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It is no surprise that many members of Lab’s faculty and staff have stayed for 15-25-35 or more years. One staff member said: "Everyone wants to stay at Lab. Who wouldn’t embrace the opportunity to be flexible and creative every day? Frankly, it feels like an honor to be a part of Lab, to play a role in our collective mission and process of helping students with learning differences discover their best selves and succeed.”

The Lab School of Washington is situated in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. Located minutes from historic Georgetown, the Potomac waterfront, and a short drive to the museums, monuments, and other local historic sites. Lab spans two campuses — just a half-mile apart — and offers its faculty and staff the opportunity to work in a creative, collegial, and collaborative atmosphere.

“It’s easy to feel excited to get up each morning and come to Lab. Sure, we work incredibly hard, but there’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing a child find success in a skill area that used to be so daunting for them like a ‘non-reader’ turning into a bookworm or a student who struggled to express herself talk enthusiastically about a family vacation or favorite movie.”
— Speech and Language Pathologist and Intermediate Reading Specialist

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including race, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world.

Job Openings

As a Group Leader, you will be the anchor, the one consistent person, for a group of twelve students. You will accompany the children to their scheduled classes where you will assist the teachers. You will receive supervision from the Coordinators of the Summer Program.

This is an unpaid position, but we assure you that you will receive excellent training and experience. We will write you a letter of recommendation at the conclusion of the Summer Session. For those of you who wish to gain college credit, check with your university as to whether or not they will give credit to you for this summer’s experience as an independent study. Paid positions in The Lab School’s After School program may also be available.

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The Lab School Junior High (7th/8th grades) is seeking a math teacher for the last quarter of the current school year. Requirements include a degree in Math Education or Special Education, experience working with students with learning differences, teaching experience from basic skills through Algebra I, solid interpersonal, written language and communication skills required; Master’s Degree preferred. Join a dynamic team of educators.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to jhrecruiting@labschool.org.    ​
 

Full-time Substitute Teacher needed to support 5th-6th grade program for students with learning differences; arts-infused curriculum with a multi-sensory, experiential approach to learning. 7:45AM -3:45PM daily. Duties include subbing daily as needed in reading, math, written language, academic clubs, arts, science, and physical education. Back up to administrative assistant and other duties as assigned. Candidate must be dependable, flexible with daily schedule, able to implement lesson plans, and effective at multi-tasking; strong interpersonal and communication skills essential. Bachelor’s Degree required. Experience working with students with learning disabilities preferred. Lab welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to intermediaterecruiting@labschool.org.

Lab is seeking a music teacher for the 2020-2021 school year for fifth and sixth grade students. B.A. in Music or Music Education required. Master’s degree in Special Education and/or experience working with students with learning differences ideal. Candidates must hold teacher certification or be willing to complete additional coursework to be certified in the District of Columbia.  

Candidate should have the ability to teach students about music literacy, instrument families, and history. Candidates should have proficiency on the piano or keyboard, the ability to teach choral groups, develop student performance skills on instruments and training in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education.
 
Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and would thrive in a collaborative environment. The Lab School welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to intermediaterecruiting@labschool.org

Lab's Junior High Division (7th and 8th) grade seeks a full-time administrative assistant. This is a 10 month position. The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor's degree and experience in a similar position. The administrative assistant is responsible for handling phone calls, attendance, email communication, calendars, and other duties in support of the Head and Associate Head of Junior High. Organization, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced, collaborative environment, proficient writing skills, and attention to detail are sought-after attributes. The School welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds. Candidates should email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jhrecruiting@labschool.org. ​

Lab is seeking a middle school English teacher for the 2020-2021 academic year. B.A. required in English or Humanities preferred. Master’s degree in English, Secondary Education, or Special Education, experience working with middle school students with learning differences, and knowledge of age-appropriate literature ideal. Candidates must hold teacher certification in or be willing to complete additional coursework to be certified in DC. Must be comfortable with technology and possess excellent interpersonal, written language, and communication skills. Applicants should enjoy working in a collaborative, team environment. The School welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to jhrecruiting@labschool.org (subject "Junior High School English  Position").

 

Lab is seeking a full-time Reading Specialist in the Junior High program for 7th and 8th grades. The ideal candidate should possess: 3-5 years of experience teaching reading to students with language-based learning differences, training and experience in using a Structured Literacy program to address decoding, encoding, and fluency and an ability to work with students in small groups and individually. Candidate must have enthusiasm, creativity, imagination and an exceptional ability to collaboratively plan and implement lessons with a teaching team in an arts-infused environment. A Master’s Degree in Special Education, Speech/Language, or Reading preferred. Candidates must hold teacher certification in or be willing to complete additional coursework to be certified in DC. The School welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds. Email cover letter, resume, and three references to jhrecruiting@labschool.org. ​

Lab is seeking a full-time co-teacher in the Elementary program for students in the 1st-4th grades. B.A. required in education or child psychology. Master’s degree in Speech/Language, Reading, Elementary Education and/or Special Education preferred. Candidates must hold teacher certification in or be willing to complete additional coursework to be certified in DC. The co-teacher will be responsible for shared planning and teaching in math, written language, and literacy. Position requires proficiency in written reports on student progress. Candidate must have enthusiasm, creativity and an exceptional ability to collaboratively plan and implement lessons with a teaching team. The School welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds. Please email cover letter, resume, and three references to amy.oswalt@labschool.org

The Lab School of Washington is an inclusive and welcoming school that celebrates diversity, including ability and learning differences, race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We welcome candidates representing the diversity of today’s global world in our educational programs, admission policies, financial aid program, hiring, and school-administered programs.

