Working at Westtown

Statement of Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. In accordance with our Quaker heritage and identity, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.

The following positions are currently available:

After School Program Staff

Westtown School seeks staff for its after school program called Moosekids, for Grades PreK to 5th grade. The mission of the program is to offer activities, which feel like a neighborhood of children actively playing with the option of more structured experiences. The ideal candidate will understand how four- to ten-year-olds play and relax after school while facilitating ongoing communication with parents.
We are looking for candidates with interests in sports, music, art, the natural world and young children. Organizational skills, a love of children and flexibility are required. The program runs Monday to Friday, 3:30 to 5:00 or 6:00 with additional hours for in-service, partial school days and vacation breaks.
Specifically, the staff will:

  • Develop connections with the Lower School children who attend Moosekids
  • Support the work and report to the Director of Auxiliary Programming
  • Provide empathetic, attentive care for children
  • Organize outdoor games
  • Create open ended, creative art projects
  • Facilitate building community
  • Help resolve the inevitable conflicts of play and sports in ways that align with Quaker practices
  • Oversee homework
  • Coordinate with Lower School on attendance and enrollment tracking
  • Maintain shared space and respect established Lower School procedures and rules
  • Communicate closely with parents about daily interactions during Moosekids

Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree or working toward a Bachelors Degree
  • Experience organizing children
  • Ability to start in as soon as possible.

Qualified, interested candidates who wish to apply should visit http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter & select Show All Job Openings.

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Westtown School is a Quaker, co-educational, college preparatory day and boarding school for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, located in eastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1799, Westtown is the oldest continuously operating co-educational boarding school in the country. With a diverse total student body of 732 students, the school maintains a commitment to educational excellence and innovation, with a Quaker heritage that celebrates families of all faiths and traditions. Westtown remains steadfast in its commitment to develop extraordinarily prepared and deeply ethical adults ready to lead and serve.


Reporting to the Dean of Finance and Operations, the Director of Auxiliary Programs is responsible for strategic planning, operations, market development, program design, promotion, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation of all Westtown Auxiliary Programs including athletic camps, day and overnight camps, aquatics program, and after school programs. This position is also responsible for scheduling and managing all the third-party rentals of Westtown facilities.


Qualified candidates who wish to apply should visit https://apply.workable.com/auxs/j/41CF3A675C/.

Director of Theater Arts, beginning August 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.

Beginning in August 2020, Westtown School seeks a dynamic Director of Theater Arts to teach theater courses in both our Upper and Middle School and to coordinate a four production co-curricular program. Westtown’s theater program is deeply collaborative, student centered, hands-on, and process-oriented with a focus on creating theater that encourages students to ask big essential questions, to see theater-making as a way of creating understanding, and to use theater as a force for social change. The successful candidate will join a team of experienced arts educators and professionals in a department rooted in our Quaker traditions and guided by our school mission to cultivate each student’s voice as we challenge all of our students to realize their individual gifts. A theater artist/teacher with a broad knowledge of theater and an interest in pedagogy, dramaturgy, and creative process, will thrive in our program.

This person will teach theater classes in Middle and Upper School, including advanced level topics classes, direct 2-3 productions, engage actively as a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, and participate in the Upper School residential life program.

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience teaching middle and high school students
  • A bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts or related discipline, MFA or MA in Theater Education or Applied Theater preferred
  • Experience directing middle and high school students
  • Comfort with devised theater and a variety of theater styles


Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.


Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Middle School Social Studies Teacher, beginning August 2020

The Middle School Social Studies teacher works as an effective member of both a cohort of Middle School Social Studies teachers and a grade-level team to develop innovative curriculum. The full-time teaching responsibility consists of teaching four major, year-long classes or the equivalent. Teaching assignments may include 6th grade Geography & Culture, 7th grade US History and/or 8th grade Regional Studies.

The Middle School Social Studies teacher is a member of the core Middle School team. Core activities include advising, supervision of study halls and recesses, chaperoning field trips, and related activities that contribute to the Middle School community and the educational experience of our students. Core teachers engage in at least one other co-curricular commitment such as a season of athletic coaching, leading the robotics team or advising yearbook. The successful candidate will be a motivated educator with strong content knowledge and a keen interest in working with Middle School students.

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree; advanced degree preferred;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant classroom teaching experience; preferably working with Middle School students;
  • A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the unique academic, social-emotional, and developmental needs of Middle School students;
  • A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

    Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.


