Upper School History Teacher-2021-2022
Job Details
University Prep - Seattle, WA
Full-Time Salaried Exempt
4 Year Degree

Open Position: Upper School History Teacher

Reports to: Director of Upper School

When Needed: 2021-2022 School Year


University Prep is seeking a talented, engaging and compassionate Upper School History 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 History 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 excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.


Who We Are:


University Prep is an independent 6-12 school 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 inclusion 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, on a full-time basis, teaches Upper School History courses and electives.  Serves on the Upper School curricular team and as an Upper School advisor. 


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Teaches four sections of Upper School History, which can include a combination of United States, Early, and World History courses
  • Provides classroom instruction and management
  • Serves as an advisor to 10-12 Upper School Students
  • Serves as a grade-level advisor for a grade-level team
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, parents and administrators as appropriate
  • 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

Required Education & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in History or a related field from a four-year college or university required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Teaching certification preferred
  • 3+ years of successful teaching experience preferred


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Competence in the content area and pedagogy specific to the developmental needs of High School-aged students
  • An understanding of and commitment to the school’s mission
  • A talent for teaching as an art
  • A commitment to student-centered education and inclusive classroom practices
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and openness to feedback
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program
  • Ability to create an active learning environment that supports understanding, passion, and creativity
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill to work with students from diverse background
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in preparing lesson to appeal to a variety of learning styles, needs, and accommodations
  • Demonstrates skill to use appropriate formative and summative assessments and strategies in the classroom
  • Commitment to teaching the whole child
  • A working understand of UDL UbD, and Grading for Equity concepts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all constituents in the school community
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability and flexibility to use Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suites, learning management systems, online meeting and conferencing applications, and operating Audio/Visual equipment
  • Interest in coaching sports and/or working in our outdoor program is preferable


If this sounds like you, please click on Apply Now, complete our online employment application, and upload your résumé and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in and qualified for this position.


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


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




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.