How to Enquire / Employment Openings

How to Enquire:
Employment enquiries can be made to

Employment Openings:
Openings will be posted as they become available, with the majority of postings happening between early March through August each year.

Fifth-Grade Classroom Teacher

Clairbourn School, a Pre-K through eighth grade independent school nestled at the confluence of Pasadena, San Marino and San Gabriel, is actively seeking a fifth-grade classroom teacher for a self-contained class. As the sole fifth-grade teacher, you will be responsible for teaching math, science, social studies and English (reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary). Computer literacy is essential, as the class is a one-to-one laptop class.
Appropriate candidates will have at least three years of experience teaching a self-contained classroom in the fourth-sixth grade age range, preferably at an independent school. A Master’s degree and/or teaching credential is preferred, along with a demonstrated track record of effectively integrating technology into the classroom setting.
This is a full-time position that includes health and retirement benefits. Pay is commensurate with experience. 
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references as a single PDF to the Assistant Head of School, Kyron Millard, at

Middle School Science Teacher

Clairbourn School is actively seeking a science teacher to teach sixth through eighth grade science for the 2019-2020 school year.

Appropriate candidates will feel comfortable teaching sixth-grade Earth science, seventh-grade life science, and eighth-grade physical science.

A teaching credential or advanced degree is preferred, along with a minimum of three years of experience teaching in an independent school setting.

The position also requires teaching middle school elective courses, with significant flexibility in the subject matter of the courses.
This is a full-time position that includes health and retirement benefits. Pay is commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should send a single pdf containing a cover letter and resume to Kyron Millard at

Maintenance Worker

Clairbourn School is hiring a Maintenance Worker.
This is a non-exempt hourly position.
Reports to: Director of Facilities and Security
Job Description for Maintenance Worker
Minimum Qualifications: 
  1. Must be able to read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for clear communication within the community.

  2. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience in a trade (e.g., plumbing, painting, carpentry, masonry/concrete/tile, window glazing, electrical, mechanical, HVAC systems, roof repair, plastering/spackling, field/playground maintenance, furniture repair, and small engine repair).

  3. Must be knowledgeable of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used; ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  4. Must be able to lift, stoop, and climb as required by the job.

  5. Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative.

  6. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record for insurability.

  7. Provide evidence that a criminal record history check has been conducted and clearance has been given by the Department of Justice.

  8. Provide evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions and responsibilities, with reasonable accommodation.

  9. Pass the State required Mantoux Intradermal Tuberculin Test (TB Test).
Major Areas of Responsibility:
  1. Maintain all campus areas as needed with a focus on safety.

  2. Perform general maintenance and repair tasks in a variety of areas and as assigned.

  3. Maintain campus irrigation system in good working condition, including but not limited to: replacing heads, testing entire systems, setting all controls, making adjustments for weather conditions, reporting all malfunctions and ensuring adequate coverage.

  4. Perform regular inspections of equipment and systems, reporting any abnormalities and hazards immediately.

  5. Operate and maintain in a safe and operational condition all tools and equipment necessary to carry out job functions and responsibilities.

  6. Respond to emergency situations and perform necessary repairs.

  7. Recommend repairs or procedures that are beyond the scope of responsibilities, skill, or experience, outlining the work needed and specifications required of an outside contractor.

  8. Report immediately any damage or vandalism to facilities, or theft of equipment.

  9. Demonstrate a positive attitude, appropriate attire and grooming, and an effective work ethic.

  10. Perform any duties and responsibilities that are within the scope of employment, as assigned by the supervisors, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
General Duties, Obligations, and Requirements:
  1. Display a cooperative and pleasant attitude at all times, particularly when in the presence of staff, students, and community visitors.

  2. Perform all duties as assigned by the Director of Facilities and/or the Head of School in times of emergency including but not limited to: fire, earthquake, lock-down, medical emergency, or accident.

  3. Maintain open, friendly, and proactive communication with the Director of Facilities, keeping him informed of all substantive matters relating to the campus grounds and operations.

