A thriving PreK-12 grade school located in vibrant Downtown Brooklyn, BFS is a community of eager-to-learn and engaged students and highly committed and talented colleagues (BFS uses the all-inclusive term, colleagues, to refer to all rather than one that delineates faculty/staff). Founded in 1867, Brooklyn Friends School’s pillars of social justice, service learning/civic engagement, and Quakerism, serve as guideposts for our action-oriented collective work. Our school’s history has been illustrious and reflective of the expansive nature of human experiences. Guided by our mission, BFS provides a dynamic, diverse, and robust social/emotional environment and academic program that cultivates compassionate, intellectually curious, and confident changemakers. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physical ability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style. This short video gives you a glimpse into our contemporary experience.
Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) seeks a passionate educator to teach US Science to students in grades 9-12. We seek candidates who are able to teach a combination of at least two out of three disciplines: Chemistry and Biology and/or Chemistry and Physics. Responsibilities of the position include teaching sections of IB High Level and Standard Level (11th and 12th grades) Chemistry, Biology, and/or Physics and a science elective. The position also includes the responsibility of being a student advisor within the Upper School’s advisory program. As the department’s needs change, according to the student population each year, other classes may be taught instead, or in combination.
This position reports to the Head of Upper School in partnership with the Academic Leadership Team.
Works in partnership and collaboration with division heads and colleagues to facilitate the needs and direction of the program.
Be an active community member, sharing general support and care of the school community.
Be an advisor of Upper School students, including overseeing their progress in all classes, being the primary contact with parents and other responsibilities as assigned.
Practices shared leadership in the classroom with students and in the division with colleagues.
Keeps abreast of, shares, and applies current research on teaching and learning.
Teaches for understanding, using multiple modalities, especially experiential and/or project based learning.
Engages parents through coffee hours and other as-needed conversations
Examines and uses student learner profiles, in particular those for students with learning challenges, and teaches with an understanding of how to differentiate, accommodate, and modify in ways that benefit all students.
Understands how to actively participate in Professional Learning Communities engaged in the growth of one’s practice.
Demonstrates attention to detail while keeping an eye on departmental and whole-division vision.
REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES
Bachelor of Arts in the field or other area required.
Master of Arts in the field or other area preferred.
Professional dedication to progressive education, the division, and the whole school.
Strong commitment to social justice, anti-bias education, and Quaker values.
Ability to meet and adhere to multiple deadlines and strong organizational skills.
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication.
REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES
Genuine ability and desire to work across differences and be respectful of them (intellectually and socially).
A respect for the life of the child.
Joyful and has a respectful sense of humor.
Compassion, integrity, and open-mindedness in all interactions.
Collegiality, approachability, flexibility, and adaptability.
Interest in and willingness to use new and different educational approaches.
Consistently strong, respectful, and gracious interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to partner and collaborate across professional statuses, i.e., with all staff, administrators, families, student body, local and national independent school community, and neighborhood community.
To apply, please provide the following:
Cover letter addressed to the Head of Upper School. Along with punctuating your interest and experience, your cover letter should also address the ways in which you feel that your professional journey aligns with our school’s Quaker values and pillars of social justice and civic engagement.
Statement of Educational Philosophy
List of three references
Supporting materials encouraged (letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching, music directing, and/or performing)