Convent of the Sacred Heart - 91st St | New York, NY | Lower School Associate Teacher

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City's oldest independent school for girls. As an independent, Catholic school, educating students in Pre-K through 12, we are part of an international network of 160 schools. We are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart Schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria," these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education and charge our community with a unified educational mission.

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our Mission and Goals.

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Lower School Associate
Beginning August 25, 2022

Convent of the Sacred Heart, seeks a Lower School Associate Teacher.

The Lower School Associate Teacher Program is a two-year teacher-training program in one grade level designed for college graduates pursuing a career in teaching. Associate Teachers have the option to apply for a third year in a different grade level.

  • Experience working with elementary school children
  • Solid understanding of child development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development
  • Knowledge of, appreciation for, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racist, anti-bias education, multicultural teaching, and culturally responsive pedagogy 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Experience in teaching with technology, especially Google, Zoom, Seesaw, and Smartboard
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances (comfortability with both teaching in-person and virtually as well as occasionally supporting in coverage across grade levels)
  • Experience with Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), Singapore Math, Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, and Writer’s Workshop preferred 

  • Maintain congruence between the school and the mission as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart schools
  • Provide a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment in which each student feels a sense of belonging
  • Commit to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-racist, anti-bias education in the curriculum through lessons, actions, and discussions, as well as programs such as Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) 
  • Assist the Head Teacher by participating in all aspects of classroom life, including but not limited to classroom management, curriculum design, and lesson and project preparation and instruction 
  • Differentiate instruction to support group and individual learning, and provide additional support and enrichment to students in small groups and one-to-one as needed
  • Select and utilize texts, posters, resources, and language that represent a wide range of identities in daily lessons
  • Support Head Teachers in preparing for and conducting parent conferences and reviewing progress reports, as well as reporting on the growth, learning style, and behavior of the students 
  • Identify and respond to individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs in collaboration with the Head Teacher and the Support Services Team, and support in monitoring student progress to determine the effectiveness of interventions 
  • Collaborate effectively with grade-level team members, specialists, specialty teachers, and administrators by meeting regularly, sharing resources, and maintaining strong communication in order to support students and to enhance the curriculum, update curriculum maps, and plan and integrate thematic units of study across the curriculum
  • Perform assigned, ongoing scheduled responsibilities with care (roof duty, lunch duty, dismissal, bus duty dismissal, escorting students to and from specialty classes, etc.)
  • Attend and participate actively in grade level, division, and whole school faculty meetings 
  • Assume the role of Head Teacher if the Head Teacher is absent for any reason

Associate Teachers will also participate in the CSH Mentoring Program. This is a two-year program in which Associate Teachers regularly meet with the Director of the Mentoring Program (our LS Dean of Academics & Faculty Development). The vision of the program is for Associate Teachers to work with their Head Teachers, so together they can create a space where every child can achieve her greatest potential, as well as Head Teachers working and sharing feedback with their Associate Teachers to help them gain experience and new understandings towards their goal of becoming a better teacher. This is an opportunity for regular in-house professional development. In the second year of the program, Associate Teachers may be given more classroom responsibility at the discretion of the Head Teacher, and with the guidance of the Director of the Mentoring Program will develop and teach an extensive unit in math, reading, writing, or social studies.

It is the policy of Sacred Heart to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. This means that all employees and applicants will be treated on an equal basis without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, military status, Vietnam or other veteran status, sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, unemployment status or any other status protected by law. In addition to the protected classifications included in our EEO policy, the School also prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on being a certified medical marijuana patient, arrest or conviction, or domestic violence victim status in accordance with state law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, training, faculty development, promotion, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, employee facilities, termination, and retirement. Any employee who engages in conduct that violates this policy is subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.