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Hillcrest Academy is one of the nation’s most forward-thinking Christian worldview training schools and is rated in the top 30 Christian boarding schools in the country.

There are two great temptations that confront a Christian school: the temptation to Christianize materials and texts, and the temptation to Christianize techniques of secular schools.
— Hillcrest Distinctives

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Resident Life Staff

General Required Personal Qualities and Expectations Because of Hillcrest’s commitment to Christ, our calling as an educational community, and our understanding of what it means to live in today’s world, we want to state clearly the required personal qualities of a Hillcrest Employee.

The Hillcrest Employee:

  • is a professing Christian, having accepted Christ as his/her personal Savior.

  • believes that the Bible is God’s Word and standard for Christian faith and daily living.

  • is in whole-hearted agreement with the school’s Statement of Faith and Christian philosophy of education.

  • is a Christian role model in attitude, speech, and actions toward others. This includes being committed to Biblical standards for sexual conduct (Luke 6:40).

  • is in good standing at a local Bible believing church that has a Statement of Faith in agreement with the school’s Statement of Faith.

  • demonstrates a relational quality that enables them to interact well with different personalities and display a social awareness that allows them to be aware of student activity.

  • respects the role of parents as primarily responsible before God and for their children’s education and be prepared to assist them in that task.

  • demonstrates the character qualities of enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility, integrity, gratitude, kindness, self-control, perseverance, and punctuality.

  • demonstrates emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.

  • maintains a professional personal appearance that displays modesty and good taste.Because our relationships reflect our commitment to the body of Christ,

We require our faculty and employees to:

  • Display mutual respect and promise keeping to constituted authority, colleagues, students, and parents.

  • Strive to be a person of forgiveness and refuse to gossip.

  • Make an effort to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job Summary The Comet Cafe {located in the HLA Student Union) is a vital component in creating a positive school experience for HLA students. While on duty, this position is responsible for ensuring activities in the Student Union commons {lounge) area - of which the Cafe is a key component - run smoothly during the school day, including: Cafe transactions (sales to students, staff, or visitors), monitoring students and their activities while in the Union, light bookkeeping duties, and maintaining the overall general cleanliness and orderliness of the Student Union lounge area.

Essential Duties

  • Monitory students in commons/lounge area.

  • Process Cafe purchase transactions.

  • Bring till cash (in excess of an approriate operating margin) to HLA Buisness Office at least weekly, with appropriate reconciliation to sales register reports.

  • Restock shelves of drinks and snacks. Alert the Resident Life Director as to inventory or supplies that are running low.

  • Keep track of board games, puzzles, etc. used by students.

  • Wash dishes used throughout the shift. Sweep Cafe floor periodically.

  • Check Student Union trash containers and empty as needed.

  • Regulary wipe down commons high top tables and coffee tables.

  • Provide general cleanup of items and garbage left around commons area.

  • Spot vacuum carpets as needed

  • During chapel period (students are vacant from the Union), thoroughly vacuum entire loungs area as needed.


  • Reflect the purpose of the school, honoring Christ in your interaction with students and

  • Be a witness to students, encouraging them to accept God’s gift of salvation and help them

  • Lead students to a realization of their self-worth in Christ.

  • Follow the Matthew 18 principle when dealing with conflict.


  • Implement all policies, procedures, and directives governing the operation of the school.

  • Contribute to the efficient running of the main office.

  • Perform duties as assigned following prescribed procedures.

  • Maintain a clean and well-ordered workspace.

  • Plain your day, making sure required duties are accomplished in a timely manner.

  • Keep students, parents, and administration adequately informed of school activities, calendar changes and updates, and attendance issues.

  • Be positive in interaction with guests, students, parents, and staff.

General Professionalism:

  • Seek the counsel of the administrator and colleagues while maintaining a teachable attitude.

  • Attend and participate in scheduled devotionals, professional development, staff meetings, committee meetings, and Parent Conferences and get-togethers.

  • Know the procedures for dealing with emergencies and crisis.

  • Inform the administration in a timely manner if unable to fulfill any duty assigned.

  • Utilize educational opportunities and evaluation process for professional growth.

  • Support the broader program of the school by attending extracurricular activities when possible.

  • Perform any other duty assigned by the administration with willing spirit.

  • Provide constructive recommendations for the administrative and managerial functions of the school.

Music Director

Hillcrest Academy is one of the nation’s most forward-thinking Christian worldview training schools and is rated in the top 30 Christian boarding schools in the country. Hillcrest is seeking a high school Music Director who desires to see students aspire to excellent musicianship, combined with an ever-deepening faith relationship with Jesus Christ. In short, we want our music department to create musicians who make an impact in the world for the sake of Christ. We are seeking a professional music educator who will revitalize our instrumental music offerings, producing inspired performances, provide a creative exploration of musical styles that communicate a compelling message of the Gospel while building an active community of musicians. The leadership of national tours is required.

Must demonstrate proficiency in instrument instruction, group directing, and band performance. Your schedule will include private instrument lessons for each of your students. This position encompasses band and choir and is a full-time position. Housing assistance and moving allowance are provided. You can discover more about Hillcrest Academy and our ministry to students by going to


  • Minimum of BS, BA or equivalent in education

  • Valid teaching license in content area or ACSI certification

  • Passion and demonstrated excellence in teaching subject matter Requirements Essential Duties and Responsibilities include teaching high school students by performing the following duties.

