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Diretor of Developmen
Music Educator

Director of Development

Located in the heart of historic Greenwood Park in Des Moines, Bergman Academy is a secular, non-profit, accredited independent school providing preschool through eighth-grade education. With over 300 enrolled students, Bergman Academy students are encouraged to develop a love of learning, kindness and compassion, a respect for the natural world, independence and a strong understanding of self, combined with the pursuit of excellence, collaboration, global perspective, and a commitment to others.


Bergman Academy seeks an experienced professional to lead its development efforts. The Director of Development will serve as a part of the Leadership Team and have responsibility for ongoing fundraising and special event activities.


Key tasks will include managing and soliciting gifts for the Annual Fund, planning and executing larger-scale campaigns, organizing special fundraising events, cultivating donors throughout the Bergman Academy community, and nurturing our alumni base. The Director of Development reports directly to the Head of School, working closely with the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees as well.


Candidates should possess a B.A. degree, three or more years of non-profit fundraising experience, excellent written and oral communications skills, be highly organized and detail oriented, enjoy students and families, and be a team player.


Bergman is an equal opportunity employer, and we are eager to consider applications from candidates who will add to the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within our school. Statement of non-discrimination.


Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Christie Stover, Head of School, at


Music Educator (General Elementary, Choral-Focused)

Bergman Academy is accepting applicants for a highly motivated, creative, intellectually engaged general elementary and choral-focused music educator for the 2023-2024 school year. This person will join our strong and talented Encore (specials) team. Bergman and the Encore Team seek a colleague who will inspire, nurture, and sustain students’ enjoyment of and appreciation for music of different cultures, styles, genres, and historical eras. A strong choral background is preferred, as is experience with Orff and/or Kodaly.  
Major responsibilities and expectations will include: 

  • Teaching general music classes to kindergarten through fifth grade 

  • Creating and offering Middle Scholar Choice Classes (electives) in a variety of music-related topics 

  • Presenting two grade-level performances each year (December and May) for kindergarten through fifth grade 

  • Participating in the Middle Scholar Encore Showcase to display work completed in Choice classes each trimester 

  • Culturally responsive choices are encouraged and supported through our school’s DEIJ department work and all-school diversity trainings 

  • A stipend-paid option for an extracurricular band program which meets after school is also available. 


The ideal Bergman Academy candidate will:  

  • Hold a valid Iowa (preferred) teaching license with music education endorsement. 

  • Collaborate enthusiastically with both classroom teachers and Encore teaching colleagues. 

  • Foster a classroom environment where students feel comfortable to take risks, make mistakes, and be curious. 

  • Prioritize partnerships with students, colleagues, and families. 

  • Communicate effectively and thoughtfully in both written and verbal form. 

  • Find joy engaging with learners of all ages and their families. 

  • Desire an environment that challenges, supports, and expects each member of the community to reach their potential - this includes students and teachers.  

We believe that each child should be challenged and supported to reach his or her own potential. The students interact across grade levels academically and socially, which fosters a family atmosphere core to our culture. At Bergman Academy you will join a team of teachers who possess flexibility, strong content knowledge, respect for developmentally appropriate practices, a sense of humor, growth mindsets, and a passion for teaching. If you can see yourself making this type of difference in the lives of young children, we would love to meet you! 

Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Christie Stover, Head of School, at

Bergman Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within our school. Statement of non-discrimination.

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