The Collegiate School seeks an experienced Lower School Head Teacher for the 2021-22 academic year. The ideal candidate will be student-focused, projecting a vivid presence in the Lower School. The Head Teacher provides instruction in core content areas including language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Additionally, the Head Teacher must possess an enthusiastic commitment to the importance of building and sustaining a diverse, just, inclusive, and equitable academic environment.
Under the general direction of the Head of Lower School, the Lower School Head Teacher is involved in all aspects of the classroom program. The Lower School Head Teacher is primarily tasked with planning and teaching all homeroom subjects. The Head Teacher helps students learn and understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills and enthusiasm for learning and hard work. Furthermore, the Head Teacher is responsible for observing students and evaluating their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Additionally, the Head Teacher mentors an Associate Teacher, communicates effectively and regularly with parents, and works collaboratively with the grade level team.
Instructs students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods;
Prepares syllabi and lesson plans, following curriculum guidelines or school objectives;
Implements instructional activities contributing to meaningful learning experiences;
Provides a variety of materials and resources for students to explore, manipulate, and use;
Plans and conducts activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate;
Adapts teaching methods and instructional material to meet students’ varying needs and interests;
Manages student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules, expectations, and procedures;
Observes and evaluates students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health;
Maintains accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development;
Collaborates with head teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of the academic program;
Prepares written progress reports and conducts parent/teacher conferences;
Performs related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in teaching or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of three to five years of professional head teaching experience.
Must be able to complete a background check.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability and willingness to participate fully in a dynamic day school located in New York City;
Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;
Ability to remain responsible at all times for the supervision of students during classes and generally at all times when on campus or off campus;
Ability to learn new technology and systems commensurate with program requirements;
Demonstrated ability to act as a role model of professionalism;
Ability to model honesty, accountability, understanding, respect, love, and kindness for the students;
Ability to multitask, keep calm under pressure, and treat everyone with respect;
Displays curiosity, a positive attitude, flexibility and a good sense of humor;
Ability to follow all policies and procedures of the School as written in the employee and parent handbooks.
Physical Conditions and Work Contacts:
Regularly required to stand, walk, use hands; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About Collegiate School
Collegiate School is a K-12 boys school of 656 students located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Founded in 1628, it has maintained a reputation of excellence in boys education and is particularly known for the strength of its academic programs, for the warmth of its community, and for the loyalty of its students and alumni. Throughout the school, we seek teachers who are knowledgeable in their disciplines, passionate about teaching, and eager to help students become independent adults and responsible leaders. We seek teachers who are inspiring and supportive in their work with boys, who are willing to teach beyond the classroom, and who share our belief in the values of collaboration, respect, and equity.