Heathwood Hall Episcopal School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities.
Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors. As we plan for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, we welcome your application, but will not have a clear picture of our staffing needs until later in the spring.
Position: Lower School Associate Teacher
Reports to: Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
Position Summary: The Associate Teacher supports the Lead Teacher in providing an engaging and developmentally appropriate educational environment in accordance with the Mission and Vision of Heathwood Hall.
Hours: The hours for this position vary depending on the needs of the School. Typically, Associate teachers work 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (25 hrs.) OR 8:00 am - 3:30 pm (37.5 hrs.). This is an exempt position and benefits eligible.
Under the direction of the Lead Teacher, Associate Teachers assist with the following:
Organizing and providing developmentally appropriate educational programs and instruction; planning and implementing curriculum and differentiated instruction for Lower School students
Engaging students in the Responsive Classroom model of morning meetings; guiding children in their interactions with other children, adults, and their environments
Planning and preparing a supportive and caring classroom environment in which children can learn and interact positively with one another; overseeing instruction and authentic assessment; supervising children in the classroom
All Associate Teachers are expected:
To assume serious collaborative responsibility for the educational environment of the School by conducting themselves at all times in a responsible, ethical, and professional manner
To be available one week before the opening of School to attend teachers' meetings, etc., and to be available one week after the Upper School's graduation to attend teachers' meetings and complete end-of-year duties
To attend faculty meetings designated as important for associates
To be present for all teacher workdays/in-service days as scheduled during the year
To act as the Lead Teacher in his or her short term absence (three or fewer days)
To maintain strong interpersonal communication with students, parents, colleagues, and administrators
To utilize the online platform “Seesaw” to share what is happening in the classroom with parents
To assist at School functions/traditions designated by the EC/LS Division Head as necessary for the operation of the School, e.g., Parents' Night, Open House, Chapel, Parent/Teacher Conferences, grade level special events, It is understood that these duties may sometimes extend beyond the normal hours for school
To participate fully in regular School programs, g., committees, assemblies, field trips, etc.
To share in the planning and direction of student activities and School programs, if appointed by the Lead Teacher
To maintain high standards for his/her on-going professional development and participate in professional development programs offered by the School
To assume responsibilities as assigned for the supervision of students; it is understood that these duties may sometimes extend beyond the normal hours for school
To use technology effectively as part of classroom instruction and for remote/connected learning
To fulfill responsibilities as assigned by the EC/LS Division Head in regard to lunch and recess duty, AM and PM carpool
To maintain and submit records including attendance, medical slips, acknowledgments, special permission forms, as required by the School
To complete required HR training each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
To support the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural education
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS
The ideal candidate will:
Enjoy working with young children and have an understanding of the developmental needs of children
Be able to exercise classroom leadership as a facilitator of learning in whole group, small group, and individual settings
Demonstrate energy, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration
Understand basic technology skills - iPad and iPhone apps, Google Suite, email, photo editing, iMovie, etc.
Maintain good organizational and communication skills
Have the ability to lift 50 and move all around campus throughout the day
Primarily indoor classroom teaching
Occasional field trips
Some evening and weekend commitments
Outside travel between buildings required multiple times per day
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School participates in E-Verify, as mandated by South Carolina law. This position will require a Criminal Background Check.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required
Three years’ experience working with young children preferred
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (HHES) is an independent, Episcopal day school founded in
1951 that serves 730+ children ages 2 through Grade 12. Just minutes away from the urban
grandeur of South Carolina’s capital city, Heathwood Hall is a serene, environmental oasis
nestled on 122 acres of wooded wetlands. The campus is bordered on the west by the
Congaree River, and on the north, east and south by lush farmlands.
HHES has long been known as Columbia’s premier independent school. Its tradition of academic excellence is coupled with a longstanding commitment to experiential learning that has led to the development of many distinctive programs.
Holding true to its Episcopal heritage, HHES celebrates and seeks to develop the whole child, and to develop tenacious, sophisticated thinkers who value service to others over self-interest. HHES further supports the development of the whole child through a rich array of extracurricular offerings that create ample opportunities for students to find and nurture their passions beyond the classroom.
HHES believes that children learn best when they are truly known and supported by their teachers. The school’s abiding commitment to bui...lding strong relationships between students and teachers allows the opportunity for each child to be met where they are in their educational and developmental journey, as opposed to taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
While HHES’s outcomes are second-to-none—its students compete nationally and achieve at the highest levels—each student’s Heathwood experience is unique, reflective of his or her interests and abilities, challenges and talents, goals and ethos. HHES graduates don’t just master the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond; they know themselves, and know how to advocate for themselves, in ways that set them apart from most of their peers. They leave Heathwood prepared not only to take on our dynamic world, but to transform it.
While the school community includes members of many faith traditions, Heathwood is an Episcopal School where all students and faculty gather, by school division, for worship and prayer each Wednesday in the on-campus Chapel of the Epiphany. The school is affiliated with the Episcopal diocese and benefits from a supportive Episcopal community in Columbia. It is a school that engenders strong loyalty and strong connections, and promotes an authentic spirit of inclusivity, acceptance, and care for each individual.
Today, HHES seeks an experienced development professional who appreciates the culture of this exemplary place, shares it values, and will cultivate relationships and gifts to ensure the betterment of the school.
The Community | Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina is a city convenient to mountains and beaches. In just two hours you can be on a beach in Charleston, SC or head the opposite direction two hours toward the upstate and find yourself in the mountains. Sporting News recently recognized Columbia as one of the “Best Sports Cities;” residents love to support their local college teams including the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks. The city also has a more refined side and is home to the Columbia Museum of Art, the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbia City Ballet, and a myriad of performing arts groups. Columbia has received numerous accolades for its cost of living, climate, job outlook, education, the arts, health care and recreation.