Position Title: Instructor of Science – AP Biology
Direct Reports: None
Status: 10-Month, Residential, Teaching Faculty
Instructor of Science Position Summary:
The Hill School seeks an Instructor of Science for the 2018-19 academic year. Working closely with other members of the Science Department, this teacher will be responsible for classroom instruction, lab proficiency, communication with students and parents as well as student advisers, and remaining current on general science educational issues.
More specifically, responsibilities for this position include (but are not limited to):
Teaching four assigned sections of science, including AP and possibly introductory Biology. Candidates who can teach Chemistry are particularly encouraged to apply;
Helping to organize and plan laboratories;
Teaching 50-60 students per year;
Serving the school’s co-curricular program for two trimesters as either a coach or program leader;
Participating in the school’s student life program as an adviser and by providing residential or supervisory duty on periodic weeknights and weekends;
Writing official school course, advisory, residential, and co-curricular comments on students throughout the year;
Writing recommendations to college and various programs on behalf of individual students as necessary;
Meeting with parents as appropriate;
Science Department Profile:
Featuring a close-knit, collegial group of scientific educators with three to 38 years of classroom experience, The Hill’s Science Department offers a number of paths for our students to investigate and learn about the sciences. For the vast majority of our students, we are a biology first school, offering chemistry, and then physics in successive years. Some of our students may choose to take Environmental Science following Biology if there are math concerns moving into Chemistry. Incoming 3rd Form students may choose to apply to our two-year integrated science curriculum which will move them into advanced an AP sciences at the end of their second year rather than at the end of their third year. We currently offer AP courses in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1 AP, Physics C Mechanics, and Physics C E&M. There are a number of pedagogies employed by the department including but not limited to direct instruction, modeling curriculum, the flipped classroom, and lab investigations. Currently all of our courses count as a lab science as we spend one 70 minute period per week in that setting. While our students must only take two lab sciences to graduate, almost all take a third year and more than half of our students take a fourth year.
About The Hill School:
Founded in 1851 as “The Family Boarding School,” The Hill School prepares young men and women from across the country and around the world for college, careers, and life. Within a family school environment and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, The Hill challenges our students to work hard; think and reason; be fulfilled; serve the common good; and be prepared to lead as citizens of the world, uniquely guided by our motto, “Whatsoever Things Are True.”
The Hill School provides a challenging liberal arts curriculum to approximately 510 boarding and day students in forms 3-6 (grades 9-12 and postgraduate) that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and creativity. Hill students are also very active in athletics, the arts, community service, and campus organizations. Through The Hill’s traditions, curriculum, co-curricular programs, and closely-knit community, students develop character and leadership skills and take pride in showing personal responsibility, kindness, and respect for others.
Located on a 200-acre hilltop site in Pottstown, PA – an hour’s drive from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City and Baltimore – the campus blends historic buildings and modern facilities in an appealing setting. Approximately 80 percent of The Hill’s students live on campus, as do nearly all of the School’s 100 faculty members.
Ideally, a candidate will possess at least 5 years of experience teaching in the science classroom. The teacher will also be expected to undertake responsibilities that are normally associated with a boarding school, such as serving on various school committees and participating in the school’s co-curricular and residential programs. 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 preferred. Start date for this position is August 2018.
About The Hill School
Since its founding in 1851 and for 167 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 our 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 impro...ved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century 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 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 129-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 fourth 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 Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, and mathematics classes will be housed. We will 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, starting in June 2018. 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.