World Languages Department Chair and AP Upper School Spanish Teacher
Girls Preparatory School
January 24, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
ABOUT GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL:
Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6000 young women since then. Currently, 131 faculty and staff serve 600+ girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts and STEM courses, and co-curricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
TEACHING POSITION SUMMARY:
The candidate for this position will be expected to design and maintain a class environment favorable to girls’ academic and personal growth and to establish effective rapport with students while maintaining proper classroom management. Daily instructional plans should implement 21st-century pedagogical approaches. The teacher will work effectively with technology, use interdisciplinary approaches in the classroom, and show knowledge of project-based instruction. They will work within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner.
The candidate should be a student of world languages. The candidate will demonstrate an educational and academic background in world languages, and preferably be able to speak and teach both Spanish and French along with having a strong knowledge of world language pedagogy. The ideal candidate will also have experience with interdisciplinary connections and cultivating global perspectives in students. Additionally, preference will be given to a candidate who has lived and/or taught abroad.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Division Heads, GPS teachers are expected to do the following:
Create a classroom environment that actively engages students and is developmentally appropriate for the age, maturity, and interests of the students;
Employ a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, including, but not limited to, direct instruction, guided practice, demonstrations, discussions, and inquiry-based learning activities to facilitate knowledge and skill development;
Plan, develop, and execute lessons that reflect the curriculum;
Adapt world language course curriculum for individual, small group, and remedial instruction to meet the needs of identified students or subgroups of students;
Evaluate the academic and social growth of students;
Evaluate student progress and, with the assistance of support services, determine a student’s ability to meet course standards in world language knowledge and skills;
Establish and maintain standards of student behavior;
Serve as an advisor within the school’s advisory program;
Co-sponsor or sponsor a club or school activity;
Know emergency plans and evacuation routes for the classrooms assigned;
Know and follow school procedures and regulations; and
Perform other related duties as directed by the Head of School or Upper or Middle School Division Heads.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR POSITION SUMMARY:
The Department Chair is a faculty member who manages and represents the academic department by leading, supervising, and collaborating with other faculty members and administrators within and outside of the department.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Head of School and Division Heads, the World Languages Department Chair has the following responsibilities:
Supervise, manage, and oversee the development of the department’s teachers;
Assist the Head of School with recruitment and selection of new faculty;
After consulting with the Upper and Middle School Division Heads, recommend to the Head of School teaching assignments within the department;
Research and oversee curriculum development for the department;
Work with the Director of Learning Innovation and Teacher Engagement to support the professional development of department members, this includes regular evaluation
Oversee textbook and teaching material selection and recommend library books, materials and other learning media additions;
Conduct regular department meetings and ensure communication of information that impacts department members and students;
Serve as a consultant to members of the department in manners of classroom management, instructional and assessment strategies, and school procedures;
Provide academic guidance to students;
Serve on the Department Chair Committee and other committees and working groups as needed; and
Prepare and monitor the departmental budget, and report to the department on the status of the budget.
Master’s degree or post-graduate work in subject matter and/or educational administration;
A minimum of five to seven years’ teaching experience is required. Three years of management experience desired;
Understanding and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and hopes for their futures;
Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences
Excellent planning and organizational skills that create/insure a balance in managing administrative and teaching responsibilities; and
Outstanding and varied written and verbal communication skills that are effective with demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills.
It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.