Middle Science Teacher, beginning August 2020

The Middle School Science teacher works as an effective member of both a cohort of Middle School Science teachers and a grade-level team to develop innovative science curriculum. The full-time teaching responsibility consists of teaching four major, year-long classes or the equivalent. Westtown’s approach to teaching science integrates physical and biological sciences at each grade level and involves extensive hands-on experience in both the lab and the ecosystems of our 640 acre campus.


The Middle Science teacher serves as a member of the core Middle School team. Core activities include advising, supervision of study halls and recesses, chaperoning field trips, and related activities that contribute to the Middle School community and the educational experience of our students. Core teachers engage in at least one other co-curricular commitment such as a season of athletic coaching, leading the robotics team or advising yearbook. The successful candidate will be a motivated educator with strong content knowledge and a keen interest in working with Middle School students.


Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at
http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.


Groundskeeper

Westtown School, an independent, PK-12, day and boarding Quaker school in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has an immediate opening for a FT, 12 month Groundskeeper.

Responsibilities include the maintenance of the school's landscaping and grounds, minor repair to grounds equipment, and other grounds keeping tasks to maintain a safe and attractive environment. Minimum one year experience in the care and maintenance of similar facilities or equivalent education or training in grounds keeping. Qualified, interested candidates who wish to apply should visit http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

The School:
Westtown is a spirit-led school where students are empowered to discover their unique gifts and guiding purpose in a values-based community, while acquiring the skills and knowledge they will need to impact — and to better — the world they will inherit. Founded in 1799 by members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Westtown educates not just for the sake of college preparation, but for an engaged and reflective life. The school’s academic program is rigorous, and its college admissions record is impressive. At the same time, the school places a strong emphasis on reflection and mindfulness, both in weekly Meeting for Worship and in students’ everyday lives. Westtown’s beautiful 600-acre campus, located just 25 miles west of Philadelphia, encourages investigation, relaxation, and play, as well as
illustrating the school’s commitment to sustainability. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.


Groundskeepers Essential Functions:

  • Mows grass and trim with power mowers and other power tools.
  • Prunes and mulches trees and shrubs.
  • Operates a tractor, loader, and other grounds vehicles.
  • Weeds flower beds, around shrubs and trees, and as directed.
  • Plants trees/shrubs and annuals as directed.
  • Assists in maintaining athletic fields and recreational play areas for all users including layout, lining, mowing, seeding, fertilizing, etc.
  • Assists with removal and disposal of trash and debris.
  • Removes snow and ice using power snowblowers, chemical ice melters, truck mounted plows, shovels, and/or icescraper and must be available for early morning and/or late night hours when snow or ice is forecasted.
  • Rakes leaves and grass.
  • Maintains streets in the immediate vicinity of the campus.
  • Has a thorough knowledge of trees and plants.
  • Ability to design new plantings.
  • Ability to diagnose and treat insect and disease problems on trees and ornamental plants.
  • Maintains parking lots.
  • Provides support and manpower as directed to other School and Facilities Departments.
  • Maintain communications according to school radio policy.
  • Maintain professional and appropriate relations with all students and parents at all times.
  • Maintain knowledge of school property and staff as necessary to perform assigned duties
  • Report all accidents to the Assistant Director and Director of Facilities.
  • Ensure security and confidentiality of all student information.
  • Report unsafe conditions or suspicious activity to the Assistant Director and Director of Facilities.
  • Practice energy conservation at all times.
  • Attend work on time as scheduled and adhere to attendance policy.
  • Participate in departmental meetings/training.

Physical Requirements:

  • Lift, carry or otherwise move up to 50 lbs. regularly. Lift, carry or otherwise move up to 100 lbs. occasionally with assistance.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to climb ladders.
  • Must be able to push and/or pull heavy loads.

Other Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum one year experience in the care and maintenance of similar facilities or equivalent education, training or experience.
  • Ability to work within the overall organization of the Facilities department and work with skilled and unskilled personnel.
  • Ability to read, write and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.


Westtown welcomes diverse candidates and encourages them to apply. Westtown does not discriminate in hiring, and is committed to fostering an inclusive community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices.

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Lana Valenzuela, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Housekeeping PT Temporary

The housekeeper helps to maintain the cleanliness of the campus including the offices, classrooms, public areas, rest rooms, auditoriums, theaters and laboratories.

