Next Generation Middle Years School Teacher

Do you want to participate in the creation of the school of the future?

Do you love to learn? Are you passionate about working with 12 to 14-year olds? Our Dream School is seeking a multi-talented Learning Guide to develop and lead a program for our 12 to 14 year old cohort.

Our Dream School’s mission is to create a paradigm shift in learning worldwide. We are creating a new learning model that empowers happy, lifelong learners, and is responsive to the needs and preferences of today’s and future generations. Based on the best practice of the 100 most innovative schools from around the world and in collaboration with 20 disruptive thought leaders for learning, we are developing new learning elements, learning spaces and learning technologies that are responsive to the inspirations, needs and challenges of today’s children and future generations to come. Our objective is to empower 100.000.000 learners and 100.000 schools by 2030.

Based out of the hearth of Barcelona (Enrique Granados 7), we offer an agile and innovative environment where you can bring the best out of yourself. Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure?

Why is this role important for Our Dream School?

You will play a vital role as a program lead and learning guide. In collaboration with our team of learning guides, you will design an innovative program and accompanying learning space for middle school years’ learners. Your involvement will be instrumental in growing and executing our vision for middle years learning. This is not a traditional teaching position. There are neither classes nor grades nor curriculum. Our learning guides co-design passion projects and learning experiences, facilitate personal development workshops, provide one-on-one coaching and mentoring, and collaborate with our many partners to craft a purpose-inspired, experiential and community-engaged learning experience for all our learners. This is a startup! So we are looking for someone who is collaborative, communicates well, understands the importance of strong personal relationships and who thrives in a fast-paced, innovative and agile environment.

Responsibilities:

This is a non-static position. Everyone on our team is able to fill in for another member of the team. The description below is for the project you will lead. You will be supported in this role by the whole team just as you will be expected to support others in their roles.

Lead

  • Co-design and lead a program for 12 to 14-year olds based on the Our Dream School model. The design will be co-created with our co-founder, Stephen Harris, and program director, Devin Carberry.
  • Train/coach a learning guide who will work with you.
  • Co-design and oversee the development of the learning space.
  • Design and execute literacy and numeracy programming.
  • Lead for communication with parents.
  • Supporting marketing team’s creation of copy for external communication.

Responsibilities of all learning guides

  • Act as a guide, coach, mentor, counselor, passion pusher, facilitator, curator, and whatever else our youth need us to be for them.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional, agile team that develops engaging, effective learning experiences.
  • Collaboratively design and participate in trainings and coaching sessions for learning guides and partners who work with our youth.
  • Parent communication and engagement.
  • Co-develop systems for progress monitoring, project management, and portfolio development of learners.
  • Co-develop user feedback systems that allow our team to learn from and iterate upon current user experiences.
  • Co-create and implement the intake and induction process for youth.
  • Stakeholder presentations and communication.
  • Stay current with trends, leading science and innovations, and research in learning science, instructional media, and learner behavior.

Needed Skills & Experience

  • 7+ years experience working with 12-14 year olds, most of which is in innovative learning environments.
  • 3+ years leading learning programs or educational teams.
  • Ability to quickly connect and build trust with 12-14 year olds.
  • Experience in a wide variety of roles supporting 12-14 year olds: guiding, coaching, facilitating, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, etc. At the core of all of these is the capacity to build strong, positive relationships, and to identify what role you need to play for each youth.
  • C2 level of English and Spanish, preference given to those with C1.
  • Experience developing and delivering non-traditional literacy and numeracy programs.
  • In other words, understand how the program you design can be blueprinted and brought to scale internationally.
  • Capacity to draw from a wide variety of learning methodologies and apply them appropriately based on the context and the learner.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a fast-paced, agile environment.
  • You are ready to learn from failure, embrace an iterative process and you understand that success comes sooner with trial and error.

Personal characteristics

  • Total ‘people person’
  • Hyper intuitive
  • Able to initiate
  • Able to negotiate in busy contexts
  • High level collaboration skills
  • Engender trust and risk taking
  • Make learning in a new paradigm irresistibly fun
  • Stable, calm and confident
  • Available & accessible to all

Application requirements

In addition to your portfolio , please send a brief description (no more than one typed page) that outlines your vision for a primary years program that is aligned with Our Dream School’s model. Please also send if possible a short, 1-minute video that introduces you, your interest in the position, and your passion as an educator. Send applications to leticia@ourdream.school.