The Elisabeth Morrow School seeks an experienced, collaborative professional to join our faculty in August 2021. The primary teaching responsibility will be in science. Ideally, this person will also serve as department chair for additional compensation. The ideal candidates will find it hard to contain their enthusiasm for science. They will seek to collaborate with colleagues and enjoy planning together. They will also know the importance of a constructivist approach to learning and will seek to empower and guide students to take responsibility for their own learning.
We are looking for educators who will build upon a forward-looking curriculum design, emphasis on the practical application of the sciences, and commitment to integrating STEAM and a project-based learning (PBL) approach. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of and passion for science, a proven record of excellence in teaching and academic leadership, and an appreciation for problem-based, student-centered pedagogy that emphasizes the development of young people to be global stewards and scientific thinkers. They will be committed to and enjoy working with adolescents in all areas of school life, be open to exploring collaborative, experiential, and interdisciplinary teaching opportunities, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion.
Specific responsibilities of this faculty member include:
Oversee the science program 5-8 including reviewing the curriculum regularly.
Serve as an advisor for middle school students.
Share in and support the school’s commitment to focus on integrated studies and project-based learning.
Supervise members of the department and help support their ongoing professional development and growth including observing them regularly, facilitating their evaluations, providing feedback, and serving as their advocate.
Hold regular department meetings, review and amend department policies, oversee the placement of students, manage the departmental budget, assign sections and other duties to members of the department.
Support, train, and oversee the department’s safety protocols.
Sit on the curriculum and department chair committees.
Collaborate with the associate head of school and the hiring team on the hiring of science department faculty.
Serve as an ambassador for the school by effectively and proactively communicating the value of the science program.
Manage the department budget.
Assist in the hiring and mentoring of new teachers.
Model effective classroom teaching for department members and teach an appropriate number of courses
Demonstrate an approach that is nurturing and supportive of students and faculty
Communicate professionally and effectively with administrators, colleagues, and parents.
An undergraduate or graduate degree in Science.
Knowledge of and empathy for the social-emotional and developmental needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent students.
Experience dreaming, conceiving, designing, and iterating an engaging curriculum.
Experience with - or an interest in - helping students with time management skills.
Ability to connect with adolescents while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Strong attention to detail, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex student information in a respectful and clear manner.
A sense of humor, empathy, and humility.
Demonstrated cultural competency, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions. The candidates will understand and value different perspectives; interact competently and respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural frameworks.
For the 2021-2022 school year, all of our middle school teachers are expected to have the flexibility to teach remotely. Experience with Google Meet, Google Classroom, Zoom, and other remote learning platforms and practices will put a candidate at a significant advantage.
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday.
Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary.
The dexterity to move furniture in the classroom to fit the needs of a unit or lab.
The ability to move quickly in the event of an emergency or lab accident to maintain the safety of students and colleagues.
The ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Compensation and Benefits
This appointment will begin in August 2021 and is a full-time position with benefits. The compensation package will be competitive for the region and commensurate with experience, degree attainment, and the national independent school market.
How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume with "Middle School Science Position" as the subject line, to Phil Cox, Head of Middle School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is eligible for our school’s comprehensive benefits package which includes a strong tuition remission program. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
The Elisabeth Morrow School is located 10 minutes from northern Manhattan in Englewood, NJ. As a school proud of the diversity of our school community, The Elisabeth Morrow School seeks candidates who will add to this legacy. We are committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. The Elisabeth Morrow School is a member of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). For more information about The Elisabeth Morrow School, please visit www.elisabethmorrow.org
About Elisabeth Morrow School
The Elisabeth Morrow School’s shared purpose is to provide exemplary academics and character development in a diverse and inclusive child-centered community, inspiring students to become curious scholars, ethical leaders, and global citizens.