The Kate Childrey Teaching Fellowship at St. Christopher’s Lower School Teaching Fellow
St. Christopher's School
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 1013848
Position Classification: Full-time, 10-month, faculty, salaried exempt
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. with additional hours as needed to fulfill after school coaching/activity responsibilities as assigned
Reports to: Head of Lower School, Lower School Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Academic Support, and Paired Mentor Teacher(s)
St. Christopher's School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys' schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a Childrey Teaching Fellow for its Lower School (grades JK-5) for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years.
Serving approximately 1,000 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher's is an Episcopal school committed to cultivating a community that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming. We pride ourselves on bringing out the best in every boy. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is holistic, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning. The St. Christopher's experience is further differentiated by a strong emphasis on our Community Pillars-honor & integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and community & brotherhood.
The Childrey Teaching Fellowship is designed as a two-year training program that emphasizes independent and collaborative teaching, curriculum planning, and professional development. The structured training includes lesson observation and feedback; meetings, planning sessions, and workshops with a cohort or grade-level team; and support from the Lower School administrative team, including the Head of the Lower School and the Lower School Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Academic Support. In addition, Fellows will be immersed in school life and participate in professional development opportunities for the faculty at the divisional and all-school levels as well as specially designed opportunities for faculty new to the school under the direction of the Assistant Head of School. Fellows are considered full time-faculty and an integral part of the teaching team.
To attract the strongest candidates who will strengthen our capable Lower School team, the Childrey Lower School Fellowship is designed with great flexibility. The successful candidate could be an aspiring homeroom teacher or an aspiring elementary specialist in science/STEM or the arts. Similarly, candidates could have interest in a lower (JK-2) or an upper elementary (Gr. 3-5) experience. The Principal Responsibilities below outline the basic expectations for a homeroom Teaching Fellow. A Fellow with a specialization in science or the arts would have similar responsibilities with a focus in their area of expertise and a schedule adjusted accordingly.
Participation in the co-curricular life of the School through athletic coaching, directing drama or music groups, participating in service education, or any other area of interest is expected, and opportunities are not limited to the Lower School division.
Teaching all subject areas of a homeroom position (language arts, math, social studies, and science in the early elementary grades) and supporting instruction in specialty areas (science in the upper elementary grades, language, religion, arts, and physical education)
Supporting the developmental social-emotional needs of each student as necessary and with the aid of appropriate support personnel
Attending team and faculty meetings and all-school professional development meetings, including the Curriculum Institute at the end of the school year after evaluation year
Attending chapel regularly
Supervising students on the playground, in the hallway, dining hall, in the classroom, etc.
Creating a positive classroom environment in which all boys feel known and valued
Collaborating with colleagues to design meaningful learning experiences for boys
Planning and preparing lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning
Delivering individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction as appropriate
Assessing student progress using a variety of formal and informal data collection tools and methods and providing feedback in a timely manner
Managing student behavior in accordance with best practices for teaching boys
Fostering communication and a respectful partnership with parents/guardians in conferences, during phone calls, and through written correspondence
Communicating in a timely and efficient manner with parents, students, and colleagues
Engaging in continuing professional growth and development, including staying abreast of best practices for teaching boys
Chaperoning Lower School student retreats and rites of passage programming, including off campus and overnight events
Coaching, directing, or leading a co-curricular activity at any level of the School (not limited to the Lower School) throughout the school year
Participating in the life of the School through committee work and a regular presence at major events as a means of supporting the students and the mission of the School
Qualifications and Key Skills:
Desire to learn about and gain experience in independent school education
A bachelor's degree with a strong academic record; neither a major in education nor a teaching certification is required
Experience working with young children
The personal traits for nurturing the growth of boys and working cooperatively with adults, including a passion and joy for working with young people and an enthusiasm for learning
Familiarity, ease, and openness with integrating technology into the classroom
Collaborate effectively with members of a grade-level team and the Lower School faculty in general
Excellent problem solving, communication, and analytic skills
Exhibit a growth mindset, be creative and flexible, and demonstrate a sense of humor
Accept constructive feedback as part of professional growth and development
Model professionalism and integrity at all times
Enjoy working with young people, especially boys
Must be able to stand, circulate, bend, and stoop among students in a classroom for extended periods of time
Must be able to move from classroom to classroom and from building to building as assigned or required by classroom assignment and activity of the day
May occasionally be required to work in poor weather conditions such as temperature, precipitation, and wind during recess and carpool duty
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds
The salary for the Childrey Fellowship will be commensurate with similarly experienced elementary school co-teachers in the Richmond market.
Housing, consisting of a furnished one-bedroom apartment with private bath, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, efficiency kitchen, and spacious living room, will be provided as part of the compensation package at no charge, including all utilities except cable
Fellows participate in the faculty meal plan that includes the availability of breakfast and lunch five days per week and dinner two nights a week at no charge.
Professional development, including participation in the VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) New Teacher Institute and the IBSC (International Boys Schools Coalition) New to Boys Schools program, will be supported through School funding.
The full list of benefits for St. Christopher's employees is included below. Fellows will be eligible for benefits based on age and job classification as indicated.
We only accept applicant resumes through our online portal, which you can access here. Once you select the "Apply Now" button, it will take you through the prompts to complete your application and upload your resume, cover letter and other required documents.
Established in 1911, St. Christopher's School is a JK-12 all-boys day school in Richmond, VA. The School's single-campus location consists of 43 contiguous acres and 23 buildings with over 300,000 square feet. With over a century of rich history in the education of boys, St. Christopher's has a reputation as a national and international leader in the education of boys. Our work with the International Boys' Schools Coalition and our very own Center for the Study of Boys supports our new strategic plan, Momentum 2025, setting a bold path forward for the entire St. Christopher's community.
