Polytechnic School is looking for an experienced and dynamic 8th-grade math teacher and Co-chair of the Math Department who, above all, loves working with Middle School students and values and affirms the unique contributions of each child in the school community. Poly’s eighth-grade math is a fast-paced and rigorous first-year algebra course. Students develop conceptual understanding, mathematical fluency, and good habits of study in preparation for high school mathematics study. The successful candidate will join a math department that values collegiality, flexibility, and views as its mission to help students become mathematically literate and appreciate and enjoy problem-solving and critical thinking.
Reporting to the director of the Middle School, the successful candidate will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional success of students.
FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES - Four courses per academic semester/year plus serving as an advisor; - Preparation of course materials in collaboration with the math department, including syllabi, homework assignments, assessments, and supplementary materials; - Administration and timely evaluation of classwork, assignments, and assessments; - Preparation and maintenance of student attendance records, grades, comments, and other required records; - Overseeing and organizing placement for students moving into the two 9th grade math tracks; - Planning, evaluation, and revision of curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction; - Providing assistance and advice to students during Study Halls and before and after school; - Collaboration with members of the math department, the Middle School faculty, and the entire K-12 community; - Regular participation in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter and the craft of teaching; - Enthusiastic participation in the greater life of the school, including the Middle School Outdoor Education program, as well as extracurricular activities as an advisor or spectator and chaperone; - Interest in fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice to promote a healthy learning environment; - Be knowledgeable in new trends and developments within mathematics education; - Be available to parents, students, administration, and colleagues outside the school day when needed; - Willingness to take on other duties as needed.
DEPARTMENT CO-CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES - Provide mentorship, inspiration, and support to all department members; - Schedule regular meetings by division as well as across divisions; - Oversee the department self-studies; - Arrange for periodic classroom visits, both for themselves and all members of the department for the purpose of reviewing student progress, giving feedback, and providing support and encouragement; - Prepare the departmental budget and monitor expenditures; - Assist with the orientation of new faculty members with regard to department and school policies and procedures and provide close support during the first months of employment; - Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of mathematics curriculum and sequencing K-12; - Foster an environment of collaboration and growth within and between all department members.
QUALIFICATIONS - BA/BS degree. Advanced degree(s) preferred; - At least three years of teaching experience; preferably with Middle School students; - Solid understanding of pre-adolescent development, strong communication skills, and a passion for teaching this age level; - Ability to manage competing demands and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes; - Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with students, parents, faculty, and staff on a regular basis; - Ability to use effective class management techniques.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT - Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts; - Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time; - Ability to lift up to 30 lbs; - Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment; - Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
SALARY Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.
BENEFITS A full benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and a 403 (b) retirement plan.
TO APPLY Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Cheryl Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
About Polytechnic School
An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings—their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.