Department Coordinator and Assistant Teacher for Upper School Science

Faculty / Part-Time

Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Beaver Country Day School—an independent day school located just outside of Boston, serving grades 6-12—seeks a creative, innovative, and forward-thinking Department Coordinator and Assistant Teacher for Upper School Science. This is a part-time, one year position for the 2023-2024 school year that will report directly to the Head of the Science Department and the Director of the Upper School. 

About Our School & Our People:

We are not your typical independent school. Education is not traditionally seen as forward-thinking. But that’s not the case at Beaver. We welcome change and seek feedback to continuously improve. Our “Launch, Test, Refine” mindset promotes flexibility, risk-taking, open-mindedness, and innovation. Our business is providing a future-focused education rooted in real-world context and experience and our clients are our students. 

The Beaver mindset and approach to teaching place our students at the center of learning experiences in all settings, curricular and co-curricular.  

  • Our students in grades 6-12 are interesting and passionate individuals, who, above all, are genuinely happy to be at Beaver. We provide students with opportunities to be co-creators of their learning, making it a deeper, more meaningful experience.  We are committed to providing an educational environment in tune with the real world and doing authentic work.  
  • Our teachers and educational leaders are committed to—and excited about— expanding the nature of school, and igniting and fueling the passions of all our students.  
  • Our mindset is to make excellent mistakes, launch/test/refine, and not be defined by binary thinking. Instead, we look to approach things from a both/and outlook: tradeoffs don’t have to be the answer and instead, that’s where creativity comes in. We are a community of creative thinkers and doers. 
  • Our values include collaboration, partnership, and above all, creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our community. This work is a priority and steadfast commitment. It is never “done”, and we will always make decisions with this at the core of who we are. For all Beaver students to feel a sense of belonging, it’s important that they see themselves reflected in the community, curriculum, and all our programming. 
  • Our goal every day is to create a school that is making an impact – for our students, and for education as a whole. We don’t take that work lightly, we need people that are relentlessly committed to it and excited to do this work—together.

Approach to teaching and learning:

The successful candidate will have a commitment to the BVR Priorities:

  • Aligning the work to the BVR Mindset and New Basics as critical to the Beaver Student Experience
  • A future-focused education with an understanding of the complexity and ever-changing nature of the world our students are inheriting
  • A “next practice” mindset that understands how teaching and learning are changing and how practices should adapt 
  • Student-centered, culturally proactive, and responsive pedagogy in which all students are met where they are, and see themselves represented and valued

About the Position:
Beaver Country Day School seeks a part-time Assistant Science Teacher for the Upper School (grades 9-12).  Responsibilities are as follows:

Teaching support

  • Provide ongoing support for term-long science classes as assistant or co-teacher, including supporting students with projects, labs, or other hands-on activities
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage for science classes
  • Mentor clubs and Student-Directed Projects (SDPs)
  • Attend and contribute to weekly science dept meetings
  • Work collaboratively alongside lead science teachers to brainstorm project ideas and develop new curriculum
  • Depending on experience and expertise teach one or more term-long classes as lead instructor

Department Management Support

  • Assist with materials and equipment ordering as well as budget management and invoice tracking for science orders
  • Organize and manage supplies and materials in each of the four science prep spaces including lab set up and tear down
  • Coordinate equipment maintenance appointments with outside vendors and keep track of equipment maintenance needs 

Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following skills and mindsets:

  • Interest and experience working with high school aged students
  • Content expertise in science
  • Willingness to participate fully in the community beyond the classroom

Additional things to know: 

  • Breakfast and lunch provided, as well as coffee and snacks.
  • Free parking
  • Close to the MBTA Green Line D
  • Complete vaccination against COVID-19 is currently a condition of employment at the School. The School considers requests for exemption on medical or religious grounds on a case-by-case basis. The School’s COVID-19 and other policies are subject to change at any time.

Beaver Country Day School

Chestnut Hill, MA
Middle School, High School
All Gender