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Drew School is an independent, urban high school in San Francisco enrolling 280 students in grades 9 through 12. Drew knows and believes in teenagers. Drew engages each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact. Drew combines a student-centered curriculum with a dedicated, passionate faculty committed to best practices in their disciplines, equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and differentiated instruction. We believe that teenagers need a safe haven and meaningful relationships to open their minds to possibilities, emphasizing their unique journey of defining success on their own terms. The faculty meets weekly to engage in discussion and professional development with a focus on best practices in education, such as equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adolescent development.

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Position Overview

Drew School seeks a full-time Science teacher and Department Chair for the 2024-2025 school year. We seek a teacher who has experience teaching Physics including Advanced Physics, Engineering, or other advanced elective courses. We seek an educator who will be a collegial, collaborative, and supportive school community member.

The Department Chair is responsible for overseeing their department’s curriculum and teaching to the school’s mission. Working with the Assistant Head of Academics, the Department Chair will develop and articulate a clear vision for the department and manage its continual growth and self-reflection – both curricular and professional.

This position requires someone to teach four classes and lead all departmental and curricular planning meetings. We are seeking an experienced science educator with teaching experience across all levels of high school. We are also looking for someone who either aspires for leadership roles, or who is currently serving as a Department Chair or other supervisory administrative role within an independent high school.

Our science program places a strong emphasis on inquiry-based, hands-on learning, and we value creativity and real-world application of scientific principles. We want to ensure that a new leader in our school also shares these values.

Salary range: $75,000 – $120,000 DOE

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Department Chair Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides mentorship and support for teachers in the department, including class observations and meetings to discuss teaching methodology and professional development opportunities
  • Works with the Assistant Head of Academics to mentor and evaluate new teachers
  • Works with the Assistant Head of Academics to build a curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and fosters individual growth in every student
  • Sets departmental goals and plans meetings to improve programming
  • Leads hiring of new teachers for the department
  • Manages department budget
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the department
  • Is a leader who embraces the direction and mission of the school
  • Is a member of the Academic Council, meeting every two weeks

Teaching Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach 4 sections of science classes
  • Serve as a student advisor
  • Design and lead Experiential Electives
  • Lead an Drew Education for Active Lifelong Learning (DEALL) week experience
  • Mentor a student club activity
  • Maintain high standards of professionalism
  • Work in alignment with the mission of Drew School

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • B.A. in Physics or associated field (graduate degree preferred)
  • Teaching courses in Physics and may include Advanced Physics and Engineering
  • Knowledge of and experience with recent best practices in science instruction
  • Curriculum development
  • Best practices for teaching students with learning differences
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Experience with Understanding by Design for curriculum review

Ideal Dispositions

  • Culturally competent and committed to equity and inclusion
  • Enjoys working with teenagers
  • Self-reflective and growth-minded
  • Collaborates with adults and students

Drew School is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an identity-safe school, where all members of the community find opportunities for belonging and growth. Drew School offers a competitive compensation package. We strongly encourage candidates of color to apply.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Drew School of San Francisco admits students of every race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school administered programs.

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