Instructor of Interdisciplinary STEM and Department Chair

  • St. Mary's School
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • May 17, 2023
Full time Teacher

Job Description

Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country and is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.

Saint Mary’s School is offering a unique and exciting opportunity to work on a beautiful historic campus for the 2023-24 year. This benefited position possibly offers campus housing provided by the School where Residential Faculty members can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security.

We are looking for candidates who have strong teaching and learning backgrounds that embodies a student-centered philosophy and demonstrates a high degree of cross-cultural competency and inclusion in all aspects of school life. Saint Mary’s School seeks candidates who believe every learner deserves to have her needs met through learning communities that value diversity, compassion, and fairness. Our teachers work to create equitable classrooms providing students with equal access to learn and achieve their full potential. We are seeking faculty members who are looking for opportunities to share in the residential-life responsibilities and engage in the community by coaching a sport and/or coordinating extra-curricular activities in the evenings or weekends.

The Department Chair of Interdisciplinary STEM is a newly created position, and the responsibilities will evolve over time. This individual will be responsible for designing and leading the growth of the STEM program as well as teaching courses that intersect with other academic subject areas. The Chair will be responsible for reviewing cutting-edge research to inform the decision-making process in the growth of STEM at Saint Mary’s School. An ability to promote and implement best practices in STEM education for grades 9-12, design curriculum that prioritizes the importance of all-girls education, and contribute to an environment that fosters inclusion, community and belonging is essential.

Faculty members report to the Dean of Academic Innovation through their academic leaders.


  • Develop and grow the STEM program, assist teachers with curriculum development.
  • Teach 4 sections of STEM classes which will include Computer Science, programming, and other courses as required.
  • Conduct cutting-edge research into Interdisciplinary STEM programs and help faculty develop new course proposals to fit a new and evolving department.
  • Lead Professional Development for faculty that will engage and inspire faculty to experiment with different pedagogical practices in-line with Interdisciplinary STEM.
  • Work to streamline STEM approaches, making them more accessible for educators and students.
  • Oversee faculty professional growth and evaluations within the department.
  • Attend and contribute to regular Academic Chair meetings.
  • Serve as an advisor.
  • Provide differentiated instruction for all students and in particular students who require it.
  • Evaluate and update course materials annually.
  • Other duties as aligned with a faculty position at SMS.
  • Adopt and practice Saint Mary’s School Learning Principles and Principles of Professionalism.
  • Be familiar with and follow policies in the Employee Handbook.
  • Support the school and its mission.
  • Perform other duties as necessary or as assigned.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee in this position. Employees are required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by those authorized to give instructions or assignments.

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or education.
  • Five years of teaching experience.
  • Experience and qualifications to teach STEM courses, particularly, at multiple levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to team teach and implement teaching techniques that foster learning with a diverse range of students.
  • Proven interest in girls’ education.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaboration with colleagues and academic leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment towards professional development and lifelong learning.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in education, science, or other appropriate field.
  • Five years of teaching experience in independent high schools.
  • Two or more years of experience leading teams.
  • Experience in an all-girls educational environment.
  • An ability to communicate and build relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Experience in building and developing new curriculum that evolves over time.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • May deal with stressful situations in the normal course of duties, including a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of times.
  • Standing, bending, reaching, and moving about to coordinate work.
  • Regularly sit, talk, hear, and interact with students, parents, staff, and visitors.
  • May work at a desk on the phone and in front of a computer screen.
  • Ability to walk up and down three (3) flights of stairs daily.
  • Be able to drive and/or ride in school-owned vehicles, including a 14-passenger bus.