English Teacher- Upper School

Chadwick School | Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Posted Date 4/28/2022

English Teacher Upper School

Chadwick School- Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, the development of exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience. A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.

The core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion are widely shared and fostered daily in classrooms, during co-curricular activities, and through the camaraderie of this close-knit community.

Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 800 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities.

Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International School (CISS) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education. 


 JOB DESCRIPTION                                                               

Job Title: Upper School English Teacher

Division/Department: Middle and/or Upper School

Reports To: Department Chair

Location: Palos Verdes, CA

Type of position/FLSA:    Full-time Exempt



  • Plan and teach classes as assigned.
  • Collaboratively maintain and develop curriculum as needed.
  • Teach using student-centered, experiential, and differentiated methods, in line with departmental philosophies.
  • Work individually with students as needed during the school day.
  • Participate in department and faculty meetings.
  • Serve as a faculty advisor to students, engage substantively in the life of the school outside the classroom, participate in professional development/professional learning communities, collaborate with colleagues, and assume other duties as assigned.


  • Be on campus from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm on days when school is in session.
  • Backwards design (Understanding by Design) courses and units taught.
  • Administer meaningful assessments and provide helpful feedback and grades on assessments.
  • Keep information systems up to date, including class calendars, grading software, and class websites.
  • Submit grades, checklists, and student comments as instructed and on time.
  • Attend all relevant faculty and school events (August Week, back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
  • Cover classes for absent colleagues as requested.
  • Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, student trips, and study hall.
  • Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education, experience and skill requirements


  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A deep and broad knowledge of the subject to be taught is required.
  • Teaching experience with diverse age levels and abilities is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including relevant technology, is preferred.
  • A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to teaching is preferred.


  • Required to lift and carry up to a maximum of 25 lbs., in a correct manner consistent with the appropriate training provided by the School.
  • Occasionally required to use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, touch and use tools, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, bend, stoop, twist, lift, reach, push, pull, grasp, balance, kneel, crouch, crawl, grasp, talk, hear, and walk during the course of employment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and an ability to adjust focus.
  • May use telephone, computer, copier, and other office equipment in the course of a day.
  • Required to sit while operating word processing equipment for approximately 6-8 hours daily, repetitive motion for typing and other keystroke needs.

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  This may include warm, hot, or cold temperatures.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.


Chadwick seeks the following personal and professional qualities in its faculty and staff

  1. Student-centered:  Dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical well-being of Chadwick students as our first priority; able to engage them collectively and individually as whole people possessed not only of intellect but of passions, feelings, thoughts, and lives outside of school; and committed to teaching in ways that inspire a joy in learning and engagement in every student.
  2. Collaborative: Eager to work with colleagues and students and to contribute creatively to effective working teams.
  3. Professionally grounded: Passionate about and well-educated in the field of education; up-to-date on current research on teaching and learning, with the goal of growing continuously as a teacher in order to support the school’s mission
  4. Innovative: Committed to pushing the boundaries of education by experimenting with and developing new techniques to provide the very best student experience.
  5. Globally minded: Oriented toward preparing students to have a positive impact on an increasingly interconnected world, with a commitment to diverse perspectives and multicultural inclusion.
  6. Technologically competent: Able to integrate technology meaningfully as an essential element in the teaching “toolbox.”


Screenings:  TB Assessment and Livescan Background check

Chadwick School has a Covid 19 vaccine mandate.  Please contact Katie David kdavid@chadwickschool.org or 310 377 1543 ext. 4027 with questions.

Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.

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