The Island School is hiring a
The Island School, a not-for-profit organization based in The Bahamas, was founded to create and support transformational educational experiences with the vision of leadership effecting change, on the island of Eleuthera. The diverse educational initiatives, including our High School Semester and Summer Term, Deep Creek Middle School, Elementary Learning Center, and our Community Engagement and Partnerships, deliver unique educational journeys in conjunction with the authentic and meaningful work our organization undertakes in research and sustainable development at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, our research, and innovation hub. We are reimagining what education is for, and redesigning how education is delivered.
We seek educators with a demonstrated commitment to experiential education and a passion for both teaching and learning. Our Semester Instructors and Expedition Leaders are responsible for facilitating an immersive learning experience for their students, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to on-campus teaching, instructors also lead several multi-day sea kayak expeditions on the coastal waters and remote beaches of South Eleuthera each academic year. Instructors play many roles throughout the semester including classroom teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, coach, community leader, expedition leader, and role model. Ideal candidates are able to deliver thoughtful, interdisciplinary coursework in their subject, but also share excitement for connecting classroom learning to life in the community and learning experiences outside the classroom too.
All in one day, an instructor’s work could include: participating in morning exercise with students, teaching a class, doing chores with students, supporting an off-campus SCUBA experience or research project, supporting a project in the local community, and having one-on-one conversations with individual students. By design, student learning extends far beyond our physical classrooms and students do not go home at the end of the “school day”. That means our instructors’ days can be long, fast-paced, and dynamic, but also filled with the rewards of living and working in an intentional community and of having a lasting impact on our young learners.
Duties & Responsibilities
Community Leadership and Residential Life
Provide community leadership and role model the Island School’s values
Participate in and lead community chores
Participate in and facilitate the morning exercise program, including running and swimming
Be “on duty” approximately 1-2 evenings per week and one weekend per month to support student needs and after school programming
Support minor student medical needs as they arise
Attend and participate in weekly team meetings with semester staff
Facilitate student group meetings
Facilitate student experiences off-campus in the local community
Provide professional mentorship for aspiring Semester Instructors
Other duties as assigned by the Semester Leadership team
Qualifications & Experience
Demonstrated skill in leading sea kayaking expeditions
Experience designing curriculum and writing lesson plans
Experience with semester-based, gap year, or immersion programs
Experience with expedition leadership/outdoor trip leading
Experience living abroad and/or in an intentional community setting
Wilderness First Responder certification
Familiarity with Bahamian culture
The Semester Instructor and Expedition Leader role follows the academic calendar and staff work from the beginning of August until the end of May. This includes training and orientation in August, preparation and debriefing time before and after each semester, and a mid-winter break between Semesters. Staff typically have the months of June and July of each year. However, some staff may choose to instruct during the summer term and receive additional compensation for that summer work. The staff are collectively responsible for students day and night for the entirety of their 100-day journey. As such this role includes work in the early mornings, in the evenings, and on weekends.
Compensation & Benefits
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following in PDF format through our Hiring portal: