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Upper School Music Faculty

  • Full Time
  • Seattle
  • This position has been filled

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The Bush School values different perspectives and backgrounds, inspires curiosity, encourages a collaborative work environment, and promotes compassion and kindness in our work together. Our employees are the key to building and sustaining this culture.

Upper School Music Faculty (Seattle, WA)

Full Time (1.0 FTE) Salary/Exempt

Academic Year Schedule

*  This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details during hiring process).

*  This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Upper School team as an Upper School (9th – 12th) Music Faculty member. We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.  We are building a team in which diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and talents are valued in order to work with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and families. We encourage those of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Upper School Music Faculty member reports to the Upper School Director and works closely with students and families, as well as Upper School Faculty and Staff and the Performing Arts Department. This position will be responsible for teaching four sections of music classes each semester of three sections and a before-school or after-school extracurricular music group.  This position will coordinate and host two student-led evening performances each school year in additional to hosting a student advisory group and teaching in our three-week experiential program (Cascade).

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and duties listed below:

·         Create and sustain a positive classroom culture, based on the mission and values of the school

·         Plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities for Upper School music courses that facilitate active learning experiences in a student-driven, inquiry-based manner.  Courses may include Ensembles, Electronica, Choir, Instrumental music, Sound Design, and more.

·         Teach music skills and foster a love of music by creating an active-participatory environment

·         Coordinate and host two student-led evening performances each school year

·         Value and incorporate diverse perspectives in daily interactions and within the curriculum

·         Establish classroom expectations that create a safe and comfortable environment for all students

·         Create and sustain effective family partnerships, for example: communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress and classroom news via formal fall/spring conferences, written communications, and school portal

·         Observe/evaluate/assess students’ development and maintain accurate records regarding student progress and areas of growth

·         Co-lead a three-week interdisciplinary Upper School Cascades program between semesters

·         Attend and chaperone school related events outside the scheduled school day

·         Participate actively and with curiosity in school/division/department/committee meetings on Wednesdays until 5:15 pm, as well as student community gatherings during the school day

·         Collaborate with school counselors and learning specialists to plan lessons, curriculum, materials, and resources to effectively serve students with different learning profiles and mental health needs

·         Collaborate with other members of the performing arts department faculty to create common experiences centered on student inquiry

·         Utilize technology to support student success (e.g. Google Docs, Blackbaud, Google Classroom, etc.)

·         Conscientiously complete other duties as assigned


·         Experience teaching music is required, with 3 or more years preferred

·         Proficiency in a variety of instruments and vocals, as well as experience with music production software

·         A bachelor’s degree is required, with a music major or related subject area preferred

Successful candidates will:

·         A philosophy that aligns with the school’s mission and values – please review the school’s mission and values on our website (

·         The capacity and desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with students

·         The ability to be patient and positive and find joy in the journey of promoting a lifelong love of learning

·         An ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, including administrators, colleagues, staff, students and families in order to maintain constructive and professional relationships

·         A commitment to completing work in a timely and thorough manner while being conscientious about assignments and deadlines

·         A willingness to participate in professional growth/development opportunities

·         Have proficient skills in the use of technology: including, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Outlook

Additional Requirements:

·         Have a current Adult and Children CPR, First Aid and AED Certification (or receive one soon after hire date)

·         Meet the school’s standards when completing two separate background screenings

Compensation/Benefit Information for this position:

·         Salary Range: $56,836 – $102,824 (based on years of full-time, lead teaching experience) Faculty employees with a Master’s degree, PhD and/or National Certification may be eligible for additional compensation

·         The school offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to benefits-eligible employees, which includes:

o    Employer-paid medical insurance for eligible employees (includes an employee paid buy-up plan option)

o    Employer-paid dental and vision insurance for eligible employees

o    Health Savings Account with employer contribution for eligible employees

o    Medical, dental and vision insurance for dependents of eligible employees (employee paid)

o    Flexible Spending Accounts (medical and dependent care) available to eligible employees (employee paid)

o    Employer-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance for eligible employees

o    Employer-paid Life Insurance for eligible employees

o    Optional Voluntary Life Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)

o    Optional Voluntary Accident Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)

o    Optional Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance available to eligible employees (employee paid)

o    Employee Assistance Program for eligible employees and their dependents

o    School lunch discounts, with free employee lunch on Wednesdays

o    Free parking at Seattle, WA campus

o    Use of school fitness center

o    Paid Time Off (sick leave and personal days)

o    Professional Development opportunities


Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at and navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the “About Bush” tab) for additional information/instructions.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website for additional openings:

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information.  In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.