Georgetown Day School, an independent school in Washington, D.C. established as the first racially and religiously inclusive school in the District, invites applications for a Science Department Chair to begin August 2020. The school seeks a chair with a deep knowledge of science and a joy in promoting its understanding; an eagerness to collaborate with colleagues in innovative curricular design and ongoing professional growth; an active interest in improving one’s craft; and a demonstrated ability to foster the growth of all students in a diverse learning community. Candidates should bring significant teaching experience in both advanced and introductory courses, as well as an advanced degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or engineering. In addition to leading the department, the Chair will teach 3 classes.
The department chair has primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of instruction and student experience in the high school science program. Working closely with the high school principal, the assistant principal for academics and the assistant head for curriculum and instruction, the department chair fosters a healthy and vibrant departmental culture, oversees the growth and evaluation of faculty members, leads curricular development, and helps facilitate the hiring of new faculty members. Candidates should possess a keen interest in pedagogy and a commitment to culturally responsive, inclusive curricula.
Rich content, creative pedagogy and authentic relationships are essential components of a GDS classroom. Providing those elements, working collaboratively with colleagues, and placing the students’ interests and experiences at the heart of the classroom are essential components of the job. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field, five plus years of teaching, and experience in a leadership position.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.