William Penn Charter School seeks a full-time PreK-12 Religious Studies and Philosophy Department Chair to begin in the 2019-2020 academic year. The department chair works to support the school’s strategic vision, and to align the curriculum, skills, and pedagogy of the department accordingly. The department chair models curiosity, a passion for lifelong learning, and a desire for professional growth. As a teacher, the department chair models student-centered pedagogy and technology use in the classroom, creates and sustains service learning experiences with different partners in Philadelphia, and exhibits a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues.
A full-time department chair load includes teaching three upper school classes, department chair duties (including, but not limited to, regular class observations and teacher coaching, curricular leadership with the Department Chairs Group, and assistance with hiring), advising (6-8 upper school students), as well as engagement in an extracurricular activity. Examples include: coaching, community service, assisting with a theatrical performance, or sponsoring clubs.
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in religious studies and/or philosophy (an advanced degree is preferred) and a minimum of five years of upper school teaching experience. Strong knowledge of Quaker faith and practice is required as candidates will be expected to teach some sections of the 10th grade Quaker Principles and Practice course, which is a graduation requirement. There may also be an opportunity to design and teach an elective course in the upper grades. Previous departmental leadership experience is desired but not required.