Why Work For Us
Looking for a job where your gifts and talents can have a profound impact on the lives of our nation’s youth?
Are you longing to work within an innovative organization that has sliced through the red tape and created an environment where you can actually do your job well and make a profound difference?
If you answered yes to these questions and you know you’re capable of amazing things and ready to play BIG on a nibble team that’s disrupting education in America, then you might be the perfect fit to join our revolution.
We’re looking for smart passionate people who are tired of the status quo in education and who want to truly make a positive impact. We will be opening a variety of positions at our first school in Humacao Puerto Rico as well as at our virtual headquarters which will be running our virtual school and our guided homeschool programs.
In each Illuminated Life School, we ensure staffing reflects the diversity of the culture, language, and race of the student body and extends it. We seek racially-diverse candidates who are committed to anti-racist and anti-bias educational practices and to their own personal, ongoing racial consciousness development.
Another option is to open your own Illuminated Life School. We essentially work like a non-profit franchise system. For more details, go here
NOTE: Our teachers are called Guides and we will be employing a combination of licensed teachers and people with no formal education who have the natural talent and ability to successfully guide our students to the outcomes we’ve set forth. We provide extensive training and personal development.
Some things you should know before applying:
- Although we’re headquartered in Puerto Rico, our headquarters team works virtually so if you take a job at our HQ, you’ll be working from home and occasionally traveling for meetings.
- In addition to licensed teachers, we employ people who are not necessarily licensed teachers to guide our students through our project based curriculum, life skills training such as gardening, food preparation, First-Aid, dog/pet training, communication skills, negotiating, financial intelligence, entrepreneurship, healthy relationships and more. We hire people who are ideal for the position regardless of their education background. We provide a complete training program to our guides so as long as you have a high school diploma or GED, you can apply for a guide position.
- We believe our primary job is to raise up a generation of illuminated humans by creating an equitable learning environment where ALL students can succeed, helping them identify their unique genius, fostering a love of learning in them, equipping them with critical thinking skills and life skills, and empowering them to be conscious global citizens and contributing members of society.
- Everything we do is looked at through a racial equity lens before it’s executed to ensure that we’re creating a truly level playing field for all students which means an anti-racist school and educational experience for all students.
- At each school we’re committed to hiring staff that’s reflective of the community that school serves, committed to equity, and diverse.
- We weave emotional intelligence and critical thinking into all of our curriculum and we have a very strong focus on financial literacy and physical, mental and emotional health.
- We don’t label students because we don’t want students to live into any label other than brilliant superstar on a hero’s journey. We honor their constant growth and assume they will continually show up differently.
- We take a student-centered approach and believe in learning by doing so the majority of our curriculum is taught via Project-Based Learning, and includes experiments, quests, passion projects and real life simulations. For example, students will engage in real life simulations where they are calculating odds, taking risks, pitching themselves and their ideas, problem solving, holding themselves and others accountable, and more. Our teachers/guides are trained to trust the children and provide a space where our students are free and joyful in their discoveries. The portion of our curriculum that is more structured, is taught in a highly innovative way which enables our students to learn significantly faster and get a deeper understanding of the knowledge. You’ll be trained on these highly effective methods and we’ll be continuing to refine and innovate every year so you’ll be expected to learn new techniques and up-level your skills every year as well.
- All of our schools are educator/guide-empowered with a lean administration including a half-time principle. You’ll be able to custom-tailor your students experience and work with their parents to make smart decisions that are in the best interest for each student without a bunch of red tape in your way.
- We don’t have traditional classrooms and students of varying grades are mixed together.
- Our curriculum is a blend of online and offline learning and we’re launching a virtual school (in addition to physical schools) so that students can roll in and out online school and physical anytime.
- Because of the highly effective education model we use, students rarely get more than 15 minutes of homework, with the exception of reading.
- You’ll be required to do a significant amount of personal development and racial equity development on an ongoing basis so that you’re able to show up as your best-self for our students. The majority of the personal development programming that’s required will be provided to you, at no cost to you. It was designed by world-class experts and in addition to helping you be an amazing faculty member, it’ll most likely improve every area of your life. Regardless of your position within our organization, personal development is required.
- We don’t believe in over-working our faculty. It’s not good for you and it’s not good for our students. When a department or team member becomes overburdened, we bring in more resources. We provide every single student a custom-tailored whole-child world class education without overworking our team.
- Our starting pay for faculty is above average for the area plus we provide a healthy benefits package. We do not have an Academic Tenure program nor do we believe in that program.
- All students and faculty get FREE cafeteria meals. All meals served in our school cafeterias are fresh whole-food based meals and free of all major allergens.
- All of our schools are year-round schools with a flexible J-Term in July. All teachers/guides get paid time off for the entire month of July (the J-Term is guided by student teachers and community members so that teachers/guides can have a summer break). All teachers/guides also get paid time off on major holidays, plus 2-4 days between each quarter, and an additional 15 flex days each year (a total of approximately 9.5 weeks of paid vacation).
- The school year starts in mid August (the specific day varies each year). Faculty start back a couple of weeks before the new school year starts. Teachers/Guides are off during J-Term in July, then students are off on summer break at the beginning of August. Teachers/Guides start back in the beginning of August, and the new school year starts in mid August.
How To Apply To Work For Us
We’ll be posting specific open positions soon, in the meantime, please email us your resume without a cover letter. In the body of your email please tell us about yourself, your strengths, your gifts, your talents, why you believe you’d be a great addition to our growing team, if you’re interested in a position at our first physical school opening in Humacao Puerto Rico in 2022, or a position at our virtual HQ (which could include being part of our virtual school and/or guided homeschool programs), and share with us specifically what type of position would be a dream come true for you and why.
Mandatory Compensation Disclosure
In compliance with state and federal laws, teacher compensation information is provided below. Because 2022 will be our first year of operation, below are estimates. After our first year of operation these estimates will be updated to exact figures. In this context, “teacher” means a “teacher employed in FY21”. Returning teachers will receive an average/estimated base compensation increase of 4.7% from FY21 to FY22.
PLEASE NOTE: The salary information below does NOT include benefits, bonuses or performance pay.
- Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2022 – TBD
- Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2021 – N/A
- Percentage increase – N/A
- Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 – N/A
- Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 2021 – N/A