Science Department Chair
  • Science
  • Teacher

Fay School, Southborough, MA

ACCREDITED BY AISNE

Beginning August 2019

Description

The Science Department Chair works with the Director of the Educational Program to define, articulate, and implement the School’s science curriculum from Kindergarten through grade nine. The Chair provides professional and academic leadership to faculty members of the department. He or she observes teaching, provides regular feedback, and conducts annual teaching evaluations. The Chair ensures that teachers have access to the tools and resources they need to enable each student to be optimally challenged, engaged, and supported in the process of learning.

The Science Department Chair is an advisor to groups of students. He or she will coach or lead other afternoon duties, and will perform duties to support the School’s residential life program. The Department Chair reports to the Director of the Educational Program and collaborates with three division heads regarding program development and implementation. This is a full-time, school-year position and is eligible for benefits. Campus housing may be available.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least five years’ experience teaching at the elementary or middle school level and developing and implementing science curricula across multiple grade levels. A master’s degree in education or a related field is required. Candidates are expected to have strong communication skills and to be effective collaborators. Fay School seeks candidates who will reflect and enhance the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of our school.

Responsibilities include:

Academic Program

  • Working with the Director of the Educational Program to develop and implement the K-9 science curriculum, including skills, content, and assessment
  • Performing regular reviews and revision of the science curriculum, and proposing and developing new courses
  • Ensuring that the curriculum is structured to meet the developmental needs of students in grades K-9
  • Providing academic leadership by modeling standards of best instructional practice, including the effective use of technology to enhance instruction
  • Attending grade level Team Meetings and Department Chair meetings
  • Determining faculty teaching assignments based on the strengths of department personnel and student needs
  • Working with the Director of Learning Services to address the specific needs of students with learning differences
  • Maintaining relationships with professional organizations for science educators and with academic leaders from other independent schools
  • Teaching science classes
  • Coaching or leading afternoon duties for one term and performing residential life duties

Department Administration

  • Collaborating with the Director of the Educational Program and three division heads in several key areas:
    • Supporting and enforcing school policies, standards, and deadlines, especially in the areas of student assessment, parent communication, comment writing, and attendance
    • Ensuring that faculty meet the School’s standards of quality for completing academic procedures including student assignments, lesson plans, effort grades, curriculum documentation, grade books, grades, and comments
    • Observing classroom teaching, providing feedback, conducting annual evaluations, and recommending targeted professional development for faculty
    • Encouraging faculty to pursue professional education, certification or licensure
    • Hiring and retaining science department faculty
    • Facilitating effective communication among students, faculty, and parents
  • Scheduling and leading regular Department Meetings to review and discuss pedagogy and curriculum
  • Planning field trips, guest speakers, and special events that best support curriculum goals
  • Managing the department budget
  • Purchasing and maintaining capital items and supplies required to implement the curriculum

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume via email with the subject line “Science Department Chair” to fayjobs@fayschool.org.

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