Expanding Faculty, Biochemistry
Hillbrook School—San José, CA Start Date: July 2023
VISION: Inspire students to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world.
MISSION: Hillbrook provides an extraordinary educational experience that fosters a love of learning in our students and helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve their highest individual potential in school and in life. At Hillbrook, students are known, respected and valued as individuals and every day is a journey of self-discovery, imaginative thinking, creative problem solving, laughter and friendship.
CORE VALUES: Be kind. Be curious. Take risks. Be your best.
The Position: What Will You Do & How Will We Collaborate
The expanding biochemistry teacher will be someone who loves visionary thinking as well as tactical execution, a teacher with an entrepreneurial spirit and a grounding in best practices in science education in secondary schools. In the first year, the biochemistry teacher will be responsible for teaching 4 sections of the Foundations in Science: Biochemistry I course to all the ninth grade students, while also building out the four-year science program. They will participate in sharing and presenting our science program to prospective families, and they will play a key role hiring new faculty. While not exactly a blank canvas – this is an expansion of an already excellent JK-8 science program – this is a truly unique opportunity to shape and nurture an upper school program from its infancy.
The Expanding Faculty Member: Who Are You
Do our Core Values – Be kind. Be curious. Take risks. Be your best. – align with how you show up as an educator? Are you committed to building and bridging inclusive communities? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you believe learning should be an active and relational process? Are you someone who sees learning as an integral way to build transferable skills? Do you enjoy building and sustaining excellent programs? Is equity and impact at the forefront of what you do? Do you thrive in small collaborative environments, and are you at the same time a self starter? Do you seek opportunities for interdisciplinary, experiential learning? Do you believe that high school students can make profound and long-lasting impacts on their local and global communities? The team of expanding faculty will emphatically say yes to each of these questions.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
● Teach 4 sections of Foundations in Science: Biochemistry I.
● Advise 10-12 students, implementing the school’s social-emotional curriculum.
● Provide a hands-on, inquiry-based style of teaching that exemplifies how student wellness, intellectual rigor, and a deep commitment to social impact and DEI are critical to a Hillbrook learning experience
● Effectively manage flexible, collaborative learning experiences with various sized groups of students
● Participate in the design of the new campus, classrooms and labs
● Thoughtfully integrate technology into the curriculum
● Design and lead two, quarter-long exploratory classes each year
● Collaboratively design 2, 3-week Reach Beyond Immersives (transdisciplinary, project-based courses using the city and the world as our classroom)
● Co-plan and co-teach with colleagues, including Resident Teachers, focusing on differentiated instruction
● Actively participate in a faculty culture that is committed to being at the leading edge of JK-12 education
● Report to the Head of Upper School
● Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related field
● Experience with competency-based education preferred
● Experience integrating NGSS preferred
● A love of and experience in teaching high school-age children
● Experience maintaining a science lab at a high school or university, including safety procedures, chemical storage, and ordering
● Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a diverse, dynamic, and progressive school community
● A commitment to anti-racism and demonstrated skill designing equitable and inclusive educational experiences and learning environments that incorporate themes of diversity and justice
● Desire and ability to work in a collegial, highly collaborative environment
● Proficiency in and curiosity about educational technology
● A growth mindset, sense of humor, and excellent organizational and communication skills
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
As noted in our Statement of Inclusivity, we strive to reflect the extraordinary diversity of Silicon Valley, believing that educational excellence and equity depend on the creation of a diverse and inclusive community where all students, families and employees feel a full sense of membership. To live up to our DEI Teaching Philosophy Statement, all employees contribute to developing culturally competent students and building an educational institution committed to social justice and reaching beyond. We offer a wide range of opportunities for all employees to engage in work that furthers these goals, from personal dialogues that help us understand different perspectives, to pedagogical training designed to support equitable instructional practices and build habits to disrupt bias whenever we see it. Ultimately, we hope that this work helps all of our constituents—employees, students, and families—be more aware, empathetic, globally-minded, and justice-oriented.
A highly collaborative community, we use the following norms to guide our communication with each other:
● Assume good will
● Come from your own experience
● Be more curious than certain
● Hold yourself and others capable
Our commitment to these norms makes it possible for us to partner meaningfully, disagree productively, and lean into conversations that are both challenging and generative.
Salaries are competitive. Benefits include: full medical, dental, and vision coverage; ample retirement planning with TIAA-CREF; a generous holiday schedule; religious holidays following each employee’s faith; access to the latest state-of-the-art educational technology; and a strong commitment to engaging and personalized professional development. Hillbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.
Please send resume/CV, letter of intent, and a list of five references with contact information (references will not be contacted until the candidate is notified) to Director of Human Resources Rozanne Schiro.
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The School: Who Are We
Hillbrook School, a longstanding JK-8, is opening a high school in the Fall of 2023 and has begun building a team of expanding faculty and school leaders. The upper school will cap at 60 ninth graders in the 2023-2024 school year, adding one grade level each subsequent year. Expanding faculty, along with cross-divisional leaders, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build and shape an engaging, challenging, and place-based high school expanding from an already mission-driven school into the heart of downtown San José.
For more than 85 years, Hillbrook School has been a junior kindergarten-8th grade independent school located on 14 acres of oak woodland in Los Gatos, CA. Founded in 1935, the school remains deeply connected to its historical roots as a place where children are known, learning is authentic and active, and success is measured one child at a time. Over the years, we have grown and evolved from a small boarding school serving wards of the state to one of the leading independent schools in the Bay Area, and yet our vision remains the same—to inspire children to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world.
We are now embarking on one of the school’s most ambitious strategic initiatives ever: the expansion to a JK-12 with the addition of a new high school campus in downtown San José. We are driven by a foundational belief – that our 8th graders and other students deserve an extraordinary educational experience in high school that builds upon the exceptional foundation we provide our JK-8 students. The core differentiators for our current program – the placement of choice and engagement at the center of the learning experience, integrated, real world education that challenges students to reach beyond and make a difference, and a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – will translate seamlessly into a 9-12 environment, allowing us to extend our innovative approach into a market in need of a new model of secondary school education.
Each and every day our students will be challenged to live out our Core Values – be kind, be curious, take risks, be your best – as they engage with an exceptional team of educators committed to helping each student reach their highest potential in school and in life. Our program is also guided by the core questions of the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship – “What matters to you? What are you doing about it?” Simple yet provocative, these two questions inspire all members of our community as they convey two foundational beliefs: learning must be purposeful and have enduring impact, and leveraging student interest drives both engagement and success. Hillbrook, unlike any other school, not only calls on its students to make the world a better place, but also explicitly prioritizes the skills and habits that prepare them to do so, activating and empowering students to make immediate and lasting social impact during their JK-12 years while launching them into a lifetime of social impact work.
Central to the success of the upper school will be hiring a diverse and innovative team of six expanding faculty. This initial expansion team will turn vision into reality as we launch the new division on a new campus in San José. The expanding faculty team will officially begin work on July 1, 2023. Because this team will play a critical role in shaping the school culture and programs, team members will meet in July for two weeks for each of the first four years of the upper school.
Hillbrook has two campuses located in the heart of Silicon Valley, 35 minutes south of Stanford University, 30 minutes north of Santa Cruz, and 1 hour south of San Francisco. The Bay Area is home to world-class universities, museums and restaurants, farmers markets and wineries, and outstanding outdoor opportunities for biking, hiking, surfing and more.
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