Position/Title: History Department Chair, Grades 5-12
Appointment: School Year 2021/2022
Reports To: Director of the Upper School
Laurel School seeks talented faculty who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who thrive on being engaged participants in our community and are committed to anti-racist education and the development of young women as authentic learners and leaders. The most successful candidates are solutions-driven, are willing to listen to learn, embrace iteration and practice as a necessary part of the product, see opportunities before problems, and thrive in a fast paced, forward-thinking educational environment. Laurel lives our mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to question existing paradigms and to dream, dare, and do.
We are seeking a Department Chair who recognizes that the study of History equips young women to cultivate an understanding of the way our past shapes our future and who will encourage students to see the viability of their participation in not just learning about and critically evaluating but also shaping historical narratives. We are particularly interested in educators with expertise in multicultural, non-European, and/or gender-focused lenses. Laurel Department Chairs are part of a forward-thinking curricular team that examines best practices in pedagogy and curricular issues, including but not limited to standards-based learning, project-based learning, understanding by design, and design thinking. Laurel Chairs work with Division Directors as part of the evaluative process for department members. They are responsible for the pedagogical approach of their departments, including the shaping of curricular design, scope, and sequence; the implementation of our curricular philosophy; the use of the Butler Campus; and the integration of Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls, Facing History and Ourselves, anti-racist education, and skills around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into the curricular sequence of their department. They also have oversight of the professional development needs of their departments. We expect that, as a curricular leader at Laurel, a Department Chair will also be excited about working with students outside of the classroom, particularly through our signature programs such as Capstone and Dream, Dare, Do programming.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Leadership of regular department meetings that include facilitation of conversations about pedagogy and curriculum development and direction of departmental initiatives serving student learning and the mission and values statements of the school
Collaboration with other members of the faculty, administration and staff on experiential, interdisciplinary and community-based opportunities that add to the school community
Support of divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate
Preparation and implementation of daily lessons
Design, implementation, and timely evaluation of appropriate, authentic formative and summative assessment
Timely and proactive communication with student, parents, advisor about student progress
Advising of a small group of students
Active participation in all faculty and staff meetings
Effective and timely communication with varied school constituencies in person and through email and voicemail
Instruction of students as a Dream, Dare, Do or Capstone facilitator
Supervision and/or participation in student activities, including lunch, study halls, dances, and class trips
The successful candidate should be eager to teach and lead teachers of both Middle and/or Upper School history. Potential candidates ideally hold an advanced degree in history, political science, African-American Studies, humanities, or educational leadership and should demonstrate a track record of innovative curricular thinking and design and a passion for implementing pedagogy best suited to a variety of learners. Successful candidates will possess a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skills, strong organizational skills, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate. The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty.
Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
Please see www.laurelschool.org for further information and a job application.
Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school with a co-ed pre-primary division, where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion; we actively seek a culturally diverse faculty and staff.
Laurel teachers are committed to:
the study of research on girls’ education
integrating this knowledge into classroom practice
working with each girl to fulfill her promise
flexibility and openness to new ideas
the academic and social development of girls
involving parents as partners in the educational process
the creation of a classroom community
the integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
multicultural and anti-racist education
outdoor education and sustainability
Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.