The Blake School seeks to hire a PK-12 Science Department Chair to lead the department starting in the 2020-21 school year.
The ideal candidate will have deep emotional intelligence, extensive teaching experience in a PK-12 environment and a passion for sharing best practice pedagogy in the field –especially modeling and inquiry-based curricula. Strong candidates will also demonstrate familiarity with research about student learning, science curriculum design and constructivist teaching.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity and lived experience that strengthens our community and empowers students to engage across differences.
The search committee will begin reviewing resumes on December 16; we warmly welcome applications after that date, as well. Blake will cover travel and lodging costs for finalist visits to campus.
Curricular and Programmatic Leadership
Develop a thorough understanding of the curriculum through one-on-one conversations, classroom observations, department meetings and a careful review of current courses
Identify opportunities to expand or enhance the science curriculum within and across divisions
Collaborate closely with department faculty to oversee the evolution and alignment of the science curriculum, consistent with Blake’s mission
Teach up to two class sections, modeling best practices in science instruction and inspiring a love of science in students
Design PK-12 and divisional department meetings and professional learning experiences
Partner with other department chairs and with division directors to design, coordinate and integrate course content and offerings
Represent the department’s program on school committees
Oversee and communicate about department budget
Faculty Support and Evaluation
Build community and collegiality by being a reliable and accessible presence across campuses and divisions
Collaborate closely with divisional administrators on hiring, retaining, coaching and evaluating department faculty
Envision and support professional development for science faculty so that each teacher can effectively implement a wide range of best-practice instructional and assessment strategies
Support ongoing conversations about the role of intercultural competence in science teaching and learning
Institutional & Community Partnerships
Collaborate with Admissions and Communications Departments to share with constituents and prospective families the department’s philosophy, vision and offerings
Develop and maintain connections with relevant programs, institutions and thought leaders in the Twin Cities and beyond
Undergraduate degree in science, with a strong preference for an advanced degree or work toward an advanced degree in a relevant field
Substantial professional experience in science education, with a preference for experience teaching in multiple divisions PK-12
Superb interpersonal and communication skills
Logistical and organizational acumen, reflecting the needs of a multi-campus, three-division school
Knowledge of and commitment to learning about best practices in science pedagogy
Demonstrated ability to coach and evaluate faculty
Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
Department chairs work closely with division directors and report directly to the Associate Head of School.
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.