The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Northwest School seeks a full time Spanish Teacher who will teach 3 courses of Spanish language and who will lead the Modern Languages department as the department chair. The Modern Languages Department at The Northwest School teaches Spanish, Chinese, French, and ESL. The department is committed to applying ACTFL standards and teaching primarily in the target language. We seek to graduate students with real-world language proficiency and a deep understanding of their connection to global cultures and local communities of languages they study.
Department Chairs at The Northwest School are responsible for assisting the Academic Coordinating Team (ACT: Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Middle and Upper School Directors) in ensuring and monitoring the excellence of the curriculum and teaching effectiveness throughout their departments, and in encouraging and supporting strong and appropriate interdisciplinary education within their departments and within the overall curriculum.
Essential Functions Include:
Teach three sections of Spanish to Upper and Middle school students.
Serve as Modern Languages department chair:
• Organize and lead regular meetings and retreats • Inform colleagues and administrators of results of meetings • Review and develop curriculum in collaboration with department colleagues • Coordinate faculty search efforts for the department • Promote department professional development through meetings, visits, peer observations, workshops, and conferences • Assist in student placement efforts • Promote and monitor curricular goals in areas of global perspective, integration, educational technology, environmental stewardship, differentiation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion
Serve as an advisor to a group of students by guiding their social and academic progress.
Coordinate curricula with other language teachers and grade level teachers.
Plan and participate in a 2 week intensive course known as a Summit each year.
Participate fully in the life of the school which includes collaborating effectively and collegially with a teaching team, grade-level, and department; engage regularly in formal, ongoing professional development beyond school based in-service; support colleagues and the school by substituting for absent teachers; participate in meetings, committees, and community gatherings; and know, understand, and uphold the mission, philosophy and values of the school.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
A master’s degree and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Experience in and commitment to teaching in the target language.
Demonstrated success with culturally responsive pedagogy.
Experience teaching a diverse student body through a social justice lens.
Experience teaching French in addition to Spanish is preferred.
Native or near-native fluency in Spanish is preferred.
Demonstrated success applying ACTFL standards in a block schedule.
Experience with Latin American culture is highly preferred.
Scholarship in Hispanic Studies is highly preferred.
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience and includes all professional responsibilities of a teacher, both in the classroom and community contributions. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.