Job Title: Lead Teacher, Science
Location: Teacher Administrative Center (TAC) 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha NE
Reports To: Science Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction Support
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: as outlined in applicable negotiated agreement
The Science Lead Teacher assumes joint responsibility for the effective supervision, coordination and improvement of the science department in relation to the goals of the school district and of Curriculum and Instruction Support. This individual will assist in the planning and presenting of professional development supporting the use of best instructional practices in teaching. Responsibilities will include maintenance of curriculum, curriculum development, mentoring new science teachers, supporting community efforts to improve science education and supporting teachers in providing quality science educational experiences for all students.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Minimum of Master’s Degree with appropriate course work in areas of curriculum, science, and teacher education.
- A valid NE Teaching Certificate.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Knowledge of current content standards.
- A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience.
- A working knowledge of both middle and high school science curriculum.
- Experience in instructional leadership including leading professional development.
- Exemplary skills in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Excellent skills in both verbal and written communication.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents and the community.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Work collaboratively with students, parents, staff, schools, and vendors.
- Coordinate events.
- Provide professional development to new and current staff.
- Maintain all records and correspondence in an organized and timely manner.
- Maintain confidentiality of all employee records.
- Engage in professional growth activities through an ongoing program of job-related knowledge and skill development.
- Work collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the school’s program and support the District’s vision, aims and goals.
- Integrate the themes of leadership, technology, and communication with a diverse population.
Additional Duties Performs other related tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use assistive technology in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Limited travel will be required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Work in school building environments.
- Hours will vary based teacher and program needs which may require occasional work on weekends or evenings.
- Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors.
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks.
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
- Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance
- In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Terms of Employment
This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time, and the Teacher Contract. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
Terms of employment are contingent upon:
- Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
- A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
- Execution and delivery to OPS of a Teacher Contract presented by OPS.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.