Department: Youth Development Services
Job Title: High School Teacher
Reports to: School Leader
Employment Status: Regular Full Time
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
JOB PURPOSE: The school teacher is the primary person responsible for delivering a rigorous blended learning academic environment for our youth. One that sets high expectations, data-driven, and effectively blends individualized online curriculum with student-centered project-based learning
ORGANIZATION EXPECTATIONS OF EMPLOYEE:
• Adheres to organization policies and procedures that align with the vision, mission and goals ("helping urban youth become successful adults")
• Adheres to our value statement when making decisions that may affect our youth (Youth First, Trust, Respect, Outcomes, Integrity &Team Work)
• Acts as a role model internally & externally; maintains a positive and respectful attitude
• Works effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences by creating an inclusive non-judgmental environment
• Consistently reports to work on time fully prepared to perform duties of position, and works his/her assigned hours
• Utilizes automated and other data systems effectively and efficiently
SCHOOL CORE PHILOSOPHIES:
• Core Philosophy 1: Youth must be given the appropriate supports, both within and beyond academics, in order to succeed.
• Core Philosophy 2: Students must be active participants in their own learning.
• Core Philosophy 3: Technology is a critical 21st century skill, and must be incorporated into every aspect of the school model in order to adequately prepare students for post-secondary success.
• Core Philosophy 4: High quality teacher instruction is crucial for students at every stage of learning – particularly for students who are struggling or behind in skill attainment.
• Core Philosophy 5: Students must never move back, only forward.
• Core Philosophy 6: Assessment is an ongoing part of good teaching & learning and data is vital in creating a positive and effective school environment.
• Core Philosophy 7: Continuity is the key – more time in school leaves less time to fall behind.
• Core Philosophy 8: Parent and community engagement is critical to student success, both within and beyond high school.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
• Teach approximately six periods, as directed by the School Leader;
• Plan and deliver engaging, rigorous lessons, according to students’ needs and the provided curriculum, where applicable;
• Maintain a positive, safe, and organized learning environment;
• Update gradebook on a weekly basis;
• Inform students and families about students’ progress;
• Implement school-wide student management policies within classroom and campus;
• Actively participate in all teams, including grade level, content team, and other teams as designated by the campus;
• Make parental contact by phone and/or conduct home visits when necessary;
• Attend parent meetings and conferences;
• Chaperone local and out-of-state field lessons, including but not limited to student Spring Trips;
• Conduct morning, lunch, and afternoon duties during assigned times;
• Complete and submit all necessary paperwork in a timely manner;
• Demonstrate knowledge and support of Schools’ mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, and code of ethical behavior as stated in the Field Guide;
• Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, administrative guidelines, and the CT Educators Code of Ethics;
• Serve as appropriate role model for Schools’ colleagues, students, staff, and parents;
• Conduct self in a professional manner during all School meetings;
• Additional duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution.
CT High School teacher certification/license: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies certifications are highly preferred
Skills and Mindsets:
• Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of School
• Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
• Demonstrated ability to work on a team
• A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
• Belief that every student can and will achieve in your class
• Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
• Strong written communication skills
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
• Detail-oriented and self-directed
• Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker
• Ability to maintain emotional control under stress.
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
• Frequent prolonged and irregular hours of duty;
• Some light manual labor;
• Endure inclement weather conditions to provide for student safety.
COMMITMENT AND COMPENSATION:
• Length of Work Year: 10 months; occasional evening and weekend commitments will also be required; occasional travel through the state and region
Americans with Disability Specifications
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, type, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, at times the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions prevalent at the time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.