Faculty Openings

Harvard-Westlake School, a preeminent independent school in Los Angeles, is seeking highly qualified, dynamic, experienced candidates for a full-time position teaching Photography in the Visual Arts department, as well as advising and producing Harvard-Westlake’s 296-page Vox Populi yearbook at the upper school. Course load includes an introductory level course called Photography I along with intermediate and advanced level Yearbook courses. See Photography course description beginning on page 130 of the curriculum guide. Yearbook course descriptions can be found on page 25.

The position requires teaching, studio and darkroom maintenance, and a substantial background in photography. The Photography I class includes traditional and experimental approaches, wet darkroom, digital photography, Photoshop, field and studio shooting, and the history of photography. Knowledge of film/video is also an asset. Applicants should understand the media we study goes beyond the surface to explore deeper meanings. We are looking for an individual who will inspire students to dig deep and think before they make art. We seek an individual who can help our students understand that artists make deliberate choices using conceptual and formal elements to communicate ideas and feelings. We are looking for an individual that has the capability to weave between the conceptual and technical when presenting to our students. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their photographic studio practice through evidence of exhibitions, residencies, etc., as well as a working knowledge of historical and contemporary art and artists.  Candidates with teaching, publications, and studio experience preferred.

The position includes advising one section of sophomores in Intermediate Yearbook Journalism and one section of Advanced Yearbook Journalism that includes all juniors and seniors on the yearbook staff who meet simultaneously in a student-led class which meets for four 45-minute periods per week. Responsibilities include supervising all production activities, including one weekend a month when yearbook students complete work on the current deadline. The yearbook adviser traditionally accompanies a group of students to the JEA/NSPA convention in the fall. Although students sell ads for the yearbook, there is no fundraising to be done for any of the publications. There is a long-standing tradition of journalistic excellence, no prior review, and strong administrative support. A degree in journalism is a plus and teaching experience is a requirement. A California credential is not necessary. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is required.

As stated in our mission, Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community and that includes our hiring of faculty and staff. Harvard-Westlake enrolls about 875 students at the Upper School, more than 40% of whom are ethnic minorities. The School is also dedicated to the joyful pursuit of educational excellence while living and learning with integrity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA or BFA Visual Arts; MA or MFA degree in visual arts, photography or arts education preferred.
  • Ability to teach Photography and Yearbook are primary; flexibility to teach other disciplines in visual arts is a plus.
  • Teaching experience at the high school or college level is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and to foster an innovative and creative learning environment.
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in creating, developing, and implementing visual arts curricula.
  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of study.

This position is full-time starting in the 2018-19 school year. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@hw.com.

Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified individual for a full-time teaching position in the history department at the Upper School (grades 10-12). The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of modern European and world history, and the entire narrative of US history. Candidates will also show an interest in teaching high school students in a rigorous college prep curriculum and be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school.  The History department values team teaching, innovation and collegiality.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in history or a similar field; MA or Ph.D preferred;
  • Ability to teach World and Europe II, U.S. history, and potentially A.P. U.S. history;
  • Strong communication skills and team-player attitude;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and foster an innovative and creative learning environment;
  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of study.

​This position is full-time starting in the 2018-19 school year. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@hw.com

Harvard-Westlake School seeks a full-time Debate Teacher/Coach. Reporting to the Head of the Debate Program, this teacher will assist with to the day-to-day coaching and management of the debate team, will oversee the team’s competitive participation in all debate team-related events, and will teach debate at the Middle School. The Debate Coach will also assist in coordinating and hosting tournaments on campus and support the community outreach efforts through the debate team.  The Debate Coach should expect to attend at least 25 tournaments per year. The Debate Coach will be expected to participate in working with and preparing students in all of our debate formats. The Debate Coach will also have the opportunity to be a part of Harvard-Westlake’s summer debate program.

The Harvard-Westlake Debate Team has grown into a large, nationally-competitive team, regularly qualifying many students to the Tournament of Champions and often competing in the late elimination rounds of national-level tournaments.  The Debate Team competes in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Grades 8-12) and the Middle School Public Debate Program (Grade 7). Additionally, we host invitational tournaments and public debate events.

