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Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/19/2019
School Name Oregon Episcopal School
City, State Portland, OR 
Posted 02/08/2019

Among the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of the hills of Southwest Portland lies the unique educational experience that is Oregon Episcopal School. The school occupies a 59 acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, a college preparatory curriculum, and a strong sense of community. OES welcomes those who wish to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.

Oregon Episcopal School seeks a skilled, professional, and culturally competent individual to be its sixth grade humanities teacher. The Middle School humanities teacher works closely with a partner teacher to develop and implement innovative curriculum for sixth grade students that integrates history and English skills and content into a cross-disciplinary class. A successful teacher in this position has the capacity to foster in students an enthusiasm for the exploration of ideas and concepts in a student-centered classroom. This role relies on someone who collaborates effectively with fellow teachers, members of the English and History and Social Studies Departments, and the Middle School faculty as a whole. The MS humanities teacher position consists of four classes of sixth grade humanities. Other full-time faculty responsibilities include being an adviser to a small group of sixth graders and occasional supervisory and chaperoning duties. As OES is dedicated to developing our Essential Competencies in all students, we are looking for candidates skilled in project-based learning who can guide students to learn through inquiry and discovery. This position reports directly to the MS division head. In addition to the qualifications detailed below, the successful candidate will be able to support the OES educational mission.

This is a full-time, academic year position that starts on August 19 and comes with a competitive salary and benefits package, including 95 percent employer paid group medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, 25 percent for dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with generous employer match, abundant professional development opportunities, and one excellent meal daily. Up to 50% tuition remission is available for up to two admissions eligible children. See the OES Benefits Guide for more information.


  • Facilitate dynamic, engaging, and effective learning experiences for MS students.
  • Teach both interpretive and creative writing and reading skills to help students develop critical understandings of literature.
  • Manage the classroom environment so that all students can learn safely.
  • Evaluate and return student work promptly.
  • Write evaluation reports for students in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate positively with other faculty.
  • Communicate with students and parents in a clear, timely, and professional manner.
  • Advise a group of Middle School students and attend two overnight grade level trips
  • Attend MS meetings, Grade-level Team meetings, and English/History Department meetings.
  • Serve as a role model for Middle School students.


  • BA/BS or equivalent in English, history, or related field
  • Three years of experience teaching English, history, or Humanities
  • Intercultural competence, ability to teach diverse groups of students effectively; ability to interact appropriately with a diverse array of students, coworkers, family members
  • IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Suite, Zoom and Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen


  • MA/MS or equivalent in relevant discipline
  • Experience teaching English/history/Humanities to middle school aged students
  • Experience teaching in a team
  • Experience with inquiry-based teaching and Project-based learning
  • Experience using digital tools, and teaching in a 1:1 device environment


  • Ability to develop curriculum with consideration of scope and sequence
  • Ability to maintain a flexible mindset and an innovative approach to teaching
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to collaborate and maintain collegial relations with colleagues
  • Knowledge of educational technology; openness to innovation, willingness to learn, ability to integrate evolving IT into curriculum


  • Primarily classroom environment, ability to sit at a computer and keyboard for moderate periods
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis
  • Must be able to see, hear, and speak clearly to interact with groups of individuals
  • Ability to move about the OES campus

COMPENSATION: OES Faculty Salary Scale based on degree and years of experience

APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit to learn more about this unique school, then complete the OES online application and attach a cover letter and resume.

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Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected

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