CITYterm at the Masters School seeks a full time, residential Urban Core teacher to be part of an interdisciplinary teaching team. This position reports to CITYterm’s Director and is a ten-month, paid teaching position that includes housing. Ideally this position will be filled by someone willing to make a three-year minimum commitment.
Urban Core Teacher Position Description
This position is ideal for a teacher interested in using New York City as a classroom, designing curriculum in a collaborative setting, and thinking deeply about the conditions of transformational learning experiences. Urban Core teachers construct and teach project-based units that focus on practicing and developing skills. Teaching occurs in a variety of settings: around Harkness tables in groups of 14-16, in New York City, in smaller working sessions and one-on-one. CITYterm’s Urban Core teachers inculcate exploration and intellectual engagement by modeling what it means to be curious and open. In other words, we are looking for a teacher interested in learning alongside students rather than simply being a content-area expert. Because CITYterm is a residential, semester-long program, each term is an opportunity to build a community of learners, to design and re-design projects and to learn. The ideal candidate for this position enjoys working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment and is eager to build relationships with students that support cognitive development in a variety of settings.
Urban Core teachers lead and teach not only in the classroom, but also in New York City.
Teach and co-teach project-based Urban Core units (equivalent to 3 sections)
Design interdisciplinary curriculum in collaboration with a team of teachers
Assess students based on their cognitive skills
Join 2-3 weekly trips into New York City
Advise 4-6 students; write midterm and end of semester Urban Core narratives as part of a collaborative comment process
Participate in weekly curricular and residential faculty meetings to design the urban core units and build the learning community
As part of the residential team, the Urban Core teacher will also be responsible for supporting community building endeavors and contributing to the development of a cohesive residential environment:
Collaborate with a team of seven residential faculty members to oversee a dorm of 30 students, including dorm duty (typically 1 weeknight per week and 4 weekends per semester)
Supports the development of a group culture that is inclusive and equitable
Attend full group activities including morning meeting, community development events, work crew and group classes that prepare for expeditions in the city
Coordinate and attend culminating events such as student art exhibits and presentations
Skills and Characteristics:
A belief in a flexible intelligence/growth mindset
Ability to juggle residential and curricular demands
Strong reading, writing and critical thinking skills
Strong communication and relationship building skills with colleagues, students, and parents
Sense of humor
Energy, enthusiasm and curiosity – willingness to be a fellow learner with students
Openness to collaboration, particularly around curricular design
Flexibility and a “whatever it takes” attitude
Interest in fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environments
Highly capable in Microsoft Word (proficiency in Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint strongly preferred)
3 or more years teaching in a related field: Literature, Humanities, American Studies, Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, Sociology or other related disciplines; interdisciplinary teaching and team teaching experience are a plus
Understanding of and/or openness to constructivist learning theory, experience-based learning and/or deep learning theory
Experience with group dynamics, approaches to creative collaboration and/or student leadership (preferred, but not required)
Prior experience in residential learning communities as a camp counselor, residential advisor or dorm parent (strongly preferred, but not required)
Valid Driver’s License (required)
About The Masters School
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a coeducational day and boarding school that engages 5th–12th grade students with a challenging academic program in a welcoming learning environment. Located on 96 picturesque acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School community takes advantage of both its access to the tri-state area and its proximity to the rich cultural and educational magnet that is New York City. We offer our diverse student body, hailing from 33 different countries, the resources and activities of our seven-day campus and dedicated, talented faculty and staff. Through exceptional academics, outstanding visual and performing arts, championship athletic teams, and active community engagement, the Masters experience prepares students to thrive in college, career, and life. Our students graduate determined to make a positive contribution to their world.
The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do – to be a power for good in the world.