  4. Inform the Director of Facilities of any occasion requiring absence from the campus including but not limited to: errands, lunch breaks, or personal business.
Physical Demands:
While reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job, the following physical requirements will include and are not limited to:
  1. Strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job.

  2. Ability to sit, stand and walk for required periods of time.

  3. Ability to speak and hear.

  4. Ability to use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.

  5. Ability to reach with hands and arms.

  6. Ability to use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.
Clairbourn seeks individuals who support our tradition of strong academics in a context of ethical and spiritual values including honesty, respect, responsibility, spirituality, and citizenship.
Wage is commensurate with experience. We also offer a generous benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.
Application Process:
Submit letter of interest, resume, and letters of recommendation to the Director of Facilities and Security, Mr. Ryan Morehouse, via email at You may also submit the information in person at the office or by mail.
Clairbourn School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Clairbourn is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in school operations. Clairbourn prohibits unlawful discrimination against any job applicant, employee or unpaid intern by any employee of the School, including supervisors and coworkers.

New Head of School Announcement - February 2018

February 6, 2018

Dear Clairbourn Community:

After an extensive nationwide Head of School search, it is my honor to announce that the Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Amy Patzlaff to become our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. 

Dr. Patzlaff was chosen from a national pool of impressive candidates after a very thorough search process. This unanimous appointment was the result of united and enthusiastic support from the Head Search Committee. In Dr. Patzlaff, we have found a passionate, enthusiastic, and dynamic leader to build upon the thirty-nine years of Dr. Nafie’s inspiring headship.

We are grateful for Dr. Patzlaff’s longstanding and continued commitment to Clairbourn, and for her willingness to work closely with the Board, the administration and staff to guarantee a seamless transition for our community. Thanks to Dr. Patzlaff’s steadfast service to Clairbourn over the past 24 years, we are able to offer her the opportunity to assume her new role from a position of great strength and positive momentum.
Dr. Patzlaff has been an experienced educator for 24 years.  She has eight years of experience teaching at the elementary level as well as serving as Department Chair. She served as Middle School Director for twelve years.  She has served as Assistant Head of School since 2014, and recently as Head of School in the absence of Dr. Nafie.  She has a strong background in curriculum development and academic principles, as well as understanding the importance of fund raising and sound budgeting. 

Dr. Patzlaff has a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership, a Master of Science in leadership and management, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in education and history.  As well as participating in Clairbourn's accreditation process, she has served on accreditation teams evaluating other independent schools, which speaks to her understanding of the needs of an independent school education.  She has conducted original research to determine factors influencing enrollment decisions.

In selecting Dr. Patzlaff as our next Head of School, we were impressed by her desire to advance the school's mission and were impressed by her goals for the future.  She has said that her goal is to "honor the traditions of excellence and values of Clairbourn while leading the school into a new era of growth."
The Board of Trustees extends deep appreciation to the Search Committee, whose commitment to and enthusiasm for our School are compelling and contagious; we owe them a debt of gratitude. In addition, we thank the many members of our community — faculty, parents, and alumni — who participated in this process. That involvement made a world of difference and was an outstanding testament to our strong and vibrant community. 

As the search process now officially and happily concludes, the most important work remains. Over the next many months, and during the first year of Dr. Patzlaff’s tenure, the Board will have much to do to ensure a smooth leadership transition and a warm welcome to Dr. Patzlaff’s new role as Head of School. We are in the process of putting together a Transition Committee who will lead the effort to assist Dr. Patzlaff as she guides the school into its next chapter.
We look forward to welcoming Dr. Amy Patzlaff to perpetuating Dr. Nafie’s legacy and to embracing the exciting work still ahead as we continue to meet the needs of our students today, while also ensuring they will enter the world well prepared to serve and lead throughout their lives. The Board of Trustees is looking forward to making changes that will move us forward, while preserving the traditions and culture that we all love.

Margaret Breazeal
Chair, Board of Trustees

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Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)