The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent day and boarding school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including about 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Northwest School seeks a full-time Humanities teacher beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
Humanities: The Humanities curriculum in grades 6-8 integrates Language Arts, Social Studies, and Geography across all grades. These classes focus on building strong writing (expository & creative), research, communication and reading skills. Technology is regularly integrated into the program for word processing, research, presentations, note taking and final projects.
The Humanities program in grades 9–11 combines the study of literature, history, philosophy, culture and art history in a three-year, chronological sequence. These double-credit courses meet state requirements in both English and history. Classes meet nine times each week in lectures, small-group discussions and writing conferences with three to four students. The courses are reading and writing intensive. Readings for each topic are taken from primary sources, historical scholarship and from the great literature of or about the period under study. The Humanities program develops higher-order thinking skills by asking students to synthesize concepts and facts from history and to apply them to current situations. The main tool for this exercise is writing—expository and creative—which is required after every major book, topic or idea. Personal responses and oral presentations are also a part of these courses.
Essential Functions Include: • Teach two or three sections of Humanities courses. • Humanities is a double-credit course that meets every day in grades 6-11, meaning each section counts for .5FTE • Senior Humanities are single-credit courses that meet every other day, meaning each section counts for .25FTE • Develop and implement integrated Humanities curriculum • Collaborate and actively team-teach with other Humanities teachers at the grade-level. • Coordinate curricula with other department and grade-level teachers. • Plan and teach a 2-week intensive course, known as a Summit, each year. • Advise a group of students. • Cultivate positive family partnerships. • Participate fully in the life of the school which includes collaborating effectively and collegially with a teaching team, grade-level, and department; engage regularly in formal, ongoing professional development beyond school based in- service; support colleagues and the school by substituting for absent teachers; participate in meetings, committees, and community gatherings; and know, understand, and uphold the mission, philosophy and values of the school. All teachers contribute to the school mission and community with activities such as supporting student social-emotional learning, interest groups (clubs), social events, and grade level trips.
Minimum Qualifications: • All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental sustainability, and global perspective. • A bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job. This includes demonstration of the ability to teach social studies, literature, grammar, and writing. • Demonstrated success with culturally responsive pedagogy. • Experience teaching a diverse student body through a social justice lens.
Preferred Qualifications: • At least 4-5 years teaching experience teaching in a Humanities, Social Studies and/or English Language Arts department. • Experience and interest in teaching different grade-levels and/or subject matter. • Experience developing and implementing new curriculum. • A degree in race and ethnic studies and/or a background in anti-racist pedagogy and anti-racist activism. • An ELL certificate or endorsement and experience working with an international student population
Compensation: Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience and includes all professional responsibilities of a teacher, both in the classroom and community contributions. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.