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Upper and Middle School Spanish Teacher

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website University Prep

Reports to: Director of Upper School               

FT/PT/R/T: Full-Time, Regular, Academic Year 

University Prep is seeking a talented, engaging, and compassionate Upper and Middle School Spanish Teacher. We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching Spanish and thrives on working independently as well as part of a team. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.

Who We Are: 

University Prep (UPrep) is a 6-12 independent school in northeast Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most dynamic cities. We offer an intellectually rich education that fosters deep inquiry and critical thinking that is powered by student engagement. Our students graduate prepared for college and life. UPrep is a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni that joins together to support our students in becoming caring and productive adults. UPrep is a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and we aspire for all community members to feel like they belong. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embodied in all facets of our school culture. We believe that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission to develop each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.

Job Summary: 

Under minimal supervision, and on a full-time basis, teaches Spanish courses as needed.

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Teaches four sections of Spanish in Upper School or combination of both Upper and Middle School
  • Provides classroom instruction and management
  • Serves as a grade-level advisor for a grade-level team by being an advisor or co-advisor for up to 10 -12 students
  • Actively participates in the life of the school outside the classroom (e.g., coaching, advising, clubs, etc.)
  • Possible other duties include one co-curricular activity and one additional duty per day (e.g., study hall, lunch supervision, etc.) as assigned by a division director
  • Chaperones at least one school event outside of normal school hours (e.g., dance, service, social event) as determined by a division director
  • Participates in school-related functions (e.g., Open Houses, Back to School Night, Commencement, etc.) as determined by the Head of School and division directors
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
  • Vigorously engages in their own professional development
  • Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Spanish Language or Spanish Studies required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years’ teaching experience preferred

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Fluency in both Spanish and English required
  • Knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Competence in the content area and pedagogy specific to the developmental needs of Upper and Middle School students
  • An understanding of and commitment to the school’s mission
  • A talent for teaching as an art
  • A commitment to student-centered education and inclusive classroom practices
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and openness to feedback
  • Effective collaboration with colleagues
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program
  • Ability to create an active learning environment that supports understanding, passion and creativity in students
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill to work with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in preparing lessons to appeal to a variety of learning styles, needs, and accommodations
  • Demonstrates skill to use appropriate formative and summative assessments and strategies in the classroom
  • Commitment to teaching the whole child
  • A working understanding of Universal Design for Learning and Understanding by Design concepts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all constituents in the school community
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
  • Ability and flexibility to use Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, learning management systems, online meeting and conferencing applications, and operating Audio/Visual equipment
  • Ability and interest in coaching and/or working in our outdoor program is a plus

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is $61,102 – $111,089 based on education and years of experience. UPrep offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package intended to support and promote the health and well-being, work/life balance, and financial security of our faculty, staff, and their families. Benefits are listed on our careers page and include: Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Employer-Seeded Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Long-Term Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Employer-Paid Life Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer contribution and match after one year of service, Paid Time Off, Paid Parental Leave after one year of service, and Professional Development opportunities.

Complete our online employment application, and upload your résumé and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in and qualified for this position.

Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

University Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, disability, use of a trained service animal, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to admissions and administration of all its programs, as well as to all areas of employment.

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