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North Country School is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, of which two million acres are forest preserve. Our 220-acre campus includes extensive vegetable and flower gardens, a working farm, a maple sugaring operation, a six-trail ski hill, a thirty-six-route rock climbing crag, two riding rings, and over 3 miles of recreational trails. North Country School has long practiced a progressive, hands-on, and place-based education, taking full advantage of its campus, the High Peaks region, and the cultural and recreational opportunities offered in nearby Lake Placid.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references as indicated on each job posting. Interviews, including demonstration lessons, will take place until the position is filled.

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS

North Country School is offering up to three one-year academic internships. The goal of the internship is to introduce aspiring teachers to North Country School’s unique teaching pedagogy and for individuals to develop the craft of teaching in a wide variety of areas in a supportive atmosphere.

Academic interns are actively involved in all parts of the North Country School program. Within the classroom, internships may be designed to support individual grade levels or various courses within a department. An academic intern will also have the opportunity to serve in the role of a chore supervisor, table head, out-time facilitator, tutor, and weekend trip leader. Interns will also work toward teaching an elective class, supporting in the teaching of an Edible Schoolyard class, and will assist in houseparenting.

An intern should expect to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons
  • Develop curriculum
  • Reflect on teaching and learning
  • Develop classroom management techniques
  • Develop skills to support differentiated instruction
  • Refine outdoor leadership skills
  • Meet weekly with mentor teacher and Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Develop a teaching portfolio

Internships at North Country School include a monthly stipend, health benefits, housing, and meals. Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis. If interested in being considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Matthew P. Smith, Director of School, at .

North Country School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and colleague programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey. Math students learn measurement and computer skills by tracking the weights of newborn lambs. Science students study anatomy by reassembling chicken skeletons from birds they harvest. English students write persuasive letters to elected officials about environmental issues they research. Arts students restore rowboats, knit scarves from wool from our own sheep, and create sculptures and murals that decorate our campus.

North Country School and Camp Treetops seek a full-time Annual Fund Manager to oversee the execution of all aspects of the Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund Manager position

The Annual Fund Manager is responsible for overseeing the execution of all aspects of the Annual Fund to achieve Annual Fund goals as specified in the School and Camp operating budget. The Manager will also help coordinate the successful solicitation of all leadership donors for the Annual Fund. This position is currently open and will remain open until filled. Compensation for this position will be based on the level of experience and knowledge of the candidate.

General Responsibilities

As a key member of the Advancement Team, this candidate should demonstrate the following:

Inspire increased support and donor participation to the annual fund by:

  • Establish and manage yearly schedule of an efficient multi-channel program that utilizes direct mail, email, social media, volunteers, phone bank, and emerging communication tools
  • Expand and strengthen our volunteer pool of alumni, parents, families, and friends
  • Execute successful Giving Tuesday campaign and Community Giving Week

Collaborate with Advancement and Communications staff to:

  • Develop pledge reminders and annual appeal letters
  • Produce the NCS and Treetops annual report

Produce video content for Annual Fund cultivation, solicitation, or stewardship

Utilize the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/NXT database to:

  • Segment constituents for personalized appeals
  • Analyze and adjust our program to meet goals and quarterly benchmarks
  • Increase pledge fulfillment, recurring gifts, and constituent engagement
  • Oversee grants to foundations, trusts, corporations, and government agencies
  • Collaborate to produce weekly and monthly reports
  • Identify prospects and leadership donors

Support the overall efforts of the Advancement Team by:

  • Process and review donations and acknowledgement letters
  • Assist with events and their mailings/email/social media
  • Other duties as requested by Director of Advancement

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be collaborative and and strong team member of the Advancement Team
  • Reflect efficient, effective, and tactful professionalism at all times
  • Demonstrate outstanding time management, organization and administrative skills
  • Be a great listener and an excellent communicator verbally and in writing
  • Attract, retain, and inspire volunteers throughout the institution
  • Be willing to analyze, learn and adjust plans as needed
  • Have experience with word processing and database packages and willing to embrace and utilize the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database as well as GiveCampus, a social fundraising platform.
  • Bring a minimum of 3 years experience or have significant training in areas such as
    advancement/development, public relations, marketing, communications, business, sales, or management (education, non-profit, or corporate).
  • Ability to work with the Google Suite, InDesign, MailChimp and/or other design and marketing tools.
  • Willingness to travel locally and attend weekend/evening alumni/ and parent events.

