The Branson School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school of 320 students, grades 9-12, located in Marin County, California. Branson prides itself on fostering nurturing relationships with students while maintaining high academic standards. The faculty values collaboration, professional development, reflection, and continual exploration of good teaching. Branson teachers work in a beautiful, well-resourced environment with dedicated students. The faculty is widely regarded as outstanding and there exists in the faculty an admirable ?esprit de corps and a positive attitude about their work and their relationship with students.
Branson develops students who make a positive impact in the world by leading lives of integrity, purpose, learning, and joy.
Diversity Mission Statement
Branson believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to create a truly excellent learning environment and a vibrant, caring community. We aspire to have every member of the Branson community feel a deep sense of belonging and inclusion.
The English Department Chair oversees the effective functioning of the Branson English Department while teaching three sections of English.
Branson’s English curriculum emphasizes close reading of the text, discussion-based classes, and analytical, reflective, and creative writing. English teachers should be able to teach at any level but generally tend to teach a yearlong core (freshman or sophomore) class and one or two upper-level electives each semester. The teachers of each course work very closely together, collaborating to plan each unit of study, individual lessons and assessments. All English teachers report to the English Department chair and are expected to collaborate and form a strong team with all members of the department.
All teachers, including Department Chairs, serve as an advisor to a group of students in a particular grade and perform some other duty at the school. There is flexibility in that choice of duty, and options include committee work, coaching, and running a student club or organization.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the mission of the school
Shape the curricular vision for the department
Advance and support curriculum review, revision, and development
Set the tone and the direction for the department
Think broadly about teaching and learning
Advance and support excellence in teaching
Ensure rigor of academic program
Participate productively in the Academic Council group with a generous perspective that allows for consideration of other departments’ goals and priorities as well as the health of the overall academic program
Collaborate with department chairs, deans, and other administrators
Be responsive to requests, needs and feedback from members of the English Department.
Promote and support professional growth
Manage annual reflection and goals for each department member, including conversations at beginning and end of year
Nurture morale of department
Meet regularly with and mentor new faculty
Facilitate group decisions and develop consensus when possible
Manage difficult conversations and initiate conflict resolution as needed
Oversee health and functioning of curricular teams
Participate on evaluation teams for department members
Participate in renewal of contract decisions when necessary
Observe classes and provide feedback for all department members at least twice a year
Participate in recruitment and hiring process
Communicate effectively with department members
Clearly articulate department’s four-year program goals to students and parents
Respond promptly and appropriately to feedback from colleagues, parents, and students
Act as first responder to parent concerns about program
Update curricular materials and communicate to community as needed
Update department information on Branson website
Represent faculty concerns to administration and promote understanding of complex issues
Represent administrative concerns to faculty and promote understanding of complex issues
Plan and facilitate department meetings
Arrange for class coverage
Make teaching assignments
Participate in developing master schedule
Oversee UC course submissions and AP Audit requirements
Oversee department budget and communicate budgetary information to business manager
Tend to the daily tasks that support the effective running of department and school
Teaching and Learning
Collaborate closely with the other teachers of shared courses to develop units, lessons and assessments.
Effectively design curriculum that aligns with the overall goals of Branson’s English program.
Stress effective oral and written communication in all classes and encourage careful listening skills.
Create a safe and inclusive classroom environment.
Treat all students equitably, be sincerely interested in them as individuals, and make a priority of responding to their needs.
Hold high expectations for all students and communicate these expectations clearly and regularly.
Hold students accountable for their actions and their learning.
Engage and encourage students in the active process of learning.
Incorporate appropriate and varied methods, materials, and technologies into teaching.
Give timely, meaningful, and personal feedback on student performance and participation.
Regularly communicate with administration and parents about student progress and concerns as they arise.
Be available to meet with students outside of class to provide academic support.
Serve as a faculty advisor to a group of 8-10 students.
Attend all assemblies, faculty meetings, department meetings and required school events.
Respond to evaluations from supervisors and students professionally and constructively.
Perform an additional extra-curricular duty approved by the school -- coaching, advising a student organization, serving on a committee, etc.
Be available to meet with students outside of class to provide social, emotional and mentoring support.
Key Qualifications and Skills:
A. or B.S. in English, or equivalent experience; M.A in English strongly encouraged.
At least five to seven years of teaching English at a comparable high school level.
Committed to academic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, exceptional teaching, and providing a dynamic climate for lifelong fitness and wellness.
Ability to pass state and federal background check, fingerprinting, and provide a recent negative TB test or screening.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Branson is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers and interns, and the School makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate. Branson prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. The School will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.
To apply, please send a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and resume via email to: