Merion Mercy Academy, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for girls grades 9-12 outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and student-centered educator versed in current trends, research, and emerging ideas in education to serve as a full-time Theology teacher for the 2022-23 school year. This is a one-year teaching position.
The ideal candidate will embrace the school’s Mercy mission to promote a holistic education that is student-centered and encourages both academic and personal excellence. He or she will be enthusiastic about teaching girls, have a familiarity with instructional technology, and enjoy working within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner. The candidates will demonstrate skills in cross-cultural teaching and leadership practices, and be dedicated to working in a diverse community. He or she will contribute to and be committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices.
Candidates should have a willingness to lead students in theological reflection, faith-sharing, and service-learning design and processing. He or she must be a team player with initiative, judgment, and problem-solving skills. Personal characteristics necessary for the position include positivity and enthusiasm for all aspects of school life; warmth and a good sense of humor; patience and persistence; and excellent communication skills.
Reporting directly to the Assistant Head of School for Academics, the Theology teacher:
Creates and delivers engaging Theology curricula in a secondary school context;
Reflects the school’s mission and core values as a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Mercy;
Establishes a culture of positive communication with students, colleagues, and parents;
Possesses a willingness to teach virtually;
Engages in professional development opportunities to further develop inclusive teaching and leadership practices;
Demonstrates a collaborative mindset that seeks out opportunities to work as a part of a high-functioning team;
Commits to remaining current in educational research and pedagogy;
Conferences with parents and responds to messages in a timely manner;
Demonstrates a willingness to respond to individual learning needs;
Develops varied assessment tools to perform both formative and summative assessments; consistently and effectively evaluates student progress;
Practices a positive approach to classroom management;
Maintains current and accurate records;
Collaborates well with colleagues on pedagogical approaches, curricular alignment and instructional strategies;
Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, department and staffulty meetings, moderating a club, and any and all aspects that support the student experience;
Creates daily lessons and learning activities for students based on standards in Theological education and research;
Participates actively in the school’s professional learning community, as appropriate, to deepen the understanding of curriculum, content, and competencies.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and statement of educational philosophy along with three professional references to Valerie Prucnal, Assistant Head of School for Academics, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.
A bachelor’s degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related subject, master’s degree preferred.
5+ years of teaching.
Demonstrated knowledge of subject content, curriculum, and methodology of effective teaching.
Skilled in the use of computer technology to enhance learning and to deliver content online.
Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with students, peers, administrators, and parents.
Experience in leading students in theological reflection, faith-sharing, and service-learning design and processing.
Independent school/girls’ school experience preferred.