Westridge is seeking an experienced human development teacher to join our team of dedicated faculty members. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal communication skills, be able to collaborate effectively with colleagues, and work to inspire and challenge our students through the mission of the school. The human development curriculum focuses on four main areas of study and exploration: The Self & Society, Human Sexuality, Interpersonal Dynamics, and Creating Systemic Change. The human development teacher will report to the director of the Upper School with guidance from the human development coordinator. With a commitment to developing in students a combination of confidence, self-awareness, self-care, thoughtfulness, and courage, the human development teacher will guide students through an engaging and creative curriculum.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Facilitate discussions with students regarding power, privilege, oppression, identity, and human sexuality
Create an atmosphere of safety with students that helps foster courage and resiliency in the face of challenging conversations
Develop curriculum based on current research and best practices
Collaborate with fellow human development colleagues to enrich curriculum and instruction
Integrate appropriate technology, activities, and resources to enhance learning
Implement and construct engaging, hands-on, and interdisciplinary project-based learning experiences
Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents
Model flexibility to implementing best learning practices
Support the well-being of all students
Participate in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter
Participate in ongoing skill development in diversity and equity to promote a culture of community and inclusion
Embrace and model respect for diversity of all kinds and contribute to a culture of inclusion
Serve as an advisor
Willingness to take on other duties as needed
B.A. required, preferably in one of the following or related subject areas: Sociology, American History, Women & Gender Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Social Work, Child Development, Maternal/Child Health and Family Planning
3 years teaching experience, preferred
Strong understanding of the social and emotional needs of students
Demonstrated competency in diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement
Experience developing and implementing diversity responsive curriculum to improve teaching and student learning
Good organizational and research skills
Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
Desire for continued professional growth
Experience delivering teacher- and parent-education
A strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
Training/Certifications in the following areas a plus: Racial Justice and Equity Facilitation, Council Practice/Facilitation, Crisis Counseling and Advocacy, Sexual Health Education, The Resilience Toolkit, Mindfulness Practices, Mental Health First Aid, etc.
Working knowledge and/or formal study of one or more of the following topics and subject areas: Race, Gender, and Identity, Reproductive Health and Human Sexuality, Online Safety and Digital Citizenship, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Council, PassageWorks, or other Student Group Facilitation training and experience.
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous retirement plan. Office hours are 7:30am-3:30pm; with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] Include “Human Development Teacher” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. For more information: www.Westridge.org.
About Westridge School for Girls
Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is located 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Southern California region is home to several world-class museums and restaurants, and includes ...excellent outdoor opportunities for the biking, swimming, surfing, and hiking enthusiast.
Salaries are competitive. Full-time employees are eligible for health benefits which include full medical, dental, and vision coverage and participation in an ample retirement plan with TIAA-CREF. Employees who contribute a minimum of 2 percent of their salary to retirement, receive an additional 7 percent of salary contributed by Westridge to their retirement account.
Other benefits include a generous holiday schedule, disability insurance, group life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, a flexible spending plan, and a rideshare/public transit/bike-walk incentive program. In addition, technology is an integral part of daily life at Westridge. Employees have access to the latest, state-of-the-art computing systems including SMART Boards, Podcasting software, and desk-top publishing programs.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or handicap.