Our Sisters’ School, New Bedford, MA
Job Title: Science and STEAM Teacher
Status: Exempt / Full-Time
Reports to: Head of School
To Apply: Please send cover letter, résumé, and references to Sarah Herman, Head of School, email@example.com
Our Sisters’ School serves motivated girls in grades 5-8 from low-income families and historically under represented groups. We recruit staff and students from diverse faiths, races, and cultures. We’re located in the historic and growing city of New Bedford.
The name of our school honors the strong maritime history of New Bedford. It celebrates courageous young women who ventured out on whaling vessels in the early 1800s, and were called “sister sailors.” Our students, modern “sister sailors” at OSS, are bravely adventuring on the high seas of their educational journeys.
In our safe, supportive, and challenging environment, strong academics are coupled with positive character development as OSS students explore core values of Excellence, Community, Civic Engagement and Leadership. Our educational philosophy values experiential, purposeful and community-oriented learning that honors student choice and voice. Our goal is to build the best educational environment we can imagine as we support the growth of our students. Flexibility, creativity, teamwork and hard work are some of the things our staff appreciate and value in our work environment. Visit our Website at www.oursistersschool.org
Commitment to Equity, Justice and Belonging:
Our Sisters’ School is committed to each Sister Sailor’s greatness and growth. We embrace our rich social diversity – one of the greatest assets of our learning community. Every day we seek to build upon our strengths in service of our mission and building a more democratic, equitable, and antiracist school and society. Our EJB work is ever evolving throughout our structures, practices, and relationships. We aim to create and sustain the best environment possible in which each learner thrives and has access to opportunity, regardless of identity markers.
We seek passionate, talented individuals to join our instructional team. OSS teachers serve as role models for OSS students while ensuring excellence in academic achievement in the classroom. A qualified individual will demonstrate a strong work ethic, the ability to create and effectively deliver detailed unit and lesson plans, as well as a mindset for educating low-income girls from broad personal backgrounds, while helping to build a positive school-wide community.
Responsibilities – Complete the specific tasks associated with the general responsibilities listed below:
- Teach engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent and challenging lessons with research-based pedagogy /best practices; promote a culture of learning
- Support the development of interdisciplinary curriculum, vertical alignment, unit planning and pacing guides
- Assess and report on student progress in accordance with school policies and practices
- Effectively manage classroom environment in accordance with school policies and culture
- Co-organize and supervise grade-level field trips and events
- Lead or co-lead homeroom period and routines
- Serve as an advisor and advocate for an assigned group of students
- Lead a weekly club
- Engage in staff duties such as student lunch/recess, passing periods and responsibility for community spaces
- Fulfill duties remotely, if possible, when offsite work is required
- Actively participate in all professional development workshops, grade level, subject area, and staff meetings
- Other duties as assigned
- Teaching experience, preferably at middle-school level, particularly with economically and racially/ethnically diverse populations
- Advanced coursework in education and/or teaching certification, including knowledge of state standards and objectives, learning theory and curriculum development
- Deep content area knowledge
- Strong speaking, written and verbal communication skills
- Superior organizational and time management skills
- Proficiency with computers and software programs, especially Google-suite products; integrating technology into curriculum
- Commitment to, and interest in, being part of a community that supports inclusivity, equity and social justice
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including professional collaboration and cultural competence; ability to receive feedback and academic coaching openly for professional and student growth
▪ Working at OSS requires physical fitness: stairs, a fast-paced schedule, playing & interacting with children, etc. ▪ Bending and lifting are required; all staff assists with cleaning, moving boxes, furniture, chairs, books, etc.
▪ A work environment that is welcoming, collaborative, flexible and embraces creativity and diversity ▪ Salary commensurate with experience, education/certification and guidelines provided by OSS financial policies ▪ PTO (paid time off) in accordance with OSS personnel policies and Massachusetts regulations ▪ Classroom Teachers work no more than August 1st – June 30th annually, with the possibility of optional hours available in July.
We hire to intentionally include people from a variety of backgrounds. Our students and staff are not all alike, and our different thinking, experiences, and the people we are, create a rich tapestry of learning at Our Sisters’ School and make us stronger. Our community works hard to create and maintain a working and learning environment that’s diverse, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.