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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.

McLean School Walks the Talk

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides bedrock foundation. Many schools talk about their expanding ability to serve students who learn differently, but McLean has been built for that mission from the start. Through its Abilities Model®, McLean teaches to each student’s strengths, while providing support in areas of need, and McLean never defines students by what they cannot do. 

McLean School in many ways looks like the framework of a typical, maybe even traditional college-prep school. But what happens within that framework is anything but traditional. The school has attracted deeply caring and trained educators whose passion is discovering and teaching to the unique abilities of each student in whatever innovative, personal, or progressive manner is best for the student. With close to 500 students in grades K-12, McLean School is delivering on the promise of giving students skills, confidence, tools, and knowledge to succeed in college and beyond. 

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

Grade 3 Teacher
McLean School seeks applications for a Grade 3 Teacher, beginning August 2022.

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the full-time position in Lower School to begin August 2022. McLean School has for 70 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.

The teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and seek to build self-confidence in our students as they learn to advocate and to prepare for success in college and life. This position requires a dynamic educator with vision and patience. Most important, they will subscribe to McLean School’s Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them. Early childhood educators recognize that play is the work of young children and they build on children’s natural curiosity to promote a love of learning.

The ideal candidate has an advanced degree in Education and experience working with students with learning challenges, including dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, organizational issues, and students who are gifted, skillfully assessing students’ strengths and areas of challenge to craft lessons to meet their academic needs. Creativity, flexibility, and strong communication skills are a necessity.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer position to begin August 2022.

McLean School has for almost 70 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 individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them. 

The Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer is responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing the Upper School Boys Soccer Program.

This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics, Coaching, and Mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience as a Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer, or Club-Level Coach, effective written and oral communication skills, a connection to the youth and local soccer community, an ability to build relationships and work well with others, a sharp perspective on the role of athletics in the educational experience.

Essential Duties

  • Offer positive leadership by coaching the Varsity Program
  • Oversee the entire Boys Soccer Program including our Middle School and Junior Varsity Program
  • Serve as an ambassador for the School and the program by connecting and following up with interested scholar-athletes and families
  • Conduct out-of-season programs within league rules such as strength and conditioning, summer leagues, and pre- and post-season workouts
  • Connect with Middle and Lower School students and families to promote participation and involvement in the program. 
  • Embrace the Core Values of McLean School and model behaviors consistent with those values

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Head Coach for Girls Varsity Basketball

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the Head Coach for Girls Varsity Basketball position to begin October 2022.

McLean School has for almost 70 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 individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them. 

The Head Coach for Girls Varsity Basketball is responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing the Upper School Girls Basketball Program.

This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics, Coaching, and Mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience as a Head Coach for Girls Varsity Basketball, College Coach, or Club-Level Coach, effective written and oral communication skills, a connection to the youth and local basketball community, an ability to build relationships and work well with others, a sharp perspective on the role of athletics in the educational experience.

Essential Duties

  • Offer positive leadership by coaching the Varsity Program
  • Oversee the entire Girls Basketball Program including our Middle School and Junior Varsity Program
  • Serve as an ambassador for the School and the program by connecting and following up with interested scholar-athletes and families
  • Conduct out-of-season programs within league rules such as strength and conditioning, summer leagues, and pre- and post-season workouts
  • Connect with Middle and Lower School students and families to promote participation and involvement in the program. 
  • Embrace the Core Values of McLean School and model behaviors consistent with those values

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Coach for Girls Middle School Volleyball (Grades 5-8)

McLean School seeks applications for a Coach for Girls Middle School Volleyball (Grades 5-8) for the Fall 2022 season, which runs from September through the end of October.

McLean School has for 70 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 individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them. 

The Coach for Girls Middle School Volleyball is responsible for team oversight, acting as a positive role model, and supporting the Mission and Core Values of the School.

This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics, Coaching, and Mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience as a youth, high school, and/or club-level coach, experience with providing differentiated instruction to athletes of all levels, effective written and oral communication skills, knowledgeable of the fundamentals and techniques of competitive soccer, an ability to build relationships and work well with others, a sharp perspective on the role of athletics in the educational experience.

Essential Duties

  • Be a positive role model
  • Plan, direct, and administer policies for all team practices and matches
  • Communicate team expectations at the start of the season
  • Design training sessions that are dynamic, engaging, and provide challenge
  • Create an environment of respect that is rooted in hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship and supporting teammates
  • Communicate with athletes and parents
  • Ensure proper safety measures are observed when conducting team activities
  • Attend seasonal coaches meetings
  • Give appropriate attention, care, and follow-up to student-athletes who are injured or ill, including filling out injury report forms

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, and list of references.

