Catlin Gabel, an independent pre-kindergarten-12th grade school, is seeking an Upper School Spanish teacher beginning August 2018. Catlin Gabel believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
The School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
Position Title: Upper School Spanish Teacher Department: Upper School
FTE: 1.0 (Exempt) Reports to: Upper School Head
SUMMARY This is a full-time position. The exact teaching responsibilities will be determined later in the spring. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach novice through advanced Spanish in a secondary school setting.
• Full-time teaching as assigned. • Write comments, conference with students and parents and assign grades for courses based on the evaluation calendar established by the Upper School. • Attend faculty, department, and curriculum meetings, and Upper School assemblies. • Understanding of and experience with experiential education, backward design approach to curriculum design, teaching for proficiency, project based learning • Advising duties as requested. • Supervise or work on extracurricular activities as assigned by the division head. • Communicate effectively with parents as a partner in their child’s learning experience. • Seek opportunities to expand the limits of one’s own professional knowledge and ability. • Work with other members of the department in curriculum development. • Demonstrate interest in engaging in experiential or service learning with students and colleagues. Assumes responsibility for establishing and maintaining professional working relations with employees, applicants, visitors, co-workers, supervisor and the Catlin Gabel community.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE • Native or near native fluency in Spanish since classes are predominantly conducted in target language. • Efficient at using technology (familiarity with learning management systems, managing audio/video files for instruction and assessment, Google Education suite, etc.) as teaching tools. • Master’s degree preferred in Spanish or Spanish literature. • Two years teaching experience, preferably with high school students. • Knowledge of cultural products and practices of Spanish speaking communities • Experience with proficiency-driven curriculum design and familiarity with the ACTFL framework (world-readiness standards, proficiency guidelines, performance descriptors, can-do statements and 21st-century skills). Any ACTFL-sponsored training or certification is highly desirable (OPI, WPT, AAPPL).
About Catlin Gabel School
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.