The Debate Teacher/Coach will help to ensure the success of the students in the Harvard-Westlake Debate program and will contribute to the vision for the future program. The successful candidate will demonstrate most of these qualifications:

  • A track record of successfully coaching Lincoln-Douglas and/or policy debate at high levels (College debate is a plus)
  • Keeping up with the latest debate trends and arguments
  • Proactive coaching/scouting/preparation during tournaments
  • Efficiently researching and helping with file production and organization
  • Working with students with highly-rigorous class requirements
  • A long-term commitment to debate education
  • A driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • A bachelor’s degree is required

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

About Harvard-Westlake
Harvard-Westlake is an independent high school in Los Angeles, CA serving approximately 1,600 students.  Classes for 7th through 9th grades take place on our Middle School campus located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood while 10th through 12th grades are located on our Upper School campus in Studio City.

The school is the result of the 1991 merger between Harvard School (founded 1900) and Westlake School (founded 1904).  Students are offered an array of rigorous college preparatory courses, athletics, and extracurricular activities, and matriculate from Harvard-Westlake with an appreciation for learning, integrity, and purpose beyond themselves for whatever their next step may be.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.  

Harvard-Westlake offers a variety of employment benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, a defined contribution retirement plan, generous time-off policies, a cafeteria draw account, and a wealth of talented employees who care about the school.

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@hw.com.

Harvard-Westlake School—a coed, independent day school in Los Angeles—is seeking a full-time visual arts teacher specializing in teaching video storytelling to Grades 8 and 9. The ideal candidate has knowledge in the full spectrum of the creation of live action video art (making movies) from story conception, writing, storyboarding and production through post production. The candidate also has experience or desire to acquire knowledge in an ever-increasing palette of media from stop motion animation to motion graphics.  We seek an individual with enthusiasm for teaching film as well as knowledge of contemporary and historical film theory who will inspire students to dig deep and think before they make art and who can weave the conceptual and technical when presenting to our students. The position requires teaching four unique semester courses per year of video storytelling as well as a foundational studio art course. Candidates should also have a strong interest in working collaboratively to develop curriculum with art department colleagues. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a high-volume art studio and engaging in the broader community life of the school.

The Middle School Visual Arts Department is housed in Wang Hall, where the studio facilities include a drawing and painting studio, a digital photography lab and shooting studio, a video and animation lab and shooting studio, a ceramics and glass sculpture studio, two foundation art studios, as well as the Arlene Schnitzer Gallery.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA or BFA Visual Arts; MA or MFA degree in visual arts or arts education preferred.
  • Ability to teach introductory video and studio art is primary; flexibility to teach other disciplines in visual arts is a plus.
  • Teaching experience at the middle or high school level is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and to foster an innovative and creative learning environment.
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in creating, developing, and implementing visual arts curricula.
  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of study.

Please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@hw.com

UPPER SCHOOL CHEMISTRY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEACHER

Harvard-Westlake School, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified individual for a full-time teaching position at the Upper School (grades 10-12). The job entails teaching chemistry to sophomores and genetics/biotechnology to juniors and seniors. 

Chemistry: The applicant will work on a team with five other chemistry instructors to teach an existing core curriculum. 
Genetics & Biotechnology: The applicant will be the sole individual responsible for teaching this elective course; the applicant has the flexibility to generate/create their own curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA Chemistry/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Genetics/or similar; MS/PhD preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner, and to foster an innovative and creative learning environment.
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in creating, developing, and implementing science curricula.
  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and occasionally attending events outside their particular field of study.
  • Ability to teach chemistry is primary; the ideal candidate should also be able to teach the genetics & biotechnology elective.  Some teaching experience preferred.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Salary commensurate with experience.
This position is full-time starting in the 2018-19 school year.
Please email resumes to
jobs@hw.com.

Harvard-Westlake School, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified individual for a full-time teaching position at the Upper School (grades 10-12).  The job entails teaching AP Biology and, depending on section enrollment from one year to the next, Chemistry or AP Environmental Science.  AP Biology/AP Environmental Science: The applicant will work on a team with 2-4 instructors, teaching a standard curriculum to juniors and seniors.  Chemistry: The applicant will work on a team with six instructors, teaching an existing core curriculum to sophomores.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA Biology/Biochemistry/Marine Biology/Ecology/Environmental Biology/Wildlife Biology, or similar; MS/PhD preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner, and to foster an innovative and creative learning environment.
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in creating, developing, and implementing science curricula.
  • Ideal candidates will be excited by becoming part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and occasionally attending events outside their particular field of study.
  • Ability to teach biology is primary; the ideal candidate should have an educational background providing the flexibility to teach chemistry, environmental science, and possibly other elective courses depending on personal interest.  Some teaching experience preferred.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Salary commensurate with experience.
This position is full-time starting in the 2018-19 school year.
Please email resumes to
jobs@hw.com.

