A Wonderful Workplace

A Wonderful Workplace

I’ve worked in places where the expectations and support for students was 100 percent different from the expectations and support for teachers, which I found stressful. Here at McLean there’s consistent messaging and a growth mindset among administrators, teachers, and students alike.

Learn more about the McLean Method – and its applicability to our hiring, evaluation, and professional development.

Commitment to Diversity and Equity

McLean School’s commitment to diversity/equity is an extension of our mission to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of learners. McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. We offer equitable opportunity to learn from the wealth that diversity renders to all community members in the recognition of differences of ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, or gender. This recognition enriches our community and encourages our students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens. We believe that our students will acquire an appreciative sensitivity to different people and cultures and that they will be more secure in themselves and better prepared to enjoy the richness and possibilities of the wonderfully diverse world they will inherit.

Toward this end, McLean School commits itself to:

  • Continue to develop a school culture and curricula that will teach our students both the skills and the sensibilities necessary for living in a world of change and difference;
  • Achieve an educationally enriching level of diversity in the student body, the faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees; and
  • Provide the resources and support needed to secure the self-esteem of every child.

The School expects that all community members will support diversity/equity at McLean School, just as the School expects that all community members will benefit from that work.

Non-Discrimination

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, retention and promotion on the basis of an individual’s ability and job-related qualifications and without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other classification proscribed and protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Current Employment Opportunities

Technology Support Specialist
McLean School is a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland. We seek applicants for a Technology Support Specialist to begin July 1. McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them. Applicants will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

The Technology Support Specialist works as part of a team to deliver the front-line IT support to the McLean School community (students, faculty and staff, and parents) , answering in-person requests, responding to phone calls and emails, resolving and documenting issues or escalating to others as appropriate. The Technology Support Specialist assists with the configuration, maintenance, and support of school-wide IT infrastructure as well as end-user software and hardware. The Technology Support Specialist reports to the Director of Technology Innovation.

Responsibilities

  • Respond in a timely manner to support requests received via ticketing system, email, telephone, and in-person visits.
  • Support and train users in the use of a large variety of hardware and educational software applications.
  • Troubleshoot and repair all school software and hardware including MacBook’s, PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards and printers.
  • Manage, support, configure queries, create reports and train the school community in using Blackbaud school management software and database systems.
  • Perform basic G Suite administration.
  • Perform basic Active Directory and Windows Server administration.
  • Create and maintain up-to-date documentation and training materials.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Technology Innovation, which may include occasional weekend and evening hours.

Competencies

  • Expert knowledge and experience  in configuration and troubleshooting of computer hardware and operating systems including MacOS, Windows, Chrome OS, and iOS.
  • Expert in G Suite cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools.
  • Strong organizational skills with a close attention to detail and the ability to move among multiple tasks and projects with ease.
  • Ability to communicate in a friendly, professional, and timely manner with students, faculty, staff and parents.
  • Familiarity with G Suite administration.
  • Familiarity with software distribution and management platforms, JAMF experience preferred.
  • Basic Active Directory and Microsoft Windows Server administration experience.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • Experience with Student Information Systems, Blackbaud experience preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of Ethernet switches and wireless access points.
  • Basic knowledge of PBX and VOIP telephone systems.
  • Ability to learn new software applications quickly and to teach others how to use them.
  • Ability to create training and documentation materials.
  • Ability to manipulate databases and spreadsheets for information gathering and reporting.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with users in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Qualifications – Required

  • Minimum of 3 years of full time equivalent work experience in user support or experience with students and teachers in an education setting.

Qualifications – Preferred

  • Prior experience and/or exceptional ability in interacting with elementary, middle, and high school age children.
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Student Information System
  • Prior experience with G Suite administration..
  • Prior experience managing databases and spreadsheets.
  • Basic scripting skills, such as Python or shell scripting.

Interested candidates should send résumé, cover letter, and a list of references to Director of Innovation Technology, Amy Foster.

Middle School (Grades 5-8) Substitute Teachers Needed!
McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for Middle School (grades 5-8) Substitute Teachers. McLean School has for sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

This position requires a candidate that can teach to a diverse population of students who possess a wide range of learning strengths and challenges. Most importantly, the Middle School Substitute Teacher will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy.

Interested applicants should send a résumé to Head of Middle School, David Roth, at droth@mcleanschool.org.

It’s no surprise that McLean’s teachers and staff are as happy to be here as the students we teach: we all feel supported in our efforts to learn, stretch and grow. It’s a culture that can be hard to come by… which is one reason our faculty tends to stick around! Here are a few of the other reasons:

Reason #1McLean “Magic”

There’s something about this place that’s hard to put into words, but you know it when you feel it. An energy, a culture, a certain type of confidence that comes from having a job you love and being surrounded by people who feel the same way.

Reason #2Our Mentorship Program

You’re always encouraged to change and modify your approach based on what is best for each child. And you don’t have to figure that out all on your own.  There’s a wealth of resources from mentor teachers who support you all the way.

Reason #3Flexibility in What We Teach and How We Teach It

Teaching the way kids learn requires flexibility you won’t find in most school settings. And it’s one thing to say ‘hey, do what you need to do,’ but another to actually provide the structure and professional support to make that possible. And knowing I have the trust and confidence of my colleagues means everything to me.

Reason #4Professional Perks

We work hard, but we get to have fun, too. We are fully encouraged to enjoy the weight room, yoga, fitness classes, mindfulness programs, our wonderful lunch offerings, and more. This is a place that supports us fully: mind, body, and soul!

Reason #5Location

Our proximity to DC opens up experiential learning opportunities and is just a great place in general to live.  From the Smithsonian to Congress, free cultural events, and parks, the Greater Washington area is packed with places and programs that enrich my professional and personal experiences.

Reason #6We Prioritize Professional Development

This is a culture of learning, and that includes the faculty. When it comes to professional development, McLean is generous and encouraging. It creates a sense of excitement, like we’re incubating new ideas all the time and making our best practices even better. As an educator, I couldn’t ask for more.