University Prep is seeking a talented, dynamic, and compassionate teacher to develop and teach Middle School geography and history courses (currently 6th and 8th grade). We are looking for an individual who has experience designing and teaching curriculum relating to World Religions and Geography, but who also brings additional areas of expertise and passions to the department. We’re looking for an energetic individual who can adapt quickly to changing circumstances, who works effectively independently as well as part of a team, and who is passionate about teaching and enhancing student life. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education, and who can help us advance our vision of being an inclusive community of learners that provides an outstanding education for each individual in a diverse student population. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you. Salary is competitive with area public and independent schools. University Prep offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development and an extraordinary work environment.
Who We Are:
University Prep is an independent 6-12 school located in an urban residential section of Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities. We are a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaboratively create an exceptional educational experience for every student. The school is a place of great teaching and joyful learning; a community that joins together to raise up our children to be caring and productive adults; a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and a place where we aspire for every family and student to feel equally enfranchised and at home. To us, diversity and inclusivity are not addenda, they are embodied in all facets of our school culture. University Prep believes that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission of developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.
Under minimal supervision, and on a full-time basis, designs and teaches predominantly Middle School History and Geography courses in a collaborative environment.
Teaches four classes each semester with a primary focus on 6th and 8th grade History and Geography courses. These courses currently focus on World Religions and World Geography and we are looking for teachers who will engage with us to plan the next generation of these courses. (See next bullet)
Engages in curriculum design and development with other department members and colleagues to support the growth and development of our 6-12 grade program with a particular focus on the 6th and 8th grades’ sequence.
Designs and delivers curriculum that supports our departmental and school commitment to social justice and global citizenship
Provides classroom instruction and management
Serves as advisor to 10-12 students
Collaborates with colleagues, students, parents and administrators as appropriate
Actively participates in the life of the school
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in History, International Studies, Political Science or related field required
Experience teaching in a middle school or working with adolescents
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Commitment to teaching the whole child
Experience with curriculum development
Ability to design and deliver history curriculum with passion and creativity
Energy and enthusiasm for collaborative work
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Understanding of the developmental needs of Middle School-aged students
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows or Mac environment using Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Comfortable with operating Audio/Visual equipment
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
An advanced degree in education or the subject area
5+ years’ teaching experience
Experience with technology in the classroom such as personal devices, laptops, etc.
Experience with being part of a curricular and co-curricular team
Thank you for your interest in University Prep and this position. If you would like to apply, please visit us at https://www.universityprep.org/who-we-are/careers