Full Time Upper School Science Instructor (Physics/Chemistry)

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The Athenian School

Position: Full Time Upper School Instructor (Physics/Chemistry)


Expected Beginning Date: August 1, 2019

Application Deadline: Until filled


Position Description:


At The Athenian School, we begin the science arc in our Upper School with Physics. All students are required to take Introductory physics in 9th grade, Introductory Chemistry in 10th grade, and Introductory Biology in 11th grade. Advanced courses in each of the core disciplines are offered to upperclass students, along with Medicinal Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering, Art and Science of the Making, and Applied Science. The Science Department is seeking qualified people to teach three classes in physics to 9th graders and one in chemistry to 10th grade as well as participate in the two 9th/10th grade core and grade-level teams.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching 3 sections of Physics to 9th graders and 1 section of Chemistry to 10th graders
  • Advisory


Core Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated excellence at a high school level in at least one core science course described above
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technology in content delivery and skill development
  • Experience with project-based learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to The Athenian School’s ideals: Education for democracy, equity and inclusion, community service, multiculturalism, and environmental stewardship
  • Growth mindset, flexibility, comfort with a quick pace of change, and openness to collaboration and experimentation


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree
  • Experience working in a boarding school with an international student population
  • Understanding of independent schools


School Description:

The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community.  Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 530 students, including 60 boarding students, 48 of whom are international students.  We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website: www.athenian.org).


Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.


Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.


The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status.  The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.


Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.


Please send a letter of interest, current resume, and three references via email to careers@athenian.org. In your cover letter, please specify your area(s) of expertise and which subjects and classes you’re able to teach. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: website, referral organization, etc.


Address your letter of interest to Kalyan Balaven, Director of Teaching and Learning.

To apply for this job email your details to dderana@athenian.org

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