English Teacher - High School

Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life?of thought and exploration?infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey?one of the great minds in education?established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees?people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.

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 four sections with two preparations and leading an advisory. 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. Teachers are expected to work a 40 hour work week and the required number of days as stipulated in the collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, he/she will be expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the bargaining agreement between the University of Chicago and the Faculty association. 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. 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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