Science Teacher

St. Matthew's Parish School
Pacific Palisades, CA United States

REPORTS TO: PRINCIPAL, GRADES, 5-8

St. Matthew’s Parish School is seeking a full-time middle school science teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Applicants must be capable of and willing to teach a range of middle school students from grades 5 through 8. The middle school science department strives to create and maintain a joyful learning environment that nurtures students’ sense of imagination. Our students are encouraged to think critically and solve problems by engaging in hands-on STEM-based learning experiences. 

The Science Department at St. Matthew’s is very well resourced and enjoys a reputation for innovation and award winning programs.  Candidates must have a strong understanding of child development, enjoy young adolescents, and display a passion for their subject. The ideal candidate will have experience with creating and participating in project based learning units, and hands-on curriculum for middle school students. Candidates should enjoy collaborating with colleagues and engaging in the entire middle school experience. The selected candidate will coordinate the curriculum with other science teachers and will include a range of scientific areas, such as physical science, life science, chemistry, environmental science and geology. 

Additionally, middle school teachers serve as advisors to a small group of students and may be involved with extracurricular or interdisciplinary programs.

The school prides itself on its collegial and professional working atmosphere, engaged and respectful students, and beautiful campus setting in Pacific Palisades. Over 90% of the graduates from the eighth grade matriculate to highly selective independent secondary schools. Class sizes range from 17-20 students. Two modern science labs and a creator space are available to middle school students creating a wonderful environment for learning.

St. Matthew’s Parish School is a coeducational day school for 350 students, ranging from Early Childhood through Eighth Grade. Founded in 1949, the school is the educational member of the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthew. Located on 30 acres one mile from the Pacific Ocean in the village of Pacific Palisades, the campus includes 28 classrooms, a 10,000 book volume library, a swimming pool, several state of-the-art science laboratories and computer facilities, a gymnasium and performing arts center, a library and student center, plus spacious playgrounds and playing fields. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Teaching Credential Preferred
  • Classroom teaching experience, preferably in middle school
  • Classroom management skills necessary to ensure a safe, productive, and positive environment
  • Strong organization and time-management skills
  • Strong desire to be part of a collaborative team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Experience developing, writing, and delivering curriculum
  • Ability to work effectively, communicate, and collaborate in a team situation

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This is an exempt position. Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.  Benefits package includes, but not limited to, medical, life, dental insurance, short term/long term disability, life and retirement plan (up to a 9% match).   

All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

St. Matthew’s Parish School strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community that values diversity in all senses of the word. We are committed to making each member of the community feel that her or his whole identity is acknowledged, supported, and appreciated. We believe that an appreciation of diversity and inclusivity is essential to our mission, our goals to serve, lead, and flourish, as well as the five principles of our Character Covenant: respect, responsibility, empathy, honesty, and fairness. Building and sustaining an inclusive community will create the most powerful and effective learning environment, and will also help us learn and work as global citizens.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The campus is located on over 28 acres and there are often meetings and events at different locations.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

St. Matthew’s Parish School is an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, it is the School’s policy and practice to recruit, hire, train and promote employees without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, age or other protected classifications. 

The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Contact Information

APPLICANTS SHOULD SEND A RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST TO: 

Bruce Harlan, Principal, Grades 5-8

St. Matthew’s Parish School

1031 Bienveneda Avenue

Pacific Palisades, California 90272

e-mail: hr@stmatthewsschool.com

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