Upper School Science Teacher (Biology & Chemistry)
The Rivers School, Weston, MA
The Rivers School — a 6-12 co-ed independent day school in Weston, MA, just outside Boston — seeks professionals who are looking to join a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming school community.
This full-time upper school Science (biology and/or chemistry) position includes teaching four classes, advising, and contributing to the school’s co-curricular program as a coach or club advisor.
Candidates must possess a commitment to professional development and personal growth as a teacher of science and inquiry-based learning, as well as the ability and desire to collaborate effectively with colleagues to develop the department’s curriculum and pedagogy. A team-first attitude, sincere care for student wellbeing, strong organizational skills, and a commitment to advancing the school’s DEI mission are also essential qualities for a successful Rivers teacher. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience teaching biology and/or chemistry, preferably at the high school level. A bachelor’s degree in biology and/or chemistry or a related subject is required; a master’s degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry is preferred.
Rivers encourages interest from candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, experience, and perspectives among our faculty body and school community. Rivers offers BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and white ally affinity spaces for faculty, as well as school-wide professional development to support and enrich our DEI work. In addition to extensive mentoring from the Department Chair and Dean of Faculty, all first-year faculty members benefit from a close relationship with a peer mentor and take part in a year-long onboarding program led by the Director of New Faculty Development.
Science Department Mission Statement: The Rivers Science Department enhances students’ passion for innovative thinking while training them to seek unbiased evidence, ask questions about the natural world, and apply scientific problem-solving to diverse challenges. We equip every Rivers graduate with a core base of scientific knowledge that can inform their decisions on personal, social, and political issues while preparing them for future academic endeavors. Students use technology and analytical tools to work through challenging problems, collaborate in an open-minded manner, and design their own laboratory investigations. As our students relate what they learn to current events, they move beyond the confines of the science classroom and into local laboratories, hospitals, businesses, and the natural world. Modern society produces exponential quantities of information with decreasing reliability, demanding students to successfully sort fact from fiction. By teaching students to think critically about what is presented to them, they graduate better prepared to confront our world’s most pressing issues in technology, the environment, medicine, and society as a whole.