Commonwealth School, Boston, MA
Commonwealth School, an independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston’s Back Bay, is known for its rigorous academics, low (5:1) student-teacher ratio, and strong program in the arts. In the warmth of a small yet richly varied community of engaged students and passionate teachers, talents and curiosity generate excitement, laughter, and respect among students, faculty, and staff. We work closely and collaboratively with each other in our cozy space, and we make extensive use of Boston’s many resources.
Our mission is to educate young people from diverse backgrounds to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and creative adults, capable of careful analysis, fruitful cooperation, and responsible leadership. In keeping with our mission, our teachers challenge and support students as they develop the skills that will encourage their lifelong love of learning.
Our teachers design curriculum, reflect on their practice, create partnerships within their departments, and support student learning both in the classroom and in one-on-one tutorials. Faculty and staff value trust and respect, shared stewardship, autonomy, accountability, creativity, and enjoyment (see our fully articulated norms here). Detailed information about the school is available on our website.
We seek a full-time history teacher with a particular interest in one or more non-Western areas (preferably including modern Asia) for grades 9–12, beginning in the fall of 2022.
From ninth grade on, our history curriculum has students working with primary sources and making use of Boston’s extensive research opportunities, including the rich collection of the Boston Public Library (a mere two blocks away). We encourage students to avail themselves of the city’s many other libraries, world-class museums, university lecture series, and possibilities for research internships. Our history teachers work closely with students, often one on one, on honing their writing. They also teach process skills such as effective strategies for test preparation, extracting meaningful information from texts, and managing extended projects. Each year, students produce progressively more challenging research papers, supported by their history teacher and our librarian, who help them to navigate primary and secondary sources, refine their research question, and structure effective arguments and analyses. You can read more about our history department and its curriculum here.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Teach four classes (typically three full-credit and one half-credit). Depending on enrollments, possibly teach one class or an elective in another subject of special interest to the teacher or needed by the department
- Serve as an advisor, providing academic guidance and mentoring to a small number of students as their primary point of contact and liaison with their families
- Assume one or more administrative roles, such as mentoring student projects, advising clubs, and overseeing programs such as tutoring or all-school trips
- Fulfill duties beyond the classroom that are shared among the faculty and staff. This might include welcoming prospective students at admissions events, chaperoning dances, or helping make our beloved twice-yearly all-school trips a fun-filled success
The annual (ten-month school year) salary range for this position is based on relevant experience (sample ranges: $57,000–$68,000 for up to 9 years experience and $70,000–$88,000 for 10–19 years experience). A generous benefits package includes health and dental insurance and retirement contributions. In addition, the school encourages and supports professional development, including through summer grants for curriculum development and personal enrichment and funding for workshops and other programs.
We offer personalized and sustained onboarding during the first year, including weekly meetings with the Assistant Head of School and the Dean of Faculty Hiring and Support and close work with a peer mentor.
Firmly committed to establishing culturally responsive classrooms, we seek teachers who think independently and love learning, especially alongside high school students. The ideal candidate will not only possess a deep knowledge of their field but will also find joy in fostering students’ understanding of the subject. A bachelor’s degree in history, or the equivalent, is required; a higher degree is preferred. Teacher certification is not required.
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated commitment to supporting equity and inclusion in a diverse community. They will have some teaching experience at the college or high school level, as well as a keen interest in collaborating with colleagues while mentoring young people.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials by April 22 to Dean of Faculty Hiring and Support Mara Dale (email@example.com):
- A cover letter that describes their experience, teaching philosophy, and commitment to fostering inclusive classrooms and equitable outcomes for all students
- A résumé or CV
- The names of three references and their contact information
Commonwealth School is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by law.