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Verde Valley School educates students for college and for life by encouraging them to become intellectually curious, academically accomplished and creatively expressive.  The program fosters intercultural understanding and world citizenship, environmental stewardship, the value of physical labor, and service to humanity with a willing spirit. It is an intentionally international school with 50% of students from 20 countries, 50% from 18 US states including a number of local day students from the Sedona area.
At the heart of VVS is an experienced, motivated and caring faculty.  Possessing a variety of life experiences, strengths, and cultures, the VVS faculty are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to providing a project-based, student-centered program. We are always interested in receiving employment inquiries from talented educators who share our mission.

To apply for a position at Verde Valley School please email your resume and cover letter to Lori Perkins at lperkins@vvsaz.org.

Current Vacancies

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  • Dean of Students / Residential Life

    Employer Information

    Verde Valley School is among the oldest college preparatory schools in the West and was one of the country’s first United Nations identified international schools. Verde Valley School was founded in 1948, post World War II for students who would be valued and appreciated from around the world. The school is located in idyllic Sedona, Arizona surrounded by acres of natural landscape and beauty. Verde Valley is a small (120 students), independent, boarding, and day school serving high achieving students from around the world, grades 9-12. Celebrating its 74th year, VVS exists to graduate world citizens. The gold standard International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program serves as the school’s curriculum, in balance with among the nation’s finest Experiential Education program and our outdoor programs, VVS attracts students from around the world. 100% of graduates are offered admission to four year colleges.  VVS’s guiding principles include academic excellence, intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship and service to others. Please visit our website for more information at www.VVSAZ.org .

    Reporting to the Head of School, the Dean of Students and Residential Life is responsible for leading and managing students’ overall character, personal growth, and well-being. Key expectations of the Dean is to develop and implement the community life program, including, oversight and training of staff and student leaders, student recognition and discipline, serve as the architect for student support and social programs, oversee the school’s community handbook curriculum and students’ non-academic life progress outside of the classroom. The Dean of Students and Residential Life is responsible for the overall health and well-being of our diverse student body.

    Successful applicants have lived and worked in a residential setting in a similar position, are seen as an architect of successful student programs, are collegial and collaborative, able to work independently with high-energy and open communication, and can successfully demonstrate their success working with students in the areas of health, wellness, and growth.

    This is a 12-month, full-time administrative position, and will begin July 1, 2022. 

    Dean of Students 

    Staff Management and Training
    • Conduct orientation for all students, returning and new students (handbook / rules, schedule, advisors). 
    • Arrange details for mid-year admits with work jobs, advisors, technology, etc.
    • Conduct orientation and oversee faculty surrounding student life and advising
    • Conduct orientation for and oversee Shixi teachers/staff
    • Conduct orientation for and oversee advisors 
    • Conduct orientation for and oversee Health Director
    • Conduct orientation for and oversee Athletic Director
    • Conduct orientation for and oversee student body and class presidents
    • Support other orientations 
    Advising
    • Meet with faculty, advisees, and parents frequently and as needed
    • Track advisors’ communication with parents
    • Support Advisee Lunch and advisee events
    • Plan seating in Chapel and coordinate attendance with Community Meeting
    • Coordinate with advisors and seniors regarding Senior Speeches
    • Respond to and communicate around Advisor Notes 
    • Coordinate with Academic Dean about advisee supports, accommodations, etc.
    Health and Safety
    • Oversee school plan for safety, drills, ERP, etc.
    • Coordinate with Health Center Director regarding trainings, supplies, student needs, driving for appointments, in-service trainings for VVS staff, and faculty communication
    • Co-plan Health workshops and curriculum
    • Communicate with AOD, dorm parents, Director of Residential Life, families and staff around student emergencies as needed
    Student Conduct and Deportment
    • Design and implement community life policies and curriculum, including the implementation of the school code of conduct and discipline programs. 
    • Meet with students around discipline and conduct issues
    • Conduct meetings and coordinate communication with faculty/advisors and students to address student support plans
    • Oversee the School’s Discipline Committee 
    Administration
    • Serve on administration helping with school oversight, management, planning and coordination
    • Assist the Enrollment Director in the design of student enrollment support programs
    • Assist in staffing processes including hiring and performance reviews
    • Meet with parents, students, and faculty regarding enrollment/boarding 
    • Serve as AOD every 6th week, and supervise weekend team and activities
    • Create assessments for staff
    Student Life
    • Manage all attendance and student appointments 
    • Communicate with Academic Coordinator to track student standing
    • Create activities and manage campus events, coordinating with various faculty
    • Attend and support various events and activities
    • Coordinate student activities and special student schedules with key personnel
    • Coordinate and oversee staffing for all student life weekend events
    • Provide ongoing supervision and responsiveness to student life in the dorms including major school rule concerns, health/safety, theft prevention/security, and dorm culture
    • Coordinate and implement the systems, programs, and process for student leadership positions, including residential assistants, class officers, and the selection and of class advisors 
    • Oversee and implement the school’s Travel Program with parents and students
    Residential Life 

