Animas High School is one of the top charter schools in Colorado thanks to an outstanding 21st century college prep curriculum, a positive school culture and a talented and dedicated faculty/staff. We are excited to grow our team and are now accepting applications for the following positions this school year. Please follow the process as outlined below. We will accept applications until positions are filled.

Current Faculty & Staff Openings:

Paraprofessional/Academic Coach
Pay Grade: Hourly
Schedule: Full time. Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Typical Work Year: 10 months (August-May
Education and Training: High school diploma or equivalent. Basic Skills Competence.
Experience: Experience is preferred but may not be necessary for hiring.
Certificates, Licenses, & Registrations: CPR and First Aid training will be required to complete upon hiring if certification is not already held.
Summary: Provide instructional support and assistance in meeting the educational needs of students with significant support needs with an IEP or 504 Plan, under the direction and immediate supervision of a licensed school professional.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities, and Possibilities:

  • Provide Special Education services under the direct supervision of the Special Education Teacher
  • Student support – academics, executive functioning, mental health, behavior
  • Attend and participate in meetings as needed
  • Documentation/record keeping
  • Manage Inclusion support elective, Personal and Career Readiness (student support class)
  • Coach/support teachers and students toward Inclusive practices under the guidance and support of the Inclusion Director
  • Potential to teach PE class, opportunities to co-teach in the classroom, go on camping trips/excursions, work with experienced PBL teachers, and various opportunities within the school’s daily functioning
Substitute Teachers
BA or BS required. Compensation is $95 a day. You will be contacted to set up an interview.

Organization Summary:

Animas High School is a charter High School in Durango, Colorado, authorized through the Colorado Charter School Institute. AHS’ instructional design emphasizes hands-on, project-based learning with adult-world connections. We are committed to building a school culture where there is respect and cooperation among every student, adult, and family. Candidates must be committed to working in a dynamic, collaborative, teacher-driven school where teachers have the freedom and responsibility to design an innovative curriculum.

Animas High School attracts passionate, highly qualified educators who are inspired by the freedom they have within a supportive structure. AHS is accepting applications for the 2020/21 school year and preliminary interviews begin in early Spring. Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfaction of certain pre-employment verifications and clearances including, but not limited to, undergraduate degree verification, DOJ fingerprint clearance, verification of eligibility to work in the United States, and TB clearance.

Working at AHS:

  • Full-time annual contracts are typically written with 186 (minimum) contract days
  • Compensation is set according to Animas High School’s Employment Compensation Framework
  • PERA is offered to eligible employees
  • Benefit options for eligible employees are: Health, HRA, Vision, Dental,and 403b Retirement options
  • Animas High School operates according to a traditional school calendar (August through June), that nearly mirrors Durango 9-R’s calendar.
  • School provides grade level teaching support, departmental teaching support and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Qualifications (Required):

  • High school diploma or equivalent. Basic Skills Competence.
  • CBI Fingerprint Clearance
  • CPR and First Aid training

How To Apply for Faculty & Staff Openings

Please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter that addresses the following topics:
    • Why you want to work at AHS
    • Why what you teach is important for students to know
    • Why students would want to have you as their teacher
  • Resume

You may email your application materials for faculty & staff openings to or mail it to:

Animas High School
ATTN: Human Resources
PO Box 3496
Durango, CO 81302

You will receive email verification once we have your application materials. We will update employment opportunities on our website if needed. Please continue to check that page for any changes.
We will provide more information about this process with an invitation. Please do not call the school to request an interview or inquire about your application status.