Employment Opportunities

Benchmark School is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or membership in any other protected classification as defined under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Current Employment Opportunities

Seventh Grade Head Language Arts Teacher for 2019-2020 School Year

 

Benchmark School is Accepting Applications for a Seventh  Grade Head Language Arts Teacher for 2019-2020 School Year

Background information about Benchmark School:  Benchmark School is truly an amazing place to be.  It is filled with creative students, supportive parents, and gifted staff members.  It is both energizing and deeply fulfilling to help students grow as learners and individuals and then watch as they go on to thrive in school and life.  There is nothing better than being committed to a meaningful mission and knowing that you are helping to transform students’ futures by empowering them to succeed.

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 (e.g. dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD) or have yet to reach their full academic potential.  It is located on a beautiful 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. Defining characteristics of the school include our fundamental commitment to excellence, professional development, and research-based innovation.  As a result of these emphases, 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:  In this full-time 7th grade head teaching position, you serve as a part of a talented and caring team of experts (e.g., supervisor, counselor, co-teacher, math and science specialists).  This team provides support and insights as you provide well-paced, inquiry-based instruction that promotes thinking, learning and problem solving. The major responsibilities for this position are to teach language arts and either social studies or science to a class of 7th grade students at Benchmark School.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Planning and providing well-paced, explicit instruction within the context of a project- or inquiry-based instructional framework while gradually releasing  responsibility to the students

    • Assessing student’s strengths and challenges and scaffolding instruction appropriately

    • Providing a warm, supportive environment which fosters respect for others

    • Establishing routines, maintaining consistent expectations, and employing effective management techniques

    • Helping students develop their social and emotional skills, self-knowledge, and executive functioning skills in addition to their conceptual, strategic knowledge

  • Providing clear and timely communication with students, parents, and other staff members in a positive, professional manner

  • Demonstrating an openness to learn, grow, and change in accordance with the educational philosophy of Benchmark School

  • Actively pursuing professional growth and development through attendance at Benchmark inservices, professional reading, and involvement in other professional activities

  • Participating in infrequent evening or weekend activities, including meetings, professional development or other school activities

  • In cooperation with the supervisor, training the intern or co-teacher to plan instruction, write reports, hold conferences, etc.

  • Advising students on academic matters as a mentor

  • Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications:  Key qualities include:

  • Advanced degree preferred in Reading and Language Arts – Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in reading and language arts at the middle school level

  • Pennsylvania public school certification or Private Academic School certification grades 6-8

  • Minimum of three years’ experience teaching language arts preferred

  • Ability to work well with a team

  • Effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues and parents

  • 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 for three professional references

Send application materials to:  HumanResources@BenchmarkSchool.org

Summer Language Arts Teachers

Benchmark School is seeking Language Arts Teachers for the Summer Language Arts Program. The Summer Language Arts Program is a 5-week program that runs from July 1 – August 2. (Closed July 4 and July 5.) Applicants must hold a PA Elementary Professional Teaching Certificate and attend Professional Development inservice sessions the week of June 24. The starting salary is $3000 for the 5-week session. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, and references to humanresources@benchmarkschool.org.

Summer Teaching Assistants

Benchmark School is offering the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant in our Summer Language Arts Program. The Summer Language Arts Program is a 5-week program that runs from July 1 - August
2. (Closed July 4 and July 5.) The TA hours are 7:45am - 12:45pm daily.
Teaching Assistants support Summer Language Arts Teachers in all aspects of the Language Arts Program. An Education Degree is a plus, but not necessary. This is a great opportunity for college juniors and seniors to gain classroom experience.
Compensation is $1500 for the 5-week program.
Submit application materials to humanresources@benchmarkschool.org.

Elementary Mathematics Teacher (Beginning Sept 2019)

Position description: The major responsibility for this full-time position is to provide conceptually based, strategy-supported
mathematics instruction to help students become confident mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.
● Planning and providing well-paced, explicit instruction which promotes conceptual understanding and critical thinking
o Assessing student’s strengths and challenges and scaffolding instruction appropriately
o Providing a warm, supportive environment which fosters respect for others
o Establishing routines, maintaining consistent expectations, and employing effective management techniques
o Helping students develop their social and emotional skills, self-knowledge, and executive functioning skills in
addition to their conceptual, strategic knowledge

● Providing clear and timely communication with students, parents, and other staff members in a positive, professional
manner
● Demonstrating openness to learn, grow, and change in accordance with the educational philosophy of Benchmark School
● Actively pursuing professional growth and development through attendance at Benchmark inservices, professional reading,
and involvement in other professional activities
● Participating in infrequent evening or weekend activities, including meetings, professional development or other school
activities
● In cooperation with the supervisor, training the support teacher to assist with small group instruction and implementation
of classroom procedures
● Other duties, as assigned
Qualifications: Key qualities include:
● Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
● Pennsylvania public school certification or Private Academic School certification required
● Strong conceptual knowledge of mathematics and instructional practices for elementary mathematics
● Minimum of three years’ experience teaching preferred
● Ability to work well with a team
● Ability to attend meetings before and after the normal school day schedule and sometimes in the evening
● Effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues and parents
● Enthusiastic interest in teaching, motivating, and mentoring students
● A role model for students
Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application Process: The review of applications will begin May 6, 2019, 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 for three professional references
Send application materials to: HumanResources@BenchmarkSchool.org

 

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