Thank you for your interest in Laguna Blanca—an Early Kindergarten through Grade 12 private college preparatory day school. Laguna is a close-knit and welcoming learning community for employees, students, and families. Located on two beautiful campuses with state-of-the-art facilities and a talented and dedicated workforce, students genuinely enjoy learning and feel safe trying new and challenging things. With a school-wide commitment to our core values of scholarship, character, balance, and community, teachers are empowered to create spaces and programs that thrill and inspire.  

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Laguna Blanca offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees. Learn more about the benefits and perks of being an Owl.

Current Openings

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  • Bus Driver

    Laguna Blanca School is seeking a qualified school bus driver. Candidates must be certified school bus drivers with an air brake certificate. We are a close-knit community looking for someone who works well with children and the rest of our community. Candidates must be able to pass a background check and comply with state and federal regulations.

    This position will primarily run the morning and afternoon shuttle between our two campuses in Hope Ranch and Montecito. There are also field trips that will provide additional hours. This position will typically be 25-30 hours per week with a minimum of 25 hours per week.

    Please call or email Brian McDonald to apply at (805) 698-7173 or bmcdonald@lagunablanca.org.
  • Director of Human Resources

    The Director of Human Resources reports to the CFO and manages human resources activities such as employee relations, employee benefits, recruitment, payroll, compliance, training, compensation, and leave management. Assists with policy and program development relating to human resources. Primary point-of-contact for human resources inquiries and concerns.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Shepherd the annual employment agreement process and ensure agreements are updated and delivered to the appropriate staff and faculty; track final approval and signatures for each new contract year.
    • Oversee the annual benefits open enrollment /new hire enrollment process
    • Manage worker’s compensation claims, audit, and annual renewal.
    • Work closely with TIAA on 403(b) plan management including but not limited to participating in the school’s retirement plan committee and managing the annual audit of the plan.
    • Manage annual reporting, ACA, W2’s, EEO-1, DEFH CA, and 5500 filings.
    • Navigate leaves of absence, including assistance in determining disability and other state and local leaves of absence benefits.
    • Oversight of all payroll-related duties and liaising with Business Office personnel to process bi-weekly payroll.
    Talent Acquisition
    Work with managers on hiring plans, job descriptions, and salary requirements, and assist in posting job advertisements and reviewing resumes in the applicant tracking system. Onboard new hires with appropriate documentation and new hire orientation as well as offboarding of employees with appropriate documentation.

    Employee Relations
    • Mentor Managers/Supervisors on navigating employee relations issues and conflict resolution, and provide training opportunities to management staff. Assist managers in creating clear documentation, guidance, and follow-through, especially when performance management plans are required.
    • Respond to all employee concerns in a timely manner, in compliance with California and US employment law and Laguna policies.
    • Oversee the publication and maintenance of the employee policy handbook. Publish, distribute and manage collection of all acknowledgments.
    • Stays current on best practices in HR and employment practices.
    HRIS/Employee information management
    • Oversight of the effective use of the Paylocity system.
    • Provides necessary information for annual budgeting, benefits, and financial audits.
    • Other projects as assigned by the CFO or Head of School.
    All of the duties and responsibilities outlined below are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other non-related tasks as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and will regularly be reviewed.

    Experience and System Knowledge Requirement
    A minimum of 5 years experience across a wide range of Human Resource responsibilities including recruiting, employee relations, HRIS management, payroll processing, compensation, benefits
    management, and leaves of absence.
    • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and conflict-resolution skills.
    • Strong proficiency with HRIS systems and experience with Paylocity preferred.
    • Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Word and Excel.
    • Strong Proficiency in Google suite.
    • Highly organized with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a keen attention to detail.
    • Experience in independent schools and/or nonprofit organizations is preferred.
    • Bachelor's degree required.
    • A SHRM-CP and/or PHR certification is highly desired.
    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
    • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.
    • Must be able to traverse school facilities and lead students to safety in the event of an emergency.
  • Groundskeeper/Maintenance Technician

    We have an opening for a Full-Time Grounds & Maintenance Technician in our Facilities Department. We are looking for a hard-working person to join our team. Ideally, this person
    would be self-driven and enjoy performing a variety of tasks each workday.

    These tasks range from general landscaping (i.e. mowing lawns, using blowers to clean walkways, etc.) to general building/property maintenance tasks. The right applicant will have at least two years’ experience in gardening and/or general maintenance/construction. Some of the responsibilities of the position are as follows:

    • Maintaining turf
    • Setting up for events
    • Fixing irrigation
    • Gardening
    • Painting
    • Cleaning (using basic cleaning chemicals with proper personal protective equipment)
    • Knowledge of basic hand tools and light power tools (drills, circular saws, grinders, etc.)
    • Miscellaneous Maintenance
    Requirements: Must be able to lift 30 pounds and maintain a California’s Driver’s License. Fingerprinting and background check are required.

    Benefits include medical, dental, vision and retirement. For more information or to apply, please call Brian at 805.698.7173 between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM or email a reply to bmcdonald@lagunablanca.org.
  • Substitute Teacher

    Laguna is looking for Substitute Teachers that will be on our Hope Ranch campus who would be available to cover classes when a member of the faculty is sick or away on a planned
    absence. Must be comfortable being in person on campus with students and have experience with students in Grades 5-12.

    Competitive applicants will possess the following skills and attributes:
    • Experience teaching middle school, and/or high school students
    • Knowledge of Google Suite tools to access classroom materials
    • Dependability to arrive on time, respond to substitute requests, and connect with the Sub-Coordinator
    • Ability to address a range of students with differing learning styles in order to proctor the day’s activities and expectations set by the faculty member.
    • An interest in collegial collaboration
    • High energy level and positive attitude
    • Strong communication skills, including verbal and written
    • Use and knowledge of technology in education
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
    • Ability to successfully develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, students, and families

    QUALIFICATIONS
    • The most qualified applicants will have classroom/library and/or campus experience and must possess a strong desire to take an active role in the school. Candidates should be technologically proficient and possess excellent communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and experience expected, advanced degree and teaching credential preferred.
    Laguna Blanca implemented and follows all safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and County Public Health. Upon hire, the applicant must complete a LiveScan, TB Test, and Covid test and submit to periodic maintenance testing for Covid.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
    • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times
    • Must be able to traverse school facility and lead students to safety in the event of an emergency
Laguna Blanca School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any characteristic that is legally protected under applicable local, state, or federal law. This nondiscrimination policy includes but is not limited to admission, financial aid, educational programs, athletics, and employment.


HOW DO I APPLY?

1. Submit cover letter and resume to employment@lagunablanca.org 
2. AND complete the online employment application below. 

The application process is not considered complete until we receive BOTH the applicant's cover letter/resume and employment application.
Laguna Blanca is Santa Barbara’s premier private, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in Early Kindergarten through Grade 12.