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Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school whose Mission is to "develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.” A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
The core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion are widely shared and fostered daily in classrooms, during co-curricular activities, and through the camaraderie of this close-knit community.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 830 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities.
Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education.
Job Title: AP Physics/Science Teacher Division/Department: Middle and/or Upper School
Reports To: Science Department Chair Direct Reports: None
Location: Palos Verdes, CA Level/Grade: 9th-12th
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Plan and teach classes as assigned - likely AP Physics and 9th/10th grade integrated science (foundational biology, chemistry and physics).
Collaboratively maintain and develop curriculum as needed.
Teach using student-centered, experiential, and differentiated methods, in line with departmental philosophies.
Work individually with students as needed during the school day.
Participate in department and faculty meetings.
Serve as a faculty advisor to students, engage substantively in the life of the school outside the classroom, participate in professional development/professional learning communities, collaborate with colleagues, and assume other duties as assigned.
Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
Backwards design (Understanding by Design) courses and units taught.
Administer meaningful assessments and provide helpful feedback and grades on tests within one week and essays within two weeks of submission.
Keep information systems up to date, including class calendars, grading software, and class websites.
Submit grades, checklists, and student comments as instructed and on time.
Be on campus from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm on days when school is in session.
Attend all relevant faculty and school events (August Week, back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
Cover classes for absent colleagues as requested.
Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, student trips, and study hall.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required.
A bachelor’s degree is required.
A deep and broad knowledge of the subjects to be taught is required.
Strong teaching experience with diverse age levels and abilities is preferred.
Demonstrated readiness to teach physics at an advanced/AP level is required.
Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including relevant technology, is preferred.
A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to teaching is preferred.
TRAITS OF GREAT CHADWICK TEACHERS
Chadwick seeks the following personal and professional qualities in its faculty and staff
Student-centered: Dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical well-being of Chadwick students as our first priority; able to engage them collectively and individually as whole people possessed not only of intellect but of passions, feelings, thoughts, and lives outside of school; and committed to teaching in ways that inspire a joy in learning and engagement in every student.
Collaborative: Eager to work with colleagues and students and to contribute creatively to effective working teams.
Professionally grounded: Passionate about and well-educated in the field of education; up-to-date on current research on teaching and learning, with the goal of growing continuously as a teacher in order to support the school’s mission
Innovative: Committed to pushing the boundaries of education by experimenting with and developing new techniques to provide the very best student experience.
Globally minded: Oriented toward preparing students to have a positive impact on an increasingly interconnected world, with a commitment to diverse perspectives and multicultural inclusion.
Technologically competent: Able to integrate technology meaningfully as an essential element in the teaching “toolbox.”
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.