POSITION TITLE: High School English Instructor(Upper Level) FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Full Time/Exempt REPORTS TO: High School Principal
An English instructor at Notre Dame de Sion High School not only provides high quality, innovative, and rigorous English instruction, but is instrumental in our school goal to develop students who are well-rounded, faith-filled citizens and servant leaders. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of love,respect, hopefulness,openness, and by building connections through relationships.
Sion educators are: Confident Practitioners: they know their subject and the instructional techniques to help students meet educational goals. Growth-Minded Learners: they understand that knowledge is not finite - students and teachers can grow, learn new things, and accomplish tasks they never knew were possible. Mindful Communicators: they communicate in a way that is solution-focused, timely, and positive. This includes verbal, written, and non-verbal communication. Collaborative Team Players: they pitch in and help with events outside their classroom to make Sion a place that is rich in community and models servant leadership. Inclusive Community Builders: they use language and actions that are never destructive of egos. They ensure that students and otherfaculty members feel a sense of belonging at Sion.
Knowledge and understanding of and commitment to the Sion mission.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Education, orrelated subject matter. Special consideration given to candidates with Master’s degreesin subject area with the ability to teach dual high school/college courses.
Knowledge of best practices in instruction and curricular design for English, including design thinking, experiential learning, writing across the curriculum, authentic assessment, and standards-based curriculum development.
Deep understanding of the specific needs of adolescent girl development, including social emotional needs.
Demonstrated classroom management and facilitative skills.
Ability to interact professionally with students, parents, faculty and staff.
Flexibility in working with a variety of faculty across the divisions on faculty committees.
Ability to set goals and accept professional feedback.
Must demonstrate competency with schoolrelated technology.
Maintain professional credentials as required by Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) or other accrediting agencies.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Effectively integrates professional standards of English education into everyday classroom instruction and curriculum design.
Prepares and implements lesson plans for such instruction.
Collaborates with faculty in all disciplines with an eye towards providing interdisciplinary opportunities.
Incorporates the skills from the Sion Success Outcomes into the English curriculum.
Creates and teaches a two-week, place based, experiential learning course as a part of Sion's Deep Dive programming.
Teach and choose world and multi-genre literature that cultivates critical thinking, empathy, an
exploration of women’s conditions, and an exploration of deep philosophical questions.
Employ a variety of progressive educational strategies that make learning engaging, experiential,
productive, and enriching.
Cultivate growth in student writers by teaching them the skills they need to effectively communicate their ideas in writing.
Works with the Academic Directors Team towards the continualrefinement and improvement of the
Utilizes ACT data to inform instruction and improve student learning.
Map curriculum to ACT Standards and Sion Success Outcomes.
Maintain current attendance and studentrecords.
Be flexible in working with faculty members from other departments with the goal of cross-curricular alignment.
Demonstrate competency and creativity with school-related technology.
Participate in required duties such as study hall orlunch supervision, class coverage for absent teachers,and supervision at select after school events.
Attend allrequired faculty and professional development meetings.
Continue personal and professional development through attending conferences or other development opportunities to ensure that teaching practices remain current.
Assists with other projects, programs and planning as assigned by the High School Principal.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work in a classroom environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
Occasionally bend, stoop, and squat.
May work at a desk and computerfor extended periods of time.
Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled environment.
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
Commitment to Non-Discrimination & Diversity Notre Dame de Sion is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a wide range of faculty, staff, and students,and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas. –––– The above description coversthe mostsignificant duties performed, but does not exclude assignments not mentioned.
Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City is an independent, Catholic school affiliated with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as well as the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. The school is owned by a lay corporation and governed by a board of trustees. The campuses include a college preparatory high school for girls and a co-educational elementary and middle school for students pre-kindergarten through grade eight. The Catholic value of respect for the worth and dignity of each individual permeates the atmosphere and culture of the school and is reflected in the loving, nurturing relationships that form among the faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, students, and visiting Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. Generations of Kansas Citians can attest to the importance of what Sion continues to provide: a unique learning environment that reflects the love God has for each person in his/her individuality and for each culture in its distinctiveness. For over a century, Notre Dame de Sion has continued to encourage students and their families to believe they can and DO make a difference in the world by “Educating Minds. Expanding Hearts. Empowering Lives.”