Reports to: Department Chair & Academic Dean
Faculty teach students to think and live well in the ethos of Pacifica's Core Beliefs and Approach to Teaching and Learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Curriculum Implementation and Design
Teachers are responsible for implementing the stated curriculum of the school. They are to modify and revise curriculum when necessary in order to comply with accreditation requirements of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and in response to analysis in collaboration with the Dean of Academics and Principal.
Faculty, with the help of Department Chairs and the Dean of Academics, are responsible to submit all new coursework to the University of California for approval. Faculty members are responsible for the successful course approval by the College Board for all AP courses offered within their department.
Teachers maintain a disciplined learning environment within the classroom, which is built out of respect, grace, and passion for the subject.
- Facilitates a challenging academic environment
- Maintains an organization plan for each assigned course (subject matter outline, daily lesson plans, etc.)
- As a minimum, remains faithful to the course outline as indicated in the curriculum guide and enriches curriculum whenever possible
- Commits to expertise and growth in discipline content and methodology
- Uses technology to enhance student learning and achievement
- Completing grading within cycle of assignment, updating homework and test results online in a timely manner
- Independently pursues professional growth
Course selection is discussed during the hiring process and then annually in conjunction with the department head, Academic Dean, and Principal.
- Executes all duties in a timely manner (starts class on time, meets deadlines, attends meetings, turns in paperwork on time, etc.)
- Seeks opportunities to promote a collegial, educational environment throughout the campus
- Maintains communication with parents and responds within 24 hours
- Sustains cordial, professional relationships with all students, staff, parents, and community members
- Attends meetings and sits on committees as directed by administration
- Is eagerly involved in the Pacifica community outside of school hours
- Is a team player and willingly collaborates in the ongoing advancement of the school
- Attends Family Picnics, Athletic Activities, Performing Arts Events, and Open Houses
- Attends weekly Chapels and Assemblies
- Participates in class overnight trip (All School Retreat)
- Faithfully completes reasonable extra duty assignments (Supervision, Advisory/Mentoring, Office Hours)
- Abides by the spirit and policies in the Pacifica Faculty Handbook
- Holds self directly accountable to the chair of his/her department, the Academic Dean, Principal, and ultimately the Head of School
The culture at Pacifica is dedicated to ministering to the whole person. Advisory Groups are an intentional way to have at least one adult assigned to the well being of each student. All Pacifica teachers will serve as an advisor (mentor) to one advisory group each academic year. Each advisor is expected to:
- Meet weekly with their students during the designated time
- Sit with their students at school meetings such as chapels or assemblies
- Earn the trust of their students
- Pray for and with their students
- Communicate with parents as needed
Other Duties & Shared Responsibilities
- Embodies and promotes Pacifica's Core Beliefs and Approach to Teaching & Learning.
- Arrives on-time, is well-prepared, acts professionally, and seeks to add value in every facet of the job while working collaboratively with colleagues and students to advance Pacifica's mission. Maintains communication with parents and responds to messages within 24 hours. Holds self directly accountable to their direct report and to the departments they serve, and ultimately the Head of School.
- Wholeheartedly enjoys working with teenagers, championing their education, and encouraging their faith and Christian commitments.
- Cultivates a vibrant culture of learning in and outside of the classroom and contributes to a healthy professional working community
- Serves as an Advisor to a cohort of students.
- Attends and participates in weekly Chapel and All-School Meeting as well as other school-day events/assemblies.
- Attends and readily participates in Pacifica's annual overnight All-School Retreat as well as Admissions Open House(s), Back-to-School Night, and Commencement activities.
- Celebrates students' by attending their co-curricular activities on occasion.
- Contributes to the supervision of a reasonable number of after-school activities as needed.
- Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred
- 2-10+ years prior experience teaching in independent/private schools or at the college level
- Capable of teaching all/most levels of the subject, demonstrating a mastery of current pedagogy
- A sincere enjoyment of working with teenagers
- Exceptionally capable in both written and oral communication
- Excellent organizational and presentation skills
- Technologically savvy
- Proven success at working collaboratively with colleagues
- Passionate about the chosen field of study and the mission of Pacifica