 

Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified educator for a full-time teaching position in the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics Department at the Upper School (grades 10-12). The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to teach a rigorous college preparatory curriculum (algebra, geometry, precalculus, and calculus) and be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school.  The Mathematics Department values team teaching, innovation and collegiality.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices.  We do not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic.  We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics or other quantitative discipline (e.g., economics, engineering, physics); MA or Ph.D. desirable
  • ​High School-level teaching experience preferred
  • Ability to teach AP Statistics, AP Economics, or Computer Science is a plus
  • ​Strong communication skills and demonstrated collegiality and organization
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and foster an innovative and creative learning environment;
  • ​Ideal candidates will be excited to become part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of study.

To apply: Email resume to jobs@hw.com

Staff Openings

Advancement Administrator
Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA 

Job Description
Harvard-Westlake School seeks an extremely detail-oriented, organized, and energetic individual to work in a fast-paced, multifaceted advancement office with the nation’s top independent day school Annual Giving campaign ($8.3M+ in 2016-2017). Primary responsibilities include gift processing, liaising with the Harvard-Westlake Business Office, and event and project assistance within the Office of Advancement.

Gift Processing

  • Process more than 7,000 annual gifts and pledges to the school
  • File donor response forms and maintain accurate gift files
  • Track and process matching gifts
  • Prepare receipts for all gifts and distribute for personal notes
  • Generate and distribute daily and quarterly reports
  • Communicate with stock broker regarding gifts of appreciated securities
  • Communicate with donors, Business Office, and service providers regarding credit card gifts
  • Address donor questions in coordination with senior colleagues in the Office of Advancement

Event and Project Assistance

  • Assist with office-wide advancement events including Homecoming, President’s Reception, Phonathons, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Spotlight Dinner, Volunteer Appreciation, and others pending availability
  • Assist colleagues in the Office of Advancement and Annual Giving team with annual report proofing, annual giving solicitations, and preparing and executing other advancement mailings and projects
  • Assist with general donor relations, stewardship, and administrative support as needed

Qualifications

  • High degree of organization and effectiveness at multi-tasking
  • Passion for accuracy and detail
  • Calmness under pressure with sense of humor
  • Ability to meet deadlines within context of a complex office/school calendar
  • Demonstrated ability to deal diplomatically and comfortably with a diverse community of parents, students, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, trustees, and faculty/staff
  • Eagerness to work hard as both leader and team member
  • Takes initiative with a positive, energetic, can-do spirit
  • Strong familiarity with independent school environment; specific knowledge of Harvard-Westlake is a plus
  • Exceptional writing, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Experience with highly professional communication pieces: Annual Reports, newsletters, electronic communications
  • Computer fluency and high degree of comfort with relational/administrative databases
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher)
  • A valid California driver’s license. A background check is required and must be successfully completed before employment can begin.
  • The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience – competitive, full-time, with a robust benefit package. 

Application deadline: Open until filled.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Eli Goldsmith, Director of Advancement, by email to egoldsmith@hw.com or by mail to Harvard-Westlake School, 700 North Faring Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077. (No phone calls please.)

Candidates who are interested in applying for a current staff position, please refer to the information provided in the position description.

Coach Openings

There are currently no coach openings

Candidates who wish to apply for a faculty position must have a bachelor's degree, though a master's degree is preferred. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

If you are interested in applying for any current faculty position, we invite you to send a copy of your transcripts and letter(s) of reference. Please include a cover letter indicating your general area of interest.

You may send the above information the following ways:
By mail: Resume Department 3700 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604
By email: jobs@hw.com

Each faculty resume is reviewed by the Head of School. Your resume will be maintained in our active files for 12 months. Should an opening occur that fits your background, we will contact you. If you have not been selected for a position, you will receive a letter from the Head of School.