Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 185 boys on a stunning 750-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.
Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.
The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.
Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On-campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work
The role of History Department Chair is a full-time, 9 month, position that has primary responsibilities to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. The Department Chair will teach 4 sections of History each day in a combination of courses that could include United States Government, United States History, World History, or Modern European History. In addition to teaching, the Department Chair is a key member of the school’s academic leadership team and is responsible for fulfilling administrative responsibilities assigned by the Dean of Faculty. He or she is responsible for maintaining high standards throughout all of the school’s history classes, supervising, observing, and offering feedback to history teachers, and making recommendations about ways to improve the history curriculum and history instruction at the school.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Communicates departmental needs and desires to the Dean for budgeting and acquisition purposes
• Encourages the development and improvement of the departmental curriculum to ensure fit with Blue Ridge School Learning Model
• Supervises the departmental budget, record keeping, and the requisition of supplies, equipment, materials, and other instructional needs
• Evaluates faculty performance and developing procedures for assessing faculty accomplishment, including periodic classroom observations
• Makes recommendations relative to promotion and reappointment
• Exercises leadership in recruiting and retaining capable faculty
• Exercises judgment regarding the extent to which departmental members have pursued their professional development and enrichment obligations
• Encourages improvement of faculty performance by fostering good teaching, stimulating research and creative activity
• Maintains faculty morale by preventing and resolving conflicts, and by arranging for the effective and equitable distribution of faculty responsibilities
• Participates in the recruitment and interview process of teachers needed to fill vacancies within the department
• Serves as a mentor for beginning teachers, particularly during their first year
• Develops plans and works with the Dean of Faculty and the Project Based Learning Coordinator in regards to technology integration into the discipline
• Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
• Develop course syllabi and lesson plans
• Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
• Prepare classroom for class activities
• Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
• Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles
• Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and resources
• Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments
• Observe, evaluate, and record each student's overall performance and development
• Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students
• Prepare reports and update all necessary records accurately, completely, and timely as required by school policies regarding students’ behavior and academic achievement
• Manage student behavior in the classroom by consistently enforcing rules and procedures
• Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
• Apply appropriate disciplinary measures where necessary
• Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
• Participate in department meetings, school meetings, and parent meetings
• Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs
• Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
• Demonstrate a willingness to engage students in developing a deep understanding and meaning of historical facts and events.
• Utilize curricula that reflect the diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of the students served
• Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
• Participate on weekday and weekend duty teams
• Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc.
• History Teachers
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.
• Bachelors Degree or higher in History from an accredited institution
• Minimum of 5 years experience teaching History
• Strong leadership skills
• Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community
• Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers, and supervisors
• Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills
• Effective time management skills
• Willingness to learn about the benefits of single gender education
About Blue Ridge School
Blue Ridge School is an all-boys college preparatory boarding school, grades 9-12. We serve approximately 200 young men who respond well to small classes, a structured environment, close faculty support and a strong sense of community. Blue Ridge is located 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia. Our campus, which comprises nearly 800 acres, lies at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We believe, understand and respect that all boys are different; they grow at different rates, have different interests, learn differently and walk different paths. We know how to relate to boys and teach them to reach: reach their potential, their goals, and their best. We do this by focusing on individual needs, building success, self-confidence and independence. The results are boys who are independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, self-directed and self-reliant.