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3 Teacher Job Description Samples & Tips Built for 2022

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Stephen Greet, Co-founder

March 3, 2022

Teachers do so much more than just educate students. Ask around about influential people, and you’ll find that teachers have a huge impact on young lives. Most teachers chose their career path due to a memorable instructor from their school years. With so much time spent in school, it’s little wonder that teachers have the power to change the course of a student’s life.

An article from Merrimack College explained that teachers serve as role models, educators, counselors, and encouragers. One study revealed five traits about excellent teachers:

  1. They take time to create intentional relationships with their students.
  2. They’re passionate about their field.
  3. They set high expectations for their students.
  4. They mentor other teachers.
  5. They go “above and beyond” for their students.

The participants said above all, their teachers personally cared about them and their classmates, resulting in a lifelong impact. The authors summarized the results rather succinctly: “We believe influential teachers combine their creativity, passion, and knowledge to establish positive and impactful relationships with their students.” 

This dedication leads to serious results. According to Edutopia, teachers who helped high school students with noncognitive skills (like self-regulation, motivation, and adaptability) increased the student’s attendance and the likelihood of graduation. Teachers play vital roles in society, so it’s crucial to hire the best ones possible. That’s why BeamJobs is here to help you write a stunning job description to attract the best teachers out there.

Teacher Job Description Example

Job details: Cunningham Charter School is a tuition-free charter school that provides the best education for underprivileged students. We firmly believe every student can achieve greatness no matter their situation. It’s our goal to help all of our students succeed in academia, the working world, and in their personal lives. 

We’re looking for a full-time world history teacher to inspire and educate students. If you love immersing your class in stories from the past and imparting meaningful lessons regarding morality, mortality, and the inevitability of change, you’ll fit right in at Cunningham. You’ll start teaching one full-time class on August 1st for our summer academy and begin full-time fall classes on September 25th. We can’t wait to work with you!

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement world history curriculum, starting with Mesopotamia and continuing through the modern era
  • Teach central concepts with each lesson, relating facts to current situations or universal themes
  • Create, deliver, and score assignments, homework, and tests promptly
  • Manage classroom according to Cunningham rules and regulations
  • Monitor student behavior and follow Cunningham guidelines for underperforming or unruly students, starting with a one-on-one conversation and parent intervention
  • Provide individualized attention for all students, offering encouragement, support, and advice as needed
  • Adjust teaching strategies based on student performance in the classroom
  • Maintain and update all records and files for students and families as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or English
  • NYS Teacher Certification
  • National Board Certification
  • Over 4 years teaching experience (preferably high school)
  • U.S. work authorization
  • Must pass a state and federal background check
  • Proficient in Google Classroom
  • Proficient in Google Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Expertise in subject matter
  • Friendly and empathetic personality

Benefits

  • Salary range from $42–94K depending on experience
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 403(b)
  • Paid time off (including DOE holidays)
  • Parental leave
  • Yearly free tickets for The Science of Teaching conference

About us: Cunningham Charter School is changing academia one graduate at a time. From grades K-12, our teaching philosophy is to teach a mile deep rather than a mile wide; we provide in-depth instruction so students obtain a vast amount of knowledge while developing analytical and critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lives and prepare them for college and the working world. At Cunningham, our greatest assets are our faculty and staff members. That’s why we fundraise for yearly educational opportunities/conferences to bring the latest teaching strategies back to our classroom. We’ll do whatever it takes to prepare the next generation for success. 

Elementary Teacher Job Description Example

Job details: It’s always sunny at Sunnyside Elementary, and we’re excited to welcome another teacher to our ranks for the 2022-2023 school year! Sunnyside believes all students can excel if given the proper tools and instruction, which is why we’re looking for a creative and fun full-time elementary school teacher for 1st - 5th graders. We need someone willing to get their hands dirty, learn new technology, and try trending methodologies to best educate our students. If you love thinking outside of the box and helping students grow into their best selves, apply for Sunnyside today!

