World Language Teacher - French

United States, North America
Jan 29, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
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.

Unit Job Summary: The candidate will be capable of teaching grades 3-12 and advanced high school courses, although the majority of classes will likely be in the high school. The primary language of instruction is French, but preference will be given to the candidate who can teach an additional language (Spanish, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese). The teacher will work collaboratively with colleagues across faculties and departments, as well as parents, administrators, and other members of school staff. The candidate will exhibit knowledge and competence in a broad range of pedagogical techniques and best practices in world language instruction, including the use of technology in the world language classroom. Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2014. To be considered for this position, please apply on or before February 28, 2014 at NOON.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: At least two years of experience teaching World Languages in primary or secondary education required. Fluency in French required. Fluency in English required. Proficiency in at least one of the following languages preferred: Spanish, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese. Experience developing curriculum 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 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. Knowledge of technology based instruction preferred.