Thank you for your interest in Laguna Blanca School. Laguna Blanca is an EK-12 private, college preparatory school in Santa Barbara. The school offers a nurturing and child-centered work environment, competitive compensation, and benefits.

Current Openings

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  • Academic Services Assistant, Grades 5-10

    Please send all applicable materials to Rose Steeber at rsteeber@lagunablanca.org.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Reports to the AS Coordinator, Division Heads
    • Proctors Academic Services Study Halls
    • Provides direct support to students enrolled in Academic Services,  grades 5 – 10
    • Helps students develop study skills e.g. time management, organization etc.
    • Tutors subject areas in which the assistant feels competent
    • Proctors testing in the Learning Center for AS students
    • Observes students behavior, reviews student grades, and monitors student progress
    • Consults with teachers, advisors, and AS Coordinator to implement student support, as needed
    • Helps administer individualized Student Support Plans (SSP)
    • Keeps inventory for supplies in the study hall room
    • Orders supplies through the Business Office
    • Track supplies borrowed by students
    • Participates in AS Department meeting weekly
    • Attends faculty meetings for the MS and US divisions
    • Faculty advisor to a small group of middle school students
    • Perform other non-teaching duties as assigned by the Head of School and the Middle School and Upper School division heads
    • Communicate progress and concerns with tact and professionalism to parents and, as appropriate, other faculty, staff, and/or Head of School
    • Discuss academic difficulties or behavioral problems with students as they arise
    • Maintain required documentation for individual student files, attendance and incident reports, and other necessary records
    • Monitor study halls, study periods, and lunchrooms with other faculty and staff
    • Perform related tasks such as sponsoring student activities or organizations 

    REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

    • Experience in working with students who have diagnosed learning deficits or challenges in executive functioning
    • Special education background preferred
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a school setting
    • Familiarity with posting resources, feedback, and assignments to LMS in a timely manner
    • Experience providing frequent, constructive, objective, and prompt feedback to students
    • Significant experience with collegial collaboration, a growth mindset, and ongoing PD
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Creative analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to maintain professionalism and tact
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite for Education, or related software 

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s Degree highly preferred
    • Prior teaching experience highly preferred in middle and/or high school
    • Ongoing maintenance of all requirements regarding professional courses and in-services required

    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
  • DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

    Laguna Blanca School seeks an experienced business management professional to assume the role of Director of Finance & Operations (DFO).  The DFO oversees and provides strategic guidance on the school's $10 million annual budget, and ensures that accounting and finance systems accurately reflect the budgeted results and financial position of the school in accordance with GAAP.  The position reports directly to the head of school, is an integral member of senior administration, and works closely with The Board of Trustees. 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • Partner with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to secure and deploy financial resources to fulfill the school’s strategic priorities
    • Participate in the development of school strategy, providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections, and other data to inform the process
    • Communicate regularly with the Board Treasurer in preparation for periodic meetings of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees to develop and monitor annual operating and capital budgets.  Play a key role in the development and implementation of all long-term strategic planning by providing multi-year forecasts and other ad hoc reports.
    • Lead the planning, organization and management of the Business Office including accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable (tuition and fees),  cash management, purchasing, budgeting, financial reporting, human resources, payroll, employee benefits, risk management, legal and regulatory compliance, and facilities.
    • Maintains fixed asset ledgers, capital acquisitions, depreciation, and disposals.
    • Oversees the school’s endowment and investment portfolio to ensure accurate reporting to ensure that donors’ wishes are being met.
    • Supervise the Director of Human Resources and help coordinate employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, and 403(b) plan administration.
    • Supervise the Director of Facilities and oversee facilities management, which includes building repairs, construction, security and janitorial.
    • Take a leadership role on the Financial Aid Committee to analyze applicant need and assist in the management of financial aid administration.
    • Work closely with the Director of Development to maintain adequate records for donations and pledges.
    • Coordinates the activities of the school’s independent auditors, and prepares the necessary working papers.
    • Responsible for the timely and accurate filing of tax returns (990, 5500) and other regulatory filings.
    • Oversees the completion of annual surveys, including Cal-ISBOA, CAIS and DASL.
    • Understand the culture and climate of the school and the wider educational environment.
    • Manage, mentor, and develop direct reports, providing constructive and timely feedback.
    • Model and foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents, and students in the conduct of the school’s business.
    • Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and stakeholders.
    • Remain current with business management trends and cultivate professional standards and development by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in local, regional, and national professional organizations.
    Education & Experience
    • 10 years of leadership in accounting, finance, operations or general business management, preferably in an independent school or non-profit organization
    • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business management, or related area of study (MBA and/or CPA, preferred)
    • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively
    • Broad-based operations and project management experience
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills
    • Strong skills with spreadsheet software and proficiency with accounting and financial systems
  • Long Term Sub – US Computer Science Instructor (Part-time)

