PK-12 Science Department Chair

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-709655
    • Job Location: Minneapolis, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 04, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: July 1, 2020
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a PK-12 Science Department Chair to lead the department starting in the 2020-21 school year. 

The ideal candidate will have deep emotional intelligence, extensive teaching experience in a PK-12 environment and a passion for sharing best practice pedagogy in the field –especially modeling and inquiry-based curricula. Strong candidates will also demonstrate familiarity with research about student learning, science curriculum design and constructivist teaching. 

Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity and lived experience that strengthens our community and empowers students to engage across differences.

The search committee will begin reviewing resumes on December 16; we warmly welcome applications after that date, as well. Blake will cover travel and lodging costs for finalist visits to campus.

Experience and Skills:

Curricular and Programmatic Leadership  

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the curriculum through one-on-one conversations, classroom observations, department meetings and a careful review of current courses
  • Identify opportunities to expand or enhance the science curriculum within and across divisions
  • Collaborate closely with department faculty to oversee the evolution and alignment of the science curriculum, consistent with Blake’s mission
  • Teach up to two class sections, modeling best practices in science instruction and inspiring a love of science in students
  • Design PK-12 and divisional department meetings and professional learning experiences
  • Partner with other department chairs and with division directors to design, coordinate and integrate course content and offerings
  • Represent the department’s program on school committees 
  • Oversee and communicate about department budget

Faculty Support and Evaluation

  • Build community and collegiality by being a reliable and accessible presence across campuses and divisions 
  • Collaborate closely with divisional administrators on hiring, retaining, coaching and evaluating department faculty
  • Envision and support professional development for science faculty so that each teacher can effectively implement a wide range of best-practice instructional and assessment strategies
  • Support ongoing conversations about the role of intercultural competence in science teaching and learning

Institutional & Community Partnerships 

  • Collaborate with Admissions and Communications Departments to share with constituents and prospective families the department’s philosophy, vision and offerings
  • Develop and maintain connections with relevant programs, institutions and thought leaders in the Twin Cities and beyond


  • Undergraduate degree in science, with a strong preference for an advanced degree or work toward an advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Substantial professional experience in science education, with a preference for experience teaching in multiple divisions PK-12
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Logistical and organizational acumen, reflecting the needs of a multi-campus, three-division school
  • Knowledge of and commitment to learning about best practices in science pedagogy
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and evaluate faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets

Department chairs work closely with division directors and report directly to the Associate Head of School.

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,367 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE