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French Teacher – Middle and Upper School & Department Chair Position
Position Title: Department Chair and MS/US French Teacher
Reports to: Directors of Teaching and Learning
Receives guidance from: Directors of Teaching and Learning and Assistant Head of School (Educational Leadership Team), Division Directors
Collaborates closely with: Department Heads, Department members
Supports: Global Language department members
Division/Department: Middle and Upper School
Location: Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Department chair and language teacher with previous experience teaching French and deep understanding of and interest in student-centered and experiential instructional practices and backward design curriculum planning.
Department members work closely to create a coherent learning experience that has been designed to prepare students for lifelong learning as global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead. Each teacher also serves as a faculty advisor to students and participates in the life of the school outside of the classroom, and engages in professional development and learning.
Chadwick’s mission-driven program focuses on academic excellence, exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience and is based on the Core Values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility and the Chadwick Core Competencies: critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, character, courage, and cultural competence.
Teach 3 sections.
Create a classroom environment of mutual respect and rapport; incorporate anti-bias and anti-racist practices into the classroom culture.
Apply principles of backward design (UbD) to course and unit curriculum.
Collaborate to plan curriculum around shared learning outcomes, skill sequences, content knowledge, and enduring understandings and essential questions.
Use a variety of instructional techniques to engage students in active, experiential learning.
Integrate technology into lessons, including the use of laptops and Google platforms.
Use Chadwick principles of assessment and grading to assess, record, and provide feedback on student learning and next steps.
Submit grades, checklists, and student comments as instructed and on time.
Keep information systems up to date, including class calendars, gradebooks, and course online sites.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR’S RESPONSIBILITIES
Support teachers’ evaluation and development.
Oversee course coherence and consistency.
Lead conversations within and beyond the department.
Manage departmental coherence and overall scope and sequence through effective communication.
Find, deploy, and support department members.
Empower Team Members to Lead.
Oversee an advisory group of students.
Demonstrate an ability to proactively reflect on and participate in discussions around identity, race, and issues of social justice.
Attend all relevant department and faculty meetings and school events, including new faculty training, professional development, and student orientations before school starts, back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
Engage in new faculty orientations and training throughout the year.
Cover classes for absent colleagues as requested.
Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, and study hall.
Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
Be on campus from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm on days when school is in session.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
Minimum of two years K-12 teaching background required.
Deep and broad knowledge of the area the leader manages, including the development of foundational grade or discipline-specific skills.
Interest in continued growth and professional development in leadership and educational practices; a commitment to staying informed and learning more about best practices in education.
Demonstrated leadership ability as a consensus builder with the skill to inspire continuous growth and foster a student-centered feedback culture in which faculty believe in and expect the best of themselves and others.
Inspirational and experienced educator with excitement for curriculum design and knowledge of effective pedagogical practices, including content area curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
Eager to model and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching practices and curriculum.
Strong communication skills, including effective communication with colleagues and parents and ability to plan and manage team meetings and help analyze student data.
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, including an ability to clearly document and share plans and next steps, share observational notes, meet deadlines, etc.
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.