Beginning Fall 2014
Marin Academy is looking for someone to serve as a Human Development Teacher and as the Director of Community Action. This is a 10-month faculty position.
Human Development Teacher (50%)
Marin Academy students take a Human Development course for one semester of their freshman and sophomore years. The Human Development courses provide students with opportunities to question themselves and their peers about identity formation, decision-making, relationships, sexuality, social justice, and substance use. Teachers, teaching assistants, and students strive to foster a safe environment where learning takes place through discussions and educational resources. The goal of the program is to help students articulate their values, appreciate a diversity of opinions and make informed decisions.
The responsibilities of this position include:
· Teaching three sections of Human Development;
· Working collaboratively with the other Human Development teacher to build the program and curriculum;
· Serving on the Marin Academy Diversity Council;
· Attending faculty meetings;
· Participating in the Minicourse program and End of the Year projects.
Candidates should have a background in health education; experience working with teenagers; an understanding of adolescent identity development; and the maturity, patience, and good humor needed to engage and to challenge students in discussions about values, choices, and personal relationships. Ideal candidates will also have classroom teaching experience.
Director of Community Action (50%)
The Director of Community Action (DCA) is responsible for the developing, administering, and evaluating the school’s community action program. The DCA will serve on the Marin Academy Dean’s Group and Diversity Council.
The responsibilities of this position include:
· Creating and fostering relationships with nonprofit agencies that use youth volunteers;
· Meeting with students in an effort to link them with local volunteer, internship, and job opportunities;
· Collaborating with teachers who are interested in incorporating service learning projects into their curriculum;
· Manages the Youth Grants Board, a group of students interested in learning grant-making and grant-evaluating skills (recruiting and training student participants, managing the budget, facilitates bi-monthly meetings);
· Coordinates the Community Action website, assemblies, and annual budget.
Candidates should have experience working with high school students; a commitment to building a student leadership program; cultural competency; exposure to student enrichment programs; experience working with (or a desire to work with) middle school students; and the creativity needed to envision and build a program. Flexibility and good humor are essential.
Ideal candidates will also have independent school experience; some high school teaching experience; a background in social justice, ethnic studies, or diversity work; an understanding of the service-learning model; existing contacts with nonprofit agencies; experience coordinating or creating similar programs. Spanish-speaking candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Information About Marin Academy
Marin Academy is an independent, college preparatory high school located in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Rafael, CA with an enrollment of 400 students with academic talent, interest in the arts and athletics, and a passion for a multitude of issues. Our students come from San Francisco, the East Bay, and Sonoma in addition to Marin County. Marin Academy has a block schedule in which classes meet every other day for 80-minute periods. Marin Academy’s mission statement “asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.”
Marin Academy has a vibrant, diverse community, and we seek adults who will contribute to the life of the school outside of the classroom, who share our belief in the moral and educational value of diversity, and who enjoy working with adolescents.
Marin Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Our salary and benefits are competitive. For more information about Marin Academy, please visit our website (www.ma.org).
How to apply for this position
Please send your resume, a list of references (please provide names, titles, and contact information), and a letter of intent that outlines your experience and your interest in the position to:
Dean of Faculty
1600 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901-1859