Monday through Friday

  • Sweep, mop and scrub floors, stairs (inside and outside buildings) & other surfaces.
  • Vacuum rugs in offices & public areas. Shampooing rugs periodically using heavy vacuum cleaner & rug shampooing machine.
  • Clean classrooms:dust furniture, exhibit cases, pictures, door trim & chalkboards.
  • Wash window sills, glass in corridor doors.
  • Wash glass and trim in entrance doors.
  • Wash and/or clean interior wall spaces by hand or with powered wall washing machines, working on ladders, as required.
  • Climb into and clean sky beds before and after summer camps.
  • Clean and service lavatories, showers, toilet rooms and rest rooms.
  • Collect and place in containers or plastic bags trash and debris, place trash in collection area for removal by sanitation trucks.
  • Replace liners in wastebaskets and trash containers and clean inside containers.
  • Move heavy furniture, metal bed frames, mattresses, supplies and miscellaneous equipment. Always seek assistance for anything over 25 pounds.
  • Notify Housekeeping Supervisor of maintenance issues (doors, door checks, furniture lights, faucets, etc.).
  • Sweep or shovel snow from steps and walks at building entrances and connecting walks.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • Maintain communications according to school radio policy.
  • Maintain professional and appropriate relations with all student and parents at all times.

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Michele Underhill, Interim Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.


Lower School Learning & Literacy Specialist, beginning August 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and a commitment to service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.


Westtown School Lower School is searching for a full time Learning and Literacy Specialist to lead our Lower School Student Support Team.


Position responsibilities:


Oversight of Student Support Services

  • Coordinate Student Support Team, working closely with School Psychologist, Math Specialist, DEI Coordinator, and Lower School Principal
  • Collaborate in developing and monitoring student Learning Support Plans
  • Facilitate team meetings with families and teachers
  • Manage communications with external tutors and Intermediate Unit
  • Co-coordinate administration of ERB CTP Online assessment process
  • Member of LS Admission Committee


Literacy Support and Assessment

  • Provide specialized small-group support in reading, spelling, and writing
  • Administer screenings and assessments such as reading inventories and the Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests
  • Provide consultation to faculty regarding differentiated instruction in reading and writing
  • Actively communicate with teachers and families about student progress


Professional Development

  • Model instruction and assist with faculty professional development in the areas of reading, spelling, and writing
  • Collaborate with School Psychologist in educating parents about learning differences
  • Maintain curiosity and commitment to educational research, conferences, and workshops in the areas of literacy development, learning differences, and academic support


Qualifications:

  • 5+ years relevant experience working with Lower School students
  • BA or BS degree in Special Education, Reading Specialist, or related Education field; advanced degree preferred
  • Training in an evidence-based, structured literacy program, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading; Certification preferred
  • Knowledge of classroom literacy curriculum, such as readers’ and writers’ workshop models, Wilson Fundations, and Words Their Way
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and system organizational skills
  • A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Registered Nurse

Westtown School has an opening for a part-time RN in its Student Health Center. The nurse would work 10 hours per week from 7am- 12pm on Tuesday and Thursday as a member of a team of nurses and be part of a weeknight and every 6th weekend on-call rotation for the high school boarding population. A caring demeanor with strong assessment skills is needed to treat students from Pre K through 12th grades. It is a 9 month, hourly position with no benefits.

One year medical surgical experience is required with current CPR .

Qualified candidates who wish to apply should visit - http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings

Security Officer

Westtown School has openings for part-time security officers. Various shifts to be covered are weekends (either 6am-2pm or 2pm-10pm) and weekdays (2pm-10pm) with occasional variations as needed by the department. EMT preferred. Must be able to pass First Aid/CPR training test. Driver's license & reliable transportation required. Base pay starting at $15/hr.

Qualified candidates who wish to apply should visit - http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings

Upper School English Teacher, beginning August 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.

Position description

The Upper School English Teacher will teach four major, year-long classes or the equivalent and participate fully in the residential and co-curricular life of the school. Preference will be given to qualified applicants with additional experience teaching ESOL.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning;
  • Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques;
  • Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices;
  • Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader;
  • Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Enthusiasm for full participation in the coaching, advising and residential duties required of a full-time faculty member
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant classroom teaching experience, preferably in an independent school;
  • Experience and interest in teaching ESOL preferred;
  • A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;
  • A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.


Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Upper School Spanish Teacher, beginning August 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.

