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Job Title:  Chaplain

Department:  Student Services

Reports to:  Assistant Headmaster for Co-Curricular Programs

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Summary:  

An all boys, all boarding, college preparatory school for 170 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 750-acre campus lying along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1909 as the Blue Ridge Industrial School by the Reverend George P. Mayo of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, the School's early mission was to provide a vocational education for girls and boys who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to realize their rich potential. In 1961, the school’s mission changed, and it became a college-prep boarding school for boys. In this transition, the School terminated its formal affiliation with the Diocese but has retained an Episcopal identity.

Today Blue Ridge School offers a tailored learning system based on real-world, hands-on activities in which key concepts and study skills are embedded. With an average class size of nine students, teachers individualize classroom material and challenge students to fulfill untapped potential. The school attracts students from both the United States and around the world. In addition to Christians of many denominations, there are Muslim and Buddhist students as well as students who do not identify with any religious tradition.

Gibson Memorial Chapel, designed by Ralph Adams Cram and built by local craftsmen from 1929 to 1932, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two brief morning services and one Eucharist or Evening Prayer take place weekly. The primary Chapel messages are grounded in Judeo-Christian principles, while placing emphasis on making time and space in one’s life for spiritual reflection and development.

In addition to planning and leading worship, the Chaplain will provide pastoral care and promote school-wide involvement in personal spiritual development, intentionally including students and staff with a diverse array of beliefs. He or she will also have a teaching role and assist in creating and overseeing service learning and other spiritual activities for students.

In 2014, the School formed a partnership with a local Episcopal congregation, Buck Mountain in Earlysville, about 15 minutes away. Students are encouraged to take part in parish activities, such as helping at worship services at a nearby assisted living facility and singing in the parish choir. Buck Mountain’s Deacon and a team of laypeople have also launched an extension of the parish’s Food Pantry that operates out of Gibson Chapel on Saturdays. We plan to continue this partnership with the participation and guidance of the new Chaplain.

Qualifications:

  • An ordained Episcopal priest preferred; one with extensive experience working with youth in a counseling, ministerial, or educational setting.
  • Committed to the development of the whole student – his spiritual maturation as well as his intellectual, physical, and emotional growth.
  • Strong pastoral care skills; at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education required.
  • Experience with and/or openness to ecumenical, interfaith, or multicultural ministry.
  • Creativity in worship planning and willingness to work with and direct students who wish to take part in worship leadership.
  • Excellent preaching and liturgical skills in the Episcopal tradition.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Willing to live in on-campus residence, depending on housing availability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the spiritual development of all students regardless of their religious affiliation;
  • Organizes routine programs of worship including regular chapel services and special ceremonies;
  • Contributes to the development, and oversees implementation, of School’s spiritual curriculum;
  • Provides pastoral counseling to staff and students; assists in making referrals to mental health professionals as needed;
  • Arranges for students of various faiths to worship in the method of their choosing on a regular basis;
  • Annually assigns leadership roles to qualified students (ie:  Sacristan & Verger) and oversees the fulfillment of these roles;
  • Plans and oversees worship music in conjunction with Director of Performing Arts and organist;
  • Teaches 2 full-year classes or handles administrative responsibilities as determined by the Headmaster;
  • Serves on weekday and weekend duty teams;
  • Participates in one co-curricular activity such as athletics, clubs or student organizations. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Episcopal priest or transitional deacon eligible for ordination within the first year of employment.
  • Professional development seminar or conference at least once every two years ongoing

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 20% sitting, 10% walking, and 70% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

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Job Title: English Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator

Department: Instruction

Reports to: Assistant Headmaster for Academics

FLSA Status: Exempt

 

Summary:  

An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school for 170 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. The Blue Ridge School campus itself is removed from distractions, allowing students to focus on academics, further develop character, build self-esteem, and progress toward a successful life of service.

Blue Ridge School provides an interactive learning environment in which capable and willing young men develop their minds and character. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, Blue Ridge prepares its students for the dual challenges of college and career in the 21st century. At Blue Ridge, every aspect of campus life is directed toward the interests and needs of our students – because everything Blue Ridge does is for the boys in our charge.

Since all salaried employees at Blue Ridge have dormitory and coaching responsibilities beyond primary roles, Blue Ridge educators work hard and gain the added satisfaction only achieved when working with students inside and outside the classroom.

