comfort level in all seasons and be able to stay outside from up to 3 hours at a time.

  • Have previous experience working with young children, although traditional school teaching experience is not required.

  • Have project management experience to develop, grow and really “own” this program.

  • Have sales and marketing experience, and local connections preferred to increase enrollment.

  • Respect children as their own people and capable of making decisions.

The Director will work independently and take charge of spearheading this program, independent of the day school. The start date for the position would be early June, as prior to the school year, we would like the new Director to start by running the summer pre-school camp. The first week of camp starts June 10th, and camp runs Monday – Friday from 9 am to noon until August 9th with the 4th of July week off.

This program will be entering its second year in Fall 2019 and has traditionally been a 4-day morning program, for children ages 3 – 5. Fall hours to be determined based on candidate program development and availability. This position could be part-time or full time if both morning and afternoon sessions are to be offered as the program grows. For more info, contact