Walk-In Interviews

Walk-In Interviews will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Old Chicago in Ankeny Iowa (2732 SE Delaware Ave Ste 101, Ankeny, IA 50021)

Come interview with Woodward Academy and enjoy some free food!  Open positions include:  Full Time & Part Time Youth Counselor, Part Time Overnight Youth Counselor, and Teachers

Are you an enthusiastic individual who enjoys rewarding work in a unique, dynamic, and fun environment? Woodward Academy may be the place for you. Woodward Academy is a juvenile centered program that focuses on education, vocations, and intramural / athletics.

$1000.00 sign on bonus for Full Time employees ($250.00 after 90 days of full time employment and $750.00 after 180 days of full time employment)

$250.00 sign on bonus for Part Time employees after 90 days

**Terms and conditions apply and could change.


Full Time Youth Counselor $18.00/hour with high school diploma and $19.00/hour with bachelor’s degree

Part Time Youth Counselor and Part Time Overnight $17.00/hour

Full Time Overnight Youth Counselor $18.00/hour

Teacher $44,033.60/salary

Special Education Teacher $51,043.20/salary

School Associate $18.00/hour

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If you are interested in applying for a position, please complete the online application and send your resume and cover letter to Human Resources.


Full Time Employee Benefits

  • New starting pay rates effective 10/10/22 for Full Time Youth Counselor with high school diploma $18.00/hour, Full Time Youth Counselor with Bachelors degree $19.00/hour, Full Time Overnight $18.00/hour, Part Time Youth Counselor and Part Time Overnight $17.00/hour, Teacher $44,033.60/salary, Special Education Teacher $51,043.20/salary, School Associate $18.00/hour.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Educational Assistance Program
  • Medical/dental/vision/prescription insurance that begins after 30 days.
  • A flexible spending account program is offered.
  • Short-Term disability and long-term disability is offered.
  • A 401K retirement plan is offered following 60 days of employment.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) is provided by the company and is utilized as a collective pool of eligible paid time off in lieu of traditional sick, vacation, and personal leave balances.
  • There are seven (7) paid holidays.
  • Meals provided during cafeteria hours
  • You will receive your BIRTHDAY as a paid day off. Happy Birthday!
  • Housing opportunities are offered.
  • Parental Leave
  • There are also other ways to earn extra money, such as assisting with student intramurals or coaching opportunities.
  • Woodward Academy has an employee wellness program. Employees can earn prizes and Woodward Academy clothing.
  • After you have been a WA Full-Time employee for 7 (seven) years you will receive four (4) weeks of paid time off. This does NOT count against your PTO hours.
  • DailyPay is a company sponsored benefit that allows employees to voluntarily access a portion of their base wages in advance of their pay date. 
  • On site gym access