Job Details

Middle School 6th Grade Science Teacher

Oregon Episcopal School, SW Portland

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/01/2019

Among the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of the hills of Southwest Portland lies the unique educational experience that is Oregon Episcopal School. The school occupies a 59 acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, a college preparatory curriculum, and a strong sense of community. OES welcomes those who wish to engage in a vibrant, diverse learning community.

Oregon Episcopal School seeks a skilled, professional, and culturally competent individual to be its sixth grade science teacher. The science program at OES strives to nurture student curiosity, interest and excitement about phenomena in the natural world. Through a hands-on, inquiry-driven process we prepare scientifically literate citizens who evaluate information with an analytical approach to make informed decisions as members of the local and global community. The PK-12 department includes a Lower School science specialist and eleven Upper and Middle School teachers.

The MS science teacher position consists of four sections of sixth grade science. Other full-time faculty responsibilities include being an advisor and occasional chaperoning duties. As OES is dedicated to developing our Essential Competencies in all students, candidates should be skilled in project-based learning and possess an appreciation for the real work context of scientific pursuits. This position reports directly to the MS division head. In addition to the qualifications detailed below, the successful candidate will be able to support the OES educational mission ( Coaching opportunities may be available.

This is a full-time, academic year position that starts on August 19 and comes with a competitive salary and benefits package, including 95 percent employer paid group medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, 25 percent for dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with generous employer match, abundant professional development opportunities, and one excellent meal daily. Up to 50% tuition remission is available for up to two admissions eligible children. See the OES Benefits Guide for more information (

• Facilitate dynamic, engaging, and effective learning experiences for MS students, and evaluate course materials and develop new curricula as needed.
• Integrate technology in teaching and assessment.
• Manage the classroom environment so that all students can learn safely.
• Evaluate and return student work and evaluation reports in a timely manner.
• Collaborate effectively with faculty.
• Communicate with students and parents in a clear, timely, and professional manner.
• Advise a group of Middle School students.
• Attend MS meetings, Grade-level Team meetings, and Science Department meetings, and parent conferences.
• Chaperone and fulfill school duties as assigned, including overnight trips.
• Be committed to ongoing professional growth and development.
• Serve as a role model for Middle School students.

• BA/BS or equivalent in science or related field
• Three years of experience teaching science
• Intercultural competence, ability to teach diverse groups of students effectively;
ability to interact appropriately with a diverse array of students, coworkers, family members
• IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Suite, Zoom and Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties
• Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen

• MA/MS or equivalent in science or related field
• Experience teaching science to middle school aged students
• Experience with inquiry-based teaching and project-based learning
• Experience using digital tools and teaching in a 1:1 laptop environment
• Successful history with innovation in the teaching of science, technology integration, and project based learning
• Experience with computer science and coding
• Experience undertaking scientific research in a collaborative academic setting, especially guiding others in the endeavor

• Ability to develop curriculum with consideration of scope and sequence
• Ability to maintain a flexible mindset and an innovative approach to teaching
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to collaborate and maintain collegial relations with colleagues
• Knowledge of educational technology; openness to innovation, willingness to learn, ability to integrate evolving IT into curriculum

• Primarily classroom environment, ability to sit at a computer and keyboard for moderate periods
• Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis
• Must be able to see, hear and speak clearly to interact with groups of individuals
• Ability to move about the OES campus

COMPENSATION: OES Faculty Salary Scale based on degree and years of experience

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested candidates should complete the OES Application here: and attach cover letter and resume. Open until filled.

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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