About IMS: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) educate students of all faiths living throughout Philadelphia. Our inspiring new network of 15 schools blends the best of Catholic education with innovative teaching strategies designed to meet the unique learning needs of all students.
Since our inception in 2012, our enrollment has grown over 20%, our students are outperforming 80% of their neighboring public and charter schools in Reading, and we have received increasing recognition as a network that successfully integrates faith, character, and academics to create warm, energizing schools that are sustainable for students, staff, and community. Ultimately, IMS recognizes that our students are on track to make their own choices in pursuit of college and career opportunities because they are on grade level academically and enrolled in a high-quality high school.
Perks of IMS: Teachers at IMS enjoy ongoing development through coaching, mentorship, and professional development and a benefits package that matches 403b contributions, provides low-cost healthcare, and guarantees paid sick time and personal time. Learn more here.
We are seeking middle school (grades 5-8) teacher candidates for the 2019-2020 school year for upcoming vacancies in Math, Science, English and Social Studies across our network.
Believe in the mission and vision of IMS and are excited about working in diverse communities
Model outstanding character traits according to the ethics, values, and philosophy of the Catholic teachings, and exhibit these traits through a positive classroom atmosphere
Model a growth mindset for themselves and others and demonstrate this growth mindset through enthusiastic application of new learning and feedback
Hold themselves highly-accountable for their work and demonstrate a commitment to accomplish ambitious goals
Set high behavioral and academic expectations for all students
Are experts in their content areas and understand their content’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Understand data-driven instruction and other best instructional practices to ensure aligned, effective learning experiences
Believe in the power of collaboration and work well with a team of subject and grade level colleagues to integrate cross-curricular instruction and real-world problem solving skills across all classrooms
Lend their skills and interests to coaching and moderating extra-curricular activities
Communicate effectively with families, peers, and leadership to build a strong classroom community
Plan meticulously and remain highly-organized to ensure every student has an excellent learning experience
Perform other duties as needed or as assigned
Experience teaching diverse learners and differentiating instruction (preferred)
A track record of leading students to successfully achieve those expectations (preferred)
Experience working with children and communities in an urban setting (preferred)
Certification, Degrees, and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree (required)
Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate (preferred)
Clearance on all required background checks (required)
Note: A teaching certification is preferred but is not required. If you have content expertise in math or science we encourage you to apply!
EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!
Our Hiring Process: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) values finding a great match between teaching applicants and our 15 unique schools. While this means applicants are only hired when vacancies are identified and become active within the network, submitting an early application to teach Elementary (PK – 4) or Middle (5-8) School helps us identify a match to your desired position as soon as it is available. As new vacancies arise, we will continue to share your information with school leaders so that we can find you the perfect teaching home.
*Please note that this is a general pool job posting; any applications submitted here will be considered for any current and future openings within the network (based on your regional and grade preferences). If you are highly interested in a school-specific posting (i.e. “Grade 3 at IMS School”), please submit an application to the school-specific posting to let us know of your interest. There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Talent Recruitment Manager, April Zhang, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Independence Mission Schools provides a transformative Catholic education to children of all faiths in low-income neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia.
One of the poorest urban centers in the nation, Philadelphia has 400,000 residents living in poverty. Among students attending an Independence Mission School, 36% live in poverty, nearly double the rate of children across the nation. That’s a staggering number.
Each day we open our doors to nearly 5,000 students, many carrying with them the challenges of life below the poverty line — food insecurity, home insecurity, violence and fundamental learning deficits. These circumstances could seem like insurmountable odds for these young learners. Yet they are resilient and come to us energized and full of promise.
Unlocking this potential starts with a culture of love that values and embraces each child. The promise of God’s love, shown by our faculty and staff, is at the very core of the Catholic education our schools deliver. This atmosphere sets our students, from Pre-K to Grade 8, on the path to a promising future confident in their own worth so they can be ready to succeed both in and out of the classroom.