Careers

Founded in 1886 and rooted in Episcopal values, Breck School is a preschool through twelve, college preparatory day school with more than 1,100 students. Located in Golden Valley, Minnesota, on 52 acres just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Breck enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts.

Breck faculty are among the best educators in the country. Each year, Breck teachers travel the country to attend and present at national and international conferences, visit peer schools for benchmarking and idea sharing, and are afforded the opportunity of summer grants for study and travel. At least one faculty member each year is also awarded a year-long, paid sabbatical. 

Breck has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, national origin, or any other characteristic. To learn more about our commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus, click here.

Interested in working at Breck? We are currently looking for candidates for the following postings, however, candidates are always invited to submit applications regardless of openings. Please submit your resume and information to the Human Resources department listed below.

Teaching Career Openings

Lower School Literacy Instructor

Department: Student Support Team (SST)
Reports to: SST Department Head, Lower School Division Director
Start Date: 8/12/19
Effective Date: 2/11/19

Overview

As an instructional leader in the field of literacy, the Lower School Literacy Instructor must articulate a depth of knowledge about literacy beliefs, instruction, and assessment as s/he provides support to students and assists faculty in implementing a cohesive, comprehensive, research-informed literacy program. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaborative skills are essential in ensuring transfer of knowledge to classroom practice and building an effective home–school connection with families.

The position supports preschool through fourth-grade students and teachers, so while maintaining a knowledge of how literacy–learning proceeds into adulthood is needed, a thorough grasp both of foundational skills in early literacy to skills students acquire in the intermediate grades is especially crucial.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and provide instruction to large groups, small groups, and/or individual students to promote growth in literacy.
  • Collaborate with and support classroom teachers by providing and analyzing individual student assessment data in reading/writing/spelling for curricular programming and support student success.
  • Facilitate professional development with faculty including: demonstration lessons, model teaching strategies, provide coaching, offer facilitated conversations about articles or videos, etc.
  • Maintain regular communication about student progress with parents and faculty through bi-annual written evaluations, in-person conferences, email, or phone conversations as needed.
  • Participate in parent conferences and in-house meetings to discuss a student’s current level of performance and assist in developing strategies to support student learning.
  • Work with the guidance team to develop an intervention-approach for supporting student learning in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and parents in the Lower School.
  • Work with first- and second-grade teachers to maintain the guided reading library. (Organize volunteers, purchase books for the collection, maintain the organization system.)
  • Communicate deep content knowledge in the area of literacy and maintain professional development to stay current in the field.
  • Attend and participate in regular English department, Support Services Team, and Lower School Division meetings.
  • Maintain professional decorum and confidentiality in the execution of job responsibilities.
  • Commit to and actively pursue Breck School’s Mission.

Other areas of support may include:

  • Collaborate on a team to plan and evaluate literacy curriculum materials and assessment models.
  • Work with faculty to develop new curriculum and provide resources to support literacy instruction/learning.
  • Plan and deliver literacy-related in-service workshops for families and faculty.

Competencies

  • Capacity as a reflective practitioner who stays current in research informed literacy practices for preschool through intermediate-age students.
  • Knowledge of literacy curriculum development, evaluation, assessment, and implementation.
  • Experience using an intervention-approach when working with students and teachers.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment and work cooperatively, collaboratively, and professionally with parents, students, faculty, and administration.
  • Demonstrated competence in written and oral communication.
  • Effective listening skills.
  • Ability to engage in conversations that may be difficult.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning.

Education/Experience/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in reading/literacy or related field preferred
  • Experience as an elementary-age reading specialist
  • Experience teaching in an elementary classroom

To apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Preschool Instructor

Title: Instructor
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to: Division Director and Department Head

Background

Responsible for organizing, implementing, and providing an educational program where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and Instruction
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and proficiency with subject matter
  • Designs and implements effective instruction to engage student learning
  • Plans and delivers instruction for a variety of learners
  • Develops lessons that consider multiple perspectives
  • Motivates students to engage in the learning process
  • Understands and uses assessment to promote student learning
Classroom Environment
  • Creates an environment that promotes respect, rapport, and learning
  • Establishes effective relationships with students
  • Communicates clear and consistent expectations for learning, behavior, and achievement
  • Monitors and manages student behavior effectively
Communication
  • Communicates effectively with families, students, and colleagues
  • Communicates student progress in a timely and thorough manner
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills
Professional Responsibility
  • Supports the mission and values of the school
  • Supports the programs and priorities of the department, division, and school
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with faculty, students, and parents
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Demonstrates professional behavior
  • Seeks and develops opportunities for professional growth
  • Attends and participates in required meetings, school events, and committee work
  • Performs duties as required/requested
Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3 years classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Experience with using technology in teaching and learning

To apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Lower School Teacher Assistant

Title: Lower School Teacher Assistant
Reports to: Lower School Division Director
Effective Date: July 1, 2019
FLSA: Non-exempt

Hours: M-F, 37.5 hours per week in the classroom, including supervision duties. This includes workshop-days; it does not include all-school holidays/vacation breaks when the teaching faculty does not report.

Teacher assistants also work a minimum of two shifts per week in the Extended Day program at additional compensation. Teacher assistant will also be scheduled for some shifts during winter and spring breaks for additional compensation. Teacher Assistants are expected to participate in Lower School Back-to-School Night, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.

Background

The purpose of the Teacher Assistant position is to provide new graduates with an opportunity to expand their curriculum knowledge and instructional proficiencies toward their goal of becoming a classroom teacher. The Teacher Assistant position is designed as an apprenticeship experience; pairing the assistant with an experienced, mentor teacher. The Teacher Assistant position is a maximum three-year experience, including practice in two grade level assignments. Breck School reserves the right to make exceptions and extend the Teacher Assistant experience beyond the three-year period. The primary role of the Teacher Assistant is to assist teachers in developing and implementing the instructional program as well as supporting a positive climate in the classroom and community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the classroom teacher by providing input in planning learning experiences, contributing materials for the classroom, supporting instruction, and maintaining a positive environment.
  • Develop instructional skills through observations of classroom teaching, work with various groups of learners, response to constructive feedback, and self-reflection.
  • Broaden curricular knowledge through reading/research, collegial conversation, and lesson implementation.
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with the classroom teacher by demonstrating initiative, accepting responsibility, and maintaining honest, open communication.
  • Support student learning by understanding developmental readiness, working effectively with small/large groups, and communicating clear and consistent expectations.
  • Demonstrate positive interactions with students through modeling respectful behavior, building relationships, displaying enthusiasm for learning, and communicating effectively with students.
  • Serve as a team member who supports and contributes ideas, demonstrates a willingness to learn, exhibits flexibility, and follows-through with responsibilities.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Elementary or Early Childhood Education, preferred)
  • Experience working with young children

To Apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Coaching Career Openings

Head Volleyball Coach

To Apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Assistant Volleyball Coach

To Apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Middle School Volleyball Coach

To Apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Mock Trial Head Coach

Title: Mock Trial Head Coach
Reports to: Upper School Division Director
Hours: 3:30-5:30 PM through Mock Trial Season
Effective Date: Fall 2019

Background

Breck School’s Mock Trial program is an exemplary, student-centered program that has enjoyed a great deal of success since its inception.  With a number of accolades in hand (including both state and national championships), we seek a head coach with a strong vision to lead our program.  Ideally, this person would be an attorney with trial experience or mock trial coaching experience who can attend practices a minimum of two times per week during the mock trial season (October–May) as well as tournaments, including State (March) tournament (location TBD within Minnesota) and National tournament (location TBD) if the team advances. Volunteer attorneys may be available to provide assistance throughout the season, but the head coach will provide primary counsel and direction on the case.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach fundamentals of trial practice to high school students, including basic understanding and application of Rules of Evidence.
  • Help a team of high school students analyze a mock civil or criminal case, develop both prosecution and defense (or plaintiff/defendant) theories of the case, and draft openings, directs, cross examinations and closing.
  • Teach team members appropriate demeanor, ethics, objections and responses—“professional performance”—in a constructive and nurturing manner.
  • Provide structure and direction to the mock trial season (deadlines when tasks should be completed, goals during practices).
  • Work with student witnesses to develop appropriate characters and direct and cross examination testimony. 
  • Work with other coaches to hold a try-out process and select students for roles.
  • Oversee coaching staff to ensure organization and logistics are effective and in place for all practices, trials, tournaments, etc.
  • The Varsity attorney coach will be working primarily with students who have the fundamental trial skills and need more nuanced drafting and trial practice coaching. The Junior Varsity attorney coach may have to spend more time on teaching the fundamental trial skills and understanding how to present a coherent case; with that said, both teams have advanced well in past years, even as far as competing against each other in regional finals. 
  • Provide feedback after each match to students collectively and individually on their performance, and develop a collaborative plan for improvement.
  • Recruit other trained attorney and theater volunteers to work with students in execution of their roles.
  • Collaborate with Upper School Administration to ensure overall student success

