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Science Department Lead Teacher - High School

Company: Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter S
Location: Bronx
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Science Department Lead Teacher - High School (Immediate Hire)


Exempt, 12-Month Employee

Reports to

High School Assistant Principal and Head of School

Primary Function

The Department Lead Teacher advocates for the needs of the teachers to the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), and ensures that the teachers meet the mandates of the Leadership Team. The Department Lead Teacher works in their own classrooms while also coaching and supporting other teachers within their area of content-expertise.

Desired Qualifications

Master's Degree preferred
NYS certification in related content area required
3-5 years of teaching experience and highly effective ratings in all past evaluations
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


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
Develop curriculum maps and lesson plans including sub back up lesson plans

2. Instructional Strategies

Link present content/skills with past and future learning experiences
Teach up to 3 classes as assigned
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 adjusts teaching when appropriate
Maximize student learning by providing opportunities for all learners to participate actively and successfully
Explain content and demonstrates 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.

Department Lead Responsibilities

Conducting weekly meetings (with whole department or with individual team-members)
Providing guidance with curriculum development, unit and lesson planning
Providing coaching in student-centered, discovery-based learning pedagogy
Facilitating problem-solving conversations and encouraging teamwork between co-teachers
Assisting with lesson plan reviews as requested by ILT
Assist in the coordination and growth of the school's assessment program by:
Coordinating data collection for the department
Analyzing department-level data from NYS Exams/Regents Exams
Developing data-driven solutions to increase student performance, particularly on standardized exams
Provide organizational leadership and support to the content-area team by:
Assisting with the planning and administration of After School Intervention/Saturday Academy as applicable
Assisting the LT in creating professional development plan by identifying PD needs
Assisting the Director of Operations in keeping a current inventory of textbooks
Communicating regularly with LT members to address concerns, needs, suggestions and feedback and writing a weekly report summarizing accomplishments, concerns, and announcements from the department
Participates in or conducts teacher evaluations and monitors teachers performance
Performing additional duties as may be assigned

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
Knowledge or ability to use SIS (student information systems) or online learning platforms (Schoology, Google Classroom, PowerSchool, and Canvas)

Supervisory Responsibility

This position supervises and coaches Teachers

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, and climbing. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Traveling long and short distance.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time 12-month position. The regular hours and workdays are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm in addition to any special events to which all staff are expected to attend.


Compensation based on experience.


Minimum to no travel required

EEO Statement

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Keywords: Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter S, New Rochelle , Science Department Lead Teacher - High School, Education / Teaching , Bronx, New York

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