staff members talking to students in a cargo net We are Currently Accepting Applications for:

What it Means to Work at AMS

AMS is a staff-run school, without a director or headmaster. This mean all the work of the school–including janitorial, maintenance, administrative and financial management–is shared by the staff. Individuals interested in joining our community and working here should be enthusiastic to work within the following structures:

  • consensus decision-making
  • non-violent resolution of conflict
  • simple living
  • family style living with adolescents
  • equal modest salary for all staff members, regardless of experience or amount of time employed
  • intense work schedules usually working sixty or more hours per week
  • frequent switching of professional responsibilities throughout the day and also from year to year
  • extensive work periods with minimal breaks punctuated by extended time off

Working at AMS also has several benefits:

  • housing throughout the entire year
  • partial board, including all utilities
  • excellent health coverage
  • access to community resources and studio spaces
  • use of the school’s 100 acres of farm and wilderness
  • proximity to Appalachian Mountains

If you are interested in applying for the 2019-20 school year or want to learn more about the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to hiring@arthurmorganschool.org.

Types of Work We Do

During their time at AMS staff will take on a wide variety of responsibilities, depending on their skills and experience. Work opportunities include:

  • house parenting with other staff members
  • teaching language arts, math, Spanish, social studies, science or art classes
  • cooking meals for over 40 people
  • leading work projects
  • teaching elective courses
  • leading outdoor trips
  • working in the garden
  • performing maintenance
  • planning special events
  • being academic or personal advisors

Feeling Ownership

As staff continue working at AMS and become familiar with our philosophies and structures, it is natural for them to take on a larger sense of responsibility toward the long term success of the school.  As coordinators, these staff are able to work within AMS’s consensus model to set policies and oversee specialized areas of our daily operations. Coordinatorships include:

  • Maintenance
  • Academics
  • Finance
  • Development
  • Admissions/Recruitment
  • Outdoor
  • Kitchen
  • Garden and Livestock
  • Technology

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