“What I love about teaching at Desert is the true sense of community. Both the support between faculty and staff members, and the support teachers offer on an individual basis to their students, is truly unique. The warm and genuine atmosphere makes Desert feel more like an extended family than simply a place to work. I love the concept of global learning and the encouragement students are given to find their unique passions and express them in constructive ways. The learning that happens outside the classroom – with field trips, social service work, athletics, music events, film, art exhibits, etc. - complements that which is done at school, making for a rich and varied curriculum. The flexibility teachers have allows for more in-depth discussions and deeper levels of learning than is possible in a traditional classroom. As a result, academics are kept fresh for both teachers and students. I feel honored to be part of such a great school.” -Fiona Simon
Desert Academy is an IB World School whose mission is to inspire and prepare each student to achieve personal and academic excellence. The exciting backdrop of Santa Fe adds to the dynamic academic environment created by the professional faculty and staff, engaged and enthusiastic students, and an involved parent body. Desert Academy is proud to employ teachers who share our values, support our vision, and help us achieve the mission of our school. Our teachers fully support the ethos and educational approach, both in theory and in action.
Desert Academy’s recruitment process is rigorous and ensures that new hires are the best match for our school and community. We seek teachers from diverse backgrounds who continually expand their subject knowledge and technology prowess, integrate new ways of teaching, and share their love of learning. We seek teachers who are willing to participate in extracurricular activities, ongoing collaboration, curriculum planning within and across subject disciplines, and professional development. Candidates experienced in collaborative planning, measuring student learning against set criteria, and the International Baccalaureate are valued. Teachers must be fully competent in their field, with a minimum of an undergraduate degree in the teaching subject, and a commitment to meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate.
Desert Academy is interested in receiving applications at any time.
For all administrative and teaching positions, please submit the following documents to
• Cover letter
• Resume with end/beginning years
• 3 references with e-mail addresses and phone numbers
• 3 written recommendations already in your possession (not required)
Upon completion of the interview process, candidates will be asked to submit;
• A scanned copy of your undergraduate degree with transcripts
• A scanned copy of your teaching license (if applicable, not required)
IB DP Biology, DP Chemistry (11th and 12th Grade) and MYP Chemistry (10th Grade) or, MYP Physics (9th Grade) depending on experience and comfort level. Full-time. Interested candidates with experience should apply or send inquiries. This position does not require a teaching license or IB experience, however, teaching experience is preferred.
Math/Physics: Middle School/High School Math and /or Physics: Middle Years Program. Full-time may include a combination of physics and math, or other subjects based on experience. Interested candidates with experience in math and/or physics should apply or send inquiries.
Athletic Director/Physical Health Education: Athletic Director is an administrative position that includes PHE in the Middle Year Program, middle school. AD supports all aspects of Desert Academy’s athletic program, including hiring and evaluating coaches, establishing sports calendar, etc.
Learning Support Specialist/MS English or other subject: Learning Support Specialist provides support and advocacy for students with learning challenges by working directly with students, teachers, and parents. The LSS provides information and professional development for teachers to ensure students get the best academic and social support. This position requires the teaching of two classes for full-time, preference for middle school English but may be in another subject area.
Athletics Department: Coaches (Link to PDF position detail sheet)
Head Coach - Boys Varsity Soccer (Co-opted with SF Waldorf School)