Coach for Girls Middle School Soccer

McLean School seeks applications for a Coach for Girls Middle School Soccer for the Fall 2022 season, which runs from September through the end of October.

McLean School has for almost 70 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 individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

The Coach for Girls Middle School Soccer is responsible for team oversight, acting as a positive role model, and supporting the Mission and Core Values of the School.

This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics, Coaching, and Mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience as a youth, high school, and/or club-level coach, experience with providing differentiated instruction to athletes of all levels, effective written and oral communication skills, knowledgeable of the fundamentals and techniques of competitive soccer, an ability to build relationships and work well with others, a sharp perspective on the role of athletics in the educational experience.

Essential duties include:

  • Be a positive role model
  • Plan, direct, and administer policies for all team practices and matches
  • Communicate team expectations at the start of the season
  • Design training sessions that are dynamic, engaging, and provide challenge
  • Create an environment of respect that is rooted in hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship and supporting teammates
  • Communicate with athletes and parents
  • Ensure proper safety measures are observed when conducting team activities
  • Attend seasonal coaches meetings
  • Give appropriate attention, care, and follow-up to student-athletes who are injured or ill, including filling out Injury Report Forms

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, and list of references.

Part-Time COVID-19 Lab Assistant (16-20 hours per week)

McLean School in Potomac, Maryland announces a search for a dynamic Part-Time COVID-19  Lab Assistant to work in our busy on-site COVID-19 testing Lab beginning August 2022. The COVID-19 Lab Assistant will assist the COVID-19 Lab Manager test all faculty and students once or twice a week using BinaxNow antigen tests..

The School

Transforming the lives of students and families, McLean School is Washington, DC’s most comprehensive and academically rigorous full-scope K-12 college-preparatory school program for bright, college bound students, with integrated support for those in the student body with dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. For 70 years, the school has helped students realize their full potential with a curriculum that is traditional without being rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with the real world in mind.

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides a bedrock foundation.

McLean recognizes that all children are natural learners, but that they learn in different ways. The school’s Abilities Model® is a more complete way to understand how student minds work. This approach recognizes each child for their strengths, allowing them to excel, while providing support in areas of challenge and fostering resilience This combination transforms how students view themselves and their futures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Lab Manager in setting up tests, monitoring the tests ensuring they are read in the required time period, recording the test results in the School’s database, and submitting the result to the state via CRISP.
  • Responsible for record keeping to ensure the Lab is complying with all School and State policies (e.g., recording daily temperatures of the Lab) Ensure the Lab is stocked with tests and all materials needed for the Lab to run smoothly.
  • Ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are tested on their required day and notified.
  • Provide daily reports on test results.
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Lab Manager or Lab Director.

Desired Skills and Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate will have a strong communication and organizational skill with an attention to detail, able to work both independently and on a team, able to multitask, willing to work under busy conditions and able to collaborate and communicate effectively.

Excellent customer service skills are essential. Lab experience is preferred but not required; comfort with students from 5 to 18 years old is a must.

Among the many attributes, successful candidates will:

  • Enjoy being around students with an appreciation of their individual personalities, and a desire to get to know each student in the School.
  • A high school diploma with some college education preferred.
  • Experience working in a fast pace environment.
  • Proficiency with using Google Sheets preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills both in writing and verbally.
  • Flexibility, this position requires the ability to adapt to schedule changes.

Mission

McLean School’s mission is to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of bright K-12 learners. We understand each student’s unique strengths and challenges, and support both in a way that fosters intellectual growth as well as confidence, self-advocacy, empathy, and connection. At McLean, students succeed because they learn how to learn in an inclusive, conscientious community of caring teachers and peers.

Reaching all corners of the McLean experience, the School’s commitment to diversity and equity is an extension of its mission. McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. This recognition enriches the community and encourages students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Middle School Spanish Teacher (Grades 5-8)

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for a Grades 5-8 Spanish teacher to begin August 2022. 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.

The Middle School Spanish Teacher will teach Spanish to students in grades 5-8. The ideal candidate should have experience working with students with learning challenges, including dyslexia, anxiety, attention issues, and students who are gifted, skillfully assessing students’ strengths and areas of challenges to craft lessons to meet their academic needs. Creativity, flexibility, and strong communication skills are a necessity.

We welcome candidates who are committed to student-centered pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and multi-sensory learning. Successful candidates must be willing to collaborate, innovate, and grow as teachers. Most importantly, they will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Substitute Teachers
McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for Substitute Teachers immediately. College degree preferred.

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 McLean Substitute Teacher will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy.

The McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application and upload their Résumé.

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.

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