    General
    • Provide ongoing support for student wellbeing in the dorms; oversee the residential schedule staff, programs and events, weekend-/weeknight duty teams and duties, and various residential life needs
    • Oversee the scheduling, training, and ongoing communication with residential staff, security,  and weeknight and weekend duty teams
    • Design pro-active communication with staff, advisors, students, and parents in a timely manner
    • Coordinate with Health Director, Night Guard, Administrator On Duty
    • Oversee the opening and closing of the dorm buildings around breaks and at the start/end of the school year. This including big cleans, supply ordering, communication around schedule changes, room damage reports, and luggage storage protocols
    • Manage dorm budgets
    Staff Management
    • Supervise Dorm Parents and dorm duty staff and coordinate adequate dorm supervision 
    • Coordinate the weeknight team schedule and duties
    • Train RAs and Dorm Parents/Heads and dorm duty members; provide ongoing support and management
    • Coordinate meetings
    • Conduct assessments for dorm parents; meet one-on-one to review the feedback
    • Oversee staff conduct and provide coaching
    School Break Programs
    • Coordinate the Thanksgiving- and Spring Break program 
    • Hire / orient staff to run programs
    • Oversee program schedule, logistics and problem-solving
    This position is full-time and benefit-eligible.  Compensation is competitive and dependent upon experience. A background check is required prior to employment.  Please submit your resume to lperkins@vvsaz.org.
  • High School IB Mathematics

    Full-Time High School Math Position (IB Math)
    Job Summary:
    High School Math (IB Mathematics - 11th& 12th grade)
    Salary: Commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes health, dental, vision and 403B
    Location:  Sedona, AZ USA
    Employer: Verde Valley School
    Type: IB Boarding School
    Category:  Math
    Preferred Education Level: Masters
    Job Description:
    Verde Valley School seeks a skilled and enthusiastic high school math teacher to teach IB Math. Topics include but are not limited to: algebra, functions and equations, circular functions and trigonometry, vectors, statistics and probability, and calculus and one additional course to be determined (e.g. Economics or pre-IB Math).  All courses are taught with an inquiry-based experiential  approach with the teacher guiding students to question, explore, collect and analyze data.  The IB Math course is a two-year course that culminates with the completion of IB assessments in the senior year.
    The ideal candidate is someone who loves engaging adolescents of all abilities in the study of math and is ready to fully immerse in all facets of boarding school life on our rustic desert campus.  In addition to classroom teaching, each faculty member supervises students one evening per week, one weekend per month, and twice each week for campus work jobs. Each faculty member leads one extracurricular activity or sport twice each week and is responsible for advising 4-5 students.  Most faculty members lead a 2-week wilderness & service trip throughout the Southwest each November. Meals in our dining hall are provided.  On-campus housing may be available, space-permitting.
     Preference is given to candidates who have:
    • IB or pre-IB program experience
    • Experience teaching high school math using an experiential approach
    • Experience working in a residential setting
    • Experience and enthusiasm for living and teaching in diverse communities
    • Experience teaching non-native English speakers
    • Experience coaching and/or leading outdoor activities
     This position begins August 2022
     Please send cover letter and resume via email with subject heading: “Math Position Application” to lperkins@vvsaz.org.  No phone calls or faxes please.
Verde Valley School is an International Baccalaureate boarding and day high school for students in grades 9-12.