    Laguna Blanca School is seeking a part time Upper School Computer Science Instructor as a long-term substitute.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Teach two classes including Computer Based Programming and AP Computer Science.
    • Serve as a member of the applicable grade-level team(s) of teachers meeting on a regular basis to plan, develop, and coordinate student support in alignment with the mission of the school.
    • Serve as a member of the Mathematics Department, attending departmental meetings, developing and updating course curricula, and supporting the work of the department.
    • Perform other non-teaching duties as assigned by the Head of School and the Upper School Head.
    • Serve as an Upper School advisor, overseeing the academic and social growth of advisees.
    • Communicate progress and concerns with tact and professionalism to parents and, as appropriate, other faculty, staff, and/or Head of School.
    • Discuss academic difficulties or behavioral problems with students as they arise.
    • Maintain required documentation for individual student files, attendance and incident reports, and other necessary records.
    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
    • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or related field; Master’s Degree highly preferred.
    • Ongoing maintenance of all requirements regarding professional courses and in-services required.
    • Prior teaching experience highly preferred.
    • Knowledge of the current theories, techniques, and methodologies. We require a person with a passion for teaching young people.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Creative analytical and problem-solving skills.
    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.
    Please send relevant employment materials to employment@lagunablanca.org.
  • Middle/Upper School English Instructor


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Teach five sections of middle and upper school English
    • Collaborate with colleagues to continue to develop and refine the School’s curriculum
    • Serve as a member of the English Department, attending departmental meetings, developing and updating course curricula, and supporting the work of the department
    • Serve as a member of the applicable grade-level team(s) of teachers meeting on a regular basis to plan, develop, and coordinate student support in alignment with the mission of the school
    • Serve as a Middle School or Upper School advisor, overseeing the academic and social growth of their advisees
    • Perform other non-teaching duties as assigned by the Head of School and the Middle School and Upper School division heads
    • Communicate progress and concerns with tact and professionalism to parents and, as appropriate, other faculty, staff, and/or Head of School
    • Discuss academic difficulties or behavioral problems with students as they arise
    • Maintain required documentation for individual student files, attendance and incident reports, and other necessary records
    • Monitor study halls, study periods, and lunchrooms with other faculty and staff
    • Perform related tasks such as sponsoring student activities or organizations

    REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

    • Experience with project-based learning and interdisciplinary curriculum design
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a school setting
    • Familiarity with mastery, competency, and/or skills-based assessment
    • Experience with differentiation & scaffolding
    • Familiarity with posting resources, feedback, and assignments to LMS in a timely manner
    • Experience providing frequent, constructive, objective, and prompt feedback to students
    • Significant experience with collegial collaboration, a growth mindset, and ongoing PD
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Creative analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to maintain professionalism and tact
    • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and guide the class environment
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite for Education, or related software 

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s Degree highly preferred
    • Prior teaching experience highly preferred in middle and/or high school
    • Ongoing maintenance of all requirements regarding professional courses and in-services required

    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
  • Middle/Upper School Science & STEM Instructor

    Laguna Blanca School is seeking a full time MS Science and MS/US STEM instructor beginning in August 2021.  

