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Teacher of German Upper School

The German School Washington
seeks a part-time teacher of German for the Upper School.


The 2017/2018 school year.


  • Instruction in German only (including all preparation and grading)
  • This position consists of approximately 18 instructional hours per week and includes associated duties outside of the classroom (preparation, grading, supervision, responding to parents, meetings, events, etc.).
  • The teacher instructs students in grades 5 to 12 in accordance with the schulinternen Lehrplan and curricularen Bestimmungen der Deutschen Internationalen Abiturprüfung.
  • This position is open for a period of one school year


Duties include:

  • · Individual and small-group instruction, adapting the curriculum to the needs of students with varying abilities.
  • · Compliance with all guidelines and rules; working with other German Schools in North America.
  • · Preparation, administration, and grading tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress. Preparation of lessons and materials for class activities.
  • · Accurate and complete student records as required by laws, and administrative regulations.
  • · Enforcement of all policies and rules governing students; maintaining appropriate discipline.
  • · Observation and evaluation of student performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
    • Meetings to confer with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress, and to offer guidance for their development.
    • Participation in school work groups such as Quality Management.
    • Willingness to incorporate non-school events/opportunities into the curriculum (e.g. theater, museums)


  • Fluency in German and English, both verbal and written
  • First and second Staatsexamen or comparable certification
  • Instruction experience in grades 5-12
  • Experience with the Abitur desired

To Apply:

Please submit your application to the Head of School, Ms. Petra Palenzatis, at algilder@dswash.org as soon as possible.


Job Posting


The German International School Washington D.C. is seeking a Controller to take a hands-on approach to the day-to-day management of the Accounting department.




The ideal candidate will be responsible for the financial functions of the German School Society, ensuring the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to financial statements, and performing strategic financial management activities. The Controller reports to the Director of Administration and supports the Head of School, Board of Directors, faculty, staff, and families of the school. The Controller supervises the accounting staff.




  • The Controller will be responsible for preparing annual budgets and multi-year projections in conjunction with the Director of Administration; working with budget stakeholders including the Board of Directors, Head of School and other administrators and department heads concerning budget development and performance;
  • Proposing long range, strategic financial plans including tuition structure, cash projections and capital improvement.


  • Responsible for managing the accounting department, ensuring accurate and timely financial information;
  • Preparing monthly financial statements, including variance analyses;
  • Supervising student billing, accounts payable, and credit card accounting operations;
  • Preparing and reviewing journal entries and account reconciliations on a monthly basis;
  • Reviewing semi-monthly and monthly payroll preparation and ensuring the accurate recording in the ledger;
  • Providing support in the hiring and training of accounting department staff;
  • Ensuring timely, accurate payment of debt service;
  • Documenting and communicating accounting policies to affected employees and ensure compliance with such policies;
  • Providing monthly budget reports to budget managers;
  • Providing quarterly reports to Class Account Representatives and Teachers;
  • Performing timely Bank Reconciliations;
  • Responding to parents, faculty, staff, and students with regard to financial matters;


  • Supervising all incoming cash receipts and deposits;
  • Maintaining daily cash balances;
  • Providing weekly cash reports to Director of Administration.


  • Ensuring compliance with Federal and State tax regulations and GAAP reporting requirements;
  • Ensuring compliance with German Government reporting requirements.


  • Taking lead position on preparation of schedules and work papers for annual audit
  • Taking lead position on Form 990 preparation.
  • Maintaining permanent office files for all audit schedules prepared by school.
  • Assisting with the preparation of the Form 5500.


  • Preparing all periodic financial surveys and reports for the school’s trade organizations (e.g. NBOA, AISGW)
  • Preparing other similar data as requested


Other duties as assigned in support of the Director of Administration


  • CPA preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required
  • Minimum 5 years non-profit accounting experience, including managerial experience
  • Knowledge of 501(c)(3) requirements, and Independent school experience preferred
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills required;
  • Excellent financial analytical skills
  • Experience with Excel and accounting software required; experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge software preferred
  • Knowledge of the German language is a plus


Please submit your letter of interest and resume to Grace Gordon, jobs@dswash.org.



The German Language School (GLC) of the German School Washington D.C. is looking for teachers on Saturday mornings. Please send your resume to Kerstin Hopkins at glc@dswash.org. For more information visit: Job openings at the German Language Courses (GLC)


The Preschool is seeking substitute teachers. Substitutes may be called on short notice and may work either in the morning program or during the afternoon program/extended care. Substitutes supervise children ages two to four years old in the sleeping area, activity areas and on the playground, working closely with the other teachers in the Preschool.


Substitutes are expected to:

o become familiar with the tenets of the Preschool program and adhere to the core mission;

o be fluent in German and English

o assist the teachers in supervising the children both in the classroom, outside, and on field trips

o assist the children through modeling of behavior, demonstrating tasks and supporting creativity and independence

o be energetic, enthusiastic and dependable


Please contact jobs@dswash.org.



The Elementary School of the German School Washington D.C. is urgently looking for substitutes with First or Second teaching examination or comparable qualifications. For substitutions in our School Entry Level (for five-year-olds) and for supervision until 5:00 p.m. (Extended Care) we are also looking for applicants with professional background such as social pedagogy or preschool teacher education.

The demand for substitutes often arises on short notice for the hours between 7:55 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or 3:10 respectively or 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. This position requires flexibility. 

We consider applicants with a current US work authorization, as the German School cannot sponsor a visa such as an H1B.

Please contact jobs@dswash.org.


The German School Washington is currently evaluating the possibility of offering internship positions at our school in the future. Therefore, we are unable to accept applications for internships at this time. Thank you for your interest.


All applicants must be authorized to work in the US for any employer.

Please contact us at jobs@dswash.org to indicate your interest in job opportunities.

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