Instruction: Planning and Preparation

  • Displays basic content knowledge and makes connections with other disciplines

  • Displays occasional use and awareness of resources available through the school or beyond

  • Develops clear assessment criteria and standards

  • Uses assessment results to plan for the class as a whole

  • Uses consistent lesson planning

  • Resolves student confusion with clarified directions and procedures

  • Prepares students for further study and the material is taught in a manner which students understand

Instruction: Planning and Execution

  • Directs instruction of all band and choral groups at Hillcrest Academy

  • Leads Choir and Band to regional music competitions

  • Adapts learning activities using variety of techniques recognizing the importance of student learning methods, instructional goals and recent professional research

  • Practices structure in lesson planning and implementation

  • Paces each lesson with defined scheduling for learning benchmarks

  • Involves students in engaging discussions

  • Uses technology frequently

  • Develops and applies strategies to make the curriculum rigorous and relevant

  • Naturally and regularly integrates biblical principles into his/her subject

  • Provides more time and support to students needing additional help to promote student success


  • Uses proposed approach to assessing instructional goals

  • Provides enough opportunity for students to demonstrate they understand

  • Provides timely feedback

  • Updates grades and assignments on FAWeb

  • Adheres to school intervention strategies

  • Assesses students fairly and accurately according to stated clear class expectations

  • Prepares students for college readiness

Learning Environment:

  • Implements classroom procedures to ensure that the classroom is safe and comfortable for all students

  • Provides a classroom environment that is a place of care and respect for all

  • Establishes clear standards of conduct in the classroom

  • Responds to student misbehavior with consistently positive results

  • Establishes a neat and tidy classroom, appropriate for learning

  • Communicates importance of the work assignments

  • Demonstrates a concern for students’ ability and giftedness

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Keeps state certification and ACSI certification up to date in specific teaching area

  • Completes administrative duties and arrives at meetings on time

  • Dresses professionally

  • Adheres to the school’s required procedures for communicating to parents

  • Makes occasional, successful attempts to engage families in the instructional program

  • Regularly demonstrates a positive and enthusiastic attitude about Hillcrest, its community, Board and administrative decisions, and its activities

  • Expresses a positive attitude toward administrative decisions even when not in agreement

  • Fully engages in faculty meetings and collaboration

  • Respects, works well, cooperates & collaborates with colleagues, staff, and administration

  • Attends conferences/seminars and applies what he/she learns staying current in subject area

  • Formulates decisions based on professional considerations

  • Participates in school events

  • Recognizes unsafe or inappropriate situations and environments

  • Sets and meets annual goals that improve student learning

Community Relations:

  • Supports and is accountable to the Hillcrest mission

  • Exhibits skill at conferencing with parents and extinguishing conflict

  • Returns phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion

  • Adheres to school intervention plans for struggling students

  • Stays up to date in what his/her students participate in, and frequently talks to them about it

  • Shares and highlights church participation, God’s work in their life, and answers to prayer

  • Demonstrates clearly the fruits of the spirit

Spiritual Formation:

  • Has a growing and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ

  • Demonstrates spiritual maturity and desire to mentor and disciple students

  • Maintains active participation in local Bible-believing church

  • Treats students respectfully and students indicate that they can approach the teacher outside of class for help

  • Develops discipleship relationships with students

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Online Job Application

Name *
Christian Faith Background
Are you presently a member in good standing?
Are you capable of teaching a Bible class?
Do you support Hillcrest's statement of faith?
Please carefully read our Statement of Faith and indicate your degree of support. (
Personal Qualifications
What postsecondary training do you hold?
List what type of degree, when you received the degree, and what institution issued the degree(s) you hold.
Are you holding, or have you already signed, a contract for next year with any other educational institution?Radio 3
Employment History
Personal/Professional References
List the name, phone number, and relationship of 3 people qualified to speak to your professional training and experience. List your current or most recent supervisor/principal first.
List the name, phone number, and relationship of 3 people qualified to speak to your spiritual experience and Christian Service. List your current pastor first. Do not list relatives.
Certification and Agreement *
I understand that Hillcrest Lutheran Academy does not discriminate in its employment practices against any person because of race, color, national, or ethnic origin, gender, age, or qualified disability. I hereby certify that the facts set forth in this application process are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that falsification of any statement or a significant omission of fact may prevent me from being hired, or if hired, may subject me to immediate dismissal regardless of the time elapsed before discovery. If I am released under these circumstances. I further understand and agree that I will be paid and receive benefits only through the day of release. I authorize Hillcrest Lutheran Academy to thoroughly interview the primary references which I have listed, any secondary references mentioned through interviews with primary references, or other individuals who know me and have knowledge regarding my testimony and work record. I also authorize the school to thoroughly investigate my work records and evaluations, my educational preparation, and other matters related to my suitability for the position. I authorize references and my former employers to disclose to the school any and all employment records, performance reviews, letters, reports, and other information related to my life and employment, without giving me prior notice of such disclosure. In addition, I hereby release the school, my former employers, references, and all other parties from any and all claims, demands, or liabilities arising out of or in any way related to such investigation or disclosure. I waive the right to ever personally view any references given to the school. Since I will be working with children, I understand that I must submit to a fingerprint check by the FBI and possibly other federal and state authorities. I agree to fully cooperate in providing and recording as many sets of my fingerprints as are necessary for such an investigation. I authorize the school to conduct a criminal records check. I understand and agree that any offer of employment that I may receive from the school is conditioned upon the receipt of background information, including criminal background information. The school may refuse employment or terminate conditional employment if the school deems any background information unfavorable or that it could reflect adversely on the school or on me as a Christian role model. I understand that this is only an application for employment and that no employment contract is being offered at this time.