English Teacher- Part-time - High School

Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Laboratory Schools is among the largest independent schools in the country with a history dating to 1896 under the auspices of John Dewey and the University of Chicago. Located on the U of C campus, the Schools serve children (N-12) from metropolitan Chicago with approximately 60% of the students coming from families affiliated with the University. The University environment attracts a rich and diverse student body and parents who value and support a quality educational program. The Laboratory Schools' seeks the finest employees who have a desire to inspire a love of learning in our students and we employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines. We have a long history of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work. We continue to build on this work and seek out employees who also share this commitment to one of our core values. We are committed to making sure that Lab is a great place to work and our connection to the University of Chicago provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

Unit Job Summary: The English Department is responsible for educating students in grades 9-12. The courses taught by the department are designed to teach reading, writing, and thinking skills, and the content of the courses is chosen to support those goals. The responsibilities for this position will include teaching two sections with one preparation. Candidates must be able to teach any grade level of high school English. The ideal candidate should be comfortable with teaching students to read literature closely, fostering engaging discussions in class, and helping students follow a clear, structured writing process. A candidate does not need to have a background or specialization in a particular area of literature or English education but should have experience in and be open to teaching texts from a range of periods, literary genres, and national literatures. English teachers report to their respective Principals and are responsible to the English Department Chair. Teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, supervising students both in and out of the classroom; maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience; monitoring the performance of their students; and recognizing problems and coordinating with administrators, other teachers, and parents to correct problems. Additionally, teachers are expected to work with members in their department, colleagues in other departments, as well as with staff and administrators. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in English or a related field (ie. comparative literature, humanities) required. Master's degree in English or a related field preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of middle school or high school teaching experience required. Experience developing curriculum strongly preferred. Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality, preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong knowledge of course subject matter required. Knowledge of instructional methodologies required. Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students required. Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Computational skills required. Creativity required. Flexibility required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

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