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Employment Opportunities at Gillispie

Portrait of a Gillispie Teacher

  • We are Outstanding Educators, who set high learning expectations, differentiate instruction, and establish meaningful relationships with all students in a stimulating and purposeful learning environment.
  • We are Reflective Learners and Dynamic Contributors, who seek out varied and effective ways to improve student learning, embrace professional development opportunities and new techniques, and take initiative to collaboratively promote positive change with curiosity, flexibility, and a growth mindset.
  • We are Community Builders, who proactively communicate and engage with all constituents responsibly, respectfully, and discreetly, ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity.
  • We are Good Citizens, who strive to embody the Gillispie Values, show empathy towards all members of the Gillispie community, and do my best in a way that exhibits my love for the work of educating.

Endowment for Excellence in Teaching

“The most important factor in determining whether a school is a setting in which children grow and learn is whether the school is a setting in which adults grow and learn.” – Thomas Hoerr, School Leadership for the Future

One of the most exceptional aspects of Gillispie School is our teaching staff. These dedicated employees are the lifeblood of the Gillispie Experience, and Gillispie and its community invests heavily in recruiting, retaining, and enriching these extraordinary individuals through the Gillispie School Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. In 2009, an anonymous donor family seeded the Endowment with a gift of $1.5 million, and offered a challenge grant to match the gifts and pledges of our community for an additional $1.5 million. With great enthusiasm, our community met the challenge, and in 2011, the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching was established with a total of $4.5 million.

The Endowment’s purpose is to retain and secure the best teachers, while creating a culture that makes excellence in teaching a top priority of the School. Eighty percent of the interest garnered from the corpus of the funds is used each year toward supplementing salaries or providing discretionary funds for outstanding work, while approximately 20% is designated for professional growth opportunities.

To date, the Gillispie School Endowment of Excellence in Teaching has paid out over $1.125 million to our faculty.

Available Positions


We are seeking a full-time educator that has a deep respect for children and is committed to life-long learning. Elementary educators at Gillispie School teach in a nurturing environment. Our elementary academic program is enriched by inquiry and social-emotional support that helps children grow to be inquisitive, reflective, and critical thinkers. Both student-driven and teacher-guided subject matter come alive, as children build foundational skills and construct meaning through a wide variety of hands-on explorations, real-world experiences, and well-researched programs.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a related field
  • Experience in a constructivist, inquiry-based environment at the elementary level
  • A solid understanding of curriculum design, project planning, and varied assessment strategies
  • Ability to develop and maintain close parent relationships
  • Excellent writing skills and computer literacy
  • Ability to collaborate well with other teachers and administrators

Please reply with a letter of interest, resume, and references. Address in your letter your experience with constructivist approaches and programmatic literacy and math development strategies. 


We hire constructivist educators that have a deep respect for children and are committed to their own life-long learning. Educators at Gillispie School team teach in nurturing environments, which meet the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of children.

Minimum qualifications include:

*Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field

*At least two years teaching experience in an elementary classroom, preferably with a social constructivist, inquiry-based environment

*Familiarity with project-based approaches

*Ability to collaborate well with other teachers and administrators

Duties and Expectations include:

  • Provide classroom instruction to students per teacher direction
  • Perform lunch area and play yard supervision of students
  • Follow classroom management routines and frameworks left by the classroom teacher
  • Aid in the supervision of students during morning drop off and/or afternoon pickup times
  • Other duties as assigned by administration


Gillispie School, an independent, coeducational day school located in downtown La Jolla, enrolling students from age two through Grade Six, is hiring an Accounting Associate. This full-time position enjoys a year-round schedule of duties and is effective immediately.  The successful candidate will be a team player who enjoys working with various constituent groups in advancing the mission and goals of Gillispie. 

Position Description

The Accounting Associate is an essential member of the Business Office team who reports to the Director of Finance & Business Operations and is part of a three-person team. Job responsibilities include gathering, preparing, reconciling, and analyzing data during the month in preparation for producing monthly financial statements. The Accounting Associate works primarily with the details of daily and monthly transactions; assists in the preparation and distribution of financial statements by the month’s end; and ensures that all deliverables comply with regulatory GAAP and FASB professional standards.  

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Prepare and review journal entries and account reconciliations 
  • Maintain monthly/quarterly/yearly reporting calendar and coordinate closes
  • Assist with the annual external audit including providing requested materials, assisting in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audit
  • Process incoming payments, prepare remote bank deposits, and reconcile electronic payments
  • Record investment income, track gift and endowment activity, and maintain all supporting schedules
  • Account for and track contributions and pledges, including reconciliation to Advancement reports
  • Maintain fixed asset records by recording new assets, depreciation, and disposals.
  • Manage the enrollment and tuition contract process (new and returning students), and act as the main point of contact for families
  • Manage the integration of contract payment terms and payments with FACTS Management, the School’s tuition management vendor
  • Monitor receivables of tuition and extended care programs using Quickbooks, FACTS Management, and ProCare
  • Reconcile Quickbooks regularly with A/R data and FACTS Management data
  • Communicate regularly with parents about payment status

Required Qualifications and Skills:  

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related area of study
  • Five years of progressive senior-level accounting experience
  • Work experience in accounting and reporting for monetary pledges, contributions, and endowments while maintaining GAAP and regulatory requirements
  • Accuracy in producing accounting entries, reports, and audit deliverables in accordance with GAAP
  • A growth mindset
  • Possession of professional skills such as punctuality, reliability, and flexibility 
  • The ability to work with discretion and maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • The ability to produce high-quality work, use effective time management skills to meet deadlines, and demonstrate a high level of attention to detail.
  • Aptitude in data entry, data retrieval, and report preparation
  • Expert level use of Microsoft Office and Google applications; extensive knowledge of Quickbooks is preferred
  • Proficiency in all standard office equipment
  • Possession of strong language skills with an ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Adherence to a strong level of business ethics and integrity
  • Aptitude in developing solutions to meet programmatic and organizational needs by creatively applying knowledge and exercising sound judgment, often in collaboration with others

To Apply:

Please reply with a letter of interest and resume to Carol Baranowski, Director of Finance & Business Operations, [email protected]; no calls, please. 

Application Process

Please submit a résumé, references, and letter of interest to Assistant Head of School, Jon Bluestein, at [email protected] unless the position you are applying for indicates another administrator to submit your application to. No phone calls, please.

In accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX),
Gillispie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, pregnancy status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, hiring, and other school-administered programs. 

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