STEM-Instructor and Department Chair

Church Farm School
Exton, PA United States

Position Available: STEM Department Chair and Instructor
Start Date: August 2022
FLSA Classification: Exempt

Since 1918, The Church Farm School has prepared a diverse group of boys with academic ability and good character to lead productive and fulfilling lives by making a college preparatory education financially accessible. Located in Exton, PA, CFS is an Episcopal school offering a college preparatory education for 190 boys in a boarding/day environment for grades 9 through 12. Additional information about CFS can be found at www.gocfs.net.

DESCRIPTION:

CFS seeks an experienced, enthusiastic and engaging leader to serve as a faculty member and Chair of the STEM Department. This is a 10-month, full-time faculty position and requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree and at least eight years of teaching experience are preferred. All CFS faculty share responsibilities in the academic, athletic, residential and co-curricular life of the school.

As Church Farm School continues to develop 21st century teaching and experiential learning initiatives, including the integration of STEM and Ethical Literacy into the broader curriculum, the school seeks candidates who will lead a comprehensive design of the STEM curriculum, and lead the department in adapting to interdisciplinary design. As Church Farm was founded on a farm, our roots run deep in hands-on learning and care of the environment and sustainability. Therefore, we seek an individual who has a vision as to how sustainability and use of our remarkable campus resources can orient a STEM program to primary natural resources of water, land, air and renewable energy.

CFS’ current STEM program starts in the 9th grade with requirements of math and an Engineering Essentials course. We offer Algebra 1 through Calculus BC and also offer Statistics. In science, the current progression is Engineering Essentials, Biology, Chemistry and then upper-level offerings in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science. Additionally, we have two programming classes, Computer-Aided Design and Computer Science Principles, and we run robotics activities and a 3D printing lab. We are looking for an individual who can help move us to the next level, specifically augmenting opportunities for engineering, computer programming and sustainability. Additionally, we seek an individual who is interdisciplinary-minded and will work closely with our arts program, which includes Sculpture and Woodshop.

Specific responsibilities of this role include curriculum development in all STEM disciplines, support of an expanding makerspace and teaching across at least two disciplines in STEM and leadership of science, math, engineering and computer science courses across all grades. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of and experience with high school science and math instruction and will be facile in the integration of technology in the classroom. All candidates must be comfortable in a culturally diverse, all-male student boarding environment, and must be able to nurture the development of students’ critical thinking and analytic skills, while also helping them to respond creatively to the world around them. CFS seeks an academic leader who will display clear evidence of the charisma and intensity necessary to motivate students and colleagues, a level of collegiality that will add to the professionalism of our adult community, the eloquence that defines a liberally educated scholar and the diversity of experiences that are characteristic of a lifelong learner. Experience with cultural proficiency and competency programs and training is also preferred.

Additional responsibilities include chairing regular department meetings, support of department professional evaluations, advising students, attending Chapel, faculty meetings and professional development opportunities, coaching or sponsoring clubs and extracurricular activities, occasional chaperoning duties, general boarding school/dormitory duty, attending meals, being an integrated member of the CFS community and being available to students in our residential environment.

The STEM Chair Must:

  • Demonstrate positive support of the school’s mission through time, dedication, personal example, actions and attitude
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with using technology in the delivery of curriculum and instruction
  • Meet regularly with Department Chairs and serve as a leader of faculty in academic arenas and across all areas of school
  • Promote the development and delivery of 21st century teaching/learning methodologies and model and support effective and innovative instruction across all levels of STEM courses
  • Promote effective student engagement, faculty development and instructional plans
  • Work with department members on curricular development (including interdisciplinary work), scope and sequence and team teaching and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Observe, coach and evaluate STEM faculty
  • Create a supportive atmosphere and rigorous academic program in which all students will thrive
  • Create a learning environment where students will take risks and explore new ideas and work collaboratively
  • Support the administration in establishing new academic policies and upholding those in place
  • Inspire, empower and guide students at all levels
  • Communicate effectively with CFS students, adults and parents
  • Understand and welcome the complexity of teaching a diverse community of adolescent boys
  • Cultivate meaningful, professional relationships with and among colleagues and also with students and their families
  • Promote and encourage a spirit of community, collaboration and common purpose
  • Engage a faith tradition that promotes inquiry, reason, a moral compass and the dignity of every human being with a reverence for natural and human resources
  • Perform required faculty activities, including periodic evening/weekend duties, coaching and residential responsibilities
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working closely with colleagues and students in a boarding school environment
  • Other duties as assigned

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Church Farm School offers competitive salaries, school housing or a housing stipend (when school housing is not available), a generous benefits package including retirement plan, and medical insurance. The school is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Church Farm School welcomes and celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Contact Information

Apply by letter to the address above (Attn: Assistant Head of School) or by email to hr@gocfs.net. Include by separate attachments: cover letter indicating passion for the position; resume or curriculum vitae of qualifications and experiences; and names and contact information for three professional references. Please enter the position in the subject line of the email.

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