The Instructor of Modern Languages is a full-time teaching position. Ideally, we seek a well-experienced candidate with the ability to teach a combination of French and Spanish courses to grades 9-12, including at the Advanced Placement and post-AP level. This position will work closely with other members of the Modern Language Department, including the Department Chairperson, to develop and implement curriculum for Hill students. Instructors are responsible for classroom instruction, communication with students and parents as well as student advisors, and remaining current on educational issues through participation in professional organizations.
Teaching assigned 4 sections within the Modern Language Department, including some combination of French and Spanish (approximately 50-60 students per term).
Participating in afternoon co-curricular activities for two of the three academic terms of the year.
Serving in a dormitory as a dorm parent or dorm affiliate to support the School’s residential life needs.
Writing the official school course comment for each student.
Writing recommendations to college and various programs on behalf of individual students.
Meeting with parents as appropriate.
Actively participating in regional, state, and national professional organizations.
Traveling to conferences and workshops in order to maintain professional activities.
Participating in other school events, such as parent’s weekend, commencement, and other high profile events and activities to support our students and School community.
Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background teaching Spanish and French. The Instructor will also be expected to undertake responsibilities that are normally associated with a boarding school, such as serving on various school committees. Other skills and/or qualities necessary for this position are: effective verbal and written communication skills; a genuine willingness to work closely with students and colleagues; a high energy level; and, of course, a good and enduring sense of humor! A bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
Since its founding in 1851 and for 165 years, The Hill School has provided a traditional liberal arts education to its students. Although The Hill’s curriculum continues to evolve, we have never strayed very far from a proven, rigorous blend of humanities, classics and modern languages, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the arts. For our students, we have prioritized broad knowledge in ou...r steadfast belief that this comprehensive foundation best prepares students for “college, careers, and life.”
The Hill School also has begun implementing an ambitious STEM curriculum, which includes one of the most extensive secondary school engineering programs in the nation. We have bolstered our fine arts programs with courses in digital media, video production, design technology, rapid prototyping and fabrication, and design thinking. And, we are offering “pre-professional,” co-curricular programs in business and entrepreneurship.
Over the coming years, we will continue to affirm what we already do very well while honing curricular and co-curricular programs such as leadership training, service learning, experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. We will find improved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century success skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination. We are working with our Faculty and Staff to become both the most traditional and the most innovative boarding school in the country, simultaneously.
The Hill was founded as The Family Boarding School and when you visit campus, you might note that we are still a bit traditional, despite our emphasis on innovation! We follow a dress code, our students regularly sit down with faculty members for family-style meals, we gather twice a week at Chapel for thoughtful reflection; many of our students, as noted, study Latin and Greek; and we pride ourselves on a student-written Honor Code and demanding code of conduct. We enjoy historic and blossoming traditions such as 126-year-old athletics rivalries, revered a cappella vocal groups, school-wide service projects, community team-building events, small group meetings with caring faculty advisers, and a very special jump in the Dell pond after graduation!
Over the next three to five years, the Hill School is set to achieve several accomplishments sure to leave their mark on the School’s history. The School’s Advancement Office is a 25 person-strong organization driven to achieve the goals set forth in the current “Strength of All” capital campaign which is entering its second year of the five- to seven-year campaign. The capital campaign will fund many efforts, including a significant increase in our financial aid and faculty compensation endowment. The School is finalizing plans with its architectural firm and securing funding to construct the $25 million Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, and mathematics classes will be housed. We are also working to expand the seating capacity of our historic dining hall and completely renovate our food service and preparation areas used by our food service contractor, Sodexo. The School has developed property adjacent to our main campus by recently erecting beautiful new homes for our faculty in our East Faculty Village. This Faculty Housing expansion is likely to continue with additional property available for housing construction to ensure The Hill School offers the very best of this important housing benefit to our residential faculty. One of our most ambitious goals is to be a driving force in the economic revitalization of Pottstown and our immediate neighborhood and through our Hobart’s Run Community Development program and participation in Pottstown CARES, we are finding traction in ways both small and large.