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Teaching and Tutoring Positions

Join the Academy Team – Positions for the 2024-2025 School Year!

Instructor Positions: $27-33 DOE (certification preferred, but not required)
Start Date: Mid to late-August 2024, and then rolling after that
Positions: All subjects, with expertise level to 4th year or AP/IB level

Instructors and Staff June 2021

Instructors and Staff June 2021

Pacific Learning Academy is a year-round accredited private school and educational service that supports middle and high school students for either tutoring (academic support or test prep) or teaching core middle and high school courses (including languages). All of our lessons are 1-on-1, meaning we can quickly pivot and find the best way to support our students in their learning. Academic magic happens when a student has your full attention!

We work in student homes in the Sammamish/Issaquah area, at the Academy school office in Sammamish, or virtually via Zoom, when families request it. Instructors who are able to support multiple subject areas have priority consideration.

We require a “season” commitment (commitment through mid-June for school-year instructors or through the end of August for summer instructors) and a consistent schedule to ensure continuity for our students.

What’s in it for YOU to Work at Pacific Learning Academy?

  • Established (2005), teacher-owned, accredited school and educational support service
  • 100% Satisfaction Rate from clients and an A+ reputation for quality, caring instructors and staff
  • Paid Drive Time between in-person lessons and a consistent weekly schedule
  • Books/resources provided at no cost to you and regular professional development/training
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Health Benefit option for eligible instructors
The Academy provides copies of student textbooks.

The Academy provides copies of student textbooks

Minimum Requirements

  • 4-year degree (or equivalent) as a minimum in any subject. Certification is not required.
  • Ability and interest in working with students of all abilities 6th to 12th grade, including AD(H)D
  • A warm and encouraging way of working with teens
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written)
  • Computer and internet capabilities for lesson documentation or remote lessons, if applicable
  • Reliable transportation for in-person tutoring (Sammamish/Issaquah homes & libraries)
  • Available at least 3x/week (Mon-Thurs are the most popular lesson days); afternoons/evenings are most popular during the school year and mid-morning to mid-afternoon during the summer session
  • Weekend availability desired, but not required
  • Clean WSP background check with fingerprinting required
  • A minimum of consistent, 15-30 hours you can make available. Schedules do not change once set unless by request of the student’s family.
Academy Instructor lounge with coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, and seating

Staff lounge

Essential Abilities & Behaviors:

  • Proficient in all levels of the subject(s) you tutor/teach (to AP/IB level is best)
  • Able to communicate in a timely manner via official Academy email and texting
  • Motivated to become familiar with local district textbooks and curriculum
  • Positive, upbeat, and encouraging to students and with staff
  • Provide the kindest, most empathetic and quality tutoring/teaching experience our clients have ever had
  • Persuade reluctant learners to find joy in the subject again!

Working Hours:

  • Instructors set the daily parameters of their availability (e.g., Mondays from 2 to 8pm).
  • The Academy works to fill the hours you’ve opened for our students and your schedule depends on your rapport with certain types of students, your subject expertise, and whether your openings match with the student’s request.
  • Academy families often request times between 3:30 to 7:30pm during the school year (“after school”), Monday through Thursday. Some families have asked for weekend times (optional). During our summer session, students are requesting mornings and early afternoon.

During the academic school year, families typically request once or twice a week, sometime between 3 and 8pm. Because we are an accredited school, we also have some daytime students during the school year (plus Running Start and Homeschool students). Academy instructors typically work between 10 and 25 hours a week, depending on their availability, their skill set, and the demand we have of an instructor’s particular subject(s). While there are no guarantees of hours, once you have a student, you’ll typically have them for the rest of the school year.

1-on-1 classroom

Job Duration:

Training begins immediately upon hire. The position commitment is until the season (ie end of the school year mid-June, or end of August for summer sessions). Successful school-year instructors are always welcome to continue teaching through the summer and/or rejoin the team the following fall. Because you are working with students 1-on-1, their school club or athletic schedules will sometimes necessitate a change of schedule or even a change of tutor. However, most students stick to their schedule for the duration of their program.

Locations:

Pacific Learning Academy has always worked with students 1-on-1 in their home or at local libraries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we went 100% virtual until June 2021, when we shifted back to providing face-to-face lessons at our Sammamish school office, in homes in the Sammamish and Issaquah area, and in local coffee shops. Most families are requesting in-person lessons. Candidates MUST BE WILLING AND ABLE to work with students face-to-face. Please do NOT apply if you’re only able to offer virtual lessons.

The Academy is not an “online school” (which typically does not include real-time interactions). We are a 1-on-1, special purpose educational service with real-time interactions and customized curriculums.

Another 1-on-1 classroom

Online/Zoom conditions:

  • Lessons may also be scheduled for Zoom instruction (per family choice).
  • Instructors must have a webcam, mic, and comfort using (or learning) the Zoom platform
  • Instructors may conduct Zoom lessons from the location of their choice, including the Academy school office or their home.
  • Zoom lessons will require the instructor to have an area free of visual distractions or extraneous noise.
  • Zoom backgrounds should be professional/neat and appropriate for a learning environment. The Academy provides professional backgrounds to online instructors.

Necessary travel:

You will need reliable, private transportation to drive to your lessons in the Sammamish/Issaquah area. The Academy compensates for drive time between locations. We also serve students in other cities, counties, or out-of-state, meeting online in those cases unless a student’s location is convenient to the instructor.

Physical Requirements:

Instructor positions may require entering and working in student homes, public places such as libraries, and the Academy school office. The positions typically require: standing, walking, climbing stairs, using computers/laptops, lifting up to 20 pounds (books, backpacks, laptops), movements required for note-taking and explanation, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. These positions may be exposed to prolonged exposure to visual display terminals (some sessions are via Zoom), odors, inadequate lighting, and other elements inherent with teaching in client homes.

To Apply:

If you can accomplish the goals above and fit the requirements of this position, please apply now. We look forward to working with you!
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