Teacher & Outdoor Trip Leader

Company: French Broad River Academy

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Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) is an independent, split-gender middle school with two campuses in Asheville, NC. FBRA is seeking candidates who are interested in teaching middle school students in and out of the classroom at both the Girls Program and the Boys Program. The core academic subjects at the FBRA campuses include: Math, Science, Spanish, Humanities, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. Staff at FBRA serve in multiple roles; as teachers of a core academic subject, outdoor trip leaders for day and overnight adventure-based field experiences, and for additional duties such as teaching PE & electives. Additional administrative and “head of” duties may be available in addition to the core staff position for interested candidates.

Potential staff must have a passion for developing relationships with adolescents, an affinity for (and experience in) outdoor/wilderness settings, and a willingness to wear many different hats beyond that of a classroom teacher. We work hard and we expect a lot of our teachers, and we find that the rewards of this calling are infinite. 


  • First and foremost, ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all FBRA students when they are in the school’s care. 

  • Serving as a life mentor and role model for our students.

  • Actively enforcing and upholding the FBRA school culture as outlined in our mission statement: “to build character and integrity for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership”.

  • Performing all duties related to teaching the primary subject – planning lessons in alignment with our curriculum, teaching powerful & engaging classes, working individually as needed with students, maintaining grades/gradebook, collaborating as a part of a subject-area team, and engaging in regular communication about academic progress with parents & students.

  • Performing additional teaching duties on elective, PE, and enrichment topics.

  • Serving as a trip leader on weekly outdoor field lessons (may include canoeing, hiking, skiing, service work, and climbing) as well as periodic overnight trips.

  • Serving as an international trip leader to Costa Rica.

  • Exhibiting excellent teamwork and time management skills.

  • Maintaining a growth mindset in all areas of FBRA programming and instruction.

  • Attending meetings, special events, and occasional after-school commitments.

The following qualities will distinguish candidates:

  • Personal and/or professional experience in whitewater activities

  • Proficiency and understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture

  • Outdoor instruction certifications for paddling, climbing, skiing, or wilderness medicine

  • Music instruction ability

  • Art instruction ability

  • Master’s degree or PhD

  • Current Teacher’s License

  • International trip leading experience

  • Demonstrated interest in working with adolescents, especially with their social and emotional development

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training or coaching experience

  • Prior coaching experience (e.g. athletics, speech, chess)

  • Advanced extracurricular skills that could apply to an educational setting (e.g. theater production, STEM/STEAM teaching experience)

  • Mindfulness instruction experience


  • Salary: Base Starting Salary $35,000. Increases with additional relevant certifications, degrees, and other roles/responsibilities undertaken.

  • Benefits

    • Employer Sponsored Health Plan- FBRA provides a monthly contribution towards premium.

    • FBRA provides a MacBook, an iPhone, and cellular plan for all employees.

    • Complimentary uniform items and outdoor gear necessary to perform job duties

    • Access to industry pro purchase on outdoor gear

    • Dependents eligible for 50% discount on tuition

    • Additional benefits available after one year: Retirement matching plan and term life insurance policy

The French Broad River Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national and ethnic origin, gender or lifestyle in hiring. Employment is open to all qualified applicants. Furthermore, we believe that inclusion and diversity actively support the school’s mission of “building character and integrity,” and that a culture of inclusion, empowerment, equity, and justice is essential to all of the school’s endeavors. Central to this are the abilities of our teachers to identify, analyze, and act on issues of equity, justice, and inclusion. FBRA teachers must be committed to strengthening the organization’s role as an institution that shapes leaders who are prepared for a diverse world.

Availability:  For the 2023-2024 school year, FBRA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Teacher and Outdoor Trip Leader. Positions are open at each program and we are looking for general applications at this time. Candidates of any gender are welcome to apply for either program, and the application includes a space to indicate program preferences.  First priority will be given to candidates who apply by Monday, April 10. After this date, applications and interviews will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit a cover letter/resume on this form. For questions or issues with the application form, please email [email protected].
Posted on: March 7, 2023
Job Type: Full Time
Job Starting Date:
August 1, 2023
Application Closing Date:
July 31, 2023
Job Salary Range:
35000.00 to 60000.00
Years of Experience: Not Specified
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Job Activity(ies): Canoeing - Whitewater
Population(s) Served: Youth - Teen
Job Category(ies): Private School
Region(s): Southeast US