Upper School French Teacher

  • Memphis University School
  • Memphis, TN, USA
  • Jan 23, 2024
Full time Teacher

Job Description

Memphis University School (MUS) in Memphis, Tennessee, is seeking a full-time
Upper School French teacher (grades 9-12). This position will be available for the 2024-25
school year, beginning August 1, 2024.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Teach full-time (up to four course sections or the equivalent, with no more than three
preparations).
• Plan and prepare lessons and instructional strategies.
• Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of
instruction.
• Attend required meetings, keep records, and prepare and file reports as required and
directed by the school.
• Create a learning environment that is safe, positive, and caring, and that fosters active
involvement of all students.
• Collaborate within and across departments to enhance the mission of the school.
• Integrate technology meaningfully in lessons and units of study, when appropriate.
• Actively engage in the life of the school community and extracurricular programs.
• Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS
• A bachelor’s (and/or preferably a master’s) degree in French or related field.
• Preferably three to five years of teaching experience in a secondary school.
• Capability and experience teaching all levels of French, including Advanced Placement.
• Proficiency in French (reading, writing, speaking).
• Experience living/studying in a francophone country.
• Involvement in professional organizations.
• Willingness to sponsor a French club.
• Enthusiasm for leading student travel groups.
• Experience in an all-male school environment a plus.


Additionally, the teacher should
• be approachable by students.
• hold high expectations of students.
• have excellent judgment and possess analytical and problem-solving skills.
• be reasonably demanding and able to challenge students.
• be comfortable dealing with bright male students who ask challenging questions.
• be willing to teach foundational skills not often easy to teach.
• be willing to teach a variety of classes at a variety of levels.
• have a versatile skill set.
• have a commitment to best practices in teaching and learning.
• possess an inspiring, innovative, and charismatic teaching style.
• have outstanding organizational and communication skills.
• be diligent about open communication with parents.
• be willing to share best practices with the department.
• be willing to collaborate with other teachers.
• be comfortable with a digital classroom management/grading platform.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

• A cover letter explaining interest in Memphis University School and why the
applicant is qualified for the position; also, please include a statement of your
personal educational philosophy.
• A current resume.
• The names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references
and a brief description of the applicant’s relationship with each person.
Please send materials to careers@musowls.org.


ABOUT MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

Founded in 1893, Memphis University School (MUS) is a non-denominational college preparatory day school for boys in grades 6 (starting 2024-25) through 12. MUS provides an engaging curriculum, a
dedicated and supportive faculty, and a full complement of athletic, artistic, and extracurricular activities that create an environment in which boys thrive, becoming well-rounded young men of strong moral character, exceptionally prepared for college and life. We have a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, and nearly 73% of our faculty hold a master’s degree or Ph.D.


The student body, encompassing 610 boys in grades 7-12 this academic year, abides by an Honor Code,
which is administered by the student-run Honor Council. Approximately one-third of our students receive financial aid, and 30% self-identify as students of color.


The school has an active network of over 4,800 alumni.


This is an exciting time to be at MUS. We are in the third year of our Legacy Forward Strategic Plan.
Read more here.


ABOUT MEMPHIS


With about 1.35 million residents, the Memphis metropolitan area boasts a historic music scene, world-famous barbecue, and a small-town feel, despite the presence of the Memphis Grizzlies and several Fortune 500 companies – including FedEx and AutoZone, both founded by MUS alumni. In addition to
four small colleges, a medium-sized university, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
Memphis is home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a world-renowned leader in the treatment of
catastrophic diseases in children. Memphis continues to develop and expand opportunities throughout the community with investments in projects such as a revitalized downtown, Crosstown Concourse vertical village, and the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park – all of which have benefited from the leadership of MUS alumni.


Another sign of the area’s renaissance, the Ford Motor Company is developing a $5.6 billion battery and
vehicle manufacturing campus just east of Memphis. The Mid-South also supports a vibrant arts community, a diverse restaurant scene, and a variety of unique neighborhoods. Plus, the cost of living is very affordable – 13% lower than the national average.


Employment at Memphis University School is contingent upon successful completion of a
background check, drug-screening, and reference checks.


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO EMPLOYMENT
At Memphis University School we hire faculty and staff of any race, color, religion, sex, or
national and ethnic origin and accord them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to faculty and staff at the school. We do not discriminate in hiring on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national and ethnic origin.