Upper School Physics Teacher-Long-Term Subsitute
Job Details
University Prep - Seattle, WA
Full-Time Temporary Salaried Exempt
4 Year Degree

Reports to: Director of Upper School

When Needed: January 21, 2021 - May 24, 2021


University Prep is seeking a talented, engaging and compassionate Upper School Physics Teacher to help us advance our vision of being an inclusive community of learners that provides an outstanding education for each individual in a diverse student population.  We are looking for someone who can work effectively independently as well as part of a team.  We need a leader who understands best practices in teaching Science and who is passionate about teaching to high school students and enhancing student life.  We are looking for staff and faculty who share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education.  If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.  Salary is competitive with public and independent schools.  University Prep offers an extraordinary work environment.  Because this is a temporary position, only mandated benefits are offered. Position is open 2nd semester of 2020-2021 Academic Year.


Who We Are:


University Prep is an independent school serving grades 6 – 12 located in an urban residential section of Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities.  We are a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaboratively create an exceptional educational experience for every student. The School is a place of great teaching and joyful learning; a community that joins together to raise up our children to be caring and productive adults; a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and a place where we aspire for every family and student to feel equally enfranchised and at home. To us, diversity and inclusivity are not addenda, they are embodied in all facets of our school culture.  University Prep believes that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission of developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.


Job Summary:


Under minimal supervision, and on a full-time basis, teaches Upper School Physics and Astronomy courses as needed.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Teaches three sections of Physics and one section of Astronomy 2nd semester; provides classroom instruction and management
  • Conducts co-curricular activities as assigned by the Division Directors, according to the needs of the school
  • Chaperones school events outside of normal school hours (e.g., dances, service outings, or social events) as determined by the Division Directors
  • Effectively communicates with all school constituencies, including maintaining an online presence via our learning management system
  • Participate in school-related functions (e.g., Back to School Night, Commencement, etc.) as determined by the Head of School
  • Attends faculty and division-appropriate meetings, in-service programs and staffings
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, parents and senior leadership as appropriate
  • Uses Schoology and Veracross for classes and communication
  • Actively participates in the life of the school outside of class
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
  • Vigorously engages in their own professional development
  • Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, lunch duty, study hall supervision, etc.

Required Education & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Physics or related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years’ teaching experience preferred

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program
  • Commitment to teaching the whole child
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of the developmental needs of both Upper and Middle School-aged students
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows or Mac environment using Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
  • Comfortable with operating Audio/Visual equipment
  • Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents


Thank you for your interest in this position and in University Prep.


This position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.




This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position.

It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.