For the 2020-2021 school year at The Lab School of Washington: a dynamic arts-infused program for students with learning differences.

Requirements include a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, enthusiasm for working with students with learning differences, excellent interpersonal, written language and communication skills. Candidates should be interested in all areas of school-based speech-language pathology, and specifically those related to therapeutic intervention for reading, written expression, and executive function skills.  Join a dynamic, warm, and collaborative team of colleagues. Lab encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Melissa Wood at melissa.wood@labschool.org.

For the 2020-2021 school year at The Lab School of Washington: a dynamic arts-infused program for students with learning differences.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in a Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders program, enthusiasm for working with students with learning differences, strong communication, organization and collaboration skills. Candidates must meet requirements for DC licensure.  Join a dynamic, warm, and team of colleagues. Lab encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds.  

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Melissa Wood  at melissa.wood@labschool.org.

The Lab School is seeking a full-time Social Worker for its Elementary Division (grades 1-4). The ideal candidate will possess excellent clinical skills and experience in working with elementary-aged students and knowledge of the challenges faced by students with learning differences. Candidates should be experienced and comfortable working closely with both teachers and parents. This role is well suited for a social worker who thrives in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, creative, and collaborative environment. Primary tasks include: student counseling and support; designing and teaching psychoeducational curricula; carrying small individual therapy caseload; consulting with staff; supporting the growth and success of existing school-wide social-emotional health initiatives; and presenting on mental health-related topics. Experience with Responsive Classroom, mindfulness practices, and social-emotional learning programs are a plus. MSW, LICSW (or equivalent licensure from another jurisdiction) and 2+ years of clinical experience with youth required. Lab welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. ​Send cover letter, resume, and three references to doug.fagen@labschool.org

The Office of Institutional Advancement seeks an individual to join a dynamic office of development and communication members, reporting to the Director of Development. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will manage all aspects of the annual giving program, including The Lab School Fund, personal solicitations, direct mail and email and volunteers, as well as telephone, text and social media outreach. This team player should appreciate The Lab School of Washington’s mission, enjoy multi-tasking, have a sense of humor, and have the ability, experience, demeanor and talent to successfully work with colleagues, parents, Trustees, parents of alumni, alumni, and other members of The Lab School community. 

The Lab School of Washington is a national leader among independent schools serving students with learning differences. We are a 1st through 12-grade college preparatory school that provides a unique arts based academic program that encourages scholarship and creativity for students with language based learning differences and ADHD.

The Position
The Assistant Director of Annual Giving will work closely with other advancement colleagues to cultivate, solicit and steward Lab School Fund donors.  In conjunction with the Director of Development, this person will create an Annual Giving plan, including the case for support, schedule, segmentation strategy and roles for volunteers to ensure the continued growth and increasing participation from all constituent groups.  S/he will develop all Lab School Fund communications and messages consistent with the School’s mission and strategic goals. This person will be responsible for creating analytical and statistical reports in partnership with the Advancement Services Coordinator. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Manage the annual giving direct mail and email solicitation program 

    • Develop and implement annual giving strategies to increase giving and participation rates by all groups via multi-channel approach

    • Collaborate with the Director of Development and the Director of Institutional Advancement in order to craft messaging for annual giving solicitations

    • Create segmented appeal structure to target donors by giving behavior and/or constituency

    • Manage the direct mail vendor to organize and execute solicitations for all constituencies to include designers, writers and print/mail house

    • Track and analyze all annual giving results to inform future decisions

    • Work with Advancement Services Coordinator to oversee and improve gift entry and acknowledgement system

    • Collaborate with others on campus to organize faculty and staff giving programs

    • Maintain annual giving section on the school’s website

  2. Manage parent volunteer solicitors for annual giving 

    • Identify, enlist, and solicit volunteers 

    • Train, coach and regularly meet/talk to all volunteers

    • Assign volunteers prospective donors for solicitations 

    • Manage volunteer portfolios providing regular updates on solicitation progress

    • Coordinate any and all phonathon or texting events

    • Ensure volunteer solicitation success and enjoyment including appropriate recognition

    • Ensure and sign parent gift acknowledgments, receipts, and pledge reminders as needed

    • Track all volunteer performance to share progress updates and to review successes

  3. Conduct Lab School fund solicitations 

    • Manage a portfolio of annual giving prospects, including volunteers, and personally solicit for annual gifts

    • Document all prospect and donor contacts in the Raiser’s Edge database system

  4. Manage Lab Instagram account

    • Maintain regular, thoughtful and fun posts about Lab that engage the wider community

    • Work to increase Followers

    • Work in partnership with Communications Director who manages Facebook posts

    • Potential to reinvigorate Lab’s Twitter account

  5. Manage Alumni Newsletter communications

    • Find and repurpose stories that will appeal to the alumni community for monthly newsletter

    • Be willing to build the alumni program as needed

  6. Serve as a member of the Advancement team 

    • Work in collaboration with all colleagues from the Institutional Advancement team 

    • Willingness to learn Raiser’s Edge in order to pull data, reports and lists

    • Participate in Lab School events, including annual gala, donor events and graduation, that may take place in early morning, evenings or weekends

    • Assist in Annual Report work

Qualifications include 2+ years of development experience, preferable in annual giving. Volunteer management experience a plus, excellent writing and editing skills, good organizational skills, ability to take initiative and work independently. Have competent computer literacy skills. Discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality is necessary. Experience in Raiser’s Edge a plus. 

This role is a full time position working 30 to 40 hours per week, and has a flexible start date. 

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to dia.ruocco@labschool.org.