Employment Opportunities

Verde Valley School educates students for college and for life by encouraging them to become intellectually curious, academically accomplished and creatively expressive.  The program fosters intercultural understanding and world citizenship, environmental stewardship, the value of physical labor, and service to humanity with a willing spirit. It is an intentionally international school with 50% of students from 20 countries, 50% from 18 US states including a number of local day students from the Sedona area.
At the heart of VVS is an experienced, motivated and caring faculty.  Possessing a variety of life experiences, strengths, and cultures, the VVS faculty are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to providing a project-based, student-centered program. We are always interested in receiving employment inquiries from talented educators who share our mission.

To apply for a position at Verde Valley School please email your resume and cover letter to Lori Perkins at lperkins@chatsuriya.com.

Current Vacancies

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  • Full-time High School English Position

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    Humanities Teacher (IB English Literature & Theory of Knowledge)
    Salary: Commensurate with experience
    Location: Sedona, AZ, USA
    Employer: Verde Valley School
    Type: Full time in a boarding school setting
    Category: Languages and Literature Teaching Faculty
    Preferred Education: BA and/or Masters in English Literature preferred

    Employer Information:
    Verde Valley School is a small (120 students), independent, boarding and day school serving grades 9-12.  The campus is surrounded by National Forest and the splendor of Sedona’s red rock towers.  With a working farm and 25 horses on campus, Verde Valley’s rugged and intimate campus shapes a community in which every student is known and supported in becoming the fullest, most thriving version of him/herself.  Academically, VVS is an IB World School, and offers the IB Diploma and Course Certificate programs at the 11th – 12th grades.   The school’s program is best encapsulated by its motto, IB + Dirt.  Guiding principles include: global citizenship, environmental stewardship, academic excellence, the value of physical labor, and service to others.  Please visit the website for more information at h9.chatsuriya.com.

    Job Description
    Verde Valley School seeks a skilled and enthusiastic Humanities teacher with the ability to teach English Literature grades 9 – 12 as well as an interest in and ability to teach additional classes in the Humanities should the need arise. .  Through reading and discussing a range of literary works, students develop their critical reading and analytical writing skills.  Humanities classes at VVS include seminar discussions, frequent opportunities to practice and receive feedback on their analytical writing as well as creative and collaborative projects.  A belief that all students can develop the reading and writing skills necessary for college and beyond coupled with an affinity for differentiating instruction for a wide range of students are hallmarks of the VVS English faculty.

    In addition to teaching, all full-time faculty lead one extracurricular sport/activity twice each week.  In terms of residential duty, faculty supervise students one evening per week and one weekend per month.  Verde Valley is proud of its experiential education programs.  Faculty are responsible for co-leading a ten-day experiential education travel program throughout the Southwest during the fall.  In the spring, faculty lead an eight-day on-campus project-based program on a topic outside their discipline.  
    Verde Valley School is a residential community.  On-campus housing and meals at the dining hall are provided.  
    Preference is given to candidates who have:                 
    ·   Experience designing and implementing IB or AP literature curriculum 
    ·   Experience differentiating instruction for a wide range of learners
    ·   Experience infusing experiential education into a literature classroom
    ·   Previous professional experience in a residential setting
    ·   The ability to coach sports or activities offered at VVS
    ·   Experience leading multi-day experiential education trips
    As VVS courses are inherently international, experience and comfort with a variety of cultures is highly valued.  The position begins August 2023.  Please send a cover letter and resume, with the subject heading ‘Humanities Position Application to lperkins@chatsuriya.com.  No phone calls please.

    Candidate must be willing to wholeheartedly engage in all facets of boarding school life including advising, coaching, weekends, and dorm supervision.

  • High School Science Position

    Job Summary:
    High School Science Teacher
    Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package provided
    Location: Sedona, AZ USA
    Employer: Verde Valley School
    Type: IB Boarding School
    Category: Science
    Preferred Education Level: B.A. and/or Masters degree in the lab sciences

    Employer Information:
    Verde Valley School is a small (120 students), independent boarding and day school serving grades 9 – 12. We are an International Baccalaureate World School founded in 1948, and our guiding principles include academic excellence, intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship, physical labor and service to others. Please visit our website for more information
    at h9.chatsuriya.com

    Job Description:
    Verde Valley School seeks a skilled and enthusiastic high school science teacher to teach lab science courses in a college prep boarding school committed to experiential education. The ideal candidate will be comfortable teaching across science disciplines and have the knowledge and skills necessary to teach in our 9th and 10th grade Physical Science program as well as our IB Environmental Science program. Teachers at Verde Valley School employ experiential, student-centered methods to engage a wide variety of students in the study of science. All courses are taught with an inquiry-based approach with the teacher guiding students to question, explore, collect and analyze data using the scientific method. The course is a two-year course that culminates with the completion of IB assessments in the senior year.

