• Part Time
  • Danville, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website The Athenian School

Athenian | Intellectual Exploration & Meaningful Contribution

The Athenian School
Danville, CA


JOB TITLE: Speech & Debate Instructor/Coach – Part Time

REPORTS TO: Upper School Academic Dean



The Athenian School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school that serves students in grades 6 – 12, from throughout the East Bay, California, the US and the world. Since our founding, we have been dedicated to educating students through experiential, collaborative and interdisciplinary learning. We foster critical thinking and value reasoned discourse, mutual respect, and social justice. Please read through our site to learn more about our community. We look forward to meeting you as you consider Athenian!



The Athenian School seeks a part-time Speech & Debate Instructor/Coach to lead a vibrant and growing speech and debate program. This candidate will provide instruction and support for all levels of high school students as they prepare for, plan, and participate in a range of tournaments and events. This course is taught as an elective offering for Upper School students and includes coordination of and oversight of weekend tournament participation.

In the fall semester, students will learn and practice various debate styles (i.e. Parliamentary, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum). They will also explore different event formats (i.e. extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation, etc.). These experiences will prepare students for spring competitions and tournaments through ongoing practice, up through local National Qualifying Tournament in March.

In addition to these responsibilities, faculty have the chance to apply for and serve as part of our residential life team which would include dormitory housing. Faculty also have the opportunity to coach a sport for a supplemental stipend.


We seek candidates that have experience teaching and/or coaching high school (grades 9-12) Speech and Debate in National Speech and Debate Association activities in accordance with NSDA guidelines. A high school diploma is required for this role. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills as well as technological fluency. Candidates must also have a passion for working with adolescents and a commitment to democracy, justice, equity, inclusion, service, and environmental stewardship.



Athenian provides excellent benefits and salaries are competitive and commensurate with work experience and education. Community members enjoy meals on campus and use of athletics facilities, including a pool, gym and fitness center.

All employees participate in school wide professional development, and have the opportunity to pursue a range of additional professional growth opportunities. These include, but are not limited to, funded participation in professional conferences and continuing education opportunities. Athenian provides needed training for CPR/AED certification.

All employees are expected to attend all-school functions relevant to their role and to participate in supporting the student experience with other school duties as requested by their direct supervisor.



The Athenian School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all areas of employment. The School does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Apply through The Athenian Career Center: https://www.athenian.org/about-us/careers

Please send a letter of interest, current resume, and three references. In your cover letter, please specify your area(s) of expertise and which subjects and classes you’re able to teach. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: website, referral organization, etc.


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