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North Park Elementary School (NPES) is an independent non-sectarian day school serving students in Preschool-8th Grade located in the North Center-Ravenswood area of Chicago. We nurture curiosity, spark creativity, and cultivate a compassionate, vibrant, and equitable community that supports all members. NPES is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

NPES is dedicated to creating an inclusive community of students and adults who respect, value, and appreciate diversity in all aspects of human identity, and who work together to advance equity and social justice. NPES does not discriminate in its employment, admissions policies, and school-administered programs. We are looking for exceptional faculty and staff who are passionate about education, committed to our school’s mission, and culturally-responsive in their practice.

Current opportunities to join our team are listed below. We also accept applications for employment on a rolling basis year-round. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Office Manager Kerry Maman at maman@npeschool.org. Your application will be retained in active status for two years. Meanwhile, check this page periodically for new listings.

Current Openings
Middle School Science Olympiad Head Coach

Middle School Science Olympiad Head Coach 

A Part-Time Position beginning October 1, 2022 (running through May 1, 2023) 


North Park Elementary School is an independent school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) located in Chicago’s North Center-Ravenswood community. North Park serves 248 students in Preschool through 8th Grade, and is dedicated to raising confident, self-reliant individuals in partnership with families, instilling a sense of curiosity, a passion for learning, and a commitment to impacting the broader community in positive ways. North Park seeks to nurture curiosity, spark creativity, and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, community that supports all students, helping them become the best version of themselves. North Park believes that diversity is a critical source of strength for all. For more on the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, click here. 

Science Olympiad 

Science Olympiad is open to all interested NPES students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, with three grade-level teams forming and competing. Student enrollment in Science Olympiad takes place online in mid-October through the school’s fall clubs/activities program. There is a parent meeting after registration in late October, and a coaches’ clinic in early November. After-school practices begin in early November, with each of the three grade-level teams practicing once weekly for an hour. The season includes three meets from January through February, a regional tournament in March, and the state tournament for eighth graders in April. Including the coaches’ clinic, some longer weekend practices, and the tournaments, there are about seven Saturday morning and afternoon events. The season concludes with an awards ceremony and celebration luncheon in late April. There is one Assistant Coach to support the Head Coach and program, along with parent volunteers recruited by the Head Coach. For a sense of the topics/events middle schoolers prepare for, see this event archive, and for more on coaching Science Olympiad, click here. 

Essential Duties 

The Science Olympiad Coach is responsible for the facilitation of the Middle School Science Olympiad Program at NPES. The coach will develop the program and provide students with a rewarding extra-curricular team experience that will enhance their love of science and technology, as well as foster future learning success. The coach will facilitate team organization and development, weekly practices, and student competitions. In addition, the coach will research events and order/maintain materials (in collaboration with the Middle School Science Teacher), assist students to identify resources and their use, and maintain a safe environment for all. The coach will create tests for specific events, lead teams at meets hosted at other schools in the Chicagoland region and down state, and like all Science Olympiad coaches, provide grading support as needed at the meets. 


  • A strong and varied background in science, mathematics, and technology (Bachelor’s Degree in a science related-field preferred), with genuine curiosity about how things work
  • Experience working with Middle School students
  • An engaging teaching style students appreciate 
  • Outstanding organization, time-management, and communications skills 
  • Experience integrating technology into teaching and learning 
  • Social-emotional attunement to early adolescents and strong cultural competence, with awareness of and sensitivity to issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The ability to teach students how to work collaboratively in teams, and to guide students while also letting them work with age-appropriate levels of independence
  • The ability to manage and communicate with an Assistant Coach and parent volunteers
  • An understanding of how to include all learners meaningfully in the program
  • The ability to be detail-oriented, completing all registrations for tournaments and collaborating with the Office Manager and Director of Business and Operations in event planning. 
  • Availability to work three times weekly after school for an hour and up to seven Saturdays during the Science Olympiad season (October through April)

Please submit a cover letter with resume to North Park Elementary School Office Manager Kerry Maman at maman@npeschool.org.

Substitute Teachers

We are seeking thoughtful, engaging, adaptable, reliable, and professional substitute teachers to work across all grade levels at NPES, a wonderful opportunity to gain experience with a variety of subject areas and age groups in a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant school community. The compensation is $18.00 per hour, or $135 for a full day, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (in education preferred but not required)
  • Teaching experience in a school setting, camp setting, or other organization with an educational aspect to its work
  • A commitment to creating an affirming, inclusive, equitable, and just learning space for all students
  • An understanding of the developmental needs of children at various ages and the ability to manage a classroom positively and effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and administration
  • Strong cultural awareness and competence
  • Experience providing a nurturing, creative, challenging, and supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and age-appropriate levels of independence
  • Strong technology, executive functioning, and communication skills (both written and oral)

If you would like to be considered for substitute teaching, please complete this application and send us your resume. You may send these documents via email to Kerry Maman.

Teachers / Administration Employment Form

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