Job Opening:

Founding Elementary Guide

(Full-time Job)

Do you want to change the world? If your goal is to instill your love of learning in others while advancing your own professional growth, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of one of the world's most innovative schools. The Village School: An Acton Academy-located in Annandale, VA-will be a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century with innovative elements such as Quest-like projects with real world application, Socratic discussions, apprenticeships, and the Hero's Journey in a student-centered, multi-age Studio.

We will be launching our Early Learning Studio (ages 4-6) and our Elementary Studio (ages 7-10) Fall 2018 and are searching for a Lead Guide for our Elementary Studio. The Guide is expected to work five days a week spending time in the Studio (classroom) and as well as planning, documenting, communicating with parents, and performing administrative tasks.

This position is a full-time position beginning July 2018. School will begin in September 2018 and is an 11 month program. We run on 4-7 week Sessions with 1-2 week breaks in between Sessions. Some of these session breaks will be planned PD days for staff. We will be closed for seven or eight weeks in the summer-starting in mid-July through August. In anticipation of our opening in September 2018, the Guide will work through the summer, along with the Co-founder and other Guides, to prepare the Studio environment, and perform other administrative tasks.

Lead Guide- Elementary Studio

Responsibilities and Duties:
The Guide will work with the co-founders to:

  • Facilitate a truly customized education for each learner in the Studio.
  • Create meaningful exhibitions, ceremonies and celebrations.
  • Act as a role model as an independent learner.
  • Supply Studio environment and set up Studio as inspiration for learning.
  • Incorporate materials and lessons into 'core skills' work time. Observe and track each child's progress.
  • Encourage young heroes to track their progress and create portfolios to show what they can do.
  • Uphold promises to students, parents, and fellow Guides made in relational covenants.
  • Pass along each of these responsibilities to students as quickly as possible, so as to allow students to lead themselves.
  • Communicate with parents.

Qualifications and Skills


  • A deep curiosity about life and love of lifelong learning.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong culture of self-directed learning.
  • Customer service and user-centered orientation with the ability to give and receive feedback, meet needs, and get a positive response.
  • Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills.
  • Evident passion for being on a Hero's Journey.
  • Agile facilitating project-based / experiential / real-world learning.

This is a position for an independent learner who: can work with little direct guidance; likes to collaborate, experiment, evaluate and continually improve; has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within; and is a flexible problem-solver. It is essential that this person has a vast amount of patience, can learn fast, loves to work hard, and is an active reader and writer.

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: N/A

Bonus Potential