Westtown School is seeking a full-time Spanish Teacher to join our World Languages Department for the 2022-23 school year. The Upper School Spanish position will involve teaching four classes each semester and participating fully in the residential and co-curricular life of the school. Full-time Upper School faculty work in a variety of capacities in the academic, residential, and co-curricular programs. Appointments consist of teaching classes, advising a small group of students, serving on two school committees, participating in the co-curricular program by coaching interscholastic sports, facilitating lifelong fitness programs such as yoga, or collaborative activities such as theater or service network. Faculty contribute to our residential program as either Dorm Parents or Dorm Affiliates. Both roles require a combination of weekly weeknight evening duties and regular weekend duties throughout the year. On-campus housing may be available for faculty who participate in the Upper School residential program, but is not guaranteed. Preference will be given to qualified applicants with additional experience teaching French (up to level 5) and working in a boarding school.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion who are eager to engage in ongoing professional development in these areas. This will be evidenced in their approach to curriculum and pedagogy, their ability to foster and develop inclusive communities, and through their personal and professional interactions with diverse groups of students, families, faculty, and staff.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Develops culturally competent and responsive lessons and learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning;
Contributes to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques;
Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices to help students hone the essential human skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy, and empower them to draw out those skills in other people;
Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader and community member;
Communicates effectively with all constituents – students, colleagues, administrators, and parents.
Westtown is eager to support employees in their personal and professional growth and development. All faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss their developmental needs with their supervisors and the Dean of Faculty and Innovation as they think about their long term growth in the life of the school. The school seeks to help employees stay current in their fields and advance in terms of their professional development through opportunities such as:
Affinity groups for faculty and staff that speak to the diversity of identities and experiences
Participation in a robust professional development program featuring internal and external facilitators and experts
Partnership in a new faculty orientation and mentorship program
Funding for professional organization memberships
Sponsorship to attend and present at professional conferences, panels, and forums
Financial assistance for employees seeking advanced degrees and coursework to support their professional growth
Sabbatical leave program to support the professional growth and personal renewal of teachers, after completing qualifying years of service
Tuition remission of 80% for two dependent children, upon enrollment
BA or BS required; advanced degree in Spanish or related subject preferred;
Fluency in Spanish and the ability to teach all levels in the target language;
3-5 years of relevant classroom teaching experience at the high school level, including an understanding of their unique developmental, social, and academic needs;
Enthusiasm for full participation in the coaching, advising, and residential duties required of a full-time Upper School faculty member;
Familiarity with Google products and the integration of a learning management system, Canvas, into best teaching practices;
A demonstrated commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.
Westtown School is an independent, Quaker co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect for all. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
We strive towards every student, faculty, and staff member feeling a sense of belonging at Westtown and strongly encourage applications from educators of color, LGBTQ+ educators, and educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy, including an outline of your professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select “Show All Job Openings”.