Faculty participating in professional development workshop

General Inquiries

In keeping with the spirit of our namesake, Kirby is an intellectually stimulating and community-minded school that prepares students to be life-long learners through college and beyond. Our student body is warm, enthusiastic, and academically oriented, and they often tell us their teachers are the best part of attending Kirby.

Our middle and high school curriculum is a rigorous, college prep program centered on strong academic coursework, including art, theater, digital media, chorus, and student publications. Our emphasis on progressive education includes intensive study paths in the humanities, foreign language, art, and science, technology and mathematics. Small individual classes averaging just twelve students provide faculty the opportunity to develop strong relationships with students, and ongoing curricular dialogs invite teachers to share research and ideas with colleagues.

If you have a passion for lifelong learning, an interest in encouraging students to take responsibility for their own education, and an openness to the rich, creative work of colleagues from widely different backgrounds, then please consider becoming a faculty member at Kirby.

To apply, send a resume with a cover letter explaining your background and interest in working at Kirby School to employment@kirby.org.

Equal Opportunity

Kirby School seeks diversity in its community and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Code of Conduct 

As of January 1, 2018, CA law AB 500 requires schools to share their student/employee interaction policy on their websites. Read more

Current openings

Facilities and Maintenance Specialist

Kirby School, a 6th grade through 12th grade independent school in Santa Cruz, CA, is seeking a full-time Facilities and Maintenance Specialist. This is a great opportunity for an individual with excellent experience and strong people skills to join a highly respected educational institution.  

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Facilities and Maintenance Specialist is an integral part of the school’s facilities operations. Responsibilities include maintenance and repairs to equipment and building systems to ensure the campus grounds and facilities are clean, safe, and functional at all times.

Being reliable with a collaborative, professional work ethic is required. The ideal candidate will have experience and solid technical knowledge and must also possess manual dexterity and physical stamina. Upon offer of employment, candidate will be required to complete a background check via LIVESCAN and submit current TB test results.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform minor repairs to buildings, HVAC, and grounds-keeping equipment. Must have basic skills in electric, plumbing, and carpentry 

  • Assist with furniture and equipment set-ups and take-downs for meetings and events

  • Ability to use hand and power tools and equipment

  • Assemble and install appliances, furnishings and equipment

  • Inspect and troubleshoot equipment and systems

  • Collaborate with all members of school community in an articulate and courteous manner during completion of duties

  • Coordinate with subcontractors and outside vendors when required

  • Maintains OSHA compliance and MSDS sheets

  • Observes all safety rules, regulations, policies and procedures of Kirby School

  • Perform cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, trash collection, etc.

  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the school 


  • Possess the skills necessary to keep assigned areas in a clean and orderly condition

  • Able to take direction from immediate supervisors and the Director of Operations

  • Able to complete assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner with limited supervision

  • Willing to participate in trainings and obtain certifications when required

  • Follow all applicable safety rules and help maintain a positive, safe work environment

  • Able to work in a cooperative way and interact in a positive manner with members of the Kirby School faculty, staff and administration, board, students, parents, and other community members

  • Demonstrates accuracy, integrity, trustworthiness and professionalism

  • Ability to consistently exhibit prompt, reliable and sustainable attendance

  • Have personal accountability for individual job performance and personal conduct

  • Will maintain a safe driving record in order to operate vehicles on school business

 Job Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in a similar position

  • Basic knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems

  • Experience using hand and electrical tools

  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Physical stamina and dexterity

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Able to bend, knell, sit, and stand for long periods of time

  • Moves heavy furniture, equipment, building components, and supplies, either manually, by using hand trucks, or by using other moving equipment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is often required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move 2-50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Must have the ability to bend, reach, kneel, climb, stretch, push, pull, etc. and have the ability to climb ladders and stairs, must be able to withstand heights.  The employee is expected to work under all environmental and weather conditions to include heat, cold, rain; inside, and outside situations.

Kirby’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring practices, we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Kirby School will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  Kirby School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, religion, color, handicap, gender identity, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic protected by law.