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Inspire Greatness with Us

LJCDS Career Opportunities

We love what we do, do you?

At La Jolla Country Day School, we believe PreK-12 education sets the foundation for the success of this nation. Consistently ranked as a top-ranked independent school, LJCDS is San Diego’s only independent school to house students from age 3 to Grade 12 on one campus. Whether an educator or a staff member, we make a difference in students' lives every day. We equip our students with resources and mentors so that they can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Our community is fueled by a remarkable team of faculty and staff members who bring passion, heart, care and joy into the work they do every day. Join us at La Jolla Country Day School and become a part of an extraordinary educational community where we lay the foundation for a brighter future together.

Hear from Some Members of the Dream Team

Daniella Avilés

    • Upper School World Language Educator

      I enjoy the close connections we are able to build with our students and the long-lasting relationships we establish with our students, even after they graduate. I appreciate the collaborative environment and supportive community. The Upper School World Language department supports risk-taking and is always striving to be innovative and work as a team to make our program better.

Damien Fatongia

    • Managing Director of College Counseling

      Every day I partner with community members to create an educational environment that helps students become the best versions of themselves. I would describe the culture of LJCDS as understanding, accepting and people-centered. Whether it's students, faculty, or staff members, the wellness of our community members are at the center of all decisions that are made.

Amy Rohrbach '97

    • Learning Resource Center Coordinator

      I am inspired to learn and grow every day through collaboration with my peers and interactions with students. The culture at LJCDS is inclusive and values collaboration, empathy, support, trust, and respect. LJCDS is dedicated to preparing students to become agents of change to make the world a better place. I am proud to be an alum and parent of two LJCDS students.




Lisa Bennet

Lower School Educator

Life at La Jolla Country Day School

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  • Community

    1,100 students age 3–Grade 12 on one campus
  • Diversity

    45% students of color
  • Support

    Strong leadership, teaching team collaboration and cross-divisional planning.
  • Learning Community

    Our faculty and staff are committed to learning; through speaker series and structured ProGrow days.
  • Wellness

    We prioritize mental health for faculty/staff so they are best equipped to support students and families.

Be Part of Something Great

Full-Time Opportunities

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  • Associate Director of Admission

    Schools play an important role in the partnership of cultivating a child’s social, emotional and intellectual development. From the Early Childhood Center to the Upper School, La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) offers students a safe environment to explore, exchange thoughts and ideas, make mistakes, challenge the status quo, develop a work ethic and grow to become the best versions of themselves.  We honor that each child is an individual, therefore the educational journey is nurtured and customized for each student. 
     
    We are in search of an associate director of admission who enjoys working with families seeking an education that will prepare their children not only for the world as it is but as it will be.  This individual will guide families of Lower School students (age 3-Grade 4) looking for their educational home through the admission process, showcasing our educators and programs.  This position will begin in July 2024.
     
    The associate director of admission is integral in the development of an overall marketing strategy and the associated activities needed to achieve the school’s enrollment goals. They are responsible for representing the school to the inquiring public and assisting applicants and their families through the application process.  Knowledge or experience with the culture of independent schools is desirable. Working on nights and weekends will be required, periodically. Strong writing skills and the ability to write well under deadlines is desired. A sense of humor, joie de vivre and genuine caring for children and their families is a must.  A willingness to work in a close team atmosphere and to exceed expectations in every area is crucial. 

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Upper School Dean of Students

    While we’re proud of our students’ future successes in college, our greater mission is to prepare students for life. The student experience isn’t solely about the path to college but about the journey of education. There is no single recipe at LJCDS because as founder Louise Balmer believed, each child is unique. Our contoured learning approach serves the individual needs of our wide variety of students. The magic of discovering a scholar who has artistic gifts and throws a no-hitter inspires all of us.  

    We are seeking a student-centered educator to join our Upper School community as a dean of students, starting in July 2024.
     
    An integral member of the Upper School administration team, with strategic responsibility for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment while working toward cultural change, the Upper School dean of students is responsible for building community among students by setting a tone of respect and promoting behavioral responsibility and personal integrity. 

    The dean has oversight of all student activities for approximately 460 students in grades 9-12, and directs efforts to maintain high morale among students - ensuring a superior quality of life within the community. They will oversee a team of grade level deans, whose role is to support the students and families within a specific grade.

