Spence seeks a skilled educator to build on the school’s valued history of supporting student wellness as an integral part of their academic success. As a health teacher, the person in this role will teach required health classes with Upper School students and collaborate with the Upper School Dean of Students in supporting student life programs related to student wellness. This role also joins a team building a robust program for the empowerment of students of color through our health education and student life programs. As a part-time counselor, the person in this role will also be available to provide short-term counseling and consultation related to mental health with Upper School students.
This is a full-time position that reports to the Head of Upper School.
Teach Upper School Health classes/seminars.
Intentionally construct an interactive classroom environment for students to discuss topics in-depth through Spence’s Health curriculum.
Enhance the identity development curriculum for students, with a specific focus on students of color and Black girls, within the Upper School Health program.
Collaborate with colleagues related to student support, wellness, and teaching. In particular, work closely with the Upper School Counselor/Director of Psychological Services, Upper School Dean of Students, and Head of Upper School to create a positive, healthy school environment.
Provide short-term counseling and consultation to Upper School students as needed.
Apply assessment, counseling, and crisis intervention skills related to mental health as needed.
Support an appreciation for the diversity, equity, inclusion and diversity of student life experiences and family structures within the Upper School.
Participate fully in the life of the Upper School and serve as an advisor or equivalent student support role.
Finds joy in working with young people and in school life.
Demonstrates pedagogical skill and an appreciation for the science and the craft of teaching.
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Possesses a degree or equivalent experience in Health Education.
Possesses a master's degree or higher in counseling, social work, counseling psychology, or relevant licensure.
Possesses knowledge of and experience with: positive identity development of girls, particularly girls of color, sexuality education/adolescent sexual health, substance use, and body image.
Has sustained experience working with adolescents in a teaching and/or counseling capacity.
Has excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Regards collaboration as an essential component of professional growth and values working on a team.
Enjoys a commitment that extends beyond the classroom, including contributions to the larger school community.
Approaches work with optimism, energy, kindness, and a sense of humor.
Additional Salary Information: Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please include the applicant’s name in the file name—to firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone calls, please).
About The Spence School
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.