Full Time

Teacher – Science (Biology)

Gann Academy Waltham MA

SUMMARY
Gann Academy faculty are active members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their teaching practice, supporting diverse learners in the classroom, connecting with students outside the classroom, supporting other faculty and staff members, and who can self-reflect on their own practice. Commitment to professional development, growth, and collaboration are imperative to be a successful member of the Gann faculty.

Gann Academy seeks candidates for a full-time, in-person position for the 2021-2022 academic year teaching Advanced Biology and either Biotechnology or other advanced science elective. Successful candidates will have a passion for the biological sciences, a strong background in classroom teaching, curriculum design and pedagogy, and a commitment to collaborating, reflecting, and growing in their teaching practice. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can flex between teaching biology and chemistry and/or conceptual physics as needed in future years. Personal qualities such as creativity, curiosity, perseverance, and flexibility, are desirable as are strong communication skills with both students and families.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, media, vendors, allies, and others.

Teaching Duties:
• Teach courses in Biology and Biotechnology.
• Collaborate with colleagues to plan and adapt curriculum and lessons that support student growth in life science areas and interdisciplinary work.
• Collaborate with colleagues to refine and maintain the science labs.
• Communicate clearly and effectively with students, parents, and colleagues in person and via email.
• Use technology and other educational tools to support student learning.

Community Involvement & Engagement
• Attend and participate in communal programs outside the classroom including, but not limited to, assemblies, guest speakers, and other special programs during school hours; model and encourage appropriate behavior and monitor students during events and programming;
• Attend and participate in open houses, graduation, and other special events which may take place in the evenings and/or weekends; faculty and staff are encouraged to attend student performances, art exhibitions, athletics, and other events and activities to support students and promote community engagement;
• May plan, chaperone, and participate in field trips and outside activities which may involve travel;
• Attend and participate in the All-School Retreat;
• Serve as a student advisor or the equivalent; maintain open communication with Student Support, School Administration, teachers, and parents regarding student issues; remain current on the school’s academic program requirements to guide students through 4-year planning and course registration; ensure that course registration forms are completed fully and accurately before signing;
• Although not obligated, all faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged attend, lead, participate, and/or help plan any activities as often as desired;

Collaborative Responsibilities
• Help foster a positive working and educational environment for students and colleagues and support the school’s mission, vision, and values.
• Work with students outside of classroom time as needed.
• Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments.
• Attend and participate in department meetings; collaborate with department members and instructional director on curriculum development, lesson planning, student issues, and department initiatives.
• Assist colleagues with substitution when able; arrange class coverage as needed and communicate to instructional director, reception, and record it in Gann’s online attendance platform regarding absences.

Professional Development, Growth, and Training
• Attend and participate in all faculty/staff work-day programs, in-service training (including both August and June in-service days), orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, and safety training/drills;
• Pursue professional development opportunities in or out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, and practice self-reflection; work with instructional director and other members of the faculty and administration on educational and pedagogical growth and innovative tools and techniques in and out of the classroom;
• Communicate regularly with instructional director on classroom issues, student concerns, curriculum and lesson planning needs, time off requests, and general school policies and procedures;

The above responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
• A bachelor’s degree in Biology is required, a master’s degree is preferred.
• Three years of experience and strong organizational skills
• A commitment to student-centered, skill-based science teaching.
• A facility with educational technology such as managing classroom documents and communication through a learning management system, utilizing collaborative documents, as well as relevant apps and online resources.
• A facility with science focused technology such as data collection probe-ware.
• An interest in progressive teaching practices such as blended learning, project-based learning, and mastery teaching.
• A willingness to participate and engage in the life of the school through our robust student advising program, and with student groups or other duties.
• Excellent customer service skills and the ability to work with wide range of people—students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members.
• Knowledge of subject matter and ability and willingness to continue to learn, research, and grow.
• Possess strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills along with the ability to balance a pursuit of academic and institutional excellence with compassion and nurture for each individual.
• Possess an educational vision that aligns with the core principles of Gann Academy.
• Strong communication, planning, and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment.
• Possess and exude a positive attitude and passion for teaching.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
• Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
• None

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, copy machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, and reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

ACCOMMODATION
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

E-VERIFY
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

LIFE AT GANN ACADEMY
Gann Academy is mission-driven and innovative and is committed to a diverse professional community. Professional engagement with diversity and multiculturalism informs both our pedagogy, our work, and our programming.

Perhaps most of all, Gann offers a community of smart, collaborative, and compassionate professionals—people who care about their work, their school, and their colleagues. We help one another learn, solve problems, and have fun. Consistently, Gann professionals tout the support and teamwork of their colleagues as a unique highlight of their Gann experience, and one in which Gann is different from any other school or community. Come, find out for yourself!

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.