The Blake School seeks to hire a creative, reflective and highly collaborative Upper School Social Studies teacher who can help us meet our mission of providing a diverse and supportive educational environment to prepare students for lives as responsible global citizens. We value student-centered discussions and inquiry-based approaches that help students learn the research and analytical skills relevant to history and the social sciences. Faculty create competency-based assessments and design curricula to inspire community engagement that extends student learning beyond the classroom. The department offers a wide range of courses, and teachers need to be flexible in their teaching preferences, developing their competencies in new grade levels and areas of study as needs arise.
This is an ongoing, full-time position, responsible for teaching four courses each semester for the 2020-21 school year. Upper School faculty also engage with the broader community experience by advising, chaperoning school events and participating in school meetings, committees and professional development. Opportunities to coach and supervise co-curricular activities are also available.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage productively with those who are different from them. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities. References should speak to the candidate's enthusiasm for working effectively with young people and the ability to work collaboratively and competently with colleagues.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications December 2. Blake will cover travel and lodging costs for finalist visits to campus.
The ideal candidate will have:
a college degree in history or a field in the social sciences; advanced degree or work toward an advanced degree preferred.
an inclination for and/or experience with interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborative curriculum design.
demonstrated success in teaching high school students; expertise in meeting the developmental needs of 9th and 10th graders preferred.
experience in teaching courses and content centered on non-Western histories and cultures and/or Advanced Placement government and economics.
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.