Currently Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year (multiple subjects preferred)
Pacific Learning Academy is a year-round 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). When you apply, you’ll mark the subject area(s) that you are proficient to tutor or teach at the high school level. Instructors who are able to tutor or teach across subject areas have priority consideration.
We require a “season” commitment (commitment until the end of the school year and/or the summer season to ensure continuity for our students).
What’s in it for YOU to Work at Pacific Learning Academy?
– Established, single-owner, local (Sammamish/Issaquah) accredited school (since 2011) and educational service (since 2005) with an A+ reputation for quality, caring instructors and staff.
– 100% Satisfaction Rate from clients
– Paid Drive Time between in-person lessons & possibility of Zoom lessons
– Fixed weekly schedule (but flexible around your other commitments)
– Books/resources provided at no cost to you and regular professional development
– Pay is competitive and YOU pick your hours!
– Medical/Vision/Dental Health Benefit option for instructors consistently scheduled 28+ hours/week.
Goals & Objectives of the Position
To provide the highest quality learning experience
100% Parent and Student Satisfaction with no customer complaints
To proactively prepare for lessons so that student questions are quickly resolved
To encourage referrals to other families by providing outstanding academic support
To turn in online class reports reports within 24 hours
4-year degree (or equivalent) as a minimum
Teaching certificate or master’s degree preferred (but not required)
Ability to work with students of all abilities 6th to 12th grade, including ADD/ADHD
Excellent English language skills (verbal and written)
Computer and internet capabilities for remote lessons
Webcam, mic, and comfort using Zoom platform
Reliable transportation for in-person tutoring (Sammamish/Issaquah homes & libraries)
Available at least 3x/week (Mon-Thurs are the most popular lesson days)
Weekend availability desired, but not required
Clean WSP background check
The ability to offer a minimum of 10-15 set hours you can make available to Academy students with flexibility to take on more hours as the school year progresses.
Essential Abilities & Behaviors:
Be proficient in all levels of the subject(s) you tutor/teach (to AP/IB level best)
Able to communicate in a timely manner via official Academy email
Motivated to become familiar with local district textbooks and curriculum
Positive, upbeat, and encouraging
Provide the best tutoring/teaching experience our clients have ever had
Persuade reluctant learners to find joy in the subject again!
- Instructors set the daily parameters of their availability (i.e. Mondays from 2 to 6pm).
- If you can effectively teach high levels of 2 or more subject areas, there is room to grow into 20+ hours/week or more.
- Once students begin their Academy program, they will typically stay with their same schedule and instructor for the rest of the year, but sports schedules or academic needs may change.
During the academic school year, families typically request once or twice a week, sometime between 3 and 8pm (Mon – Thurs with some weekend requests). Because we are an accredited school, we also have daytime students during the school year (plus Running Start and Homeschool students). During the summer season, families typically see us between 10 and 4pm (Mon-Thurs) or during weekends. Your schedule stays the same every week. You need to be available for at least 3 weekdays to fit our students’ scheduling needs. 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).
Job Duration: Training begins immediately upon hire. The position commitment is until the end of the season, which is August 31st for summer-only instructors, or the end of the school year (end-of-June) for year-round instructors. There is an opportunity for summer work for instructors joining us during the school year. Successful instructors are always welcome to rejoin the team the following fall.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many lessons are currently conducted via face-to-face, virtual lessons utilizing Zoom. The Academy is not an online school (which typically does not include real-time interactions). For the 2021-2022 school year, the Academy is resuming in-person lessons when possible. In person instruction will be held in Issaquah and Sammamish homes, libraries, or the Academy administrative office in Sammamish, WA. Some families will elect to continue instruction via Zoom. You must be available to teach at any of these locations.
Lessons may be scheduled for in-person instruction at the Academy office or in student homes.
Lessons may also be scheduled for Zoom instruction (parent choice).
Zoom lessons will require the instructor to have an area free of visual distractions or extraneous noise.
Zoom backgrounds should be professional/neat and/or virtual backgrounds will need to be appropriate for a learning environment.
Instructors travel to student homes, in addition to meeting students at the Academy office or via Zoom. You will need reliable, private transportation and the ability to meet students in the Sammamish and Issaquah area. The Academy compensates for drive time between students. We also serve students in other cities or out-of-state, meeting online.
If you can accomplish the goals above and fit the requirements of this position, please apply now. We look forward to working with you!