The role of ELL Teacher is a full-time, 9.5 month position that has primary responsibilities to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential in an English speaking environment. The ELL teacher independently directs and organizes the complete ELL program and is required to teach 5 sections each day in varying levels, beginning through advanced ELL, ELL World History, ELL College Prep/TOEFL and provide basic ELL support. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree or higher in English, International Studies, TESL or related field required
  • Relevant teaching experience in an international student setting required
  • Working knowledge or research done on the benefits of single-gender education
  • Specific knowledge and experience pertaining to the instruction of the English language to non-native speakers in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension, oral communication skills, and accent reduction
  • Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community
  • Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers, and supervisors
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills
  • Second language skills preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with TOEFL

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
  • Develop course syllabi and lesson plans; identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles
  • Demonstrate a variety of instructional methods that include the use of visual aids, interactive activities, strategic and competitive learning games that take advantage of the learning style of boys, technology in the classroom, and other academic tools expected of a trained TEFL teacher to improve overall reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension of the students.
  • Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments; record each student's performance and development
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
  • Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, and clubs
  • Participate in department meetings, school meetings, and parent meetings
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
  • Conduct placement testing and assessment of each international student at the beginning of each calendar year to determine needs and class level
  • Facilitate instruction in the fundamentals of English grammar by means of familiarizing students with the basic sentence patterns and by the practice of sentence combining, and the strengthening of vocabulary skills to non-English speaking students.
  • Evaluate ELL History instructors, collaborating with them to improve reading and writing skills, develop critical thinking skills, and foster a sense of citizenship and altruism within each student.
  • Assist students with cultural transitions
  • Provide academic support to teachers of other disciplines in regards to potential challenges teaching international students, as requested
  • Facilitate and lead the ELL Summer Camp; select summer program teachers, set curriculum standards, and organize all aspects of camp life: academic, social, and extracurricular
  • Create and maintain ELL budgets for the Summer Program and the school year with the assistance of the Headmaster and Associate Academic Headmaster
  • Assist students in their preparation for the TOEFL and provide transportation to and from the test center a minimum of twice per school year
  • Work closely with the International Student Coordinator to foster the growth of an integrated community of international and domestic students

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

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Job Title: Technology Teacher

Department:  Instruction

Reports to: IT Administrator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated:  February 2015

 

Summary:  

An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school for 185 boys, grades 9-12, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. The Blue Ridge School campus itself is removed from distractions, allowing students to focus on academics, further develop character, build self-esteem, and progress toward a successful life of service.

Blue Ridge School provides an intimate and interactive learning environment in which capable and willing young men may develop their character along with their minds to prepare themselves for the dual challenges of college and career in the 21st century.  The School offers a college-preparatory curriculum marked by a high degree of explicit instruction and individual support, and orients that curriculum toward the interests and needs of boys - because we teach only boys. Blue Ridge teachers work longer hours than most, but we get to see the benefits of that extra work every day.

The Technology Coordinator and Teacher will assist teachers, in all areas of education, to enhance student learning through improved integration of technology.  In order to do so, this individual will be required to review course lesson plans, observe classrooms, create a plan for integration with the faculty member and support the faculty throughout implementation.  The Technology Teacher will also be required to teach students technology disciplines, including programming, STEM, engineering and/or robotics, in a supportive and positive manner. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Education, Computer Science, Technology or related field, required
  • Experience teaching Technology subjects, preferred
  • Experience teaching Robotics or coordinating a Robotics program, preferred
  • Experience with Moodle, Blackboard, or similar course management software
  • Experience with hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Excellent interpersonal, effective verbal, writing and listening skills
  • Ability to be assertive; particularly with co-workers
  • Proven problem-solver, capable of keeping a 12-station computer lab operational at all times
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic and ability to multitask between multiple projects
  • Willingness to serve as a dormitory parent, preferred

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for teaching technology courses, such as Digital Citizenship, Software Applications, Web Design (may include Computer Science and Robotics)
  • Assist the IT Administrator to provide hardware and software support to staff and students
  • Develop and implement an introductory course in Engineering Principles
  • Assist staff in the implementation and use of course management software
  • Assist faculty with increased use of technology in the classroom; regularly visit classrooms to observe use of technology and suggest ways in which technology enhances instruction
  • Coordinate with the IT Administrator on technology initiatives
    • Engages regularly in professional development in order to stay current on new and emerging technologies and practices in learning, technology and faculty development
    • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
    • Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams

  • Perform advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement

  • Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

 

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 40% sitting, 40% walking, and 20% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

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"I really like that I can be myself here, and that there’s a lot of encouragement to try new things. I was introduced to mountain biking at Blue Ridge, and now I love it.”  - Ned Nichols ‘15

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