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Upper School History Teacher (Begins Late August 2019)

Job Summary:

Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative and experienced educator in the field of History and Social Studies to join our faculty as a leader in World History education, with opportunities to design and teach electives courses as well. Responsibilities include teaching four sections, primarily world history based, leading an Upper School advisory, participating in civic engagement opportunities with students and colleagues, chaperoning student trips and activities. 

Required Qualifications:

  • M.A. or M.A.T. in Secondary Social Studies, Ph.D. in History or Education or B.A. major/minor in a Social Studies field.
  • A minimum of four years of upper school classroom experience
  • Expertise in World History and Global Studies
  • Training in and experience teaching issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgment and emotional maturity
  • Affinity and enthusiasm for working with adolescents
  • Commitment to ongoing professional and intellectual development
  • Experience with integrating technology into the classroom
  • Openness to and experience in creating innovative and experimental curriculum

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement
  • Personal and/or professional experience and extensive knowledge of contemporary global issues, gained through living in, working in, or studying countries and cultures outside of the United States
  • Ability and interest to run an advisory, lead extra-curricular student activities, participate in community initiatives or coach
  • Experience working at a progressive school or in a progressive environment


Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter with resume by mail or email (no telephone inquiries please):

Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources

Francis W. Parker School

330 W. Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School’s community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School’s mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.

Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.

Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.

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