Faculty Openings

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

Harvard-Westlake School, a preeminent independent school in Los Angeles, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time teaching position in the Visual Arts department at the Upper School (grades 10-12). The position requires teaching, studio maintenance and a background in ceramics, sculpture, and glass. Course load may include introductory and advanced level courses - Intro to Ceramics, Intro to Sculpture, Sculpture II, Glass, Ceramics 2, 3D3 (advanced level). See course descriptions beginning on page 127 of the curriculum guide. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their studio practice through evidence of exhibitions, residencies, etc., as well as a working knowledge of historical and contemporary art and artists.

The Visual Arts Department is housed in the Feldman-Horn Center for the Arts designed by architect Michael Maltzan. It houses studio facilities for drawing and painting, analog and digital photography, film/video, ceramics, sculpture, glass, cinema studies, and art history, as well as a 2,000 square foot gallery space.

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 or arts education preferred.
  • Ability to teach ceramics, sculpture and glass is 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 School—a coed, independent day school in Los Angeles—is seeking a full-time visual arts teacher specializing in sculpture, ceramics, glass fusing and casting. The ideal candidate has a deep knowledge of many sculptural modes of production. We seek an individual with enthusiasm for teaching sculpture and the craft-based media of clay and glass through the context of relevant art, historical and contemporary works, and critical theory.  The successful candidate will inspire students to dig deep and think before they make art, weaving the conceptual and technical when presenting to our students. The position requires teaching four unique semester courses per year of Introduction to Clay and Glass, Introduction to Potter’s Wheel as well as a foundational studio art survey course.  An ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of firing ceramics and glass with our existing cress and paragon kilns. Candidates should also have a strong interest in working collaboratively to develop curriculum with art department colleagues. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a high-volume ceramics and sculpture studio, presenting gallery exhibitions of student work, 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 clay, glass, and sculpture 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

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 English and Communications departments at the Middle School (grades 7-9). The ideal candidate will demonstrate a knowledge of and passion for English and world literature as well as experience working with students to develop their writing skills.  In addition, the ideal candidate would have some background advising student publications and overseeing the writing and production process.  On top of classroom instruction, the adviser would conduct afterschool and weekend layout sessions for each of the publication’s six issues.  The adviser would also accompany students to annual JEA/NSPA fall and spring conventions. Candidates should be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school.  The English and Communications departments value 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.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum -- Bachelor's degree in English or a similar field; MA preferred;
  • Ability and/or experience in teaching 9th grade English, a literature-based writing course with an emphasis on analytical writing;
  • Ability or experience student publications;
  • 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.

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

Staff Openings

TITLE: Admission Intern
DEPARTMENT: Admission Office
CATEGORY: Part-time, non-benefitted intern

The Harvard-Westlake Admission Office seeks a highly organized candidate for the 2018-2019 academic year for a 5-day, 29-hour/week internship. Although not required, familiarity with Harvard-Westlake or experience working in an independent school is beneficial. Daily duties include answering phones, daily mailings, planning admission events, and maintaining detailed guest lists. The intern will have direct access to the inner workings of an independent school admission office.

Opportunities beyond initial scope of position may be available based on intern’s performance and interest. While this position provides clerical and technical support for a fast-paced, high volume Admission Office that requires accuracy and organization, the ideal person will enjoy working with other people and helping prospective families through the application process with patience, kindness, and a sense of humor. 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. Please send resume and cover letter to admission@hw.com.

Qualifications:

  • Flexible schedule.
  • Experience with filing, including creating new files and updating information in files efficiently and accurately.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including email, on the phone, and in-person.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members.
  • Ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
  • Computer skills.
  • 6+ months of administrative office work preferred.
  • Other tasks as assigned.
  • Familiarity with databases, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook a plus.
  • Academic-year, less than 30 hours/week.

Harvard-Westlake School seeks an extremely detail-oriented, organized, creative, energetic, and collaborative individual to be an integral and contributing member of the Alumni Relations Team at one of the nation’s top independent day schools. The qualified candidate must have a minimum of two years of related work experience or experience in an independent school and/or college setting.

As a key member of the Alumni Relations Team, this person will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the growth-oriented alumni program (engagement, giving, and communications) with special focus on young alumni programming and alumni communications and digital engagement. The qualified candidate should have the desire to learn about the advancement or alumni relations field in an independent school, a commitment to the philanthropic profession, and the skills to interact with a diverse and inclusive community of alumni, students, parents, trustees, and colleagues. This person will report to the Director of Alumni Relations.