To apply, or for more information, send an email to: , or send a request via U.S. mail to: Attention: Annual Fund Manager Search Committee, North Country School and Camp Treetops, 4382 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Cover letter and resume required.

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

About North Country School and Camp Treetops: North Country School (NCS), an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops, a seven-week, overnight summer camp, share a spectacular 200-acre campus in the Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York. North Country School and Camp Treetops serves children who come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and countries and provides a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. At NCS, children are known well by the dedicated, multi-talented adults who teach and care for them. NCS’s unique programming includes an engaging traditional core curriculum at school and hands-on projects alongside signature programs in the arts, farm and garden, outdoors, and community life for both school and camp. With extensive offerings in studio and performing arts, outdoor activities from horseback riding to ice climbing, and barn and garden experiences like watching lambs give birth or harvesting vegetables, NCS provides a variety of venues in which every child can find success. 

We are seeking a full-time employee who likes working in an amazing environment catering to summer campers and boarding students using our own locally sourced foods. Our kitchen cooks have the opportunity to cook using their individual skills. Meals are prepared from scratch everyday in a family style setting. Wages are commensurate with experience and the benefits of working in our environment are outstanding.

If interested, please contact Fritz at  or call 518-523-9329 for further details.

North Country School seeks a Learning Skills Specialist to assist in supporting our middle school students and their learning profile. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills in evaluating and aiding children with various learning support needs. The Learning Support Specialist will work collaboratively with teachers and families to support students’ development of skills including, but not limited to, executive functioning such as planning, prioritizing, and organizing materials. Experience with skill-building strategies and tools of learning support such as mnemonics, graphic organizers, webs, and two column notes for enhancing comprehension, visualizing, making inferences, drawing conclusions and synthesizing information is preferred. A degree in middle school education and/or experience in providing Orton Gillingham services is preferred.

The candidate should have an engaging teaching style, a depth in working with assistive technology, and be able to develop individualized learning plans for students.

While North Country School is a boarding school, this position does not include residential life duties outside of the academic school day.

Interested candidates may provide a cover letter and resume to.

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

North Country School is a junior boarding/day school for grades 4-9 located on a 220-acre campus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York. North Country School gives children a humanistic education rooted in respect and responsibility for self and others. Central to our academic program is a hands-on, place-based approach founded on the progressive tradition of John Dewey. Math students learn measurement and computer skills by tracking the weights of newborn lambs. Science students study anatomy by reassembling chicken skeletons from birds they harvest. English students write persuasive letters to elected officials about environmental issues they research. Arts students restore rowboats, knit scarves from wool from our own sheep, and create sculptures and murals that decorate our campus.

Now hiring a full-time/year-round Maintenance Technician for North Country School/Camp Treetops.

Starting pay is commensurate with experience. We provide benefits including health insurance from day 1. We seek an independent maintenance technician who will be responsible for a variety of hands-on tasks related to buildings and grounds maintenance.

The ideal candidate will have worked with hand tools, power and carpentry tools and various maintenance vehicles safely.  Candidate must present a positive attitude, and enjoy working in a school community.

If you are interested, please contact us with a resume with job experiences.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.50 – $16.50 per hour

Education:   High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:   Have worked performing similar tasks before

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist wastewater treatment operator with required tasks
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks including waste removal, grounds work, maintaining fleet vehicles and managing various tasks as they come up.
  • Perform most maintenance tasks as assigned by a computerized maintenance management system
  • Safely operate hand tools, power tools and machinery including tractors and mowers
  • Perform landscape improvement including tree removal

Uniform:  none

Company’s website:

  • www.northcountryschool.org

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

North Country School is seeking a dynamic and highly collaborative middle school mathematics teacher for the fall of 2021. The successful candidate will join a community of dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and experienced faculty who are committed to the mission to “create a community that gives children the self-confidence, knowledge, skills, and values to lead satisfying and productive lives while contributing to their world.” Our goal is to build a joyful, inclusive, and respectful learning community. 

