High School Japanese Teacher

Institution: 
New Heights Academy Charter School

New Heights Academy Charter School, in New York City, invites applications for the position of high school Japanese teacher. The Japanese teacher will plan and deliver meaningful learning experiences, create opportunities for maximum educational and social development, and work with all members of the school community to create a nurturing and structured environment for each student enrolled at New Heights Academy Charter School. This position reports to the High School Director and collaborates with other High School Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Department Chairs, and Student Support Services Team.

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: 10 months.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
      NYS certification (or eligibility for reciprocity);
      At least 1 year prior teaching experience in middle/high school;
      Demonstrated success working in non-traditional and/or urban school settings;
      Excellent oral and written communication skills;
      Experience with educational technology (SMART Board, student laptops, etc.);
      Willingness to learn and grow professionally.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Content Knowledge and Planning:
         Exhibit an understanding of and skills relevant to the subject area(s) taught;
         Demonstrate an ability to make topics and activities meaningful and relevant to each student;
         Integrate available technology resources compatible with students’ needs and abilities;
         Develop lesson plans that are clear, logical, and sequential using Understanding by Design principles;
         Plan with appropriate specialist(s) to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.

2. Instructional Strategies
         Link present content/skills with past and future learning experiences;
         Effectively use various instructional strategies (e.g., modeling, cooperative learning, collaboration, and reading and writing in the content areas) to differentiate learning for all students;
         Effectively use questioning strategies to engage students and promote learning;
         Monitor students’ understanding of the lesson and adjust teaching when appropriate;
         Maximize student learning by providing opportunities for all learners to participate actively and successfully;
         Explain content and demonstrate skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all students;
         Hold each learner individually responsible for learning

3. Assessment
         Use results of a variety of assessments to monitor and modify instruction as needed;
         Effectively use both teacher-made and standardized tests, as appropriate, to measure student performance;
         Use oral, non-verbal, and written forms of student assessment;
         Organize, maintain, and use records of student progress to make effective instructional decisions;
         Continuously monitor students’ progress before, during, and after instruction, and provides meaningful feedback;
         Demonstrate competence in the use of acceptable grading/ranking/scoring practices in recording and reporting student achievement

4. Student Communication and Rapport
         Use precise language and acceptable oral expression and written communication
         Articulate clear learning goals and instructional procedures for the lesson to the students
         Model caring, fairness, courtesy, respect and active listening
         Model concern for students’ emotional and physical well being
         Seek and maintains positive interactions with students in all school settings
         Seek information about student interests and opinions

5. Classroom Management
         Enforce the school’s student behavior policy
         Communicate clear expectations about behavior to students and parents
         Actively monitor student behavior and provides feedback in a constructive manner to students and parents
         Create a physical setting and establishes routines that promote learning and minimize disruption
         Structure transitions in an efficient and constructive manner
         Manage emergency situations, as they occur, in school settings

6. Professional Demeanor and Development
         Maintain a professional appearance and deportment.
         Interact with colleagues and students in an ethical and professional manner.
         Carry out duties in accordance with established policies, practices, and regulations.
         Select appropriate channels for resolving concerns and problems, and maintains confidentiality.
         Complete all classroom and school assignments and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.
         Participate in professional growth activities including conferences, workshops, course work and committees or membership in professional organizations.
         Explore and apply knowledge and information about new or improved methods of instruction and related issues.
         Identify areas of personal strength and weakness and seeks improvement of skills and professional performance.

7. School Community and Culture
         Initiate communication with parents or guardians concerning student progress or problems in a timely manner.
         Respond promptly to parental concerns and encourages parental involvement within the school.
         Interact with parents and the community by providing useful information regarding the school.
         Work cooperatively with community members in carrying our school and community sponsored functions.
         Build collaborative relationships with colleagues, sharing teaching insights and coordinating student learning.
         Serve on school committees and supports school activities.
         Contribute to the development of the profession by serving as a teacher, mentor, peer coach, and/or supervisor to practicing teachers, student teachers, or interns.
         Support school goals and initiatives.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES
      Plan, organize, develop and conduct a comprehensive teaching and instruction program
      Provide appropriate and effective learning experiences for pupils from a wide range achievement levels

      Effectively assess the instructional and educational needs of pupils, and design, develop, and implement sound instructional and educational programs
      Provide a motivating and stimulating learning environment
      Perform research and development activities pertaining to curriculum and instructional programs
      Follow safety procedures and written and verbal instructions
      Work effectively with staff, students, and public
      Make independent decisions
      Work autonomously within school established guidelines and policies
      Organize tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks
      Demonstrate good judgment and good problem-solving skills
      Direct and instruct others
      Respond appropriately to evaluation and changes in the work setting.

TO APPLY:
If you possess the qualities outlined above, please apply for a position at NHACS! To apply, please submit a current resume and cover letter (as attachments in Word or PDF format) to recruitment@newheightsacademy.org. We will not consider applicants who include that information in the body of their email.

• In the subject line of the email, please name the position for which you are applying.
• Please make sure that your resume indicates your certifications (teaching or other).
• In your cover letter, please:
1. Describe why you are the perfect fit for this position.
2. Explain why you desire to work in an urban high school setting.

Posting Date: 
May 5, 2017
Job Status: 
open