Overview: Spence seeks a skilled educator to serve as the Middle School Health and Wellness Coordinator. Supporting student wellness as an integral part of their academic success, this person will be both a teacher in the Health Education Department and the builder of learning experiences focused on healthy identity development. As a health teacher, the person in this role will teach Middle School students and as a Coordinator, they will collaborate with the Middle School Leadership in supporting student wellness programs. The person in this role will support school administrators and faculty to support mentorship and leadership training, technology and mindfulness in other areas of the MS program.
This full-time position reports to Assistant Head of Middle School and begins August 2021.
Teach three MS Health Education classes
Intentionally construct an interactive classroom environment for students to discuss topics in-depth through Spence’s Health curriculum, including mental health
Collaborate with colleagues related to student support, wellness and teaching. In particular, work closely with the Middle School Counselor, Assistant Head of the Middle School, and Head of Middle School to create a positive, healthy school environment
Enhance the identity development curriculum for all students, with a specific focus on empowerment for students of color and Black students, through collaboration with the Dean of Parent and Student Belonging and Inclusion and the Director of Institutional Equity
Provide support and serve as a resource to school administrators, parents/guardians, and faculty advisors and grade-level deans to support student development and well-being
Participate fully in the life of the Middle School and serve as an advisor or equivalent student support role
Finds joy in working with young people and in school life
Demonstrates pedagogical skill and an appreciation for the science and the craft of teaching with a developmental understanding of Middle School students grades 5-8
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds/experiences as well as experience implementing and supporting DEI initiatives
Possesses a degree or equivalent experience in Health Education
Has sustained experience working with adolescents in a health teaching capacity
Has excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing
Regards collaboration as an essential component of professional growth and values working on teams
Possesses knowledge of and experience with: positive identity development of girls, particularly girls of color, sexuality education/adolescent sexual health, substance use, and body image
Enjoys a working commitment that extends beyond the classroom
Approaches work with optimism, energy, kindness, and a sense of humor
Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please include the applicant’s name in the file name — to: firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone calls, please).
About The Spence School
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.