Preferred Background/Skills

  • Genuine interest and ability to work with highly motivated high-school students to help Breck Mock Trial achieve its goals.
  • Experience in setting weekly goals and developing a schedule of activities and deadlines for students and faculty coach to implement.
  • Motivational, mentoring and youth coaching skills.

To Apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to: employment@breckschool.org.

Mock Trial Assistant Coach

Reports to: Mock Trial Head Coach and Upper School Division Director
Hours: 3:30-5:30 PM through Mock Trial Season
Effective Date: Fall 2019

Background

This position serves as a reliable, engaged educator/coach who is invested in the sustained success of the Breck Mock Trial program; and as such promotes, supports, and collaborates with the Varsity and Junior Varsity Attorney Coaches, student participants, and parents to create a positive, purposeful, encouraging and stimulating environment each Mock Trial season.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Has a working understanding of trial practice, mock trial, and United States Legal System. 
  • Attends summer workshop, “mock trial boot camp,” and other preseason “trainings” as available.
  • Available to reliably attend DAILY mock trial practices (Monday–Thursday, 3:30pm–5:30pm) and WEEKEND tournaments during the mock trial season, including state tournament and national tournament (state and national tournaments may require travel) if the team advances. The season lasts October until March (includes April and May if team advances to nationals).
  • Collaborates and communicates effectively with Head Coach to reinforce and support the needs of team members.
  • Structures practices each week to achieve the goals set out by coaching staff.
  • Responsible for scheduling buses, tournaments, hotels, meals, snacks, etc.
  • Collaborates with Captains’ parents to secure help with snacks, communication, banquet, and other needs.
  • Prepares necessary materials, including exhibits, trial notebooks, etc.
  • Communicates with parents, volunteer coaches, and Upper School Administration regarding mock trial events and progress.
  • Provides supportive, positive, and encouraging environment, creating a culture of cooperation and camaraderie among team members.

Preferred Background/Skills

  • Is interested and motivated to see the students and program succeed.
  • Experience working with highly-motivated high school students.
  • Knowledge or experience of theater, law, or public speaking preferred.
  • Good communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to give and receive constructive feedback from students, parents, and other coaches.
  • Good organization, administrative, and follow-through skills.

To apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.

Other Career Openings

Bus Driver

Title: Bus Driver
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Effective Date: 7/1/19
Start Date: August 2019

Background

Responsible for ensuring students are transported each day in a safe, courteous, timely fashion. Driver interacts primarily with students, parents, faculty and administrators, and supervisors. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drives school bus on daily routes, and charters to and from the transportation facility
  • Conducts pre and post trip inspections and completes related forms as required by the State of Minnesota
  • Observes and adheres to all federal and state safety rules and regulations.  Adheres to safe work behaviors and promptly corrects conditions and unsafe behaviors which may lead to accidents. 
  • Reports all accidents immediately
  • Manages emergency evacuation of bus. (See competencies below) 
  • Observes all route operating policies and practices
  • Notifies supervisor immediately of any change in CDL license status and/or endorsements
  • Maintains cleanliness of bus
  • Fuels bus as necessary
  • Supervises safe loading and unloading of students
  • Participates in ongoing training classes and meetings as scheduled
  • Delivers/picks-up materials/documents as requested

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:  

  • Work requires moderate physical effort and use of motor skills necessary to drive and maintain school bus. 
  • While performing duties of this job employee will regularly stand, walk, stoop and kneel.  
  • Will regularly operate school bus, which requires coordinated movements. 
  • Driver must be able to safely exit via the rear emergency door and safely assist students ranging in weight from 50 to 200 pounds off the bus out of same rear emergency door.  Drivers are tested by Breck annually to ensure they can meet these criteria.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Competencies 

  • Dependable and able to follow directions
  • Able to read a map
  • Must be a team player
  • Able to drive a large vehicle on various roadways
  • Communicates effectively
  • Maintains excellent attendance and punctuality

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Must have excellent verbal and skills. Must have the ability to maintain Class B driver’s license with a school bus and passenger endorsement.

