Lower School Chinese Teacher (Philadelphia, PA)

Position Purpose:
The Lower School for Boys Chinese teacher inspires our students with a dynamic curriculum that develops and strengthens language skills and pushes them to better understand the world beyond our campus.

Essential Functions
• Helps all students to develop speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in Chinese, and to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture.
• Develops an engaging and vibrant classroom environment that nurtures students’ natural curiosity about the world.
• Prepares creative and interactive hands-on activities, community experiences, and course materials.
• Evaluates students’ class work and assignments.
• Maintains student records, examples of their class work, and writes progress reports twice a year.
• Participates in and attends Parent/Admissions events as required.
• Collaborates with other Chinese and homeroom teachers to create, support, and maintain parity among parallel courses.
• Develops positive relationships with families in order to support student learning.
• Keeps abreast of developments in the teaching field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional development.
• Other duties as assigned by the department chair and/or division head.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in Chinese or in teaching Chinese as a second language; master’s degree preferred.
• Prior teaching experience preferred, particularly with lower or middle school aged students.
• Strong classroom management strategies; Responsive Classroom training preferred.
• Superior skills in teaching Chinese as a second language to children.
• Demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
• Compassionate and knowledgeable in delivering content to students with diverse learning styles.
• Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building.
• Demonstrated deep understanding of cultural competency skills and enthusiasm for issues of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism.
• Organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and capable of taking initiative.
• Comfortable using technology both in and out of the classroom.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
• Must be able to work effectively in a demanding environment where deadlines, unexpected student issues, and varying challenges compete for one’s attention.
• Must be able to work actively around the classroom for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to enjoy the convenience of an urban environment that maintains close contact with its natural environment.
• Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for activities such as sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting, and lifting an average of 30 lbs.
• Regularly use close and distance vision.
• Turn, reach, and occasionally climb.
• Work in a traditional climate-controlled environment.

Application Procedures
Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references to careers@sch.org.