    The ideal candidate is someone who truly loves working with adolescents and is ready to fully immerse in all facets of boarding school life on our rustic desert campus. In addition to classroom teaching, each faculty member supervises students one evening per week, one weekend per month, and twice each week for campus work jobs. Each faculty member leads one extracurricular activity or sport twice each week and is responsible for advising 4-5 students. Most faculty members lead a 2-week wilderness & service trip throughout the Southwest each November. Meals in our dining hall are provided. On-campus housing may be available, space-permitting.

    Preference is given to candidates who have:
    · IB or AP program experience
    · Experience teaching high school science using an inquiry-based approach
    · Experience working in a residential setting
    · Experience and enthusiasm for living and teaching in diverse communities
    · Experience teaching non-native English speakers
    · Experience coaching and/or leading outdoor activities

    This position begins in August 2024.

    Please send a cover letter and resume via email with the subject heading: “Science Position Application” to lperkins@chatsuriya.com. No phone calls or faxes please.
  • School Counselor and Wellness Coordinator

    Job description
    School Counselor and Wellness Coordinator:
    Why Verde Valley School?
    Verde Valley School is among the oldest college preparatory schools in the West and was one of the country’s first United Nations identified international schools. The school is
    located in idyllic Sedona, Arizona surrounded by thousands of acres of natural landscape and beauty. Verde Valley is a small (120 students), independent, boarding, and day school serving students from around the world, grades 9-12. Celebrating its 75th year, VVS exists to graduate world citizens. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program serves as the school’s curriculum, in balance with among the nation’s finest
    Experiential Education program and our outdoor programs, VVS attracts students from around the world.

    Please visit our website for more information at www.VVSAZ.org.
    Why work at VVS?
    ● Countless miles of hiking/biking trails and abundant other forms of outdoor recreation.
    ● A commitment to sustainability and living with the desert.
    ● A strong commitment to experiential learning, and outdoor recreation
    ● A beautiful campus, complete with a teaching farm, equestrian programs, and outdoor classrooms.
    ● Competitive pay, benefits, and campus housing in Sedona, Arizona
    ● Students learn the value of hard work and everybody pitches in when a job needs to be done

    Position Summary:
    Reports to the Dean of Students
    The School Counselor, as a member of the student care team, is responsible for advocating and
    supporting the social, mental, and emotional health of 120 boarding and day students in grades 9-12.
    Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:
    ● Provide individual/group counseling to students on an as-needed or emergency basis.
    ● Work with families and refer students, when appropriate, to outside mental health providers.
    ● Work with the Administration Team to develop relationships with outside mental health providers.
    ● Provide real-time crisis support when a student is in critical need.
    ● Reside on campus in campus housing and participate in residential life duty teams.
    ● Be an active member of the VVS community including attending meals, participating in activities, and actively engaging in the lives of the students in our care.
    ● Serve as a resource and consultant on adolescent student mental health for all students and staff.
    ● Coordinate, enhance, and teach the school’s Social and Emotional Learning course.
    ● Think holistically and develop school wide programs around wellness at VVS
    Minimum Requirements/ Qualifications / Competencies:
    ● Must hold, or is able to obtain, a current AZ school counselor license in a mental health field, and/or a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
    ● At least 3 years of work experience preferably in an independent school environment.
    ● Strong communicator, creative problem solvers, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    ● Competent with Google Apps for Education

    The ideal candidate:
    ● Is a dedicated self-starter who is creative in their approach to student health and well-being.
    ● Is able to zoom in and zoom out quickly as they work both collaboratively with the student care team to develop school-wide programming and then quickly shift to working
    individually with specific students who might need additional care or support.
    ● Is an advocate for health and wellness on campus and supports both faculty and students as they navigate the difficult and challenging terrain of living and learning in a
    boarding environment.
    ● Is committed to the school’s principles and values of world citizenship, the value of physical labor, academic excellence, service to others, and environmental stewardship.
    ● Is able to be both proactive and reactive concerning student mental health.
    ● Effectively communicates with students, faculty, and parents in a timely manner.
    ● Detail-oriented and able to create and follow through on student care plans.
    ● Adhere to all state and federal laws addressing the subjects of confidentiality and privileged communication.

    Position begins July 1, 2024.
    Job Type: Full-time
    Salary: Commensurate with experience
    ● Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    ● LTD and life insurance
    ● Generous PTO
    ● Weekend availability

    Work Location: In person

    Please send cover letter and resume via email with subject heading: “School Counselor and Wellness Coordinator” to lperkins@chatsuriya.com.  No phone calls or faxes please.
Verde Valley School is an International Baccalaureate boarding and day high school for students in grades 9-12.