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Help Grow a Unique School

Tallgrass Sudbury School, located in Riverside, IL, near the Brookfield Zoo, is a democratic K-12 school community where students pursue their interests at their own pace and in their own way. Tallgrass is seeking a staff member to start part-time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and potentially transition to full-time as we grow. 

Unlike at most schools, staff members at Sudbury schools are not expected to teach or to direct students’ activities. This position will involve supporting the overall work of the school as well as some administrative tasks. This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic community dedicated to living out its democratic principles, and to learn about self-directed education in action. 

The hiring process includes an interview with the student-run Staffing Committee, an interview with our School Meeting (all students and staff), and a vote by School Meeting members on the preferred candidate. 

In a typical week as a staff member at Tallgrass, you might:

  • Help students with day-to-day needs like learning to use things around the school, conflict resolution, and problem solving

  • Serve on our Judicial Committee as the secretary

  • Take students outside to the yard, nearby parks, or other off-campus locations

  • Work with committees that include staff and students to make decisions collaboratively

  • Work with other staff and students to troubleshoot issues around the school and keep the physical plant and administrative systems running well 

  • Talk to parents about questions and issues 

  • Assist with marketing and enrollment functions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to interact with students as equals, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

  • Understanding of the Sudbury model. If you’re not familiar with the Sudbury model, please spend some time looking at our website before applying to make sure it aligns with your interests and values: https://www.tallgrasssudbury.org/

  • No degree or teaching certification is required. Tallgrass does not prioritize degrees in employment decisions.

  • Be able to act as models of responsibility, resourcefulness, initiative, and good conflict resolution, and be willing to listen to and accept feedback.

  • Strong communication skills; the ideal candidate does not shy away from productive confrontation and is open and honest in communication.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student and family data.

  • Ability to pass required background checks before beginning employment.

  • Tallgrass is particularly interested in diverse candidates

You will join a team of 2.6 staff serving about 30 students, ages 5 to 18. Tallgrass hopes to grow our small community significantly in the near future, and the ideal candidate will be willing and able to act as one of the leaders in this effort. Work hours are 8:30 to 4:00. Occasional time outside of school hours is expected for meetings and events. The pay for this position will be between $15 and $18/hr or the equivalent salary. We follow a typical school year schedule, and staff also do some work over the summer. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@tallgrasssudbury.org. If you have additional questions, contact us either by email or by phone at 708.777.1037.  The application period will close on October 14 at midnight.