This teacher will be responsible for teaching up to four sections of middle school mathematics courses as well as living in a house and serving as a houseparent. The successful candidate must be able to transfer an enthusiasm for and a deep understanding of mathematics to students using multiple modalities and authentic applications in order to make learning relevant and meaningful for students. Differentiation, such that students are appropriately challenged within their developmental level, and a meaningful approach to homework are expected instructional strategies. Experience with technology integration and implementation of innovative learning strategies is highly desired. A candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, creativity, and a high degree of self-direction and flexibility.

Major Responsibilities    

1) Student Relationships

  • Creating an inclusive, welcoming, learning-motivated classroom environment where student voice is celebrated.
  • Be attuned to the specific learning needs and social and emotional development of each student.
  • Serve as a houseparent in a house of 8-12 students; provide instruction in health, wellness, and character education while coaching, mentoring, and counseling.
  • Provide academic support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.), as needed.

2) Learning  

  • Facilitate age-appropriate exploratory, investigative, and challenging instruction.
  • Plan instruction that inspires enthusiasm, confidence, and a deep understanding of mathematics.
  • Create learning experiences by incorporating a range of instruction modalities.
  • Assess understanding using a variety of formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize assessment feedback to adjust instruction and continuously improve student learning.
  • Use technology creatively and effectively in a one-to-one laptop environment.
  • Attend and collaborate in the organization of annual overnight educational trips.
  • Actively pursue student-centered professional learning opportunities aligned with school goals and initiatives.

3) Community

  • Active collaboration with other middle school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and special projects.
  • Communicate regularly with parents regarding curriculum, student progress, and course placements.
  • Be a positive and contributing member of the school community.
  • Supervise students in other roles such as recess, lunch, field trips, etc. 
  • Participate actively in department, grade-level team, and faculty meetings as scheduled.
  • Pursue relevant opportunities for professional growth and development. 

Requirements and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a closely-related field (Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a passion for interacting with middle level students in and outside of the classroom
  • the desire for a highly collaborative work environment that values innovation and creativity
  • a sense of humor and a pitch-in, can-do, “yes…and” attitude
  • the ability to use technology to enhance the classroom experience
  • the desire to use a range of resources that represent diverse cultures, experiences and viewpoints
  • Partake in community work with students and engage with students in outdoor trips like rock climbing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, overnight hiking and camping, and many other activities that support our co curricular focus on experiential learning. 
  • satisfactorily completed a nationwide criminal background check.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to .  Interviews including demonstration lessons will take place until the position is filled.

EOE Statement: WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Applicants and employees are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.

North Country School is committed to providing a working and living environment that fosters mutual respect and relationships free of discrimination based on a protected characteristic, and to complying with the spirit and letter of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity. For purposes of subsection A and B below, protected characteristics at North Country School are an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition to the guidance set forth below, a full explanation of equal employment opportunity and harassment prevention requirements, as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is available in the business office of North Country School.

A. Non-Discrimination

North Country School is committed to:

  • Administering all personnel actions, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, work assignments, classification, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training, education, tuition assistance and social and recreational programs, without regard to any protected characteristic;
  • Administering all human resources policies, processes, and/or procedures without regard to any protected characteristic; and
  • Making required reasonable accommodation for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees and job applicants.

B. Harassment

North Country School is committed to providing a harassment-free work environment, which includes time an employee spends interacting with co-workers in work-related settings such as during business-related travel, as well as meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events sponsored by North Country School.

Impermissible harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making an individual’s terms or conditions of the provision of their services to North Country School contingent on rendering sexual favors,
  • Insinuating or conducting oneself in a manner that suggests that the submission to or rejection of sexual favors by any individual covered by this policy will in any way influence decisions concerning the employment or contractual relationship between North Country School and the individual; or
  • A comment, material, gesture or any other communication or conduct, which is unwelcome and offensive, demeaning, or derogatory towards any person or group of persons, based on a protected characteristic.
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