Westridge is seeking an experienced upper school biology teacher to join our team of dedicated faculty members. S/he will have an approach that differentiates levels of challenge and that also builds confidence in our students. S/he will focus on the process of science, incorporating skills essential to scientific methodology. The ideal candidate will have an interest and skill in collaborating with colleagues as well as the potential and willingness to contribute beyond the classroom. The upper school biology teacher will inspire and challenge our students through the mission of the school. This position reports to the director of upper school.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Convey enthusiasm for content and intellectual inquiry
Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving
Maintain grade-level science web pages
Manage supply and equipment budget for classroom and laboratory
Integrate appropriate technology to enhance learning; Westridge is a 1:1 laptop environment
Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents
Model flexibility in implementing best learning practices
Support the well-being of all students
Participate regularly in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter
Participate in ongoing skill development in diversity and equity to promote a culture of community and inclusion
Build skills and provide opportunities that help recognize, respect and embrace diversity of all kinds, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
Participate in the greater life of the division and school including serving as an advisor
3 years’ teaching experience, with upper school students preferred
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated competency in student and faculty work that promotes diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement
Demonstrated experience and skill in the effective use of technology and integrating technological applications in the classroom
Previous experience developing and implementing diversity responsive curriculum to improve teaching and student learning
Collaborative and collegial attitude
Diligent and well-organized work habits
Strong understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent girls
Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
Ability to work both indoors and outdoors as required (i.e. field trips, overnight trips)
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous retirement plan. Office hours are 7:50 am – 3:30 pm; with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter, resume (curriculum vitae), and references to Jobs@Westridge.org. Include “Upper School Biology Teacher” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. For more information: www.Westridge.org.
About Westridge School for Girls
Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is located 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Southern California region is home to several world-class museums and restaurants, and includes ...excellent outdoor opportunities for the biking, swimming, surfing, and hiking enthusiast.
Salaries are competitive. Full-time employees are eligible for health benefits which include full medical, dental, and vision coverage and participation in an ample retirement plan with TIAA-CREF. Employees who contribute a minimum of 2 percent of their salary to retirement, receive an additional 7 percent of salary contributed by Westridge to their retirement account.
Other benefits include a generous holiday schedule, disability insurance, group life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, a flexible spending plan, and a rideshare/public transit/bike-walk incentive program. In addition, technology is an integral part of daily life at Westridge. Employees have access to the latest, state-of-the-art computing systems including SMART Boards, Podcasting software, and desk-top publishing programs.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or handicap.