Responsibilities

  • Teach general science, math, English reading/writing, history, social science, and art to 15-20 students per class
  • Prepare year-long curriculum and weekly lesson plans for all subjects according to Sunnyside policies
  • Integrate technology and interactive elements into classroom instruction for multisensory learning
  • Build intentional relationships with parents to update them on student progress and further understanding of their child’s development and learning style
  • Foster social and emotional intelligence through effective classroom management and discipline
  • Prepare and assign homework, projects, and extra-academic assignments (including reading Bingo or history Jeopardy) according to curriculum and student age/ability
  • Grade assignments and give constructive criticism and encouraging comments
  • Monitor and evaluate student progress, including academic growth, social skills, and behavior modification
  • Maintain and update files, including student paperwork, as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from accredited college or university
  • Teaching certification required (must pass CBEST and CSET Multiple Subjects tests)
  • Minimum 3 years demonstrated success teaching grades K-5
  • U.S. work authorization
  • Must pass a state and federal background check
  • Proficient with Google Classroom
  • Proficient with Zoom and Google Meet for online learning
  • Experience using Kahoot, Quizlet, and EdPuzzle, or willingness to learn before the start of term
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Compassionate
  • Team player who excels at collaboration with colleagues

Benefits

  • Salary starts at $44K but can vary up to 97K depending on background
  • Life, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program

About us: Sunnyside Elementary School is the best elementary school this side of the U.S.! We’re located in Anaheim, California, close to all things magical. We take pride in teaching our students to see the world with wonder and curiosity; we educate them on the essentials to help them grow into successful adults. While our pupils perform well on standardized tests, our real goal is to help them do well in life.

Our mission is to instill curiosity and a life-long love of learning through our instruction. Our students remember the answers to the homework and believe that learning is fun (because it is). It’s one of the reasons we provide multisensory approaches for all our classes; field trips are frequent, and projects are immersive. If you want the best in multisensory learning for your child, check out Sunnyside Elementary to help them prepare for their future.

High School Teacher Job Description Example

Job details: Mordici High School is one of the most elite high schools on the East Coast for good reason; our motto is, “Discere est scire, sed sapientia praeeminet,” which backs our principles of using knowledge in wise, practical, and moral ways. We are what we do, so our faculty and staff want to do their utmost to help students prepare for their future in academia. 

We need a teacher committed to the highest quality of English writing, reading, analysis, and comprehension. You will prepare curriculum that appeals to all learning styles and socioeconomic backgrounds and present that information to classes of 15 students or less. You will attend school events and engage with Mordici colleagues and parents. 

Responsibilities

  • Present information and guide learning in reading comprehension, literature analysis, creative writing, academic writing, vocabulary, and grammar 
  • Create and grade assignments, projects, and tests based on standards at the school, state, and federal level
  • Grade and proctor tests as needed and may also be required to judge school-wide contests (such as the annual Poetry Slam)
  • Guide students in emotional intelligence, behavior regulation, and time management, providing encouragement and advice throughout their assignments
  • Integrate new technologies and practices into lessons to develop every student’s technological competency 
  • Research best teaching methodologies for students with disabilities or cultural differences as needed
  • Create monthly reading and writing workshops to help struggling students and further cement principles taught in class
  • Supervise and monitor students to assess potential problems such as learning disabilities, mental disorders, emotional distress, and other obstacles to effective learning
  • Engage with parents and form strong bonds to help students grow personally and academically

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English or English writing (M.A. preferred)
  • Minimum 3 years experience teaching English at the high school level
  • Current Massachusetts teaching certification
  • National Board Certification preferred
  • U.S. work authorization
  • Must pass a state, federal, and private background check
  • Expertise in high school-level English, including literature analysis and writing 
  • Proficient with Blackboard and SmartBoards
  • Experience with or willingness to learn EdPuzzle and Quizizz
  • Excellent time management and organization

Benefits

  • Salary: $61–109K depending on education/certifications/experience
  • Medical, life, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401k matching
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement

About us: Mordici High School is renowned for its academic rigor, school spirit, and dedication to ethics. Founded in 1813, we have a rich history of outstanding alumni who champion scientific discoveries and principled action. We currently rank first among private high schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and accept the top one percent of students from across the nation who receive the best academic training to prepare them for life ahead. Our mission is to develop the next generation so they can solve the dilemmas of their forefathers and forge a new path for humanity.

Write a Teacher Job Description to Win the Right Staff

Many job descriptions fail to realize how important a job description is to future teachers, which shows in their poor execution. From terrible formatting, endless lists of requirements, and paragraphs of filler text, we’ve encountered it all. We’ve seen company bios take up half the page or job descriptions with less than five sentences. 

One memorable teacher job description listed nothing more than “Faculty role in English department.” These job descriptions show a disregard for future colleagues and needlessly complicate the application process for folks trying to write a decent teacher cover letter or resume.

