Employment at BWS

ABOUT THE BISHOP JOHN T. WALKER SCHOOL FOR BOYS:

Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is a tuition-free Episcopal school for children from traditionally underserved communities. The School nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. Working in close partnership with students and families, the School strives to create an environment where each boy is challenged to reach his full academic potential and receives the structured support necessary to develop his unique gifts.  The Bishop Walker School seeks to foster a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation, and moral character that each boy will need as a student, as a citizen and as a child of God.

The Bishop Walker School is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

4th/5th Grade Humanities Lead Teacher (Long-Term Substitute)
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys seeks a dynamic 4th/5th Grade Humanities Lead Teacher (Long-Term Substitute) immediately to educate and encourage the intellectual and social development of boys. The4th/5th Grade Humanities Lead Teacher (Long-Term Substitute) is responsible for teaching 13 4th graders and 10 5th graders. The educator should have a commitment to urban education and inspiring excellence.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in English, History or related field, a teaching certificate or credential or equivalent professional experience which would translate to successful classroom teaching. Advanced degree preferred but not required.
  • Candidates should be familiar with Responsive Classroom/Time to Teach, Guided Reading, Writer’s Workshop, EngageNY, and IXL.
    Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Collaborates well with colleagues of diverse backgrounds on pedagogical approaches, curricular alignment, and instructional strategies.
  • Promotes the use of multiple methods in solving problems, identifying more efficient strategies and generalizing principles to a broad variety of applications.
  • Encourages collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems.
  • Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment, and integrity. Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.

Responsibilities

  • Establish high expectations for student academic performance and behavior.
  • Design and implement respective grade curriculum.
  • Instruct students in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.
  • Collaborate with other Lead Teachers and Specials Teachers.
  • Form and maintain positive partnerships with parents.
  • Clearly articulate both verbally and in writing students’ progress.

Expectations

  • Promotes inquiry, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Designs curriculum which recognizes children’s interests and strengthens their skills
  • Creates engaging, hands-on learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Incorporates differentiated instruction and flexible grouping
  • Assesses content, process, and product of curriculum continuously
  • Recognizes the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of boys

Please send resume and cover letter to Michael O. Molina, Head of School at mmolina@bishopwalkerschool.org and cc Jonathan Williams, Assistant Head of School at jwilliams@bishopwalkerschool.org.

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.


Permanent Substitute Teacher

Department: Academics
Reports to: Head of School, Assistant Head of School- Head of Academics/School Culture

Purpose: The Permanent substitute will provide classroom coverage as assigned when a lead teacher is absent. The permanent substitute should have experience working with age groups Kindergarten through Fifth grade and experience teaching developmentally appropriate skills. When not covering for a lead teacher, the permanent substitute will serve as a Teaching Assistant for 4th and 5th Grade. This position is responsible for collaborating with all members of the community (teachers, families, scholars, admission/outplacement department, outside consultants, counselor, and academic administration) to maximize opportunities for success for scholars at BWS. All BWS staff are expected to work towards BWS’s mission and vision.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Compliance with BWS’s policies/procedures as stated in the personnel handbook
  • Regular and punctual attendance
  • Participation in staff meetings, including division, department, grade-level, open meetings, professional development days, etc.
  • Participation in school-wide events, including assemblies on and off campus, Open Houses, Back to School Night, etc.
  • Compliance with deadlines
  • Participation in regular goal-setting, reflection and professional growth opportunities
  • Support with the coordination of tutors and other outside professionals that work with BWS scholars
  • Establish and maintain relationships with all stakeholders invested in the BWS scholars on caseload
  • Supporting and upholding classroom/school expectations and routines.
  • Communicates with parents, teachers, and/or administration as appropriate
  • Collaboration with colleagues on school-wide initiatives

Instruction & Curriculum:

  • Alignment with BWS’s mission, philosophy, and program goals
  • Observation of individual scholars in classrooms in order to assist the teachers in assessing and supporting scholars who require support
  • Collaboration with teachers with regard to planning, assessment, parent and community contact, and academic team planning meetings
  • Collaboration with teachers on morning meetings, homework load, grade-level expectations, etc.
  • Individual meetings with scholars to address various needs (organizational support, study support)
  • Actively participate in behavior management

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree with a background in Education or related field
  • Mastery of skills/content/understandings of developmental stages of scholars, K-5
  • Experience using standard office equipment and school technology
  • Ability to work collaboratively and constructively as a member of a team
    Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
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To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Assistant Head of School Jonathan Williams at jwilliams@bishopwalkerschool.org. No phone calls please.