Employment 2019-01-18T08:50:41+00:00

Working at Charles Wright Academy

Charles Wright is a coeducational independent day school offering a breadth of opportunity for students Preschool to Grade 12 to discover their passions. CWA develops young hearts and minds inside and outside the classroom, in partnership with parents and guardians through strong teacher to student relationships, social-emotional learning, and a culture that is committed to caring for the whole child.

CWA proudly offers a competitive salary compared to other member schools of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), as well as a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their families designed to provide choice, flexibility, and value. In addition to health (medical, dental, vision), life and disability insurance, and a flexible spending account, we offer retirement, tuition remission for immediate dependents, subsidized lunches, and professional development.

Go Out and Explore Tacoma

The south sound is a place for you to go out and discover the vibrant and authentic culture of the Pacific Northwest. Tacoma keeps the iconic west coast culture alive, while saving you from noisy downtowns like Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland.


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  • Downtown

    Downtown Tacoma is where you can capture the essence of an engaging food and arts scene. You can celebrate classic taste for vintage cars at America’s Car Museum, innovative exhibits at the Museum of Glass or Tacoma Art Museum, and enjoy the latest in performing arts at one of many theatres. You will find an eclectic variety of shops and restaurants, all within arms reach of an outdoor adventure and connected by the state’s first electric light rail. As the San Francisco Chronicle put it in their recent feature story, “Tacoma has evolved into a vibrant magnet for artists and art lovers, embracing the culture of creativity with a burgeoning gallery scene and a Museum District.”

  • Waterfront

    Tacoma’s Ruston Way waterfront is the crown jewel of the south sound region. You can enjoy the water view at an award-winning restaurant, walk along the saltwater banks, or shop at the new Point Ruston center. Minutes away, Point Defiance Park includes 760-acres of possibilities to enjoy natural forests, wildlife education at the zoo and aquarium, or test the open waters on a kayak or sailboat.

  • Sports

    Down the street from the Charles Wright campus is Chambers Bay Golf Course, home of the 2015 U.S. Open. It was designed as a walking-only golf course to keep the authenticity of the golf tradition.

    A short drive from campus is Cheney Stadium, where the Tacoma Rainiers baseball team plays. The Rainiers have played every year since 1960, and hold the longest current active streak of membership in the Pacific Coast League. The Rainiers also have the highest level of affiliation in Minor League Baseball (Triple-A) based less than an hour away from their major league affiliate, the Seattle Mariners.

  • Surrounding areas

    Within driving distance of Pierce County, you can take an expedition through Mount Rainier National Park, admire the maritime in Gig Harbor, tour the lush gardens in Lakewood, and shop antiques and the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Seattle is less than an hour away with full and frequent bus and train service everyday to and from Tacoma and Seattle.

Current Opportunities

Admissions Assistant

The Admissions Assistant  will serve as the office assistant to the Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions department. Manage Admissions database, oversee front office functions for the Admissions team and create a front office atmosphere of professional warmth and welcome for all families.

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Experiential and Place-Based Learning Director

The Director of Experiential and Place-Based Education works to advance the school’s commitment to experiential and place-based education as part of a modern learning culture.  They are responsible for continuous improvement of the school’s experiential and place-based programming, strengthening connections between those programs, and developing new signature programs in line with the school’s Strategic Vision. More broadly, they are expected to advance curricular innovation at Charles Wright Academy through program design, coaching, and professional development.

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Innovation and Design Labs Director

The Director of Innovation and Design Labs works to advance the school’s initiatives to embody modern learning through maker education and design thinking. They are responsible for setting up and managing a hands-on makerspace serving the whole school, introducing design thinking as a methodology, teaching an “Innovations” course to 7th grade students, and coaching faculty to develop meaningful learning experiences based on principles of design thinking and maker education. More broadly, they are expected to advance curricular innovation at Charles Wright Academy and build a culture of collaboration and creative problem-solving in the school as a whole. 

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Lower School Assistant Director/Early Childhood Education Director

This is a full time, 12 month, exempt position that reports to the Lower School Director. The LS Assistant Director/ECE Director works in tandem with the LS Director to advance and execute on a mission-congruent vision for students in Preschool-Grade 5. The LS Assistant Director/ECE Director will collaborate to provide direction and guidance for teachers and staff as well as parents in an environment that allows young children to thrive.

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Lower School Music Teacher

This is a full-time faculty appointment for the 2019-2020 school year. The position includes music instruction for Pre-K through 5th grade. This position could also be a 75% faculty appointment teaching grades 1-5.

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Lower School Science and Technology Teacher

This is a full-time faculty appointment for the 2019-2020 academic year. The teacher will teach science to all Lower School students once per week. Additionally, the teacher will provide technology instruction, coordinated with the technology department, to a portion of the Lower School students. This position could also be a 75% faculty appointment teaching only elementary science.

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Middle School Director

The Middle School Director is a member of the school’s Senior Leadership and Academic Leadership Teams, and reports directly to the Head of School. They will supervise the Middle School Assistant Director, Registrar/Administrative Assistant, Learning Support Specialist, Counselor, and Middle School faculty.  The right candidate will understand and affirm the strengths in Charles Wright’s tradition while stimulating continued program improvement and innovation. This is an opportunity to lead an organization that is thinking aspirationally about the future of school.

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Part Time – Substitute Bus Driver

This is a regular part-time position averaging approximately 20 hours per week while school is in session.  Selectee will drive students of all grade levels and other authorized persons on our regular routes within our transportation range and beyond for special and athletic events.

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Upper School Director

We have re-opened our search for the next Upper School Director. 

The Upper School Director is a member of the school’s Senior Leadership and Academic Leadership Teams and reports directly to the Head of School. The right candidate will understand and affirm the strengths in Charles Wright’s tradition while stimulating continued program improvement and innovation. The Upper School Director will supervise the Upper School’s Dean of Students, College Counselors, Registrar, Receptionist, Learning Support Specialist, Counselor and approximately 70 faculty. The Dean of Students oversees student discipline and student life in partnership with the Upper School Director, and in turn leads a team of four grade level deans who are also full-time teachers.

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Long Term Substitute Positions:

These long term substitute positions are for the second and third trimester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Specific start dates vary by subject listed below.

Upper School – PT AP Economics

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Substitute Teachers:

The application process for the 2018-2019 school year has closed.  We will begin recruiting for the 2019- 2020 school year substitute pool in the Fall of 2019.  We hire Substitute Teachers for all grade levels, especially those with experience in Spanish, French, and Japanese languages, performing arts, science and math. Offering a flexible schedule, substituting is an excellent way to work with great students and their families while achieving a work/life balance, staying active in your field, or experiencing independent school teaching.

Charles Wright Academy will provide equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person working at Charles Wright will be discriminated against because of race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

Employment is contingent on the successful completion of a national background screening and fingerprinting process.

Welcome to Charles Wright Academy

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Admissions: 253.620.8373
Lower School: 253.620.8800
Middle School: 253.620.8400
Upper School: 253.620.8300
Charles Wright Academy
7723 Chambers Creek Road West 
Tacoma, WA 98467

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