Summary: The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a co-educational, independent school with approximately 500 students in grades preschool through grade eight. Located in beautiful Summerlin near the entrance to Red Rock Natural Preserve and about 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Alexander Dawson’s education reflects its Core Beliefs.
Alexander Dawson seeks a science teacher with at least three years of experience who possesses a deep working knowledge of the social, emotional and academic needs of middle school students. This position is ideal for the dynamic, versatile and knowledgeable teacher who has experience designing and implementing science curriculum. Dawson is seeking a visionary teacher who will collaborate with the science department as well as the design-thinking team to create inquiry-based research coursework that will allow students to develop the habits of mind needed to be successful learners. The candidate is responsible for the general supervision and management of the students, as well as the planning and execution of an educational program that balances the development of essential capacities with intellectual experiences and academic goals. The candidate will also work collaboratively with cross-grade level colleagues and administrators on integrating best practices that ensure each child’s developmental success and engagement. The position begins on August 3, 2018.
Essential Functions: The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Understands, embraces, models and implements the School's Mission, Vision, Core Beliefs and Diversity Statement.
Exhibits an investment and joy in working with middle school students and appreciates the developmental characteristics of this age group.
Teaches seventh-grade Life Sciences, eighth-grade Physical Sciences and Engineering Design, and S.T.E.M elective courses. Electives include, but may not be limited to, forensics, coding, robotics, and design thinking.
Commits to cultural competency and responsiveness.
Works with grade-level team and departmental team to execute responsibilities relating to the academic program: curriculum development and implementation, social-emotional learning, classroom design, classroom management, student evaluation, progress reports and parent communication.
Works with the school counselor, Coordinator of Student Services, and Dean of Student Life and Diversity to aid students in achieving the maximum development and growth, both within and beyond the classroom. This is achieved through observation of students' behavior and needs, and consultation with the counselor and referrals, when indicated.
Adapts teaching to the individualized and differentiated needs of each child.
Communicates and meets with parents and guardians to discuss their child’s progress and develop a collaborative partnership.
Designs lessons and experiences that encourage risk-taking in learning and model lifelong learning.
Promptly and actively attends daily duty assignments, weekly grade-level team meetings, monthly faculty meetings and quarterly Bears Briefings.
Maintains professional knowledge through yearly participation in the professional development program (which includes opportunities for attendance at conferences, workshops and educational meetings, and for advanced degree coursework).
Expertise in best practices for middle school science instruction
Familiarity with current learning theories, basic principles of human growth and development, and the ability to consider them in the design and implementation of learning experiences
Knowledge of current trends and research in learning and assessment
Ability to manage non-instructional human dynamics in an educational setting
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
Ability to work efficiently in Google Suite environment
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty, staff and administration
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field from a four-year college or university required
Master’s degree preferred
Three-plus years science teaching experience
Experience in developing and writing curriculum
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About The Alexander Dawson School At Rainbow Mountain
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent day school for college-bound students in preschool (age 3) through Middle School (8th grade). Our school is located on a 40-acre site in the foothills of the mountains west of Las Vegas in the community of Summerlin. Dawson offers our 600 students wonderful facilities and great teaching. Built at a cost of more than $35 million, our campus includes an Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) for three- and four-year-olds with low teacher-to-student ratios (1 to 8). The Lower School (Kindergarten – 4th grade) and Upper School (5th -8th grade) are taught in state-of-the-art classroom buildings. We are proud to offer more than $1 million each year in financial aid to qualified families. In addition, we offer four foreign languages, including Mandarin, and several merit-based scholarships for Middle School students.