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Jobs & Volunteering

One of the key factors of success for Vikingeskolen is for parents and the Danish community in Houston at large to come together. Similar initiatives have taken shape in Washington DC, San Francisco and Atlanta so why should Houston be any different? The fourth largest city, Houston needs a Danish school to support its large Danish community. 

We look for dedicated & active volunteers and salaried teachers, preferably (but not required) with a Folkeskole or Pædagoguddannelse or other similar background (see job descriptions below). 

Picture to the right: Elise and her daughter Anine Pedersen are two of Vikingeskolen's many volunteers who have dedicated their time and ideas for the greater benefit of the school.

Discounts

Vikingeskolen offers families the opportunity to reduce tuition costs significantly through volunteer tuition. This option is particularly advantageous to large families or those who cannot or do not want to come every Saturday. It is also intended to give a much needed break to those volunteers who since the school's inception have made it possible to keep our tuition as low as possible:
  • A 50% discount on tuition for all family enrollments, can be obtained, if an adult family member commits to being an assistant teacher for at least 6 classes per semester. (see job description below)
  • A 100% discount on all family enrollments can be obtained if an adult family member commits as a primary teacher (as needed). (see job description below)
  • Families with four or more students can enroll student number four, five etc. for FREE
If the above is not for you, there is still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for free. For example, we look for a librarian, a breakfast/snack coordinator, and bringers hereof. In fact, our school depends on your volunteer work as we cannot cover our expenses on tuition alone.

To volunteer or to apply for a salaried position, please contact us

Jobs @ Vikingeskolen 

The following describe the typical jobs at Vikingeskolen.

Primary Teacher (Klasselærer)

In this position, we are looking for a qualified candidate to take on preparation and classroom teaching of one of our child classes. The candidate should be fluent in Danish and preferably have an educational background, i.e. Danish Folkeskole or Pædagoguddannelse, however this is not a requirement. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with children in creative and fun ways.

Note this is not a full time position. The candidate is salaried or compensated in the form of FREE tuition for all family members. The time allocation is 6 hours a week, hereof 3 hours at the school (Saturdays, 9-12:00), 12 weeks per semester or less if position is a shared with another teacher. Salaried candidates must have US work permit and reside in the Houston area.

Assistant Teachers (Hjælpelærer)

In these positions, we are looking for parents, spouses or other interested Danes to help our primary teachers carry out the activities that he/she has planned for the day. The candidates should be fluent in Danish. No teaching background is required, however you should enjoy doing fun and creative activities with children (or adults).

The assistant helps the children transition from one activity to another, and may lead a smaller group of students under the supervision of the primary teacher. The assistant will help the primary teacher set-up and clean up after classes, as well as supervise the playground and snack room during breaks. 

Note this is not a full time position. The teacher assistant is salaried or compensated in the form of 50% off tuition for all family members when he or she commits to a minimum of 6 or more classes per semester. The time allocation is 3 hours a week (Saturdays, 9-12:00), a 6-12 weeks per semester. Note US work permit is not necessary, but you must reside in the Houston area.

School Librarian (bibliotikar)

In this position, we are looking for parents, spouses or other interested Danes to help our school develop and keep up a mobile library at the school. The candidates should have an interest in Danish books for adults and children, and develop incentives for book donations from members of the Danish community in Houston as well as in Denmark. He/she will sort and organize books by grade level and quality. Help students select age appropriate books after classes on Saturdays, and keep track of loans and returns.

Note this is not a full time position. The librarian is either a volunteer or  compensated with 50% off tuition for all family members when he or she commits to a minimum of 10-12 classes per semester. The time allocation is 1-2 hours a week helping students select books (Saturdays, 10:00-12:00) 12 weeks per semester, as well as book preparation as outlined above. Note US work permit is not necessary, but you must reside in the Houston area.

School Principal (Skoleleder) Currently filled


In this position, we are looking for a qualified candidate to take on operational duties of the school, including:

    * Student enrollment
    * Recruitment of teachers and volunteers 
    * Communication & marketing
    * General curriculum planning and purchasing (in cooperation with board)

The individual will report to the board and manage staff and volunteers. The candidate should be fluent in Danish and preferably have an educational background, i.e. Danish Folkeskole or Pædagoguddanelse, however this is not a requirement, and/or similar experience, and some operational experience.

If desired, the candidate may combine this position with one of the teaching positions below.

Note this is not a full time position. The candidate is salaried and will work with the board to develop the detailed scope and terms of the position, which may include some or all of the above duties. Must have US work permit and reside in the Houston area.

Student Helper

In this position, we are looking for someone to assist teachers.
You speak Danish and you may still be in school and looking for some extra pocket money or need the volunteer work on your high school or college application. The work hours are Saturdays, 8:30 - 12:00, 6-12 weeks per semester. Note US work permit is required for paid position, and you must reside in the Houston area.

School Bookkeeper, CFO currently filled

In this position, we are looking for a qualified candidate to take on the financial operation of the school, including:
  • Bookkeeping
  • Accounts payable and receivables
  • Payroll
  • Budget, Annual Reporting
The individual will report to the board and treasurer, and should have US accounting experience.

If desired, the candidate may combine this position with one of the teaching positions below.

Note this is not a full time position. The candidate is salaried and will work with the board to develop the detailed scope and terms of the position, which may include some or all of the above duties. Must have US work permit and reside in the Houston area.

For more information or to apply, please contact us.