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.

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.

Current Openings


Kirby School in Santa Cruz, an independent grade 6-12 school serving South Bay families, is looking to add a pre-licensed clinician to its counseling staff. The position is designed to be full-time, salaried with benefits, and with clinical supervision provided.

There are many nuances to our particular environment, the student body we serve, and the profile for a "good fit" that are best communicated and discerned during the interview process. That said, we're looking for applicants who:

  • have experience conducting individual and/or group counseling with adolescents and families;

  • enjoy fast-paced, collaborative environments;

  • integrate trauma-informed practices and social justice values into their clinical care;

  • demonstrate self-awareness of how they operate within complex systems;

  • possess established self-care practices and boundaries.

  • possess a master's or doctoral level clinical degree and are registered as an associate with the Board of Behavioral Sciences; or if currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral-level clinical program, candidates must have at least one year of practicum experience

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $42,000.00 to $48,000.00 /year

Kirby’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process; people of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For information about our academic program, mission, and philosophy, please visit https://kirby.org.

Interested and qualified candidates should email Geoff Ashmun at counselinghire@kirby.org. Please attach a cover letter, current resume, and at least two letters of reference.

Application deadline: December 9, 2019