Teach at New Hope
We are always looking to meet prospective instructors. Whether you hope to teach a full year course or a workshop, please read up on who we are and read the FAQ page. Please also email our Director, Chris Westrate, to introduce yourself and start a conversation. There are no current full-year openings for the 2016-17 year.
Teach Courses, Short Courses, and Workshops
Our core program consists of course (tutorials) in traditional high school and middle school subjects, but we also encourage interested educators to present topics for briefer hands-on workshops (e.g., lego robotics, hands-on history, simple science) and academic short courses (lasting from six to twelve weeks). Let us know if you have an idea you would like us to consider! Note that because we are ecumenical and affirm the role of parents and pastors in the spiritual formation of young people, we do not offer completing Bible or theology classes.
Recent college graduates, seasoned classroom veterans, retired teachers, homeschooling parents, private sector workers, academic leaders and scholars, and everyone in between have served with excellence and distinction here at New Hope. We maintain a number of strong Gordon connections -- the Director is a Gordon grad, the Associate Director is a longtime adjunct, and a number of our tutors have been drawn from the Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell community.
An Entrepreneurial Model
The work is part-time, and tutors are compensated per student. Employment for full year courses runs the full academic year. Because families register students on a per-course basis, student numbers are not guaranteed year to year. We make best guesses, and we will always be up front about how many students we expect to register. Sometimes we offer courses that do not end up running due to low enrollment (typically we have a minimum of six students). New tutors often start "small," with lower numbers in tutorials, but after a year, they become known and draw more students in subsequent courses. The better you can get to know our families, the more likely you are to draw students. We are entrepreneurial in that tutors are encouraged to build their student base, and we are most interested in candidates who would like to be with us for several years (though no commitment beyond one school year is required).
Teach in an Ecumenical Setting
We are an ecumenical Christian organization grounded in the Nicene faith. All tutors (and staff) must subscribe to the Nicene Creed (the broadest and most basic definition of Christian orthodoxy) and be active members of their local congregation. We do not have the same religious requirements for our students, and though the vast majority are Christians, we welcome students from outside the Christian tradition.
Qualifications of New Hope Instructors
At New Hope, we look for well-rounded, experienced Christian educators. Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and span a range of Christian traditions and pedagogical training. The following items lay out the basic qualifications of a New Hope instructor.
- You must subscribe to the Nicene Creed and actively involved in your local congregation. We believe that all truth is God's truth and that even if you are teaching a subject that may not seem directly connected to Christian faith, nonetheless you are providing a model of servant leadership in an educational setting.
- You must have expertise in your subject area and competence in ancillary disciplines. A college degree in your subject area is required, though nearly all of our tutors have masters degrees as well.
- Pedagogical depth and experience are highly valued. Teaching is a difficult endeavor requiring years of practice. As such, strong preference is given to candidates with teaching experience in a classroom setting.
Apply to Teach
The general process for applying to teach at New Hope is:
- Email our director Chris Westrate to start a conversation.
- Apply online.
- Secure three references (personal, spiritual, teaching). See notes on the application page.
- Phone interview.
- Live teaching demonstration and an in-person interview. We will schedule a time for you to come and teach in a current tutorial, usually for about half hour.
- After the teaching demonstration and in-person interview, we will be in touch with you within two weeks regarding a hiring decision.