Head of Science

 
 

TITLE: Head of Science

STAFF LEVEL: Faculty, Leadership

CLASSIFICATION: Teacher, Exempt

 

SUMMARY/OBJECTIVE

The following expectations and job description are for the 6 – 12 Head of Science. This is a teaching position with the added leadership of the Science department. The following are the minimal expectation for teachers at Life Christian Academy and Heads of Departments. The primary role of a teacher at Life Christian Academy is to teach students to know and love Jesus Christ through ethics, respect, academics and programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Head of Science:

  • Provide oversight /to the formation of an educationally sound scope and sequence and syllabus formation in all 6 – 12 Science classes

  • Convene meetings with other science teachers and have a mentoring role

  • Effectively manage the Science budget and provide forward planning to ensure the necessary resources for practical classes and demonstrations are in hand

  • Model Biblical principles in making choices to impact students

  • Meet with the Director of teaching and learning to ensure the department is embracing the relevant modern pedagogical advancements adopted by LCA

 

Principle Responsibilities as a teacher:

  • Practice love, joy, patience, kindness, self-control, gentleness, faithfulness and truthfulness

  • Model Biblical principles in making choices to impact students

  • Adherence to the faculty and staff professional dress code as determined by the school administration

  • Actively supervise students in Chapel to ensure attention and engagement and assist maintain a positive culture

  • Enforce all school policies and processes, including dress policy, mobile phone policy, behavior expectations

  • Attend morning staff devotions at 7:55am to 8:10am

  • Articulate in writing and speaking how the teacher’s Christian faith integrates with his or her teaching

  • Instructional planning, translate the school’s student outcomes into specific objectives

  • Select and use curricular materials that will help students achieve these outcomes

  • Practice integration in unit planning and teaching, both biblically and across subjects

  • Plan and use a variety of teaching strategies to match the learning styles of the students

  • Select in advance the means of assessment to measure students’ learning

  • Use class time well with activities that engage students’ attention and demonstrate a clear purpose

  • Give clear directions and well-organized examples and explanations

  • Be available to any parent or student who wishes to have a conference

  • Participate in school scheduled parent/teacher conferences

  • Provide tutorials for students before and after school as needed.

  • Use questions and explanations that promote clear thinking

  • At the middle and high school levels, compose a working syllabus for each class subject

  • Complete paperwork including: academic progress reports, report cards four times per year, bi-weekly eligibility reports for athletes (grade 7-12), complete inventories of classroom equipment/supplies/books, records of attendance, administration of achievement tests, end of year debriefing evaluation forms

  • Provide families with a comprehensive classroom supplies list for the following year before summer vacation

  • Complete summer reading tasks as assigned

  • Contribute to student events – organization, administration and supervision

  • Maintain teacher homework page in the LCA website (or similar) as determined from year to year

  • MS/HS level host advisor period

  • Mentor assigned students as a part of the academic mentoring program

  • In relating with students, the teacher is expected to:

    • Establish a climate of love and care, define responsible Christian behavior for students, including guidelines and consequences for good and bad behavior

    • Help students learn self-discipline through appropriate correcting, counseling and role modeling,

    • Maintain proper classroom discipline, taking care of minor problems personally and referring major problems to the principal

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

·      Bachelor’s Degree 

·      Teacher certification (or demonstrated ability to attain within two years of commencement)

·      Classroom experience

 

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

·      Bachelor’s Degree in one of the branches of science: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Earth/Environmental Science

·      Master’s degree in relevant field

 

CHARACTER AND COMPETENCIES

·      Demonstrates a passion for Christian education

·      Professing Christian

  • Faithfully support Life Center Church and its ministries

  • In professional growth the teacher is expect to:

    • Respectfully submit and be loyal to the constituted authority of the school, take responsibility for all tasks related to the classroom, parent communication and the broader school community,

    • Have a developed personal philosophy of Christian education

    • Work constructively with colleagues and administration by contribution ideas and listening,

    • Observe Matthew 18 principle in conflict resolution, avoiding a negative, critical spirit, and taking problems to administrator if necessary

    • Attend and participate in staff devotions, student chapels, teacher’s meetings, staff/student retreats, church sponsored functions, and other meetings and activities as assigned

    • Participate in Professional Learning Community efforts

    • Serve on academic committees and teams

  • In Community relations the teacher is expected to:

    • Participate actively in the community, especially in the church community

    • Model love for Christ and students beyond the school day and campus

  • Contribute to a positive and enjoyable working environment

·      Proficient with Word, Excel, and ability to become proficient with relevant software and/or applications

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This role may participate in evaluating grade 6-12 teachers of science.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

This role must maintain teacher certification and will attend all required staff training. This position may have the opportunity to pursue additional training and/or education as approved by the Headmaster.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

 

TRAVEL

Travel other than to and from the worksite is not anticipated.

 

OTHER DUTIES

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This job operates in a professional office and school environment. This role routinely interacts with, students, staff, and parents and utilizes various modes of communication. This job may be exposure to chemicals and implements typical of those used in student laboratory assignments/experiments. 

 

HOURS AND SCHEDULE

Approximately 40 hours per week

High School/Middle School Schedule: Monday – Friday 7:50 a.m. – 3:15 a.m. and preparation time as needed (additional time outside classroom for meetings may be required occasionally)

 

BENEFITS

Health Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Life Insurance, 403b (match opportunity on eligibility), Paid Leave and Paid Holidays all consistent with the Life Center Handbook of Policies and Procedures

 

Description prepared/updated:  8/1/2019