St. Christopher's School is committed to fostering, in broad and meaningful ways, an inclusive school community in which all members feel respected, welcomed, and valued. As such, St. Christopher's School is an equal opportunity employer. St. Christopher's School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
St. Christopher's School knows, loves, and celebrates boys, promotes their pursuit of excellence, and prepares them for lives of honor and integrity, service, and leadership.
Among peer independent schools nationally, St. Christopher's offers one of the most generous, comprehensive, and competitive employee benefits packages available.
Summary of Employee Benefits for Full-Time Employees
Full-time employees work a minimum of 1,000 hours per year.
The School contributes 7.5% of the employee's contract salary each year to a 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan for employees at least 21 years of age who have completed one year of full-time employment with
St. Christopher's School or similar experience at another institution. In addition, the School will provide a matching contribution equal to 1.5% of contract salary if the employee makes an elective deferral equal to or greater than 1.5% of contract salary to their 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, for a potential School contribution of 9.0%.
The School will pay 100% of the Consumer Directed Health Plan (also known as the High Deductible Health Plan), including vision coverage, for the employee. Employees may choose to add dependents or upgrade to a more traditional PPO Plan by applying the School's contribution to the monthly premium cost.
Employees may choose from the plans currently offered and are responsible for 100% of the premium.
LONG TERM DISABILITY & PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Long term disability and professional liability insurance are provided at no cost to the employee.
LIFE AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance are provided at no cost to the employee equal to 1x's the employee's contract salary. Additional supplemental coverage for the employee and their dependents is available to employees at their own expense.
PRE-TAX SAVINGS ACCOUNTS
Employees have the opportunity to participate in pre-tax savings accounts through either a dependent care flexible spending account, a medical flexible spending account or a health savings account, subject to respective IRS contribution limits.
TUITION REMISSION JK-12
Employees who work a minimum of 1,500 hours per contract year (July 1 to June 30) and have completed three years of prior full-time employment, either with St. Christopher's School or another institution in a similar role, will be eligible to receive JK-12 tuition grants for eligible children enrolled in St. Christopher's School or St. Catherine's Schools. The three years of prior full-time employment must immediately precede the awarding of this tuition grant. For purposes of this benefit, full-time employment is defined as: a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for faculty employees and a minimum of 1,800 hours per year for all other employees. Employees with a full-time start date before July 1, 2020, who have met the eligibility criteria as stated above and have worked a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for the school prior to this date, will receive a tuition grant of 90%. Employees with a full-time start date on or after July 1, 2020, will receive a tuition grant of 75% upon completion of the eligibility criteria as stated above. Grants do not include non-tuition expenses such as fees, books, supplies, etc.
The School will provide tuition grants for up to four eligible children and will support one year in JK. Eligible children are defined as the biological, adoptive or legal ward of the eligible employee.
Employees receive full tuition remission for Extended Day services for the period of time up until the end of their regular workday.
Employees are eligible to receive discounts on Summer Programs offered by St. Christopher's School. Discounts are also available for summer Extended Day offerings.
Employees receive lunch at no expense while School is in session. In order to perform normal mealtime duties, all full-time employees, as well as their immediate families, may receive breakfast five days a week and dinner two days a week at no expense when breakfast or dinner is served.
Additionally, lunch fees are waived for full-time employees' sons enrolled at St. Christopher's School.
Wellness Leave Full-time employees receive ten (10) paid wellness leave days per fiscal year and may accumulate and carry forward any unused wellness leave days to a maximum of sixty (60) days. Included in the 10 wellness days are two (2) personal days that may be converted and used. Part-time employees will receive and may accumulate and carry forward a pro-rated amount of wellness leave days based upon the amount of time worked. Employees should provide as much notice as possible when requesting wellness leave and must have a supervisor's approval.
Vacation days are available to 12-month employees based on their job classification and continuous length of service. Please contact the Business Office for additional information.
Employees may take up to five (5) days of paid bereavement leave for an immediate family member. Employees may also take one day off per year with pay to attend the funeral of a relative outside the immediate family.
Additional Leave of no more than five business days beyond those listed above may be granted subject to the discretion of the employee's Division Head or the Headmaster.
The School is committed to supporting the professional growth of employees and will cover costs associated with job-related courses, workshops, conferences, professional associations and graduate degrees. Coverage of costs is budget dependent year to year and subject to the approval of both the employee's Division Head and the Headmaster.
Little Saints, an on-site daycare facility, is available to employees on a voluntary basis and at the employee's expense.
ATHLETIC AND FITNESS CENTER
The Kemper Athletic and Fitness Center is open to employees subject to Athletic Department Rules and Guidelines.
St. Christopher's may provide an employee with on-campus or School-owned housing as a condition of employment to better accommodate student access to faculty and administrators outside of the normal School day.
RELOCATION / MOVING EXPENSE POLICY
St. Christopher's School will provide reimbursement to new full-time employees who are relocating to the Richmond area as a result of their new position with the School. Consistent with IRS guidelines, the School's reimbursement support applies only to required moves for new employees whose primary residence is located in excess of 50 miles from the St. Christopher's School campus. The maximum gross amount paid to an employee or on behalf of the employee to a moving company shall not exceed $7,500.00.
St. Christopher's School is committed to fostering, in broad and meaningful ways, an inclusive school community in which all members feel respected, welcomed, and valued. As such, St. Christopher's School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
Not only does Richmond's appealing climate and location make it an enjoyable and exciting city in which to work and live, but it is ideally situated for a short road trip to the mountains of Charlottesville, to beaches in the Hampton Roads area, or to our nation's capital, Washington, DC.
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St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.