    Please send all application materials to Tina Braniff at tbraniff@lagunablanca.org.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Deliver excellence in MS science classroom instruction
    • Create multifaceted assessments that not only speak to students’ content acquisition, but the process skills of science
    • Understand thematic instruction and the use of interdisciplinary units to contextualizes students’ science education
    • Work to intertwine experimental design and inquiry into student’s lab experiences
    • Deliver STEM-oriented instruction through Project-Based Learning methods in the following subject areas:
      • Engineering
      • Robotics
      • Computer Science
    • As a full-time position that will work in both our Middle and Upper School divisions, the instructor must have a passion for instructing a wide range of ages.
    • Teaches existing curriculum, or develops curriculum that focuses students on the design thinking process and meets Laguna Blanca’s pedagogical standards.  Developed curriculum should be created through a collaborative process that strives for interdisciplinary connections, enhances existing programs, and meshes with existing courses. Curriculum should help students work both collaboratively and individually to solve complex authentic problems.
    • Create a classroom environment that is safe, conducive to learning and is appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
    • Employ a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and assessments, which meet the needs of the spectrum of students enrolled at Laguna Blanca School.
    • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, curricular units, and projects.
    • Facilitate, create, and participate in a variety of STEM related admission activities, clubs, competitions, and outreach events.
    QUALIFICATIONS

    EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional experience. Formal education in computer science is required. 
    EXPERIENCE: Teaching experience is preferred, but subject area experience and a willingness to develop instructional skills will also be considered.

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & ABILITIES

    Knowledge of the current theories, techniques and methodologies of STEM.  We require a person with a passion for all things STEM and some experience with computer science.  Experience with the following is preferred, but not required:
    • CAD software
    • 3D printers and 3D print software
    • Laser cutting
    • Router and mills
    • Makerspace tools
    • VEX robotics platform
    • Sphero robotics platform
    This position requires someone with a magnetic personality that can draw students into trying STEM electives and participating in extracurricular STEM activities.  The position will require someone who can adjust to the needs and interests of students and has the ability to learn new and complex technology as it presents itself.

    Teachers at Laguna Blanca:
    • Encourage a culture of mutual respect and equitable practice
    • Exhibit knowledge of student cognitive development and various learning styles
    • Communicate effectively with students and families about classroom activities and student progress
    • Demonstrate content knowledge
    • Set high academic achievement expectations
    • Identify and supports students’ social, emotional, and behavior learning needs
    • Implement Project-Based Learning techniques and strategies
    • Facilitate and design effective group work
    • Provide timely feedback and collaborates with faculty to offer specialized support 
    • Foster student growth through semi-annual Student-Led Conferences (SLC) and Presentations of Learning (POL)
    • Showcase student work within the community
    • Scaffold instructional activities that facilitate engaging and appropriate learning opportunities
    • Differentiate instruction based on feedback, needs, and learning levels
    • Provide opportunities for student engagement through “Voice and Choice”
    • Create relevant and authentic learning experiences
    • Implement backward design to align all lessons, activities, and assessments
    • Design formal and informal assessments that measure student progress
    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
  • Middle/Upper School Spanish Instructor


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Teach 5 classes of Spanish including 2-3 sections of 6th grade Spanish, and classes in Middle and Upper School.
    • Fluent in Spanish.
    • Provide instruction in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the Spanish language, as well as lessons in Spanish literature and culture.
    • Knowledge of inquiry based pedagogy including project-based learning and other progressive approaches.
    • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and commitment to ongoing growth in this area.
    • Serve as a member of the applicable grade-level team(s) of teachers meeting on a regular basis to plan, develop, and coordinate student support in alignment with the mission of the school.
    • Serve as a member of the World Language Department, attending departmental meetings, developing and updating course curricula using ACTFL World-Readiness Standards, and supporting the work of the department.
    • Perform other non-teaching duties as assigned by the Head of School and the Middle School Head.
    • Serve as an advisor, overseeing the academic and social growth of a group of advisees.
    • Communicate progress and concerns with tact and professionalism to parents and, as appropriate, other faculty, staff, and/or Head of School.
    • Discuss academic difficulties or behavioral problems with students as they arise.
    • Maintain required documentation for individual student files, attendance and incident reports, and other necessary records.

    REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

    • Bachelor’s degree; Masters Degree and Teaching Credential highly preferred.
    • Ongoing maintenance of all requirements regarding professional courses and in-services required.
    • 3-5 years of teaching experience; 5+ highly preferred
    • Knowledge of the current theories, techniques, and methodologies. Knowledge of and experience using ACTFL World-Readiness Standards in a classroom setting preferred.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Practice with Project Based Learning.
    • Creative analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to maintain professionalism and tact in high-stress situations 

    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.
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.