Now accepting applications for
MIDDLE SCHOOL & UPPER SCHOOL
ENGLISH TEACHING FACULTY
ABOUT US _______________________________________________________________
The Jewish Leadership Academy is a world-class Jewish Middle and Upper School dedicated to developing the skills, curiosity, and potential of Miami’s most ambitious students for a life of purpose, commitment, and service.
JLA is committed to:
Challenging inquisitive minds to think critically and creatively in pursuit of the highest academic standards across all disciplines.
Putting values into action by embedding leadership training and community service into the heart of the educational program.
Engaging the mind and stirring the soul to connect with the Jewish past and the Jewish present, the Jewish People and the Jewish State, through the broad and embracing lens of Modern Orthodoxy.
With a brand new state-of-the art campus under construction in the Pinewood neighborhood of Miami, JLA will begin accepting student applications for grades 6, 7, 9 and 10 in the Fall of 2022 for the academic year 2023-2024.
JLA seeks an outstanding faculty of all faiths who believe in and actively support the school’s mission to educate Jewish students at the highest academic levels while connecting them deeply to their heritage and faith. We are carefully creating a faculty culture that is values-driven, committed to high standards, and rooted in respect for all. Above all, we seek faculty who have a genuine love for teaching. Click here to view our Culture Deck.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT ____________________________________________________
The English Department at JLA will provide students with a rich understanding and love of literature as well as a solid foundation in the skills, mechanics, and craft of writing. The goal of our program is to develop an appreciation of learning, ignite curiosity and critical thinking, nurture a sense of empathy, and cultivate an appreciation for self-expression and the written word. Middle school classes will be year-long, while upper school classes will be pairings of semester-long electives that will be combined for ninth and tenth grades together, and then eleventh and twelfth grades together. All of our classes will be held at an honors level with an option for an advanced level as well. All of our English classes, both in the middle and upper school, will be driven by a theme. Each unit will be driven by essential questions such as “what makes a hero?” or “What is a ‘citizen of the world’ and how does someone remain grounded to their nation or culture?” Once students reach the upper school, they will have two foundational semester classes: a multi-genre writing workshop and an American literature course. From there, they may choose pairs of electives, but the courses are still designed to give a broad exposure to American, British, World, and Jewish Literature in a way that is driven by a unifying theme and combines both classic and contemporary texts. The pedagogical approaches will be a blend of Harkness, writing assignments, project-based learning, and some traditional assessments, though the emphasis will be on authentic and written assignments.
Full-time employment for faculty teaching positions will commence in August 2023. Responsibilities will include:
20 teaching periods per week (5 periods daily M-Th)
Advisory, media-literacy, research, service learning, or mentorship role as part of our unique Friday schedule.
Tutorial sessions twice weekly
Robust professional development throughout the year
Special on-boarding and leadership programming with students for the first 3 weeks of the school year
Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience at the middle/upper school level, as well as a strong foundation in classroom pedagogy. He/She must have an undergraduate degree in a related field, though advanced degrees are preferred. Experience working with gifted and talented students is an asset.
In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
The ability to connect with and inspire students.
The ability and desire to work collaboratively on a high functioning team.
Excellent people skills.
Mastery of Google Workspace for Education and an overall comfort with technology.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
The desire to be a part of a learning community.
A strong work ethic.
A deep understanding of project and inquiry based learning.
A strong benefits package includes:
Highly competitive salary
Full health, dental, and vision for employee
8% annual retirement match
Daily breakfast and lunch
Opportunities for professional development and growth
To apply, send cover letter and CV to:
Associate Head of School/ Middle School, Lori Kubach
Associate Head of School/Upper School, Judd Shapiro
For more information visit: jlamiami.org