Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: Upper School Spanish Teacher
Department: Upper School
FTE: 0.25 (Exempt)
Reports to: Upper School Head
POSITION SUMMARY This is a part-time position. The exact teaching responsibilities will be determined later in the spring. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach novice through advanced Spanish in a secondary school setting. We are looking for teachers who genuinely enjoy working with adolescents both inside and outside the classroom and are familiar with and willing to teach according to the school’s progressive and experiential values. Complementing these skills should be a desire to teach students who encompass a range of academic abilities and an excitement about helping students build self-confidence through practice. We expect all Catlin Gabel employees to develop and commit to cultural competence in their practices in and outside of the classroom.
Catlin Gabel values teachers who are committed to collaboration with colleagues both within and between departmental and divisional lines. In order to do so, this candidate should have experience with proficiency-driven instruction, project-based learning and be well-versed in current technology to support language learning.
Catlin Gabel is a community where relationships are pivotal to learning. As such, the personal qualities of this candidate are vital. These include being a supportive, engaged, and flexible role model who demonstrates the qualities of a life-long learner, a sense of humor, and an infectious enthusiasm for working with high school students. This teacher must be able to work effectively with others in a spirit of collegiality.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE • Native or near native fluency in Spanish since classes are predominantly conducted in target language. • Efficient at using technology (familiarity with learning management systems, managing audio/video files for instruction and assessment, Google Education suite, etc.) as teaching tools. • Master’s degree preferred in Spanish, Spanish literature, or linguistics. • Two years teaching experience, preferably with high school students. • Knowledge of cultural perspectives, products and practices of Spanish speaking communities • Experience with proficiency-driven curriculum design and familiarity with the ACTFL framework (world-readiness standards, proficiency guidelines, performance descriptors, can-do statements and 21st-century skills). Any ACTFL-sponsored training or certification is highly desirable (OPI, WPT, AAPPL).
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.