National Cathedral School (NCS) announces an opening for a full-time English teacher in its Upper School (grades 9 through 12) beginning August 2021. The NCS English department comprises a faculty of grades 4-12 and offers a challenging curriculum aimed at graduating students with impeccable writing and analytical skills. The successful candidate for the position will help students embrace a love of literature while fostering critical thinking and be committed to successful and developmentally appropriate teaching of writing. In addition, the candidate should have expert knowledge of the elements of literary analysis and writing mechanics; have a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to student-centered pedagogy and discussion-based classrooms; and possess a record of maintaining a challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment. The school expects candidates to have a willingness and ability to use differentiated instruction in the classroom. In addition, a successful candidate must be able to work with and meaningfully contribute to a collegial group of teachers who are dedicated to teamwork.
NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applicants who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported. As a result, the successful candidate will teach and develop a curriculum in which students see themselves represented.
Teaching responsibilities will include English 10, a team-taught, core curricular course that explores British literature and the effects of imperialism from the English Renaissance to the Modernist era, as well as eleventh- and twelfth-grade electives, which are offered in coordination with St. Albans School. NCS seeks to identify candidates who have background in and experience with teaching literature outside the traditional American and British literary canons. In addition to a regular course load, the successful candidate will also serve as the sponsor or co-sponsor of a student publication.
The typical school day runs from 7:45 to 3:45, though teachers at NCS are also responsible for supervision of students in a variety of settings, including homeroom advising; some committee and administrative work depending on workload, background, and experience; and other duties typical at an urban day school. Salary is competitive, based on experience, and the position includes a full benefits package. Qualified candidates hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in English, Master’s degree preferred, and have pertinent teaching experience.
National Cathedral School for Girls serves 580 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, advocates of lifelong learning, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Students thrive in an intellectual environment and love to be challenged. NCS graduates are recognized as highly motivated and confident. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of all-girls education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral’s commitment to be a house of prayer for all people. Located in Northwest Washington on 57 beautiful acres, the Cathedral Close is home to NCS, St. Albans School for Boys, and Beauvoir: The National Cathedral Elementary School.
Interested candidates should send an electronic application by November 15. Please include a brief cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of three to five references. In addition, applicants must submit (1) a sample writing assignment, indicating course title or level, and (2) a short writing sample, e.g. example student comment, statement of educational philosophy, etc. Please submit all materials in a single pdf format with “Upper School English Teacher” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in National Cathedral School. We will review your application and if your background is a good match for this position, we will contact you. Otherwise, we will keep your resume on file for future reference. We appreciate your interest in working at our school.