Careers & Opportunities
The Empowerment Zone is hiring a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. If you are an educator who is passionate about transforming education and ready to join a team that is on fire to make change together, this work is for you.
Why work in the Empowerment Zone?
Compensation: We have provided the highest teacher base pay increase in St. Joseph County in the past decade and now offer the highest starting salary in St. Joseph County at $44,880. We value teacher experience and training and increased base pay for teachers with 12 or more years of experience by $8,000. We also offer them a $5,000 stipend. Furthermore, a $5,000 stipend is given to teachers who are certified to teach English Language Learners. At Navarre and Coquillard, we offer certified staff an additional $5,000 stipend. Certified special education teachers earn a $10,000 stipend as well. For hourly staff, we have a new minimum wage of $15 per hour.
Whole Child Education: We believe in providing a whole-child education. Our wrap-around supports for students, including additional staff such as Social Workers and Peacebuilders, as well as proactive support systems, ensure students are ready to learn, which positions teachers for better academic success.
Curriculum: We support our teachers by providing high-quality curriculum and instructional support.
Instructional Support: Our teachers are critical to school transformation. We support the ways teachers are directly and positively impacting students each day and ensuring all students in our schools succeed. One of the ways we do this is through our investment in instructional coaches, which are at each school and provide additional support to all teachers.
Teacher Voice: We want to hear your voices and perspectives because teacher voice mattersvand leads to better outcomes for our students. We have created stipended teacher leadership teams at all schools to drive work forward.
2022-2023 Elementary School Openings