La Jolla Country Day's Upper School honors LJCDS' founder Louise Balmer's educational philosophy of balancing traditional teaching with a progressive approach. While we’re proud of our students’ future successes in college, our greater mission is to prepare students for life. The student experience isn’t solely about the path to college but about the journey of education. Our contoured learning approach serves the individual needs of our wide variety of students. The magic of discovering a scholar who has artistic gifts and throws a no-hitter inspires all of us.
We are seeking a enthusiastic individual with a demonstrated passion for learning and for the teaching that builds interest in, excitement for, and mastery of the designated curriculum to our our humanities team in the 2021-2022 academic year. This individual will teach four sections at the introductory or advanced high school level and must be comfortable teaching English and/or history. In addition, the candidate will be expected to collaborate effectively with colleagues, serve as a student advisor, and contribute to the life of the school in co-curricular areas, by coaching an athletic team and/or serving as an advisor for at least one other extracurricular activity.
Holds at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field of English, literature, history or cultural studies;
Expresses a desire to participate in the ongoing creation of a humanities program;
Motivates and facilitates student learning; Communicates effectively with colleagues and parents;
Meets curricular and co-curricular duties;
Participates in program curriculum development, vision and pedagogy;
Is supportive of the LJCDS mission and vision;
Demonstrates sensitivity to all school constituents;
Possesses familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter
Establish and maintain standards of student behavior necessary to achieve a functional learning environment
Develop disciplinary and multidisciplinary lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate students
Evaluate pupil academic and social growth, keep accurate records, prepare progress reports and communicate with parents on individual pupil progress
Maintain professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities
Complete all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans
Attend faculty meetings, grade level meetings, department meetings and team meetings, as required
Administer and score such tests as may be required by the school
Performs basic attendance accounting as required
Supervise students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required
Coach an athletic team and/or advise an extracurricular activity as required
Initiate or participate in the Experiential Education Program with students
Participate in some infrequent evening or weekend activities, including meetings, professional development or other school activities
Perform other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered for this role, submit your (1) current resume/CV, (2) a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and your interest in joining the Country Day community, (3) a statement describing your educational philosophy, and (4) a sample lesson plan.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.