Middle School Science Teacher

St. Paul's Episcopal School
Oakland, CA United States

Mission Statement: St. Paul’s prepares students to be confident and skilled learners, cultivates in them a strong sense of purpose, and inspires them to be generous and active citizens of the world.

St. Paul’s Episcopal School, located across from Lake Merritt in Oakland, enrolls approximately 380 students from diverse backgrounds in Kindergarten – Grade 8. St. Paul’s provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. Caring, committed faculty members, in partnership with caregivers, serve as role models, mentors and guides. St. Paul’s has an academically talented and ethnically diverse student body and seeks the same in its faculty.

Position Summary

The Middle School Science Teacher position is a core teaching position for grade 6-8. The ideal candidate is an experienced and dynamic teacher that has a deep interest, passion, and expertise for teaching science. This teacher has experience and interest in integrating thematic science units across the curriculum, especially with mathematics and service learning. This individual will be committed to continuing to develop their teaching craft with a growth mindset, and be adept at communicating effectively with both students and adults, and will foster a developmentally appropriate cooperative learning environment for their students. St. Paul’s middle school science curriculum starts with earth science with a focus on Lake Merritt in 6th grade, life science in 7th grade, and physical science in 8th grade. The science teacher will collaborate with Middle School Math teachers, and may co-teach at least one block per week.

Additional responsibilities will include serving as an advisor, coverage for recesses, arrival/dismissal, participation in committee work, and active engagement in our community-wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach 7th and/or 8th grade Physical and Life Science
  • Expose students to a multicultural perspective of universal human experience through the science curriculum and beyond
  • Partner closely with one’s grade-level teaching colleague and work closely with teachers across the program
  • Attend weekly grade-level/departmental team and faculty/staff meetings
  • Engage in curriculum development, mapping, and planning
  • Perform all other assigned school-related duties (e.g. recess supervision, meetings, committee work, etc.)
  • Participate in professional development
  • Engage in active diversity, equity, and inclusion work that supports the mission of the school

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years middle school teaching/classroom experience
  • Has an interest in and/or experience with teaching social emotional curriculum to middle school students
  • Flexible and able to handle transitions effectively
  • Has experience collaborating with a team of teachers to deliver curriculum
  • Values collegiality with other teachers and administrators
  • Has a warm and energetic personality, a good sense of humor, and interest in working with teams
  • Practices excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong organization, planning, and classroom management skills
  • Love, passion and understanding for working with middle school students

Desired Qualifications and Traits

  • Master’s or Teaching Credential
  • Experience working in a private/independent school setting
  • Trained in Responsive Classroom

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and excellent benefits, commensurate with experience. The start date is August 12, 2021.

St. Paul’s is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, age, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. St. Paul’s is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay and other forms of compensation, training, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Contact Information

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references, addressed to Christine Fairless, Director of Middle School

Please send materials electronically, in PDF format to Ryan Louie, Assistant to the Head of School: rlouie@spes.org