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Thank you for your interest in employment at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School.

General Inquiries

In keeping with the spirit of our namesake, Kirby is an intellectually stimulating and community-minded school that prepares students to be life-long learners through college and beyond. Our student body of 275 students, grades 6-12, is warm, enthusiastic, and academically oriented, and they often tell us their teachers are the best part of attending Kirby.

Our middle and high school curriculum is a rigorous, college prep program centered on strong academic coursework, including art, theater, digital media, chorus, and student publications. Our emphasis on progressive education includes intensive study paths in the humanities, foreign language, art, and science, technology and mathematics. Small individual classes averaging just twelve students provide faculty the opportunity to develop strong relationships with students, and ongoing curricular dialogs invite teachers to share research and ideas with colleagues.

If you have a passion for lifelong learning, an interest in encouraging students to take responsibility for their own education, and an openness to the rich, creative work of colleagues from widely different backgrounds, then please consider becoming a faculty member at Kirby.

To apply, send a resume with a cover letter explaining your background and interest in working at Kirby School to employment@kirby.org.

Kirby School seeks diversity in its community and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Job Openings


Kirby School in Santa Cruz is looking for a part-time Human Resources and Compliance Specialist. Kirby’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process; people of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for an individual with excellent experience and strong people skills to join a highly respected independent school. For information about our academic program, mission, and philosophy, please visit https://kirby.org.

Overview of Position

The Human Resources and Compliance Specialist is responsible for providing management and coordination of personnel support such as payroll processing, benefits administration, and interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Federal, State and Kirby standards. This position also oversees insurance liability issues and risk management for Kirby School, spreading awareness of policies, coordinating programs to promote the observation of guidelines and ensuring documents and records are kept in compliance. This position reports to the Controller.

  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Administration of employee benefits programs
  • Process semi-monthly payroll
  • Facilitate employee on-boarding and termination
  • Maintain documents and records such as insurance policies, contracts, waivers, vendor agreements
  • Research and ensure compliance with personnel and liability requirements
  • Oversee key compliance-related activities essential to the operation of the school
  • Maintain and uphold a culture of safety and inclusivity
  • Provide administrative support to the Business Office
  • Perform other duties as assigned


The successful candidate will be supportive, flexible, confident, discrete and helpful. A minimum of five years of experience in Human Resources and/or risk and liability compliance is required. A bachelor’s degree and school-related experience is a plus. This person should have a proven track record of excellent work ethic, strong communication skills, and meeting deadlines.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 20 hours per week

Pay rate based upon qualifications and experience. This position would constitute 50% of FTE and includes the option to buy into health benefits.

Interested and qualified candidates should email Lisa Lee at hrhire@kirby.org. Please attach a cover letter, current resume, and at least two letters of reference.

Application deadline: 9/16/19