Free to Learn is Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

We’re growing like crazy these days and we’re ready for another facilitator to join us!  Spread the word that we are looking for an awesome human who is interested in self-directed education and helping us create an intentional culture with project management tools for our mixed-age kids.

Here are the details:

Free to Learn was founded upon the following principles:

  • Children are people;
  • Learning is natural and cannot be measured;
  • Education is most precious when the learner is inspired and interested;
  • A mixed-aged community promotes learning that is beneficial to all;
  • People learn from culture;
  • Personal development is encouraged through cycles of intention, creation, reflection and sharing;
  • A community seeking and embracing diversity facilitates a more holistic education.

Mission Statement:

We exist to serve children: we cultivate the joy and benefits of lifelong learning in a safe and positive social environment.  Our collaborative culture brings forth satisfied, successful adults from a rich and joy filled, happy childhood.


Employment Opportunity:

Free to Learn Facilitator

We are looking for an experienced and/or aspiring educator who wants to engage with young people in a way that is authentic and purposeful. Applicants should be attuned to children and teens in a way that inspires and encourages fun learning experiences. Free to Learn Facilitators are expected to model what it means to be a lifelong learner. They are simultaneously educators, members, artists, scientists, explorers, counselors, entrepreneurs, tacticians, philosophers, leaders, and service workers.

Position Title: Facilitator

Starting Pay: $11/hour

Hours Available: approx. 18 hours/week from mid-April thru mid-June, possible contract for 2017/18 educational year. Opportunity for additional hours & possible summer camp.

Possibility of Room & Board if not local


  • Alignment with the principles and mission of Free to Learn and the ALC Model
  • Understanding of progressive and alternative models of education: self-directed learning, play­ based learning, Sudbury etc.
  • Experience working with children & teens
  • Ability to keep track of several members of varying ages and developmental stages
  • Ability to manage large group of members
  • Passionate about personal skills, hobbies, and interests and willing to share with members in authentic and non-coercive ways
  • Experience in leadership roles
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Strong non-coercive conflict resolution skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • High emotional intelligence
  • High cultural competency
  • Proactive and solution oriented
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Flexible and adaptive


  • Support rhythms set by Lead Facilitators
  • Run morning and afternoon meetings
  • Mind daily/weekly schedules for members and community
  • Be attuned to what members are playing, interested in, and working on
  • Offer activities to extend on and further support member interests, play, and work
  • Offer activities based on personal interests, talents, and experiences
  • Engage and play with members
  • Intentionally take part in co-creating the community’s culture
  • Attend staff, family, and community meetings
  • Communicate effectively with co-facilitators, members, and parents, as needed
  • Commit to engaging in crucial conversations, as needed
  • Commit to a self-directed process of personal development as a facilitator
  • Become more familiar with the Free to Learn/ALC model of education and ALC network through resources from our partners and support programs


To be considered for this position please email cover letter and resume to and call Emily Quandt (815) 2WE-PLAY.

We can’t wait to hear from you!