Employment

School Director

The Crestone Charter School is seeking a Director to lead one of Colorado’s oldest and most successful charter schools.  We are looking for a person with a passion for innovative education and a commitment to serving our unique mission (see below).

 

Our next Director will be created using our mission and vision to respond to the challenges of COVID while staying true to our ends policies (see below). In addition, our Director will inspire parental involvement while supporting the school with strong administrative skills and experience. 

 

Our School

  • The mission of the Crestone Charter School is to provide a stimulating experiential program that nurtures each student's sense of wonder and natural desire to learn, in a creatively structured atmosphere, emphasizing academic excellence and uniqueness of character. We strive to inspire healthy responsibility in relationship with self, community, and environment, both locally and globally.

  • Crestone Charter School (CCS) is a small, progressive K-12 school in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Colorado's rural San Luis Valley. Established in 1995, the educational program at CCS is experientially-based, non-graded, and includes Individualized Learning Plans within multi-age classrooms. In addition to academic excellence, we meet the needs of the whole child through a rich mentorship program, extensive travel experiences, and an emphasis on environmental awareness and the arts. 

  • CCS is enjoying its ninth year in a solar-powered building. The building itself upholds the values our community places on self-reliance and sustainability. We aspire to utilize the building as a teaching tool. 

  • The school’s model and culture are captured in the Ends Policies.

Character Qualities

  • Embody school virtues of Respect, Integrity,and Creativity. 

  • Exhibit strong listening, communication, and conflict resolution skills. 

  • Model flexibility and a growth mindset.

Responsibilities

  • Further develop a proficiency-based curriculum within the parameters of a non-graded educational model.

  • Integrate equity into all aspects of educational experiences, curriculum, and policies at the school.

  • Cultivate restorative practices as the foundation of relationships within the school community.  

  • Safeguard and promote Crestone Charter School’s mission and vision.

  • Support and foster a growth mindset culture of continuous improvement among CCS faculty and staff, including classroom observations and coaching to faculty.

  • Furthers organizational communication and professionalism 

  • Coordinate and supervise the day-to-day operations of CCS, including building maintenance and improvements.  

  • Coordinate and supervise student enrollment, assessment, records, and transcripts.

  • Supervise the implementation of CCS and district policies and procedures. 

  • Ensure adequate resources, sound fiscal management, and supervise contracts, payments, expenditures, and financial records in accordance with the CCS budgeting and reporting requirements.

  • Maintain cooperative and positive relationships with the Moffat School District No. 2, Superintendent, and Board of Education.

  • Maintain annual review of district contracts and agreements in collaboration with the Superintendent and CCS legal counsel as necessary.

  • Maintain a relationship with the League of Charter Schools in order to understand and safeguard the unique status of Charter Schools, waivers, and laws. 

  • Maintain reporting requirements to the CCS Governing Council, the Moffat School District Board of Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and the CCS Governance Policy Manual.

  • Abide by Executive Limitation policies as set forth by the Governing Council.  

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A master's degree and a minimum of 8 years experience in a leadership and/or educational setting are required. 

  • Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to education. 

  • Experience as a school leader in a rural setting is highly favored, along with experience with charter schools, financial management and community engagement.

  • Willingness to work toward obtaining a Principal Licensure.

 

Supplemental Information

  • Work Year: 2021-2022

  • Salary: TBD based on experience, starting at $57,000

  • The Director’s contract is an “At-will contract”. 

  • The Director is hired by, supervised by, and reports to the Crestone Charter School Governing Council.

  • CCS is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a fair and diverse workplace.

Application Details

Hiring Timeline: (all dates may be subject to change)

January 26, 2021              Posting of position

February 5, 2021              Application due

TBD                                    Invitation to finalists to interview 

TBD                                    Interview dates

The position remains open until filled.

Please submit the following (in one file, preferably PDF):

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • 3 recent letters of recommendations 

  • 3 additional references 

Send to Governing Council Chair Carrie Propst at cpropst@crestonecharter.com  

High School ELA & Social Studies Teacher

Elementary Teacher

Our new teachers are:

  • Highly skilled in English Language and Social Studies instruction

  • Well versed in differentiated instruction and enjoys the art of creatively meeting each student’s individual needs.

  • Someone who loves the arts and outdoors, and who forges strong mentor relationships with students.

  • Able to coordinate and lead integrated travel learning experiences, including national and international trips

  • Engaged with our unique, small-town community

Crestone Charter School is a small rural charter school located in the town of Crestone Colorado, close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Crestone is a town tucked into the foothills of some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Colorado, the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. Crestone is an open-minded, adventurously unique, isolated, and tight-knit community serving more than twenty spiritual retreat centers of different creeds, with a population of 1,200 residents.

The Charter School is the main centerpiece of this community, and as such, the faculty and staff have a shared and very public sense of responsibility for creating and maintaining the highest standards in education.  

We have implemented a progressive form of proficiency-based education that centers around standards-based project and experiential education. In addition to facilitating learning for all the commonly tested content areas of traditional education, CCS teachers guide students through six non-academic content areas specific to our charter school. These are self-awareness and character development, artistic skills, service learning, environmental awareness, life-skills / health / body awareness, and cultural awareness. These “core values” are woven into everything we do and are emphasized through and during our outdoor and travel programming.  

Our small number of eighty students in grades K-12, within the five multi-age class units in our environmentally conscious schoolhouse, requires all faculty and staff to closely work together and participate in decision making. Teachers are empowered and expected to guide their group of learners along the path of self-discovery and academic growth.  Teachers are also expected to use their professional ethics and best judgment when designing projects and thematic units, including field trips to engage student learning.

One of the major benefits of Crestone Charter School (when we are not in a pandemic) is the awesome trips designed by the teachers to expose the students a world outside of our community. Ergo, teachers must be capable of planning the logistics, including budgeting, for short term and long term field trips. Teachers must be comfortable driving our twelve-passenger vans for said trips. High school trips are longer and more intense than other grades and include international travel experiences every other year. Additionally, our teachers come to us with a love for outdoor education, including camping, hiking, swimming, and skiing/snowboarding.

Our decisions are driven by the immediate needs of the children we serve. Our teachers have the voice and choice that some teachers in traditional schools have lost. Our teachers are not burdened with scripted lessons. Our school has the trust and support of the Governing Council that we serve. Our students encompass individuality and creative expression. They are extremely bright, and good-natured, especially with one another. They encourage one another and support each other’s academic success. Our school progressively redefines the possibilities of rural academic excellence; for those in the industry functioning at the level of change agent, this is an amazing place to be.  

 

Job Description for High School Teacher:

  • Have a deep and continual understanding of high school ELA and SS content

  • Able to differentiate and create individualized learning plans to cater to student needs

  • Utilize data to drive instructional planning

  • Create lesson plans that go beyond the scope of the classroom (experiential learning)  

  • Plan, facilitate, and implement in-state, out-of-state, and/or international trips (in alternating years)

  • Participate in the ski/snowboard physical education program from January-March

  • Must be qualified to drive a 12 passenger van (clean driving and insurance record)

Job Qualifications Preferences for High School Teacher:

  • Previous teaching experience, or completion of a teacher certification program

  • Have previous experience with high-poverty education areas

  • Previous involvement with experiential learning

  • Willing to engage in outdoor activities at high altitude

The Crestone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Job Description for Elementary Teacher:

  • Have a deep understanding and experience in elementary literacy education and intervention 

  • Be able to differentiate and individualized learning plans to cater to student needs

  • Utilize data to drive instructional planning

  • Create lesson plans that go beyond the scope of the classroom (experiential learning)  

  • Plan, facilitate, and implement in-state or out-of-state trips (twice a year)

  • Must be qualified to drive a 12 passenger van (clean driving and insurance record) 

 

Job Qualifications Preferences for Elementary Teacher: 

  • Previous teaching experience, or completion of a teacher certification program

  • Have previous experience with elementary education 

  • Previous involvement with experiential learning 

  • Willing to engage in outdoor activities at high altitude 

Application Details 

The Crestone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

The positions remain open until filled.

For High School Teacher:

Hiring Timeline: (all dates may be subject to change)

January 19, 2021      Posting of position

March 1, 2021          Application due

March 9, 2021          Invitation to finalists to interview

March 22-25, 2021  Interview dates

Start of work: Immediately or by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

For Elementary Teacher:

Hiring Timeline: (all dates may be subject to change)

February 1, 2021    Posting of position

March 11, 2021       Application due

March 23, 2021       Invitation to finalists to interview

March 29-31, 2021 Interview dates

Start of work: Beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Please submit the following (in one file, preferably PDF):​

Send to Marie-Louise Baker at mlbaker@crestonecharter.com  

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • 3 recent letters of recommendations

  • 3 additional references

  • Information when you can start to work at CCS

Send to Marie-Louise Baker at mlbaker@crestonecharter.com  

Please call 719-256-4907 with any questions.

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