Polytechnic School is looking for a versatile educator who loves teaching Spanish to middle school students and is interested in joining our Admissions team to help cultivate a more diverse learning community. As one of the lead ambassadors for Poly, our Outreach Associate will build partnerships with community organizations that support underrepresented youth.
Middle School Spanish Teacher (half-time)
Our middle school Spanish teacher reports to the director of the middle school. Our 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.
Our ideal middle school Spanish teacher is experienced, dynamic, and values and affirms the unique contributions of each child in the school community. Poly’s Spanish program is designed to develop a foundation through four main competencies: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. There is an emphasis on the sentence structure to develop accurate written and oral communication. The curriculum provides students with a vocabulary base and the necessary grammar to describe their daily lives in the present and in the near future tenses with themes that have to do with self, school life, leisure activities, and family life. The successful candidate will join a World Language department that values collegiality, flexibility, and views as its mission to help students foster global awareness as well as a growing understanding of different cultural values, perspectives, and traditions in the ancient and modern worlds.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Two courses per academic semester/year plus serving as an advisor;
Preparation of course materials in collaboration with the language 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;
Collaborating on placement for students moving into the 9th grade;
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 language 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 language education;
Be available to parents, students, administration, and colleagues outside the school day when needed;
Willingness to take on other duties as needed.
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;
Comfort teaching all levels of Spanish and a deep love of working with children;
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;
Excellent communication and writing skills;
Proficient in the use of technology.
Admission Outreach Associate (half-time)
Our dynamic Admission Outreach Associate will report to the Director of Enrollment and Strategic Communications with supervision from the Associate Director of Admission. Our ideal candidate is experienced in building connections with students and families who are value-aligned with the mission of Poly.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Further current efforts to broaden student diversity at Poly through cultivating relationships with community-based organizations, such as The Independent School Alliance, A Better Chance, and Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena;
Participate in school fairs, campus visits, Open Houses, and other special events;
Assist in the development of all outreach-related promotional materials for prospective students;
Maintain an inventory of promotional Poly giveaways and outreach items;
Support activities to enhance Poly’s student ambassador program with a focus on recruitment and mentorship;
Collaborate with the financial aid director to determine the most effective distribution of Poly Experience-funds, serving as a liaison to Poly students and their families;
Promote awareness and access of Poly Experience Fund among current and newly admitted Poly families and uphold each family’s confidentiality and integrity during their application process;
Support students and families new to independent schools in their transition into an independent school community;
Help establish systems and best practices to ensure that financial resources are equitably provided so all Poly students can fully participate in every aspect of Poly’s program.
A minimum of two years experience in admission and/or community outreach;
Experience working with issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Strong organizational and analytical skills;
Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment;
A willingness to learn database systems such as Blackbaud, SchoolAdmin, etc.
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 and Benefits
Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience. A full benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and a 403 (b) retirement plan.
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.