University Liggett School’s non-tenured faculty and staff of 126 includes master teachers, alumni, recent college graduates, and business, communications, and education professionals with decades of successful experience in independent schools. More than 50 of our full-time faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields. Many are also active as successful writers, artists, scientists, and lecturers in their own fields, as well as being committed to community and social service in the Detroit area.
Our faculty enjoy the flexibility of small class sizes (with an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, the average class size is 14). 

All teaching employees are supported by the Heads of each division, their peers, and the Head of School. Ample professional development opportunities are provided by school administration and faculty are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities at any point in their careers at Liggett. Successful teaching applicants are able to support the students through their involvement in the arts, athletic and after school programs.

University Liggett School is seeking teachers with a minimum of three years teaching experience in their field.  A degree in the teaching subject area is mandatory.  We are looking for educators who are confident in their content area knowledge, adept with the integration of technology, invigorated by the process of collaboration and experienced in implementing inquiry based lessons that put students at the center of their learning.

Current Faculty Openings

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  • Lower School Librarian (part-time)

    University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PK3-12, is searching for a part-time librarian to lead the Lower School library program for grades PK-5.  The librarian will be responsible for managing the collection in both print and electronic form, working with classes, integrating digital research instruction, and supporting classroom project approach and literacy initiatives by working with teachers in grades PK-5.

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  • Middle School Physical Education Teacher

    University Liggett School has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions which form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough, and to understand that risk taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.
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  • Upper School Math Teacher

    The ideal candidate:
    • Has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics with a minimum of three years teaching experience;
    • Possesses a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, and a service-oriented and team approach to work.
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  • Elementary Music Teacher PreK-5 (Orff)

    University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PreK3-12, is searching for an experienced music teacher who is trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach, to lead the Lower School music program for PreK-5 grades.  The instructor will be responsible for teaching daily classes, managing the collection of Orff instruments, leading a winter and a spring performance and integrating music into project approach work through collaboration with teachers in PreK-5.  The ideal candidate will be willing to offer additional after school programming to enrich the Lower School music experience.

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Current Athletics Openings

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  • Boys’ and Girls’ High School Assistant Cross Country Coach

    University Liggett School seeks an assistant boys’ and girls’ high school cross country coach. The position is for the 2019 fall season, which runs from August 12 to November 2. Prior coaching experience or high-level competitive running experience is preferred.

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  • Head Coach: Girls’ Ice Hockey

    University Liggett School seeks a head coach for the girls’ high school ice hockey program. The position is for the 2019-2020 winter sports season. Prior coaching experience and/or high-level playing experience is required.
    The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a passion for working with young people and for the sport of ice hockey. Attention to detail, a sense of humor, patience, flexibility, and excellent oral and written skills are a must.
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  • Assistant coach: Varsity Track and Field

    University Liggett School seeks an assistant coach for the varsity track and field team. The position is for the 2019 spring sports season which begins on March 11. Practices are daily at 3:30 p.m.

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  • Director of Medical Services

    University Liggett School seeks Director of Medical Services. The 12-month position will begin June 2019.  During summers, the position supports the school’s Summer Day Camps.
    The Director of Medical Services is the administrator for all health care provided for the students and day campers and fosters the health and well being of the whole child, aligned with the mission of University Liggett School.
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Contact Information

If you are interested in exploring employment with University Liggett School, send the requested information to the appropriate person listed on the job posting.
For faculty positions, send a resume, letter of interest, and three recent professional references or for a non-teaching position, please send a resume and letter of interest to:

Head of School
University Liggett School
1045 Cook Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509

For Athletic positions, please send a resume and letter of interest to:

Alan Parish
Director of Athletics
University Liggett School
1045 Cook Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509

Substitute teachers

If you are a highly qualified educator looking for substitute teaching work for all grade levels and subject areas, we are looking for you. At University Liggett School students are active participants in their learning experience. Substitute teachers at Liggett thrive in a dynamic, student-centered, collaborative environment. 
Candidates must:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit to a Michigan school employment criminal background and fingerprinting checks as required. 
Please indicate the grade level and subject areas that you are qualified to teach in your letter of interest. 

If you are interested in being added to our substitute teaching roster please email your resume and a letter of interest to Melissa 
Buescher at mbuescher@uls.org


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444