Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit www.mills.edu.
Organizational Relationships: Department: Children's School Reports To: Head of School, Mills College Children's School Supervises: NA
Summary of Position: Full-time teaching position that follows the Mills College academic school year.
Essential Job Functions:
Curriculum - Plan and implement a curriculum based in the best-available knowledge of children's learning and linked to the Early Childhood foundations and California state frameworks. Regularly work with colleagues of the Children's School and School of Education to study children's classroom learning in order continuously to improve instruction at the school and contribute more broadly to the knowledge base of teaching.
Student Teachers - Mentor, coach, and evaluate student teachers, supporting their integration of learning theory and classroom practice. This work includes daily evaluation meetings and weekly participation in the Theory and Practice seminar.
Communication - Maintain active and open communications with parents/guardians of the children and with the other members of the Children's School staff and School of Education faculty. Elementary Head Teachers are full members of the Children's School teaching staff and will participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities and support of children and student teachers. This includes home visits, parent/teacher conferences, newsletters, parent meetings, and weekly staff meetings. Both written and oral communications skills are essential and valued.
Professionalism - As a teacher in the laboratory school, the successful candidate will be a member of a team committed to advancing knowledge about teaching and to principled practice. The position is based on the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with professional colleagues, parents, students, and children within a diverse and multicultural environment. Perform related duties as needed.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Education and Experience:
Five or more years recent successful classroom teaching experience
Knowledge of and commitment to a constructivist model of education
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
Master's degree in Education
Ability to exhibit strong service orientation for all levels of College constituencies and members of the public
Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
Position is contingent upon fingerprinting/background check clearance and tuberculosis clearance
This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 0.92. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.
Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to https://www.mills.edu/policies/ada-policies/nondiscrimination-statement.php.
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Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.