Location: Pasadena, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: $64,480 - $88,480
EF Academy is an international day and boarding high school serving international students from over 50 countries. EF Academy Pasadena opened in September of 2022, joining sister schools in New York and Oxford. EF Academy Pasadena currently enrolls 125 students, but is on a growth pathway towards 1000 students (700 boarders and 300 local day students) over the next many years. EF Academy Pasadena faculty members are exceptional educators who are fully committed to a competency-based learning (CBL) approach to education. Our faculty constantly pursue learning to refresh their understanding of pedagogical best practices for student engagement and agency, and they work collaboratively on implementing CBL with fidelity to the guiding values for equity and personalization. Our signature Global Leadership (GL) program provides a “pedagogy playground” for faculty, as every faculty member team teaches one section on a transdiciplanary team using a fully project-based learning model. GL offers students the opportunity to use the design thinking process to propose, prototype, and implement an actionable solution in alignment to one of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development goals.
As both a start-up and a boarding school, at EF Academy Pasadena our faculty are guided in their practice by an educator competency architecture with four domains that define how to be and become inspiring educators, committed caretakers, courageous innovators, and relationship builders. Working on this team of faculty requires a commitment to best practices, a comfort with iteration, and a fervor for collaboration!
Professional Qualifications and Qualities:
- Bachelor’s degree in teaching or relevant field, advanced degree preferred
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a teacher
- In-depth knowledge of student-centered teaching methods
- Proven interest in learning about and adopting CBL best practices in design of curriculum and assessment
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Well-organized with excellent leadership abilities
- Exceptional interpersonal and presentation skills
- Growth mindset
Key Responsibilities in each domain:
- Teach a full timetable of classes (generally 4 classes in alignment with subject area expertise and 1 team-taught course in the signature Global Leadership program).
- Implement student-cenetered pedagogies, inclusive of project-, problem-, inquiry-, place-, and/or research-based approaches.
- Collaborate with the full faculty on creating appropriate formative and summative assessments in alignment with CBL values.
- Partner with the Learning Support Specialist and the Director of English Language Learning Support to create inclusive classrooms for students with learning differences or with lower English proficiencies.
- Support students outside of the classroom through office hours and evening study hall.
- Help to grow experiential learning through thoughtful cultivation of field study, service learning, trips, or internship opportunities in alignment to course curriculum.
- Thoughtfully reflect on practice via the professional portfolio process annually.
- Act as an advisor to a group of students meeting as a group and individually as scheduled to build a sense of community, support, and family within a small student group.
- Support residential life on a weekend duty team.
- Coach a sport or mentor a club across the school year.
- Contribute to execution of student welcome and departure days.
- Embrace responsibilities as a trained Mental Health First Aider to support student well-being.
- Commit to the CBL vision of academics and experiment boldly with curriculum, pedadgogy, and assessment.
- Serve on a faculty team to help drive the implementation of the academic vision (’22-’23 teams included: CBL Implementation, Competency Mapping & Curriculum, Professional Portfolio, and Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Pedagogy).
- Participate in professional learning opportunities offered by the school.
- Activetly engage with curriculum planning meetings, faculty meetings, department meetings, and all community meetings.
- Work cooperatively with colleagues on planning, gathering and sharing resources, and cross grading/rubric tuning.
- Maintain open communication and build trust with families of advisees; lead advisor/parent conferences twice yearly.
- Take actions that demonstrate commitment to helping students feel known, seen, and valued. Attend events that celebrate students accomplishments – Arts night, Culture Fair, Global Leadership Gallery Walks, etc.
This is a 10-month, exempt position. As an international boarding school, we believe in the importance of a strong community spirit of support and care. Therefore, all members of the school faculty and staff, regardless of residential status, are expected to engage in life beyond the classroom through clubs, activities, excursions and celebratory events, as well as duties on campus. Residential faculty (those with campus-provided housing) complete a more robust set of evening and weekend duties than non-residential faculty (those without campus-provided housing).
Salary will be paid on the faculty payscale and range from $64,480 to $88,480 based on years of relevant experience and highest degree earned. Non-residential faculty are paid an additional $5,000 annual stipend for their performance of residential duties.