English Department Chair

Faculty / Full-Time

Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

About Bancroft School
Through active, inquiry-based learning and challenging experiences, Bancroft School empowers students in grades PreK to 12 with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a difference in their community and the world. Guided by outstanding teachers, curious learners engage with one another and celebrate the strengths and lived experiences of each individual. Bancroft School seeks to be the first choice for students and families seeking to own their journey to mastery and independence in an inclusive campus where each individual is safe, known, and valued.

Bancroft is located in Worcester, Massachusetts — a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future in which the school is deeply invested. Founded in 1900, Bancroft’s 30-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood just north of downtown. Our 400 students from 63 cities and towns around central Massachusetts represent a variety of different backgrounds that contribute to a unique and diverse learning environment.

In January of 2020, the school unveiled a 5-year strategic plan, BluePrint125 — a product of extensive internal investigation and collaborative discussion among the School’s many constituents. In recent years, the School has made significant investments in campus upgrades to improve energy efficiency, air quality, and public safety. Other major campus enhancements have included the creation of flexible, multi-functional learning spaces in the areas of performing arts, athletics, and technology. 

Position Summary
Bancroft School seeks an Upper School English teacher to join our dynamic team of educators starting for the 2022-23 school year.  Ideal candidates can engage students in meaningful inquiry, problem solving, and collaborative exploration in Upper School English and Humanities courses. Developing students’ skills as critical thinkers, analytical and creative writers, positive contributors, and collaborators is central to this position. This position will also require a commitment to teaching the writing process.

As the Department Chair, this leader will work with Division Heads to ensure curricular integration within the school’s strategic priorities for building a robust and inclusive environment for teaching and learning. You will also serve on the Department Chairs committee as an academic leader in the division and the school as a whole, with a particular focus on contributing to the myriad of growth opportunities for the school as the strategic plan is implemented.

Bancroft seeks to expand its emphasis on inquiry-based learning and develop creative approaches to teaching as we continue to develop and refine our curriculum. Experience in designing and implementing interdisciplinary projects and units in the Humanities is preferred. Technological savvy is required as each Upper School student and teacher utilizes personal technology both inside and outside of the classroom.

Essential Responsibilities

As a member of the faculty:

  • Teach multiple sections and various levels of courses in English and the Humanities– this includes all aspects of planning, instruction, and assessment.
  • Consistently and regularly communicate with students, parents, and advisors.
  • Promote social and emotional growth by serving as an advisor to a group of students.
  • Participation in additional aspects of Upper School life, including coaching, club leadership, and advising.
  • Serve as a full school community member by attending faculty meetings, serving on committees, participating in admissions activities, and covering other routine faculty responsibilities.
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities to support a racially and ethnically diverse community that is informed, self-reflective, and characterized by respect and careful listening.

As a department chair:

  • Update course offerings and descriptions on a regular basis.
  • Hold regular department meetings in which collaborative discussions around best practices and collegial decision-making are central.
  • Manage the department budget, including textbooks and materials for faculty and students.
  • Facilitate professional development for all department members throughout the faculty growth and evaluation process.
  • Participate in hiring for the department including candidate review, interviews, and campus visits.


  • Master’s degree in Humanities field, English, or Education
  • At least three years of teaching experience
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for implementing inquiry-based learning
  • Proven ability to differentiate instruction
  • Experience with online collaborative learning software

Essential Attitudes & Aptitudes

  • A collaborative spirit
  • An understanding of and love for Upper School students (grades 9-12)
  • A willingness to participate and partner with colleagues on cultural and curricular initiatives, especially the three pillars of our strategic plan: Innovative Teaching for Active Learning, Equity in Action, and Invested Community

Bancroft seeks dynamic candidates who will be active participants in the community beyond the classroom, with interest in supporting extracurricular activities in athletics, clubs, and other programs.

Bancroft is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community that embraces difference and welcomes candidates who will add to the racial and cultural diversity of our community. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and references to employment@bancroftschool.org

Bancroft School

Worcester, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender