Headwaters School, a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school serving 530 students across its three campuses in Austin, TX, is seeking a full time Mandarin Teacher in our High School for the 2023-2024 academic year.
At Headwaters, our guides nurture a school culture that promotes a growth mindset, a collaborative spirit, a joyful environment, and the achievement of high expectations. Our faculty and staff ensure all members of our school community understand their role in advancing issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Headwaters School supports the professional growth of our school faculty in order to contribute to their feelings of fulfillment, to provide a model of lifelong learning for our students, and to advance the strategic goals of the school.
Our faculty members are responsible for bringing our Purpose statement to life: to cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. In addition, they guide our students to live authentically, think expansively, and create bravely. We invite our students, guides, staff, parents, and trustees to be Peacemakers, Advocates, Creators, and Thinkers.
The course load for this position will include teaching five sections of Mandarin and an advisory. Candidates will also be prepared to participate in the life of the school, including, but not limited to supervision of lunch, teaching an elective, coaching, sponsoring a club, serving as an advisor, chaperoning trips, and other duties as assigned by the High School Director.
Teaching Job Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree required
At least three years prior experience teaching Mandarin in a middle school or high school setting
Extensive knowledge of their subject and skill in instruction
Native speaker or substantial time living abroad in target language country
International Baccalaureate (IB) Mandarin experience preferred; IB training will be provided by Headwaters for teachers without IB certification
Ideal candidates will possess the following skills:
Advanced Degree, preferred
Passion for working with young people
Strong commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging practice and curriculum in the classroom
Commitment to personal and professional development
Ability to maintain calm and focus
Operate with a high level of integrity and organization
Experience integrating technology in pedagogy and the classroom
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and compensation is competitive for the greater Austin area. The School offers a wide-range of benefits including generous paid time off, 100% paid medical insurance for the employee, a 401(k) retirement plan, on-going professional support and continuing education opportunities, 50% tuition remission for enrolled children of full-time school employees, and a unique working environment where you are able to share and receive ongoing feedback. This position reports to the Director of the High School.
Headwaters School welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local anti-discrimination law. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All Employees are responsible for complying with the School’s equal employment opportunity policy.
Headwaters School is an independent school in Austin, Texas serving students from early childhood through grade 12. Beginning with a Montessori foundation and progressing to the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, we cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world.