To Apply

Please send a resume or Breck application to: employment@breckschool.org. Call 763-381-8218 with questions.

Rink Attendant

Title: Rink Attendant
Reports to: Arena Manager and Assistant Manager
Hours: Evenings and Weekends, 15 hours per week 
Effective Date: August 1, 2019

Background

Performance of and assisting in completion of daily tasks to ensure and maintain a safe and welcoming environment at the Breck School Anderson ice arena.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Safely operates the ice resurfacer and complies with all related rules and safety regulation requirements.
  • Maintains cleanliness and orderliness of ice arena
  • Opens and closes the building 
  • Provides quality customer service and effectively communicates with current clients
  • Performs skate sharpening duties and complies with all related safety requirements
  • Snow removal of sidewalks and all related door access
  • Assists with set up and take down for events 
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills Required

  • Demonstrate the ability to be able to maintain a professional attitude and active role, even while working under potentially stressful conditions (weather, upset or injured patron, etc.).
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to a positive work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow directives and enforce school policy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently, set priorities and complete work on a timely basis
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate, courteously and professionally with student, clients, and coworkers 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • High school diploma/GED
  • 1 year of ice resurfacing experience
  • Skate sharpening experience preferred but not required. Will offer skate sharpening training.

To apply

Submit letter of interest resume to employment@breckschool.org or stop by the arena and complete an application. Breck School Anderson Ice Arena is located at 4210 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis, MN 55422.

Upper School Administrative Assistant

Title: Upper School Administrative Assistant
Reports to: Upper School Division Director
Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM   
Effective Date: August 1, 2019

Background

The administrative assistant in the Upper School provides administrative support for the Upper School Director along with the Upper School Deans in a manner that facilitates the efficient performance of their responsibilities, performs duties that contribute to the effective operation of the Upper School office, and meet the needs of students, parents, and faculty in a manner that helps achieve the desired educational mission of Breck School.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Anticipates, responds to, and provides administrative support for the Upper School team.
  • Facilitates all internal/external communication (phone calls, email, verbal/written messages) to and from the Admissions Office in a manner that is professional, customer service friendly, timely, and complete.
  • Maintains the appointment/daily calendar for the Upper School Director.
  • Schedules and prepare all Upper School Observations and Evaluations.
  • Schedule, coordinate and follow up on all US candidate interviews.
  • Drafts memos, letters, reports, and meeting notes and reviews completed work for accuracy.
  • Oversees planning and execution of all major US events (including Back to School Night, Awards Day, Cum Laude Dinner, and others).  This involves: catering, securing rooms, managing details, and working with outside vendors.
  • Organize and prepare Back to School information, including: seating arrangements for chapel, advisory lists, assignment of lockers, facility needs, fire safety assignments, bus duty, faculty sign-up lists, New Faculty orientation packets and arrange setups for faculty workshops and orientations.
  • Manages and maintains calendars for shared US spaces (US conf. Room, The Loft, Wilder Room, etc).
  • Assist in budget development and monitoring throughout the year.
  • Assists team members, parents, students, and Breck staff and administration with patience, kindness, and compassion.
  • Receives, screen and transfers calls in a professional, courteous manner.
  • Serves as an ambassador for Breck School by providing a welcoming tone for parents/visitors and setting a positive tone in the Upper School Office.
  • Demonstrates ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple demands with many interruptions, while still accomplishing job responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates proficiency with current technologies and the ability to adapt and learn/use new systems and programs.
  • Handles emergency situations while remaining calm and steady under pressure.
  • Maintains an attitude that is flexible, open to learning, and responsive to change.
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems and make decisions in a timely manner, using resourcefulness and good judgment.
  • Recognizes and protects the confidential nature of information in the Upper School Office both as it pertains to students AND to faculty and staff.
  • Attends to responsibilities and contributes to the office environment with a respectful, professional demeanor.

Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Some college preferred
  • Previous office experience required

Performance Behaviors

  • Highly customer service oriented
  • Is highly organized and detailed–oriented
  • Demonstrates initiative and a conscientious work ethic
  • Contributes to effective team relationships
  • Handles conflict with sensitivity
  • Uses feedback for growth
  • Shows commitment to the Breck School community.

To apply

Submit letter of interest, resume, and two letters of reference to employment@breckschool.org.