Secondary Spanish Teacher
REPORTS TO: Principal
NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB:
Assumes professional responsibility for providing learning experiences and supervision of assigned students in a supportive and positive classroom climate that develops in each student the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to meet and exceed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, following the approved curricula and directives of the school. Achieving academic excellence requires that the Secondary Teacher work collaboratively with other members of the school staff and with parents of each student.
The Secondary Teacher shall:
- Hold a New Jersey instructional certificate in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:27.1 et seq., and N.J.A.C. Title 6 Chapter 11 with appropriate subject area endorsement(s) for the position held (N.J.A.C. 6:11-6.1, 6.2, or 8.1 et seq.).
- Have excellent experience in teaching and working with adolescents.
- Hold a valid driver’s license with no serious violations.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the content field and describe ways in which the content can be organized into lessons for secondary students.
- Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning.
- Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
- Demonstrate the ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, visual and audio presentations, and telecommunications.
- Provide proof of U. S. citizenship or legal resident alien status by completing Federal Form I-9 in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
- Provide evidence that a criminal record history check has been conducted and clearance has been given by the Department of Education, or, during the initial six month period provide a sworn statement that there have not been any convictions of a crime or a disorderly persons offense in accordance with 18A:6-7.1.
- Provide information that includes current/former employers within the last twenty (20) years in which the employment involved direct contact with children ; a written authorization that consents to current and former employers disclosing certain information; and a written statement as to whether the applicant has any employment history regarding child abuse and/or sexual misconduct in accordance with N.J.S.A.18A:6-7.6.
- Provide evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions and responsibilities with reasonable accommodation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 12101 and in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6:3-4A.4.
- Pass the State required Mantoux Intradermal Tuberculin Test as required by N.J.A.C. 6:3-4A.4.
- Meet such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.
VERIFICATION OF COMPETENCY:
- District Application and resume.
- Required documentation outlined in the qualifications above.
- A minimum of three letters of reference from former employers, teachers, professors or other professional sources, or copies of recent evaluations and observations of teaching performance.
- College transcripts.
The Secondary Teacher shall be employed under the following terms:
- Work year of ten months.
- Salary or hourly wage, benefits, and leave time as specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Conditions established by all laws and codes of the State and all policies, rules, and regulations established by the Board of Education (N.J.S.A. 18A:27-4 et seq.).
JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Secondary Teacher shall:
- Establish high standards and expectations for all students for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
- Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, school personnel, and other agencies associated with the school.
- Plan and implement sequential learning experiences for students in the content area for which the teacher is certified, using a variety of instructional strategies that are consistent with the district and school’s philosophy, mission statement, instructional goals, school level objectives, and the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The learning experiences shall follow and use approved curricula and instructional materials.
- Plan and implement instruction to ensure that all students meet and exceed the five broad areas of the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standard:
- develop career planning and workplace readiness skills;
- use technology, information, and other tools;
- use critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills;
- demonstrate self-management skills; and
- apply safety standards.
- Incorporate each of the Core Curriculum Content Standards into instruction, when appropriate, to reinforce the school’s responsibility to ensure that all students meet and exceed all of the Standards. Coordinate instruction with other teachers of the school.
- Engage the learners in differentiated learning experiences for the range of skill levels and developmental needs found in the classroom, managing, when appropriate, multiple instructional activities simultaneously.
- Provide and effectively organize a variety of materials, equipment, media, and community resources to support the instructional program, using school approved procedures. Organize and supervise approved field trips to enhance classroom learning.
- Monitor the pacing of instruction and budget class time efficiently by providing clear directions, outlining expectations, and effectively bringing to closure instructional experiences.
- Submit lesson plans in the approved format to the Principal or Supervisor as required and requested.
- Use effective presentation skills when employing direct instruction, including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
- Use excellent written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
- Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate that encourages student responsibility, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies, and effective classroom management techniques.
- Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using school approved procedures.
- Seek assistance of the parents, Principal or Supervisor when needed.
- Establish a professional rapport with students that earns their respect.
- Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school.
- Assess and diagnose the learning, social, and emotional needs and styles of students, using a variety of assessment techniques and data.
- Plan and adjust the learning experiences accordingly, requesting advice and assistance from specialists when appropriate.
- Assist with the preparation, monitoring, and following of Individualized Education Plans for selected students assigned to the class.
- Employ a variety of methods for students to demonstrate learning and accomplishments. Evaluate and grade homework, assignments, and tests in a timely fashion, providing feedback to the student on performance.
- Maintain records and provide evidence of growth and progress to parents and to students.
- Assume responsibility for all students within the school, beyond those specifically assigned, supervising in a fair and constructive manner to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
- Assist with extracurricular activities, supporting the total program of the school.
- Instruct, advise, coach, and supervise extracurricular activities, including interscholastic and intramural sports, academic competition, and fine art programs, as defined by the collective bargaining agreement.
- Attend student events to demonstrate genuine interest in the life of the students.
- Ensure the safety and health of all students, notifying the administration of any unsafe conditions, following established procedures.
- Create a stimulating, attractive, organized, functional, healthy, and safe classroom, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic, and thermal environments.
- Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as required by law and regulation or requested by the Principal or Supervisor.
- Maintain accurate attendance records. Account for all funds collected from students.
- Work cooperatively with adults assigned to the classroom (e.g., paraprofessionals, student teachers, parents, and volunteers), establishing clear expectations for roles and responsibilities.
- Serve as a role model for students, dressing and grooming professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the honorable profession of teaching.
- Maintain positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationships with the administration, instructional staff, students, parents, and representatives of resource agencies within the community.
- Attend required staff meetings and serve, as appropriate, on staff committees.
- Participate in curriculum and program development, and in the selection of materials and equipment to support instruction.
- Notify immediately appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or anabolic steroids.
- Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and professional growth experiences.
- Summarize, interpret, and disseminate current developments in learning, instructional strategies and classroom management through reading of professional journals, participation in professional development, and involvement in professional organizations.
- Complete the required 100 clock hours of State-approved continuing professional development every five years in accordance with State and district procedures, as specified in the Professional Improvement Plan (N.J.A.C. 6:11-13).
- Recommend to the Principal or Supervisor the supplies and equipment needed to support instruction and assist with ordering, following established procedures.
- Maintain in safe working condition and safely operate electronic and other equipment needed to carry out job functions and responsibilities.
- Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
- Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the Principal or assigned supervisor, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
- Adhere to New Jersey school law, State Board of Education rules and regulations, Board of Education policies and regulations, school regulations and procedures, and contractual obligations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job. Unless reasonable accommodations can be made, while performing this job the staff member shall:
- Use strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job.
- Sit, stand and walk for required periods of time.
- Speak and hear.
- Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.
- Communicate effectively in English, using proper grammar and vocabulary. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
- Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.
The environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive.
- Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses.
- Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
- Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities.
- Exposure to a building in which a variety of chemical substances are used for cleaning, instruction, and/or operation of equipment.
- Function in a workplace that is usually moderately quiet but that can be noisy at times.
The Principal and assigned supervisor shall evaluate the Secondary Teacher in accordance with Policy No. 3221 or 3222, Regulation No. 3221 or 3222, this Job Description and such other criteria as shall be established by the Board of Education