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The Kinkaid School is seeking a History and Social Science Department Chair and Teacher to join its Upper School starting August 2023. The ideal candidate will have a passion for collaboration with colleagues and proven success in connecting the content to students’ innate inquisitiveness and critical thinking skills. The Upper School History and Social Science Department Chair will lead a department of around ten professionals and be responsible for the management, growth, and representation of the Department. Additionally, the Upper School History and Social Science Department Chair will be called on to promote high levels of learning in an engaging and effective manner using various teaching methods and curriculum resources. The department chair must embrace and help advance the principles set out in Kinkaid’s core documents: mission and core values, DEI commitment and strategic plan, Upper School Educational Philosophy and Portrait of a Teacher. The Upper School History and Social Sciences Department Chair reports to the Head of the Upper School, collaborates with the Assistant Head of Upper School, and is a member of the Upper School Leadership Team.
The Kinkaid School is a co-educational non-sectarian day school enrolling over 1,400 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Located on a sixty-five-acre campus in the heart of Houston, Texas, the School offers a thriving intellectual community in the midst of a vibrant, urban, diverse culture. With an enrollment of about 615, the Upper School fosters a learning environment centered on academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and personal attention. The Upper School faculty enjoys small class sizes and a collegial, collaborative environment centered on intellectual curiosity and continuous professional development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Ability to teach three academic classes in history and/or social science with a special need for an instructor of economics or US Government
Enjoyment in teaching students across the entire range of grades (9-12)
Lead the department by managing the department’s curriculum and budget, executing departmental meetings, supervising department members under the guidance of the Head of Upper School, and supporting the professional development of department members
Desire to be a positive, growth-oriented, and solutions-focused leader within the faculty
Support of the School, its mission, its DEI commitment, and its leadership
The natural ability to model Kinkaid’s four core values (honesty, responsibility, respect, and kindness) in interactions with all members of the community
Collegiality and high professional standards
Skills to serve as an advisor to ten to fifteen upper school students
Participation in Interim Term during the month of January
Willingness to take on additional responsibilities, such as coaching a sport or sponsoring a club
Engagement in the school community by attending athletic and art events
Bachelor’s degree in history, social science, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred)
Extensive experience teaching upper school children with proven mastery in effectively delivering history and/or social science content
Experience leading a group or project outside of teaching
Core knowledge about the development of upper school age children
Passion for and experience with integrating technology into the curriculum
Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
Eagerness to grow professionally and remain current within the field
Commitment to collaboration and high ethical professional standards