Sandy Spring Friends School is seeking a creative and dynamic individual for a PK - Grade 8 part-time/full-time faculty position in the Physical Education Department beginning August 2021. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic educator who brings an energetic and positive approach to the teaching of physical education. This position reports to the Head of the Middle School, Director of Physical Education, and Director of Athletics. This could be a full-time,1.0, position depending on experience and the needs of the School. The expectation is that classes will be taught in person.
SSFS is eager to consider candidates from underrepresented groups; those who value the importance of diversity; and a willingness to share, teach and appreciate differing points of view.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Teaching Physical Education classes to students in PK - Grade 8
Coaching two seasons of after school athletics (required; however coaching positions are additional stipends)
Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of curriculum and subject matter as well as motor development and developmental characteristics for students PK - Grade 8
Creating a secure and stimulating environment in which students can grow individually as well as successfully work and interact together
Providing appropriate safety instruction and supervision at all times
Taking responsibility for being a role model by maintaining an environment that fosters respect among students and colleagues
Consistently demonstrate a patient and thorough understanding of child development, motor development, health and wellness, and the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and parents
Additional duties in Middle/Lower School division as needed
Assist the Athletic Director with Field Days, Spirit Days, and other athletic department activities
Required Qualifications: B.S. degree or equivalent relevant to Physical Education, demonstrated experience working in a diverse environment, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel and Word) and G-Suite products, and strong communication skills both written and verbal.
Desired Qualifications: Master's degree, prior experience working in a school setting, and familiarity with Quaker Education.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; running, bending, and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom and office setting, as well as outdoor campus fields.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representatives of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.