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.

Current Employment Opportunities

Director of Athletic Mentoring Program
McLean School, a K-12 coeducational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for a part-time, after school position of Director of Athletic Mentoring Program. 
The Director of Athletic Mentoring Program reports directly to the Director of Athletics and is engaged in all aspects related to ensuring overall implementation of the Coaching and Mentoring Program. The hours for the position are generally Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:00 pm. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Establish and oversee a new strength and conditioning program for all Varsity athletes.
  • Expand and deepen the Upper School PE Program to provide students not participating in athletics with more time to build a mentoring relationship with Coaches.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Athletics, enhance and sustain the quality of McLean School coaching by serving as a resource and mentor to Basketball Coaches, and other Coaches and Assistant Coaches, on both mentoring approaches and coaching techniques.
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Athletic Mentoring Program to expand Junior Varsity and Middle School Basketball practice and games from three to five days a week in order to provide additional time for students to develop a bond with their Coach mentors.
  • In consultation with the Director of Athletics, create a new Middle School and Upper School Developmental Basketball Program to provide students new to basketball with basic skills, and the opportunity for mentoring by a McLean School Coach, preparing them to later join a Middle School or Junior Varsity team.
  • Promote athletic mentorship to students and families within the school as an integral part of our educational program.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with the Division Heads, Counselors, and Coordinators of Learning Services in the Upper and Middle Schools to understand social and emotional challenges that specific students may be experiencing and how athletics can alleviate some of these stresses.
  • In concert with the Director of Enrollment, use the Athletic Mentoring Program to interest prospective students in a McLean School education and retain current students.
  • Coordinate marketing with McLean School’s Communications team and the Director of Athletics to raise the profile of the Athletics Program and its players.
  • Work with the Director of Athletics, Division Heads, and Head of School to deepen the grounding of the Sports Programs in the School’s values of inclusivity, respect, wellness, and academic achievement.
  • Support the work of the Athletic Committee in enhancing the Athletic Program and student participation. 

Qualifications:

  • High School athletics coaching experience (preferably varsity sports)
  • Experience mentoring students beyond the classroom (sports, outdoor ed, clubs)
  • Experience creating a strength and conditioning program for student-athletes (in-season and out of season)
  • Experience working with and mentoring coaches 
  • Positive and constructive relationship with students
  •  Effective communication skills with student athletes, coaches, and parents
  •  Background organizing and directing camps or clinics in a variety of sports

Interested applicants should contact Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Adrien McDonald, by Friday, February 14.

Assistant Director of Athletics and Athletic Mentoring Program

McLean School, a K-12 coeducational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for an Assistant Director of Athletics and Athletic Mentoring Program. 

The Assistant Director should be an experienced, creative, organized, energetic, and flexible professional. S/he will work closely with and report to both the Director of Athletics and the Director of Athletic Mentoring Program. This role requires 10-15 hours of work per week. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist in establishing a new strength and conditioning program for all Varsity athletes and keep track of student participation.
  • Serve as a teacher for the expanded Upper School PE Program and keep track of student participation so that the students complete their required 160 hours of PE credits for graduation.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with Counselors and Coordinators of Learning Services in the Upper and Middle Schools to understand social and emotional challenges that specific students may be experiencing and how athletics can alleviate some of these challenges.
  • Assist the Director of Athletics with administration and implementation of the School’s Athletic Program. This includes:  
    • Organize Middle School transportation of athletic teams;
    • Coordinate daily/weekly schedule with the Director of Athletics;
    • Create Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) Rosters;
    • Create McLean School team practice schedules for each season;
    • Coordinate space for athletic events within the School and with other divisions;
    • Maintains uniform inventory
  • Coordinate with the Co-Directors of Communications and Marketing to ensure athletic information is available for parents on the website, newsletters, and via social media.
  • Facilitate the expansion of Junior Varsity and Middle School Basketball practices and games from three to five days a week in order to provide additional time for students to develop a bond with their Coach mentors. Secure additional transportation and rental space for practices and games.
  • Provide logistical support for the creation of a Middle School and Upper School Developmental Basketball Program including booking facilities, transportation, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Join with the Director of Athletics in representing McLean School at various athletic events including PVAC Athletic Director meetings.
  • Other duties assigned by the Director of Athletics and/or the Director of Athletic Mentoring Program.

Interested applicants should contact Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Adrien McDonald, by Friday, February 14.

Middle School Physical Science Teacher (Grades 7 & 8)

McLean School is a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland. We seek applicants for the full-time position for a Middle School Physical Science Teacher (Grades 7 & 8) to begin August 2020. 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 Physical Science Teacher will teach a variety of Science classes. A knowledge of the following topics is required – properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, elements, compounds, atomic theory, forces, motion, work, energy, sound, and light. This position requires a dynamic educator with vision and patience. Most important, he or she will subscribe to McLean School’s Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

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

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references to Head of Middle School, David Roth at droth@mcleanschool.org.

Grade 3 Classroom Teacher
McLean School is a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland. We seek applicants for a Grade 3 Classroom Teacher to begin August 2020. 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 Teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and ADHD, and seek to inspire our students to learn and grow. This position requires a dynamic educator with experience designing age-appropriate lessons and hands-on activities for students in lower elementary school. Experience in working with children with learning challenges is a plus. Applicants will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, and optional teaching portfolio to Head of Lower School, Dr. Mary Dickerson.

K-4 STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) Teacher

McLean School is a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for a K-4 STEM Teacher to begin August 2020. 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 K-4 STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) Teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and ADHD, and seek to inspire students into STEM fields at a young age. This position requires a dynamic STEM educator with experience designing age-appropriate lessons and hands-on activities for students in lower elementary school. Experience in Lego Mindstorm Robotics and basic coding are a plus. Applicants will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, and optional teaching portfolio to

Lower School Head, Dr. Mary Dickerson, at mdickerson@mcleanschool.org or Science Department Chair, Andrew Tran, at atran@mcleanschool.org).

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for an Upper School Mathematics Teacher, specifically Algebra 1, Algebra 2/Trig, and Probability & Statistics, to begin August 2020. 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 Mathematics Teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and ADHD, and seek to build self-confidence in our students as they learn to advocate and to prepare for success in college and beyond. This position requires a dynamic math educator with vision and patience. Most important, he or she will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references to Head of Upper School, Dr. Josephine Diemond at jdiemond@mcleanschool.org.

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.