Careers at Maureen Joy Charter School
Maureen Joy strives to employ teachers who are driven by an urgent mission to provide an excellent education to all students, are excited by content and craft, collaborate and work enthusiastically with others, and believe that joy comes from teaching, learning, and growing. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds because we believe that a diverse staff enriches the learning and the experience of the entire community. To learn more about our commitment to community, click here.

Thank you for your interest in Maureen Joy. We are accepting applications for a variety of teaching positions for the 2017-2018 school year. Click "Apply Now" to view our specific openings, to learn more about our hiring process, and to apply.

About Maureen Joy

Maureen Joy Charter School is a K-8th grade, free, public charter school located in Durham, North Carolina, with enrollment determined by lottery. Originally named Durham Community Charter School, Maureen Joy Charter School was founded in 1997 by a small group of community activists committed to providing an excellent education for all students. As one of the first charter schools in the state, Maureen Joy opened the doors of its original campus with 50 students in grades K-5.

Maureen Joy’s significant academic growth and achievement created an increased demand for enrollment in recent years. In an effort to meet this demand and reach a larger population of children, we moved into a beautiful, renovated historic building in July 2013 in East Durham, closer geographically to the majority of our student population.

With this move, Maureen Joy provides a high-quality educational option for new families to Joy, improves the educational program being offered to our current scholars, and serves as a catalytic force in the ongoing revitalization of Old East Durham, a high-needs community.

In the 2017-2018 school year we will enroll over 640 students, over 90% of whom come from low-income backgrounds. Our students primarily are African American and Latino, and we serve the third highest ESL population among charter schools in the state.

What Makes Maureen Joy a Great Place to Work?
  • Competitive salaries that exceed state and local averages
  • Increased salaries for Master's degrees and National Board Certification
  • Performance and tenure-based salary increases
  • Full health insurance benefits, including optional dental coverage
  • Personal Macbook laptops, resources, and supplies
  • Extensive professional development through regular feedback and coaching
  • Warm, inviting, and joyful learning environment
  • Teachers who educate their students on social justice and community service
  • Driven, fun, and friendly colleagues who have a sense of humor
  • A staff that works as a team, united by a professional and mission-driven culture of high expectations
  • Committed school administration that works relentlessly for student achievement and teacher growth

“The support and coaching teachers at Maureen Joy receive from academic deans is immeasurable. The individualized attention allows for us to hone our craft so that we may deliver the most engaging and rigorous lessons possible.”

Edward Wells
Middle School Science Teacher

Professional Development

We believe that great teachers are the key to student learning, so we are purposeful about providing excellent professional development to reach that goal. Our staff culture reflects excitement about receiving and implementing feedback, growing content and craft, and applying consistent and effective classroom practices. Joy professional development is comprised of several key components:

Academic Deans
Every teacher receives individualized support from their content-specific academic dean, who each week provides at least thirty minutes of classroom observations and coaching conversations, as well as lesson plan feedback.

Monthly Professional Development
One day each month is set aside for professional development led by the Instructional Leadership Team. Teachers and staff engage in content-specific training, collaborative grade level planning, and diversity and community sessions.

Practice Perfect Sessions
All first-year teachers and new teachers to Maureen Joy also engage in monthly “Practice Perfect” development sessions. These sessions cover a variety of teaching skills related to classroom management, content execution, and purposeful planning.

“I love working at Maureen Joy because it is truly one big family. Every staff member and scholar is responsible for each other and holds each other accountable to high expectations. We keep a positive attitude, cheer each other on no matter how big or small the accomplishment is and we give 100% to get 100% in return from scholars. ‘It truly takes a village to raise a child’ and I am so excited to be a part of the village at Maureen Joy Charter School.”

Candice Smith
Kindergarten Teacher

Faculty Profile
Staff Honors
  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows
  • National Board Certified Teachers
  • Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award
  • STAR Teacher (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) Recipient
  • Scholar In-Residence Program at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Florida Fund for Minority Teachers
  • Libby Bowerman Fellowship
  • Publications in Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Oppenheimer Grant Recipient
  • DonorsChoose Grant Recipients
  • Local Organization Grant Recipients
  • Americorps Award Recipients


Full-time instructional faculty members

11 : 1

Average scholar/faculty ratio


Ethnic and racial diversity among instructional faculty


Hold or are currently enrolled in coursework toward advanced degrees


Teachers have lived or studied in foreign countries


Teachers have received education-related grants, awards, or stipends
Durham, North Carolina

The city of Durham and the Raleigh/Durham area is a vibrant community that is home to many nonprofit organizations, premier universities, hospitals, and research institutes. Durham’s rich history makes it a complex, engaging, and fascinating city. Home to several of the nation’s first African American learning institutions, business ownership and community leadership, it was also a pivotal force during the  civil rights movement. In recent years, Durham’s revitalized downtown area, diverse neighborhoods, universities, and Research Triangle Park has drawn a diverse population of people from around the nation and world.

Residents of Durham can’t stop talking about how much they love their city. Whether it’s eating at a delicious new downtown restaurant in the city that was voted by Southern Living as “The South’s Tastiest Town”, attending a Durham Bulls baseball game, or volunteering at a local community organization, Durhamites love enjoying and giving back to their city.

Learn more about living in and/or relocating to Durham >

Maureen Joy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, creed, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic prohibited by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, creed, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic prohibited by law.