Employment Opportunities at Foothills School

Open Application: Faculty Positions

Foothills School has an open application process for qualified candidates for full- and part-time teaching positions, grades Pre-K to 9th. The school seeks candidates with a commitment to deep and rich education, collaborative team teaching, a particular interest in inquiry-based education, and a proven capacity to differentiate educational experiences at the classroom level.

For faculty positions at Foothills School:
  • A Bachelor's Degree is required (with rare exceptions).
  • A Master's Degree and direct classroom teaching experience preferred.
  • Expertise and specialized training in specific discipline(s) and/or grade levels.
  • A diverse educational and experiential background is also preferred to offer the best potential for success in our unique environment.

A teaching certification is not required for applicants to Foothills School.

A hard copy application packet should include:
  • cover letter
  • statement of educational philosophy
  • resume/CV
  • three letters of recommendation
  • an application: printable PDF Version

You may opt to complete the application process online - find the Application Form here, which allows for the attachment of the supporting documents (cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resume/CV, letters of recommendation).

Application materials for teaching positions should be submitted to Jon Ninnemann, Head of School, 618 South 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702, or faxed to 208.331.3082.

Early Learner Teacher Position Opening:

Job Description

Position Title: Early Learner Teacher (Preschool)

Contract Period: 2017/18 school year

Closing Date: May 1st , 2017

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences announces an opening in its Early Learner Program (Preschool) for the fall of 2017. Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is a preschool to grade 9 accredited independent school located in downtown Boise. Founded in 1992, the school uses a progressive school model that includes inquiry-based education emphasizing academic skills as well as social-emotional learning.

Our Mission

At Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, we ignite a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education. In this vibrant learning community, education is an active and collaborative experience. Through a challenging inquiry based curriculum, Foothills students explore their ideas and develop curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and confidence. Embracing each individual’s strengths and contributions, we guide children to know themselves and to understand their role in a global community.

Our Values

To empower our students, we value:

  • Individuality - respecting students’ unique strengths, talents and challenges
  • Creativity - inspiring expression, curiosity and critical thinking
  • Community - promoting communication, cooperation and collaboration

Position Description

Candidates must have experience teaching at the early childhood level and have knowledge of child development. The school seeks an early childhood professional who can promote self-esteem and growth in students, help establish a positive classroom experience that encourages maximum success for learners, who exemplifies responsible and professional conduct, and who can participate in the development of a classroom community of learners. Early Learner teachers are responsible for integrated, inquiry-based curriculum design. Other duties include communication with parents, narrative student evaluations, urban outdoor supervision, and participation in planning and in meetings.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a creative, energetic and passionate early childhood educator. Foothills School seeks an applicant who is willing to be mentored into an amazing and unique early childhood program that is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

FSAS classroom teachers work together as grade level teams to develop innovative programming in alignment with the school’s mission of being a vibrant learning community, where students develop personal, academic and social responsibility – leading to a lifetime of discovery. We support teachers in their efforts to differentiate curriculum to meet the varying needs of their students. We put significant emphasis on students’ social/emotional growth through collaborative learning groups, class meetings and one-on-one support.

The School seeks candidates who are dedicated to early childhood students (age 3-5) and their education and who work well in a collaborative professional setting. The School seeks applicants who have a strong academic background, experience or strong interest in inquiry education and in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, an ability to build experiential learning opportunities and to differentiate within a preschool classroom.


  • Design negotiated, inquiry-based curriculum that is based on student interest and developmental needs.
  • Document student growth in an ongoing systematic way, referencing curriculum standards.
  • Maintain effective ongoing parent communication to keep them fully informed about progress and concerns.
  • Participate in play.
  • Prepare ongoing written portfolio evaluations.
  • Participate in curriculum planning meetings daily and weekly.
  • Participate in faculty meetings on a weekly basis.
  • File all required student and administrative records (e.g. discipline referral, EPP, attendance, accident reports).
  • Participate in professional development activities, including faculty in-service and curriculum planning days.
  • Ensure safety of students in accordance with school policies.
  • Attend all contracted school functions.

Professional Background

  • Three to five years classroom experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field preferred.
  • Experience designing integrated/inquiry based curriculum.
  • Demonstrate ability to design curriculum to meet a wide range of learning needs.
  • Proficiency in operating computer programs such as word processing, e-mail, Publisher, Power Point, web 2.0, and the I Pad.
  • Maintain a current Boise City Childcare license.
  • Background in music a plus.

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to professionalism and excellence.
  • Organized and be able to manage multiple tasks.
  • Socially conscious, want to make a difference in the world.
  • Sense of humor, energetic, optimistic, gregarious.
  • Child-centered.
  • Effective communicator, orally and in writing.
  • Collaborative, flexible.
  • Creative.
  • Accessible, approachable.
  • Passionate.

To gain further information about the Early Learner Program at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences visit us at www.foothillsschool.org.



Katie McClay


Foothills School of Arts and Sciences

618 S. 8th St.

Boise, Idaho 83702

Nondiscrimination Policy: Foothills School of Arts and Sciences does not discriminate on a basis of age, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other classifications protected by law, in all of its operations.
An independent school serving pre-school through 9th grade.

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