Working at Northwest Academy

Northwest Academy hires professionals who are passionate about working in schools and who thrive in a creative, dynamic setting. We encourage you to explore our website to learn about and experience our school’s inspiring program, culture, and community.

Northwest Academy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to welcoming and celebrating a diverse student and faculty population. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability or other characteristics protected under local, state or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s cooperation and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.

Current Open Positions: 

Dean of Students:

The Dean of Students is a member of the Leadership Team and is responsible for implementing restorative discipline practices and responding to issues of student well-being. The Dean of Students works closely with Division Heads; Dir. of Student Services; Counselor; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator; and MS/HS Activity Coordinators to design and implement strategies for creating a healthy school climate that aligns with the school’s values and current best practices. The Dean of Students ensures that the culture and activities of the Middle and High School support the Mission and Core Values of Northwest Academy, as well as the philosophy and values of the School and its respective departments and programs. The Dean of Students serves on the Program and Culture Advancement Team and the Student Services Team. The DOS work will constitute 80% of the employee’s assignment; an additional 20% assignment will match the employee’s background to additional needs of the school.

Dean of Students Position Description (application deadline is Friday, April 30)

English/Humanities Teacher (11th Grade):

We are seeking an 11th grade English/Humanities teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This is a 0.8-1.0 FTE position. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching high school English and History, as well as a demonstrated passion for teaching high school students in a program that emphasizes writing and critical thinking/analysis.

English/Humanities Teacher Job Description (application deadline is Friday, April 30)

High School & Middle School Math Teacher:

We are seeking a High School math teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This is a 0.8-1.0 FTE position including one section of Calculus, two sections of HS Geometry, one section of MS Geometry, and the possibility of an Engineering/Robotics course if applicant has previous experience.

High School & Middle School Math Teacher Job Description (application deadline is Friday, April 30)

High School & Middle School Spanish Teacher:

We are seeking a Spanish Teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This is a .60- 1.0 FTE Faculty Position which includes both middle school and high school classes at advanced levels. The NW Academy World Language Program follows a natural language acquisition program in which students are fully immersed in the target language at all levels.

High School & Middle School Spanish Teacher Job Description (application deadline is Friday, April 30)


Ongoing Positions

Northwest Academy is always interested in receiving resumes for teachers and artists who would like to be considered for future teaching opportunities. Qualified applicants will be contacted by Northwest Academy as positions become available.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working at Northwest Academy to If you are applying for a specific position posted above, please tailor your letter to that position. No phone calls please.

For Teachers

Candidates who are considered for an interview must be prepared to submit a concise portfolio of their work as a teacher. Please do not submit these items prior to being scheduled for an interview. This should be a tailored, focused presentation:

  • Examples of lesson plans in the appropriate discipline(s).
  • Samples of assessments from 2 subject areas that reflect varied approaches to assessing student learning.
  • A concise discussion of a lesson that you have given that did not go well and one that did go well, with accompanying explanations on what went well and what could be improved.
  • A brief description of your ideal classroom. You should focus on your role within the classroom, management and organization strategies, and the roles students play in their daily experiences in your classroom. Please provide insights into your choices.
  • A concise description of your leadership and/or teaching style and guiding philosophies, highlighting particular strengths and providing concrete examples of experiences that provide insight into your leadership and/or teaching capacities.
  • Additional items that you feel highlight your knowledge and experience.

Northwest Academy  also is interested in candidates who are artists or professionals in non-teaching fields who are considering a career in education. We recognize that such candidates may not be able to meet the above criteria in all respects; we encourage such individuals to tailor their presentation accordingly. Certification is not a prerequisite for employment.

  • From Portland and Beyond

    Northwest Academy’s community includes students from throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard as well as Vancouver Washington.

    From Portland and Beyond
    Many students commute by bike or public transportation.
  • Small Class Size

    Northwest Academy commitment to small classes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.

    Small Class Size
    Classes average 15 students per class
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Students at the 2020 SDLC