Position description

The fulltime Upper School Spanish Teacher will teach four major, year-long classes or the equivalent and participate fully in the residential and co-curricular life of the school. We are seeking a talented educator who can also teach a section in either French or ESOL.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning;
  • Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques;
  • Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices;
  • Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader;
  • Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Enthusiasm for full participation in the coaching, advising and residential duties required of a full-time faculty member
  • Is either a native speaker or has complete fluency in Spanish;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant classroom teaching experience with the ability to teach all levels of Spanish;
  • Has experience teaching either French or ESOL;
  • A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;
  • A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.


Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Upper School and Middle School Mandarin Chinese Teacher, beginning August 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and a commitment to service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.

Position description

The fulltime Upper School and Middle School Mandarin Chinese Teacher will teach four major, year-long classes or the equivalent and participate fully in the residential and co-curricular life of the school.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

●Develops lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning;

●Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques;

●Interest in 21st century pedagogy, integrated performance assessment, and continued professional growth are essential

●Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices;

●Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader;

●Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.

Qualifications

●BA or BS degree required; advanced degree preferred;

●Enthusiasm for full participation in the coaching, advising and residential duties required of a full-time faculty member

●Is either a native speaker or has complete fluency in Mandarin Chinese;

●A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant classroom teaching experience with the ability to teach all levels of Chinese;

●A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community;

●A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;

●Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.


Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Substitute Teacher for Middle School English, beginning April 8, 2020

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and service. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.

Position description

Westtown School is currently seeking a long-term Substitute Teacher for Middle School English. This long-term substitute assignment will start in early April through the end of the school year. The substitute teacher will work as an effective member of both a cohort of Middle School English teachers and a grade-level team. The .70 teaching responsibility consists of teaching three sections of 7th grade English. The 8-week curriculum, which is flexible, has traditionally taught Animal Farm and The Giver during this time.

In addition, the long-term Substitute English Teacher will serve as a member of the core Middle School team. Core activities include advising, supervision of study halls and recesses, chaperoning field trips, and related activities that contribute to the Middle School community and the educational experience of our students. The successful candidate will be a motivated educator with strong content knowledge and a keen interest in working with Middle School students.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

●Teaches three sections of 7th grade English for 8 weeks, beginning on April 8, 2020.

●Utilizes technology to enhance instruction and practices;

●Develops engaging lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote understanding of the text and fluid writing skills.

●Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques;

●Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.

Qualifications

●BA or BS degree; advanced degree preferred;

●Relevant classroom teaching experience; preferably working with Middle School students;

●A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the unique academic, social-emotional, and developmental needs of Middle School students;

●A deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;

●Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values.

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.

Upper School Office Manager

Westtown School is an independent, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers state-of-the-art facilities where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.

Westtown School is seeking an experienced Office Manager with exceptional interpersonal skills, outstanding facility with technology, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students and families throughout our intentionally diverse community.

Position Description

The Upper School Office Manager position is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Upper School Principal. The Office Manager is responsible for the smooth day-to-day functioning of our complex, fast-paced Upper School office, as well as providing a wide range of administrative support to the Upper School Principal, Director of Studies, Dean of Students, and four Class Deans. This highly collaborative position requires an organized, motivated, cheerful and flexible self-starter with a strong customer service orientation to engage with students, faculty, families, and the wider Westtown community. Experience and confidence with the joys and challenges of adolescents is essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all attendance information utilizing Senior Systems/REACH;
  • Edit and prepare all on-line forms;
  • Manage the Upper School parent/student and faculty portals
  • Prepare correspondence for Principal and Upper School Deans;
  • Responsible for coordination of Upper School events including: Parent’s Day, Commencement, beginning and ending of the school year
  • Collaborate with alumni office for alumni weekend activities, awards ceremony, senior dinner and other key events.
  • Prepare permission forms for Upper School field trips;
  • Calendar Management for the Upper School Principal, Dean for Students, Academic Dean and others, as needed.
  • Manage credit card accounts for the Upper School Principal, Dean of Students and Academic Dean.
  • Act as liaison between Upper School office and all other campus offices and departments

Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree required;
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience as an administrative or executive assistant, or similar position;
  • Direct office management or supervisory experience required;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and constituents in a way that inspires confidence while maintaining professional confidentiality;
  • Extensive experience and fluency in all MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite;
  • Knowledge of Senior Systems and Blackbaud or other school management systems preferred;
  • Must enthusiastically embrace the responsibilities of working in a dynamic independent school environment;
  • Has a strong growth mindset and pursues on-going professional development opportunities;
  • A commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
  • Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and the school’s Quaker values.

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals based on these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select “Show All Job Openings”.

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