The Upper School (grades 9-12) seeks candidates for a full-time, permanent position in our English Department. The Upper School English Department employs writing, literature, and discussions to empower students to analyze and reflect upon the human experience. Ideal candidates will be dynamic, multifaceted professionals with experience and education in teaching literature and writing and designing courses from a diverse canon of both Western and non-Western texts from introductory to advanced level; in working with or reaching English Language Learners; and in differentiating for students with diverse learning needs. The ability to teach all levels of English literature and writing, including English 9, English 10, and 11th and 12th grade literature elective courses is preferred. Experience in Writing Center management and student-centered tutoring practices is helpful but not required.
Ideal candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in English or closely related field, and a master’s degree is desirable. Candidates will have, at a minimum, one year of full-time high school teaching experience. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the position includes advising and leading experiential learning for students. Depending on the candidate’s interests and the needs of the School, the position may include additional opportunities such as coaching and/or other co-curricular activities. The ideal candidate will have a desire to work with Upper School students in a supportive college-preparatory environment. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes, strong interpersonal, and written communications skills. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable but not required.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom and office setting.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.