Founding Middle School World Languages & Cultures Teacher


FOUNDING FACULTY: Middle School World Languages & Cultures Teacher

School Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity), a grade six through twelve, tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York, will open its doors to 128 sixth graders from Community School District 13 in the fall of 2013. Our mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish this through a rigorous academic program, including a college preparatory curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, exceptional teaching promoted through systems that develop and recognize expert teachers, extended learning time, and differentiated academic support.  In addition, we offer to students an engaging co-curricular program that encompasses enrichment courses and elective clubs, a supportive school culture that fosters students’ socio-emotional development, and ample opportunities for active community involvement.

Job Description

The founding faculty will play an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution.  Most critically, founding faculty members will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success.  Unity’s founding World Languages & Cultures (WL&C) teachers will be charged with developing in students sound communication skills in a language other than English, gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connecting language learning across disciplines, developing insight into the nature of language and culture, and speaking a foreign language both within and beyond the school setting. As students develop such skills, WL&C teachers will be responsible for reinforcing essential skills that students are developing in their humanities courses, including reading, writing, analysis, and presentation skills across a variety of contexts and purposes. In addition to teaching, WLC teachers may also work to develop students’ non-academic skills and interests as a “Captain” of one of the school’s after-school elective clubs.

As professionals, Unity teachers will participate in the school’s innovative teacher career ladder, which provides a formal and transparent pathway for teachers to: 1. develop their craft and improve as educators through multiple forms of support and training; 2. assume titles with commensurate responsibilities while remaining classroom practitioners; and 3. be generously compensated and formally recognized for their positive contributions to the school.

Key Qualifications

  • A proven track record of promoting student learning in the classroom; at least two years of formal teaching experience preferred
  • Demonstrably strong organizational and classroom/course management skills
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Strong content knowledge as demonstrated by an undergraduate or advanced degree in their respective discipline; professional experiences in their discipline is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor 

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.