La Jolla Country Day School is currently seeking a passionate, collaborative, experienced math educator to join our Middle School. Our aim in the Middle School is to educate the whole child; to nurture the intellectual, ethical, emotional, and physical development of young scholars during their transition from childhood to adolescence.
The Middle School Math Educator will teach four classes of 7th and 8th grade Algebra 1, at both the college-preparatory and honors levels. The position also includes acting as an advisor to a group of 7th grade students, teaching Facing History and Ourselves, as well as participating actively in the life of the school outside of the classroom.
Depending on the candidate, there is the potential for this individual to fill the department chair role of the Middle School Mathematics department.
Essential Duties include: (1) planning and preparation of materials, classroom instruction and ongoing student student assessment; (2) communication with parents, including formal written reports on student progress throughout the year; (3) active, collaborative participation in the work of the department on curriculum development, pedagogy, student assessment, and best practices.
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter.
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate pupils.
Evaluates pupil academic and social growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports and communicates with parents on individual pupil progress.
Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities.
Creates activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, and the use of technology.
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans.
Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences, meetings and various media.
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings as required.
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school.
Performs basic attendance accounting as required.
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required.
May participate in the Experiential Education Program with students.
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed.
The duties of the Department Chair include:
Work closely with the Upper School Department Head to set vision and tone for the department; propose action steps to realize vision(s) over time
Work closely with key members of the Lower School to ensure vertical alignment and share best practices
Mentor, coach and be available to discuss curriculum and pedagogy with current department members
Facilitate department meetings concerning both the day-to-day nuts-and-bolts issues (grading policy, student schedule changes, level placement and changes, comment writing, curricular collaboration, integration of technology), and longer-term curricular and pedagogical strategies
Support educators in developing professional goals and share opportunities that help faculty grow in these areas
Sit on the Middle School Academic Council and attend Academic Council meetings once per cycle
Interface regularly with parents to listen, handle concerns, and mediate when necessary
Support the transition of current students from Lower School to Middle School to Upper School by advising on the placement into appropriate course level
Manage math placement for new middle school students by reviewing files, creating a Google sheet to track data, testing students, placing students into appropriate course level, as well as communicating with new families, division leaders, and the admissions team
Organize math competitions for students in 4th through 8th grade
Oversee textbooks and ordering of materials
Approve and design new curriculum for middle school math courses
Manage budget for middle school math courses
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in education and/or mathematics with a minimum of five years teaching experience, including Algebra 1;
Exhibits excellent communication skills, supportive attitude, and passion for teaching;
Participates in departmental curriculum development, vision and pedagogy;
Displays a commitment to a student-focused approach to the teaching profession;
Engages in professional development opportunities;
Actively participates in the life of a school in all its facets;
Maintains a growth plan linked to yearly goals;
Initiates cooperative efforts to further best practices.
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, OnCampus, Big Board, etc.).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered, please submit your current CV/resume, a cover letter detailing your interest and experience for this role, and your educational philosophy statement.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”