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.
Tacoma is home to several peaceful neighborhoods, which are perfect for families or young professionals looking to invest in a home. Tacoma’s median home price is more than 60% lower than Seattle’s median home price, all while being surrounded by the same vibrant Pacific Northwest spirit. As Sunset Magazine reported when selecting Tacoma as one of 20 game-changing places to live, “housing remains startlingly affordable, and the city’s marinas, houses, and storefronts still feel more blue-collar than precious. All this, plus the Northwest’s trails, beaches, and parks, equals a city on the verge of something great.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Working at Charles Wright Academy
Charles Wright is a co-educational independent day school offering a breadth of opportunity for students Jr. K 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.
TACOMA HOME PRICES ARE
61% LOWER THAN SEATTLE
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. After the retirement of a 22-year veteran Upper School Director, a capable interim Upper School Director is filling this role for the 2018-2019 school year. This is an opportunity to lead a division that is already strong while thinking aspirationally about the future of the school.
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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On behalf of the Advancement office, serve as the school liaison and support for the Parent Association including the planning, preparation and execution of the PA events and special fundraisers. This position will work 12 months per year, approximately 70%-time, exact schedule to be determined.
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Upper School – 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.
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We are now accepting applications in for the 2018-2019 school year! 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, stay active in your field, or experience 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.