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Upper School Science Teacher (Biology and Chemistry Focus)

The Chapin School
Grand Central, New York, US
Closing date
May 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Full time
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The Chapin School, an independent K-12 day school for girls located in New York City, seeks a student-centered, collaborative, and innovative educator to serve as an Upper School Science Teacher and Upper School Advisor for Grades 8-12, with particular focus on teaching Biology and Chemistry. .

DEIB Chapin's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): All Chapin students and professional community members are valued and appreciated for their unique identities, including their diverse backgrounds, perspectives, talents, and interests. We expect Chapin faculty to employ culturally-informed, equity-focused teaching practices in order to reach all students and ensure they are known and understood. Each individual belongs to and is an integral part of our affirming and joyful learning community. To support this commitment, Chapin actively seeks diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body.

All candidates are encouraged to be familiar with Chapin's DEIB commitment and mission statement found on the School's website.

Job Overview:

The Upper School Science Teacher will teach four sections of science, likely in the fields of biology and chemistry, and will serve as an Upper School advisor.

Chapin's Upper School Science program blends traditional science content and skill acquisition with a deep focus on engaging students to think of themselves as scientists, willing and able to pursue their ideas to build a better world through scientific research and discovery. The Science Department engages in ongoing curricular and pedagogical work that recognizes the inquiring scientist in every student; relies upon respectful, collaborative relationships with both colleagues and students; and aligns with Next Generation Science Standards. The Department is proud of its wide array of advanced curricular offerings, which include Molecular Genetics, Principles of Engineering, Fly Lab Research in Molecular Biology (in partnership with Stan-X), and electives on forensic science, pharmacology, and public health.

Chapin's next Upper School Science Teacher and Advisor will be:

A scientist and science educator who demonstrates a commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary curriculum development who
  • Embraces the responsibility to develop an educated, informed, engaged citizenry by connecting the study of science to the challenges and opportunities that define our fast-changing world.
  • Brings curriculum to life through a variety of learning experiences, including hands-on or in-the-field learning and research opportunities.
  • Embodies the joy of learning and exploration by sharing their passion and enthusiasm for science with students.

A student-centered educator who values each student's voice, experience, and history who
  • Demonstrates effective pedagogy, particularly in response to the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning needs, and interests.
  • Actively seeks out ways to generate student excitement for science and STEM-related fields because they believe all students are scientists in the making.

An educator who actively cultivates a classroom and community of belonging by
  • Engaging students in the process of co-creating an environment that fosters inquiry, diversity of thought, feedback, and collaboration.
  • Collaborating with colleagues within the department and across disciplines and divisions to develop practices and curricula that enrich the academic program.
  • Embodying a growth mindset which means being willing to learn alongside students and colleagues, to make mistakes, and to listen with empathy to others.

A partner to students, their parents, and colleagues in teaching and learning who
  • Seeks connections across disciplines so that students can integrate their learning across their classes and build meaningful connections that help their learning.
  • Embraces a culture of ongoing professional learning by regularly seeking out opportunities to observe colleagues and be observed, receive feedback, and collaborate.
  • Navigates change and disagreement with respect, grace, and an eye toward resolution.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 years experience in science instruction, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues

  • Advanced degree in the sciences or science education
  • Experience teaching science or a STEM-related subject at the high-school level
  • Research experience or ability to teach advanced-level sciences

How to apply: Submit your cover letter, rsum, and statement of educational philosophy by April 14, 2022. The committee will begin review of applications immediately, and will consider those that are submitted after April 14 on a rolling basis.
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