Chemistry Teacher, Upper School (9-12)

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UPPER SCHOOL Position Title: Chemistry Teacher Position Status: Full-time FSLA Classification: Exempt Reports To: Chemistry Department Chair and Head of Upper School

Position Purpose:

Teach four to five sections of chemistry to high school students through collaboration with a team that is a leader in science education. Develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and SCH science curriculum maps. Promote student interest in science opportunities and careers.

Essential Functions

• Teaches Upper School chemistry (honors and college-prep) and a chemistry-based elective. • Serves as an advisor to a grade-level group of Upper School students and performs expected functions in that role as outlined by the Head of Upper School and Dean of Student Life. • Collaborates with co-teachers teaching the same course to develop daily lesson plans and curricular materials. • Prepares course objectives and outlines course of study following curriculum guidelines and any school requirements as mentioned in the mission statement. • Demonstrates, models, and designs learning experiences that foster 21st century STEM learning skills in students. • Integrates technology as an essential and regular component of student learning experiences. • Prepares, administers, corrects, and records assessment results in a regular and timely manner. • Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of students. • Provides students with a variety of formats by which they can demonstrate skill mastery. • Provides timely and regular feedback on students’ progress toward skill mastery. • Teaches rules of conduct and creates a warm and welcoming learning environment. • Maintains order and enforces school policies in the classroom and throughout common areas of the campus. • Counsels pupils when adjustment and academic problems arise. • Discusses pupils’ academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements with parents. • Keeps daily attendance and records of students’ progress. • May coordinate field trips. • May chaperone overnight field trips up to one week in length as part of the science or Upper School program. • Collaborates within the Science Department and with all departments and offices as required or requested. • Attends work and arrives/departs work at the appropriate times as determined by the immediate supervisor. • Assumes other reasonable and equitable job-related duties assigned by the immediate supervisor, some of which occur on weekends and evenings, including Science Department initiatives like participating in the Philadelphia Science Festival, science competitions, etc. • Attends professional development programs each year.


• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. • Ability to develop and implement curriculum, assessments, and utilize teaching methodologies/best practices. • Strong background in chemistry with advanced degree preferred. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. • Knowledge of content, curriculum, methods, materials, and equipment for chemistry education. • Knowledge of 21st century learning skills and practices, current science standards, and inquiry-based pedagogy. • Knowledge of applicable safety procedures. • Ability to provide a supportive, caring, and positive environment for students and to maintain classroom discipline. • Knowledge of child development theory and practice. • Strong knowledge of personal computer skills with experience in the use of web-based applications, including course management programs, Google Drive applications, MS Office applications and email. • Comfortable with a team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job. • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious, and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility. • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building. • Demonstrated deep understanding of cultural competency skills and enthusiasm for issues of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism. • At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. • At least two years of experience teaching chemistry.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

• Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts. • Regularly use close and distance vision. • Turn, bend, reach, and occasionally climb. • Work in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment with moderate noise level. • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of education philosophy, and contact information for three references to One of the references must be from a current or previous supervisor.