The Upper School biology teacher has full responsibility for teaching courses in biology (including AP classes and electives) and for guiding honors science students in their independent research projects. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the ability to teach introductory chemistry.
Teach biology, including AP classes and electives, and other subjects as assigned.
Design a developmentally appropriate curriculum and plan for a well-articulated plan of teaching and assessing.
Maintain an engaged classroom environment to support student learning.
Sustain frequent contact with students and parents about student performance and behavior.
Participate in parent teacher conferences as necessary.
Write individualized advisee conference notes and student reports for each student at required periods during the year.
Serve as an advisor and complete all activities and assignments related to this role.
Share in duties like lunch clean-up, service projects, Friday School, and other such tasks.
Pursue professional development opportunities.
Be willing to help plan and chaperone weeklong Winterim experiences.
Serve on Exhibition Committees, Upper School Committees and school-wide committees as necessary.
Participate in Admissions Open House and other school events as requested by the Head of the Upper School or the Head of School.
Attend and support after-school activities and programs (e.g. concerts, theater and class programs).
Support the School’s Episcopal identity and practices.
Support the School’s commitment to diversity and multicultural education.
Work collaboratively with colleagues in the US and across divisions.
Serve as an active member of the cross-divisional Science Department.
Plan vertical science curriculum with other science-teaching colleagues.
Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
Supervise students in the classroom, on the grounds, and on field trips or related experiences outside of class.
Must have strong interpersonal communication skills to use in working with students, parents, and colleagues. Heathwood teachers must care deeply for young people, be adept at interacting with parents, and contribute to a warm and supportive faculty.
Must maintain appropriate daily contact with administrators, colleagues, and other staff.
May have some contact with the Board of Trustees at the direction of the Head of School.
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS
Enjoyment of working with teenagers and a thorough understanding of the specific developmental needs of high school students.
Energy, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration.
Good organizational and communication skills.
Ability to use a variety of assessment techniques and to demonstrate strong instructional and classroom-management skills.
Experience with Learning Management Systems, the Google Suite of tools, and a variety of technological resources that can be used to support teaching whether in-person or remote.
Understanding of pedagogy and experiential learning practices.
Teaching experience required; experience in secondary education preferred.
Primarily indoor classroom teaching with occasional field trips. Some evening and weekend commitments. The Upper School science program is housed in the Robinson Center for Science and Math. The classroom has, in addition, a fully equipped laboratory to facilitate the frequent use of experimentation as a critical component of the science curriculum.
A FINAL NOTE
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its 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/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
To apply for this position, please submit resume, list of references, a statement of educational philosophy and a cover letter.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is an equal opportunity employer and hires without discrimination of the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex/gender, age or disability. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School participates in E-Verify, as mandated by South Carolina law. This position will require a Criminal Background Check.
About Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (HHES) is an independent, Episcopal day school founded in
1951 that serves 730+ children ages 2 through Grade 12. Just minutes away from the urban
grandeur of South Carolina’s capital city, Heathwood Hall is a serene, environmental oasis
nestled on 122 acres of wooded wetlands. The campus is bordered on the west by the
Congaree River, and on the north, east and south by lush farmlands.
HHES has long been known as Columbia’s premier independent school. Its tradition of academic excellence is coupled with a longstanding commitment to experiential learning that has led to the development of many distinctive programs.
Holding true to its Episcopal heritage, HHES celebrates and seeks to develop the whole child, and to develop tenacious, sophisticated thinkers who value service to others over self-interest. HHES further supports the development of the whole child through a rich array of extracurricular offerings that create ample opportunities for students to find and nurture their passions beyond the classroom.
HHES believes that children learn best when they are truly known and supported by their teachers. The school’s abiding commitment to bui...lding strong relationships between students and teachers allows the opportunity for each child to be met where they are in their educational and developmental journey, as opposed to taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
While HHES’s outcomes are second-to-none—its students compete nationally and achieve at the highest levels—each student’s Heathwood experience is unique, reflective of his or her interests and abilities, challenges and talents, goals and ethos. HHES graduates don’t just master the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond; they know themselves, and know how to advocate for themselves, in ways that set them apart from most of their peers. They leave Heathwood prepared not only to take on our dynamic world, but to transform it.
While the school community includes members of many faith traditions, Heathwood is an Episcopal School where all students and faculty gather, by school division, for worship and prayer each Wednesday in the on-campus Chapel of the Epiphany. The school is affiliated with the Episcopal diocese and benefits from a supportive Episcopal community in Columbia. It is a school that engenders strong loyalty and strong connections, and promotes an authentic spirit of inclusivity, acceptance, and care for each individual.
Today, HHES seeks an experienced development professional who appreciates the culture of this exemplary place, shares it values, and will cultivate relationships and gifts to ensure the betterment of the school.
The Community | Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina is a city convenient to mountains and beaches. In just two hours you can be on a beach in Charleston, SC or head the opposite direction two hours toward the upstate and find yourself in the mountains. Sporting News recently recognized Columbia as one of the “Best Sports Cities;” residents love to support their local college teams including the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks. The city also has a more refined side and is home to the Columbia Museum of Art, the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbia City Ballet, and a myriad of performing arts groups. Columbia has received numerous accolades for its cost of living, climate, job outlook, education, the arts, health care and recreation.