Job Details

Upper School English Teacher

Oregon Episcopal School, SW Portland

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/28/2020

Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies ( in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.

OES seeks a curious, creative, and self-reflective educator to teach English in its Upper School. The Teacher will provide instruction to students across two or three grade levels and bring a breadth of experience designing curriculum and learning activities as well as the ability to recognize and respond to the needs of high school learners. The English program emphasizes inquiry and active learning through engagement with a broad range of world literature; there is also an emphasis on training strong writers, students who handle academic essays with confidence and also compose significant creative work. Teacher collaboration is crucial: most classes are designed in grade-level teams that aim to give a common experience of reading, writing, thinking, and verbally communicating across courses. Teachers are guided by the Learning and Teaching at OES faculty growth model.
The English department continually refines its practices of inclusive teaching, and the ideal new colleague would contribute substantially to that effort, in terms of both curriculum and pedagogy. Strong candidates, furthermore, will bring an innovative, energetic spirit to the classroom, constantly seeking ways to make literature and writing essential to adolescents. They will bring a strong facility with technology and demonstrate a flexible mindset that enriches collaboration and design thinking. Most importantly, they will see students as budding scholars, creators, and engaged human beings.

This is a full-time, exempt, academic year position that starts in August 2020. It comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including employer paid health insurance, retirement plan with a generous employer matching contribution, tuition remission for up to two admissions eligible children, and an excellent free lunch daily. See the OES Benefits Guide ( for details.

• Create, communicate and maintain clear, consistent, and appropriate learning objectives and expectations that are aligned with the department’s goals.
• Provide frequent, constructive, objective, and prompt feedback.
• Seek and constructively use professional feedback.
• Design assessments and activities as tools for student learning and growth.
• Recognize, respect and promote the cultural difference and diversity of the individuals in the classroom and community.
• Collaborate with colleagues.
• Communicate responsibly and professionally with colleagues, families, and students.
• Establish and maintain relationships with students and families that promote learning.
• Seek to understand, value, and respond to each student.
• Differentiate instruction.
• Believe in each person’s potential for growth.
• Experiment with teaching strategies.
• Maintain high standards for student behavior in and out of the classroom.
• Integrate technology in teaching and assessment.
• Serve as an adviser to a small group of students.
• Participate fully in the life of the school by attending school activities, events, meetings, and conferences.

• BA or equivalent in English or related field
• Two years of experience teaching English
• IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced Google Suite, MS Office Suite, database, web applications, video conferencing, etc. as appropriate to job duties, experience with applicable educational technology
• Demonstrated experience with and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen

• MA or equivalent in English or related field
• Experience teaching courses from 9th through 11th grade; independent school experience a plus
• Demonstrated and successful history with innovation in the teaching of English, technology integration, curriculum design and inquiry-based learning
• Experience in teaching English Language Learners (ELL), particularly international students

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to contribute to strong and positive connections with high school students and to maintain collegial relationships with colleagues
• Ability to collaborate and work effectively on teams
• Knowledge of educational technology, with an openness to innovation and willingness to learn as tools evolve

• Primarily classroom environment, ability to stand or sit to deliver curriculum
• Ability to sit at computer and keyboard for moderate periods
• Ability to lift up to 20 pound on an occasional basis
• Ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, parents, and the public
• Mobility sufficient to move about the campus and to assure the safety of young children

COMPENSATION: Faculty salary scale based on education and teaching experience

APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the OES online application, link below, and attach a cover letter and resume. Open till filled.

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Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.

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