BENCHMARK SCHOOL - LOWER SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER

4-6-18
Benchmark School is currently accepting applications for a Lower School Head Teacher position for the 2018-2019 School Year 

Background information about Benchmark School: Founded in 1970, Benchmark School is an internationally recognized independent, co-educational day school committed to helping bright students in grades 1-8 who learn differently or have yet to reach their full academic potential.   It is located on a 23-acre wooded campus in Media, PA, approximately 13 miles west of Philadelphia.  Benchmark’s mission is to help our students develop into confident and strategic thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers who take control of their learning.  One of the defining characteristics of the school is its commitment to excellence and research-based innovation.  As a result of this focus, our graduates are self-advocates who approach tasks strategically, think flexibly, demonstrate persistence and resilience, and meet with success in school and in life.  For more information about the school, please visit our website www.BenchmarkSchool.org

Position Description: The major responsibility for this full-time position is to provide well-paced, inquiry-based instruction that promotes thinking, learning, and problem solving.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Creating a warm and supportive environment that fosters confidence, risk-taking, and respect for all
  • Providing explicit instruction of thinking and learning strategies within an inquiry-based model
  • Integrating technology throughout teaching and learning
  • Assessing students’ strengths and challenges and scaffolding instruction accordingly
  • Establishing routines, maintaining consistent expectations, and employing effective management techniques
  • Providing clear and timely communication with students, parents, and other staff members in a positive, professional manner
  • Demonstrating an openness to learning, growth, and change in accordance with the educational philosophy of Benchmark School
  • Actively pursuing professional growth and development through professional reading and participation in professional development activities at Benchmark School and in the area
  • Participating in periodic evening or weekend activities, including meetings, professional development activities, and school events
  • In cooperation with a supervisor, training a co-teacher or support teacher to plan instruction, write reports, or hold parent conferences

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Reading and Language Arts preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching preferred
  • Pennsylvania Public School certification or Private Academic School certification required
  • Knowledge of instructional practices appropriate for elementary-aged students
  • Ability to work well with a team
  • Effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues and parents
  • Enthusiastic interest in teaching, motivating, and supporting students
  • A role model for students

Salary:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process: The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please send:

  •  A letter of application describing why you are a good fit for the position
  • Current resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references 

Send application materials to:  HumanResources@BenchmarkSchool.org or Benchmark School, Attn: Human Resources, 2107 North Providence Rd., Media, PA  19063