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Visual and Performing Arts: Dance and Theater Educator

    La Jolla Country Day School invites a motivated, adaptable, and passionate dance and theater artist/educator to become an integral part of our Visual and Performing Arts team, beginning in July 2024. This role is uniquely tailored for an artist who is not just accomplished in their field, but also committed to nurturing students and their artistry at all levels of experience. We value a professional who is as excited about introducing the world of dance and drama to novices as they are about providing advanced insights to help experienced performers excel.

    The ideal candidate will be a dance and drama educator with a wide-ranging interest and background in the performing arts. We are looking for someone who can effectively connect with students of all ages. The candidate should be proficient in teaching a variety of styles, such as ballet, modern dance, musical theater, acting, public speaking, and creative movement and drama. This individual should also be capable and confident in directing and choreographing, contributing both creativity and leadership to our dynamic performing arts team.

    They will have demonstrated experience in successfully creating and building dance and/or drama programs. In the first year they will develop a new creative drama/dance program tailored for our lower school students, and launch its implementation in the second year. They will possess not only the knowledge to create such a program, but the interpersonal skills to build and establish relationships with colleagues that will help to ensure a healthy and lasting new program.

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Wellness: School Nurse

    The nurse is an integral part of daily campus operations and our Wellness Team.  Responsible for coordinating and assisting in the care, assessment and treatment of our students, and the wellness of our faculty/staff, the role also serves as a liaison with parents when it comes to the health and welfare of their children.  

    This individual provides preventive health services to facilitate the student’s optimal physical, mental, emotional and social growth and development.  They also identify problems and health concerns, and provide such services as case finding, health education, referring and care in order to help prevent serious health problems which would later be more difficult to address.  This role supports the education process by working to ensure the health of the students and the wellness of the School community.

    This is a year-round position, supporting students during the academic year and our summer programs.

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Part-Time Opportunities

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  • Athletics: Assistant Coach, Middle School Boy's Volleyball

    La Jolla Country Day School is seeking enthusiastic, high-energy, and proven program and consensus builders to join the athletics team as assistant coaches with the boy's volleyball program.  This individual joins a team of coaches dedicated to the well-being of all Country Day students, from Tiny Torreys (age 3) through Grade 12.  

    Country Day has a rich tradition of athletic excellence on the field, court, and in the pool. State-of-the-art facilities combined with a passionate and dedicated coaching staff have led the Torreys to unparalleled success over the last decade.  LJCDS students participate in athletics at a rate that is among California’s highest; 80 percent of the Upper School and 98 percent of the Middle School students participated on at least one athletic team in 2019–20 with 140 Upper School students playing two sports and 26 earning three-sport recognition. 

    Middle School coaches must be availble on school days beginning at 2p for practice with their team.  Games may be scheduled after school and on weekends.  The spring season starts in March 2024 and runs through May 2024.

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Extended Day Group Leaders

    La Jolla Country Day School is hiring group leaders for the 2023–24 Lower School and Middle School after-school and extended day program. Our mission is to provide a safe and healthy balance of activities that provide a creative, educational, and recreational experience for our students after school. The program is open Monday through Friday and on faculty/staff professional growth days. School breaks and holidays are excluded. 

    Click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Substitute Teachers

    La Jolla Country Day School is seeking qualified substitute teachers for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Click on the division link for more information and to apply:

We've Got You Covered

We provide highly competitive salaries and a robust benefits package with more than 30 employee benefits, including
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision 
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plan with X match
  • Exclusive Employee Discounts
  • Pet Insurance
  • Financial Planning Services
  • Advanced Degree Tuition Assistance
  • Magellan Employee Assistance Program
  • and more!
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is a dynamic and vibrant community dedicated to developing individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment

LJCDS is working to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive community for students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds. Through our commitment to inclusion, belonging and systemic equality, we will create a community of learners committed to an environment that promotes curiosity and the exploration of all aspects of identity. We pledge to grow as an institution and a community.
  

Overheard

LJCDS is committed to a policy of equal opportunity employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services in accordance with federal and state law. We also prohibit sexual harassment.

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