Associate Director of Debate (Full-time) 2020-2021
Marist School - Atlanta, GA
Full Time

JOB TITLE:                             Faculty – Full Time Associate Director of Debate
DEPARTMENT:                      To be determined

REPORTS TO:                        Director of Debate, Department Chair, Principal
FLSA STATUS:                                                                                        

DATE:                                     August 1, 2020



The mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ through instruction grounded in religious values, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the spirit of the Society of Mary. This mission is advanced through communal pursuit of excellence in academic, religious, extracurricular, leadership, and service programs.



The full-time faculty member is hired by the Principal and reports additionally to the Director of Debate, Department Chair and Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty.




Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching competitive policy debate and/or public forum debate to grades 7-12
    • Teach 1-2 intro to debate courses in Term 1, 1-2 advanced debate courses in Term 2 and 3.
    • Teach 2-3 content area courses in Terms 1-3; content area TBD based on candidate experience
  • Assisting the development of high school debaters through:
    • Holding practices after school 2-3 times a week
    • Traveling to local, regional and national competitions with the high school team serving as a primary chaperone, judge, and coach to 15 tournaments a season
    • Research and serve as a primary strategy coach
  • Assisting the development of middle school debaters through:
    • Teaching middle school debate courses
    • Hosting middle school debate scrimmages
    • Traveling with Middle School students to local tournaments
  • Assisting the Director of Debate with hosting tournaments on campus





  • Instruct students in a manner that is faithful to the Catholic Church and its teachings.
  • Deliver essential content as outlined in the course description and required by the Department Chair.
  • Evaluate students frequently using best practices of authentic assessments, both formative and summative.
  • Give frequent feedback to students regarding their progress in the course.
  • Keep grades up-to-date in the online grading software.
  • Differentiate instruction based on student learning styles and needs.
  • Provide assistance and intervention for students who would benefit from it.
  • Attend to parent concerns and communicate with parents when their child is struggling in a manner that is professional and compassionate.
  • Maintain positive rapport with students
  • Keep current in areas of pedagogy, skills, and content.
  • Set annual professional development goals aimed at advancing the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Embrace a spirit of collaboration with colleagues.
  • Serve as a student Advisor (grades 9-12) or a Foundations House Leader (grades 7-8).
  • Interact professionally with adults and students within the guidelines of the Boundaries Policy.
  • Maintain professional standards of dress and grooming.
  • Be present in a classroom or designated area during the assigned times from 8:00am-3:30pm as well as at other times outside of the school day as required by the Principal.
  • Maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Record daily student attendance.
  • Attend regular meetings, departmental, faculty, etc.
  • Be present at school masses and assemblies and supervise students.



Specific abuse risk management standards are summarized as follows.

  • Adhere to boundaries with students.
  • Attend required abuse risk management training.
  • Report suspicious and inappropriate behaviors.
  • Follow mandated abuse reporting requirements.
  • Adhere to job specific abuse management responsibilities.



  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in education or in the primary teaching area is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Transcripts must be submitted.
  • Recommended Experience:

Debate Coaching: 2+ years or similar experience

National Circuit participation and/or coaching in Policy Debate and/or Public Forum Debate

  • A minimum of two (2) references.
  • A completed background check.
  • A completed drug and illegal substances screen.



The employee is expected to adhere to all employer policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to employer policies.


The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.