Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: UPPER SCHOOL MATH TEACHER
Department: UPPER SCHOOL
FTE: 0.5 FTE (Exempt)
Reports to: UPPER SCHOOL HEAD
POSITION SUMMARY This part-time teacher is responsible for teaching four high school mathematics classes per year. In addition to daily responsibilities, Upper School teachers are expected to participate in, and lead activities that include but are not limited to extra-curricular, experiential, and community service learning across grade levels.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated use of a variety of teaching methods to support different learning styles and have experience teaching the whole spectrum of courses from algebra through advanced calculus and/or statistics. The candidate will need to understand the conceptual links between mathematical subjects. Complementing these skills should be a desire to teach students who encompass a range of academic abilities and an excitement about helping students build self-confidence through successful exploration and discovery. In order to do so, this candidate should have experience with experiential learning through hands-on tasks, projects, and guided reflection. Candidates should also be well-versed in current technology to support mathematical learning, including, but not limited to, online tools, software applications, smartboards, and graphing calculators.
Catlin Gabel is a community where relationships are pivotal to learning. As such, the personal qualities of this candidate are vital. These include being a supportive, engaged, and flexible role model who demonstrates the qualities of a life-long learner, a sense of humor, and an infectious enthusiasm for working with high school students. This teacher must be able to work effectively with others in a spirit of collegiality.
Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school’s life outside the classroom. Faculty members also serve as guidance counselors for a cohort of student advisees. Ideally, this individual would have some interest in becoming a leader in this department by advising and assisting students with various math-related clubs and activities and the Upper School. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be demanding at times, we feel it is necessary and rewarding.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
BA in mathematics • At least two years demonstrated effective teaching experience (preferably in a high school setting)
Understanding and experience with student-centered teaching, inquiry-based learning
Experience in competency- or standards-based teaching and assessment a plus • Experience in curriculum development a plus
Experience and/or interest in computer programming is a plus • Teaching background and demonstrated experience with adolescents • Use of internet, e-mail, and other appropriate technology applications • Willingness to sponsor an activity, club, or coach is highly desirable
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.