Spanish Teacher, Ricks Center for Gifted Children
Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver is a Preschool to Grade 8 school serving the needs of gifted children since 1984. Ricks Center offers a progressive model of education focused on developing the intellectual, social, emotional, creative and physical needs of the gifted child. Our diverse student body benefits from small class sizes, expert teachers, a wide range of content offerings, integrated curriculum, and a focus on community, care and engagement.
The Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver invites applications for a full time Spanish Teacher. We seek a candidate with expertise in Spanish instruction, and the developing adolescent. We desire a candidate who is adept at working with a diverse group of gifted students with varying abilities, and therefore is able to differentiate curriculum, individualize and compact instruction and ensure a depth of conceptual understanding. This position requires a dynamic individual who models a passion for and expertise in Spanish, and who can collaborate effectively others.
- Teach mixed-grade Spanish classes, collaborating with the MS team to integrate curriculum around central themes, when appropriate.
- Assess student development and performance using a variety of assessment techniques and models.
- Create a differentiated, high level curriculum Implement and co-create a Seminar curriculum, which encompasses the Habits of Mind and allows the teacher to serve as a point-person for the grade level groups parents.
- Support the school mission through the active involvement in the school community.
- Interact and be involved with parents, including proactive outreach on both positive aspects of learning and areas for improvement.
- Ability and willingness to work with the school in a shift toward standards-based grading and reporting.
- Establish and maintain standards of student behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive, creative classroom environment.
- Set and participate in team goals focused on student growth and supported by growth data.
- Work with an administrator in a coaching model around professional goals and participate in reflection on own performance on teaching rubric.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to problem solve.
- Ability to prioritize and multitask.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Strong time management ability.
- Strong ability to work on a team.
- Ability to work with many different types of people.
- Organized and flexible.
- Bachelor's degree in Spanish or related field.
- Valid teaching certificate/license, special license, or licensable.
- Graduate hours or Master's degree in education of the gifted.
- Experience teaching gifted children, twice-exceptional students, and middle school aged children.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on March 26, 2021.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 8.
The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $52,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.