Location: Tacoma, Washington
Type: Full Time
Salary: $60,000 - $80,000
Salary & benefits
This position offers a salary range between $60,000 and $80,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits available to the hired candidate include the following, subject to the terms of the applicable benefit plan:
Medical, dental, and vision insurance;
Employee Assistance Program;
Accidental death & dismemberment insurance;
Long-term disability insurance;
Paid sick leave (known as Wellness Days): Each regular full-time employee earns 80 hours of Wellness leave per accrual year;
Twelve (12) paid Holidays in 2023;
Fifty percent (50%) Tuition remission in accordance with school policy. All fees and incidental expenses are the sole responsibility of the employee-parent
All children of benefited employees of AWS, who are currently enrolled at AWS, are eligible for extended day services at no charge when school is in session. Charges apply for faculty in-service days or similar days;
A 403(b) retirement plan with a 6% company match with a 3 % employee contribution
4 Year Degree
Annie Wright is seeking an Upper Schools Mandarin Teacher to begin on August 18, 2023. This is a full-time faculty position that reports directly to an Upper School Division Director.
Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative and responsible citizens for a global society.
The Upper Schools Mandarin Teacher sees their role in teaching Mandarin as a leader in teaching cultural understanding. Language is essential to culture and as a teacher of language, the Mandarin Teacher is well positioned to support students as they reflect on their place in the world and consider the points of view of Mandarin-speaking peoples in the United States and beyond its borders. We believe that our student-centered mission demands that we ensure the curricular content of the class connects students to their community and the world.
The Upper Schools Mandarin Teacher encourages students to explore, analyze, connect, express themselves proficiently within multiple world cultures, and, ultimately, inspires students to communicate and approach the world through a more reflective and humanitarian lens. In both academic and co-curricular spaces, the teacher is a mentor, a guide and an advocate for voices as both individuals and within diverse communities centered on growth.
As a member of the school’s Acquired Language Department, the Mandarin Teacher will be charged with collaborating with a departmental team, with the guidance of the Upper Schools Administration. The Mandarin Teacher values hands-on experiential learning through the use of real-world skills and communication strategies to develop students' abilities and confidence in producing spoken and written language, and understanding text-based and aural language both at face value and the nuance added by myriad human experience, under spontaneous circumstances or scaffolded. The Mandarin Teacher encourages students to become lifelong learners by developing curiosity about all language patterns, to have open minds when presented with unique cultural experiences, to practice confidence while expressing and advocating for themselves in an ever-changing world, to be successfully communicative in the target language beyond the academic curricula.
As a core member of the Upper Schools faculty, the Mandarin Teacher reports to an Upper Schools’ Division Director, working collaboratively with the faculty to continuously assess the curriculum and review best practices, and is integral in supporting and developing students that embody the school’s mission and vision.
Position overview: duties & responsibilities
The Upper Schools Mandarin Teacher:
- Implements curriculum based on best practices in teaching, student-centered instruction, and relevant educational technologies;
- Reports to an Upper School Division Director;
- Teaches four or five Mandarin courses in alignment with the mission and philosophy of Annie Wright Schools and with the International Baccalaureate framework;
- If teaching four sections, runs an after school (s)Elective in an area of passion and/or expertise;
- Participates actively in after school and extra-curricular programming along with other members of the faculty to understand students outside as well as inside the classroom;
- Fulfills all faculty duties, which can include serving as an advisor, and maintains good communication with families about student progress.
The US Mandarin Teacher will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The US Mandarin Teacher:
- Holds a BA or BS in Mandarin or a related field;
- Has strong proficiency in Mandarin and cultural competency in Chinese culture;
- Has experience as a teacher of Mandarin at the high school level and/or middle school;
- Is familiar with independent schools and/or the International Baccalaureate framework;
- A strong preference will be given for candidates with IB Mandarin experience;
- Is a strong communicator and empathetic listener;
- Is innovative;
- Is a mentor, a guide and a team-builder;
- Demonstrates an ability to form authentic and appropriate relationships with high school students;
- Demonstrates proficiency in educational technologies;
- Practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
- And, is eligible to work in the United States. Note: Under our current employment policies, we are unable to sponsor work visas and do not offer positions to candidates who are not yet eligible to work in the United States.
- Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
- Must be able to move comfortably around a classroom, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
- Must be able to communicate and exchange information with students, other teachers, and families.
- Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, and this completed and signed application, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at email@example.com. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
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About Annie Wright Schools
Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.