Young Alumni Programs
• Develop and execute engagement strategy with alumni in college and young professionals attending to the needs and challenges of a transient population
• Coordinate alumni receptions held in conjunction with the College Tours
• Coordinate and develop the HW Student Alumni Association program including recruiting and training student volunteers and providing educational opportunities on philanthropy and alumni engagement
• Organize activities of the HWSAA including Alumni Thankathons, the Senior Gift Program, and staffing at alumni events
• In conjunction with the HW Works Administrator, facilitate professional mentorship and networking opportunities for young alumni and students including coordinating Career Day

Alumni Communications and Digital Engagement
• Serve as project manager for the monthly alumni e-newsletter
• Manage, monitor, and update digital platforms including alumni webpages, social media pages and groups, and digital engagement tools including Emma, Evertrue, and Peoplegrove
• Identify and establish a group of alumni class influencers
• Manage all alumni contact information updates and Class Notes
• Monitor general alumni email account and respond to alumni requests including support for web user interface
• Send electronic invitations for events, manage RSVP lists, and send follow up emails and surveys
• Assist in proofing invitations, solicitation letters, and publications including HW Life and the
Annual Report
• Create metrics for digital engagement to guide strategies to increase overall engagement and giving

Alumni Relations and General Duties
• Assist with operations including printing and preparing mailings, producing nametags, and entering data and providing reports
• Attend events including affinity group, alumni association, regional receptions, and advancement-wide (25-30 evening/weekend events annually) and assist with nametags, logistics, hospitality, and troubleshooting
• Assist with general responsibilities of the Alumni Relations Team including planning events, managing volunteers, and stewarding donors
• Attend Alumni Relations Team and staff meetings, office retreats, and general school functions
• Attend advancement-related conferences throughout the country relating to alumni relations and advancement at independent schools
• Attend and support other advancement and school-related events

Qualifications
• High degree of organization and effectiveness at event planning and multi-tasking
• Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers and deal diplomatically and comfortably with a diverse community of alumni, students, faculty/staff, parents, and trustees
• Exceptional writing, proofing, and communication skills
• Computer fluency and strong familiarity with relational databases and social media a plus
• Knowledge and practical experience with advancement or alumni communication pieces and/or platforms
• Calmness under pressure accompanied by a sense of humor
• Ability to meet deadlines within context of a complex office/school calendar
• Excellent responsiveness to all constituencies
• Eagerness to work hard as both leader and team member
• Passion for accuracy and detail
• Takes initiative with a positive, energetic, can-do spirit
• Flexibility and proactive approach toward complex, ambiguous, and dynamic responsibilities
• Strong interest in personal and professional growth within the advancement profession
• Familiarity with independent school environment and specific knowledge of Harvard-Westlake a plus
• 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.
Application deadline: Open until filled.
To apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to David K. Lee ’89, Director of Alumni Relations, by e-mail to dlee@hw.com or by mail to Harvard-Westlake School, 700 North Faring Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077.

Position: Admission Counselor for 2018-19 School Year
Reports to: Director of Admission
Department/campus: Admission Office, Middle School Campus
Category: Full-time position with full benefits

Harvard-Westlake School, an independent coeducational college preparatory school for students in grades 7-12 school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified Admission Counselor for a one-year position beginning Summer 2018 through June 30, 2019. The successful candidate will interview applicant families, serve as a voice and advocate in the admission review process, and collaborate with the Admission team to coordinate and organize admission events.

The Harvard-Westlake Admission Office is highly visible and fast-paced, and the Admission Counselor will play an integral role in a prospective family’s first impression of the School. It is essential to interact effectively with and serve a variety of constituents. Warmth and competence in genuinely connecting with students and families from myriad experiences, team spirit, and a lively sense of humor is required.

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.

This is a one-year appointment and is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Admission. The Admission Office will open a search for a permanent appointment in Spring 2018. The hired Admission Counselor is welcome to apply.

Primary Responsibilities for the Admissions Counselor include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as one of Harvard-Westlake’s strongest advocates and ambassadors, promoting the School to various constituents. Articulates the School’s mission in advancing the School to families, elementary schools, outreach programs, and other professional organizations.
  • With the Admission team, plans events including the Admission Family Visiting Days, evening events for prospective parents, off-campus outreach efforts, and other activities that bring families and visitors to campus.
  • Interviews prospective students and evaluates applications for admission.
  • Supports admission parent ambassadors (currently, 35 volunteers) who serve as hosts and tour guides.
  • Supports institutional outreach to new schools, underrepresented communities, assists with access efforts.
  • Collaborates to determine trends, analyze data, plan programs as they relate to demographic realities of Los Angeles to introduce Harvard-Westlake to communities unfamiliar with the School.
  • Supports ISEE test administration.

Requirements and Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Positive, high-energy, passionate, can-do spirit with eagerness to work hard as both leader and team member. Possesses innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Previous independent school admissions experience strongly preferred, as is familiarity with an independent school environment.
  • Ability to deal diplomatically and comfortably with a diverse community of parents, students, alumni, administrators, staff, and faculty.
  • Exceptional writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • High degree of organization with effectiveness at multi-tasking.
  • Attention to detail and ability to take pride in work.
  • Cooperative team approach with colleagues and willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined.
  • Grace, conspicuous integrity, intellectual curiosity, and calmness under pressure with sense of humor.
  • Sound judgment relative to confidential projects, sensitive matters, including effective communication regarding such matters to appropriate individuals.
  • Computer fluency and strong database skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, and Power Point, at a minimum).

How to Apply:

Candidates interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume to admission@hw.com with the subject heading: ‘HW Admission Counselor.’ Please no phone inquiries.

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.