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Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is seeking an experienced human development teacher to join our team of dedicated faculty members beginning the 2019-2020 school year. The ideal candidate will have an interest and skill in collaborating with colleagues to inspire and challenge our students through the mission of the school. The human development curriculum focuses on four main areas of study and exploration: The Self & Society, Human Reproduction and Sexuality, Consent & Safety, and Health & Wellness. The human development teacher will report to the director of the Upper School with guidance from the human development coordinator. With a commitment to developing in students a combination of confidence, self-awareness, self-care, thoughtfulness, and courage, the human development teacher will guide students through a human development curriculum hat is both engaging, creative, and grounded in current research.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
•Convey enthusiasm for content and intellectual inquiry
•Design instruction that emphasizes critical thinking, self-reflection, and personal growth
•Collaborate with fellow human development colleagues to enrich curriculum and instruction
•Integrate appropriate technology, activities, and resources to enhance learning
•Create hands-on and interdisciplinary project-based learning experiences
•Collaborate effectively with students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents
•Model flexibility to implementing best learning practices
•Support the well-being of all students
•Participate in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter
•Participate in ongoing skill development in diversity and equity to promote a culture of community and inclusion
•Build skills and provide opportunities that help recognize, respect and embrace diversity of all kinds, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
•Contribute to the greater life of the division and school
•Willingness to take on other duties as needed
•B.A. required, preferably in one of the following or related subject areas: Sociology, American History, Women & Gender Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Social Work, Child Development, Maternal/Child Health and Family Planning
•Experience facilitating discussions regarding power, privilege, oppression, identity, and human sexuality
•Strong understanding of the social and emotional needs of students
•Demonstrated competency in diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement
•Experience developing and implementing diversity responsive curriculum to improve teaching and student learning
•Good organizational and research skills
•Significant experience teaching/coaching
•Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
•Desire for continued professional growth
•Interest in teacher- and parent -education
•A strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
Other Relevant Skills
•Prior teaching and/or workshop facilitation experience
•Training/Certifications in the following areas a plus: Racial Justice and Equity Facilitation, Council Practice/Facilitation, Crisis Counseling and Advocacy, Sexual Health Education, The Resilience Toolkit, Mindfulness Practices, Mental Health, First Aid, etc.
•Working knowledge and/or formal study of one or more of the following topics and subject areas: Race, Gender, and Identity, Reproductive Health and Human Sexuality, Online Safety and Digital Citizenship, and Social-Emotional Learning.
•Council, PassageWorks, or other Student Group Facilitation training and experience.
Schedule and Salary
This is a full -time exempt position and is eligible for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous retirement plan. Office hours are 7:30am-3:30pm; with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter and references to Jobs@Westridge.org. Include “Human Development Teacher” in the subject line. Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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