Make a good first impression

Although most bad job descriptions are easy to catch, teachers especially will notice if your job description is poorly written. They spend all day communicating and writing, so they'll spot content, formatting, or grammar errors. A professional, error-free description prevents losing applicants to the hundreds of other schools vying for a new teacher.

A job description is the first contact you'll have with your future teachers, so spend the time to attract the top candidates. Good job descriptions give applicants the necessary information in the correct dosage. 

Write your job description in logical stages 

That’s why it’s best to write in stages. We know it’s intimidating to start writing, so we recommend jotting down the bare minimum first; keywords, phrases, bullet points—just put words on the page. As you go, continue adding details until it’s complete. Then add one more crucial component: why you’re hiring in the first place.

Yes, you need a teacher, but why do you need them? Is there an opening in the high school for a calculus and statistics teacher? Is your music program dwindling? Tell the applicant in no uncertain terms what you need.

Tighten and perfect your teacher job description 

You need to revise and edit your work no matter how well you write. Go back with a red pen and “grade” your piece. Take out filler, replace vague language, and cut anything your future teacher doesn’t need (Your school’s history and mission might be worth five paragraphs to you, but it’s unnecessary to applicants).

Then take a look at your job description’s tone. Even if you’re hiring a kindergarten teacher, you should still strike a pleasing balance between personable and professional. 

Once you’ve revised, have a few people read through your work to ensure it’s concise, informative, and easy to read. You’ll also need to take one last look at your formatting. Just as teachers customize their teacher resumes when applying to particular jobs, you’ll need to tailor your formatting, so your job description looks perfect. By taking the time to craft your job description well, you can attract the highest caliber teachers to care for your students.

Begin by outlining your teacher job description

As every teacher knows, the blank page can be intimidating. Here’s an outline to get you started writing an outstanding teacher job description.

Job details: You can call this section an introduction of sorts. Here’s where you’ll name your organization, your mission, why you’re hiring a teacher, and what they’ll be expected to do. If that sounds like a lot, don’t panic.

This section shouldn’t be more than 10 sentences (and likely should be shorter). Be frugal with what you include here, as it’s not the star of the show. Give the basics.

What you’ll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet; this section is similar. This is where you’ll list a general summary of your new teacher’s duties. This is not where you list every conceivable task they’ll accomplish—teachers wear many hats, so listing everything would take far too long. Summarize their responsibilities and keep it around 10-15 bullet points of moderate length.

Examples:

  • Create and implement curriculum to teach world history, starting with Mesopotamia continuing through the modern era
  • Prepare and assign homework, projects, and extra-academic assignments (including reading Bingo or history Jeopardy) according to curriculum and student age/ability

Qualifications: Teachers will need certification and a degree, most likely, but you should also include any other required qualifications specific to your organization. This usually means many years of experience, soft skills, and technical competencies. Just remember that no applicant will perfectly meet all of your idealized qualifications; avoid going overboard with laundry lists of expectations.

Examples:

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from accredited college or university
  • Teaching certification required (must pass CBEST and CSET Multiple Subjects tests)
  • Expertise in subject matter
  • Friendly and empathetic personality

Benefits: Here’s where you can list a salary range and the perks of working with your organization. It’s best to be upfront about what you offer to indicate your honesty and appreciation for your teachers. It can also entice applicants to apply to your organization over the competition when they know upfront how they’ll be compensated. 

About us: Many job descriptions think this section is the most important and must be several paragraphs in length. This isn’t the case—the requirements and qualifications sections are more important, but that doesn’t mean this part isn’t necessary. This is where you’ll describe more about your organization, its values, and its goals. Teachers will need to know what your workplace culture is like and what to expect from the organization as a whole.

The many roles, duties, and functions of teachers 

Teachers are a vital part of a student’s life. They know when something is happening behind the scenes and can help students with far more than just homework. They can console, encourage, educate, inspire, and support students on any given day. More often than not, they fulfill roles far outside what people consider the typical responsibilities of the job. While no teacher will be performing all of these duties, it’s a great place to glean ideas.

We’ve provided a list of those extra roles that teachers fulfill to guide your job description further. 

Public Servant

  • The very core of a teacher is service. Many teachers go out of their way to serve their community, from assisting with school-sanctioned events to providing materials for students; they embark on the difficult journey of imparting knowledge to the next generation. 
  • Despite personal challenges and external obstacles, they give their time, energy, and effort. This is one unspoken aspect of the job that teachers know all too well but are willing to provide for the good of those around them. 
    • Assist with school-wide projects/events, including the annual science fair and Math Olympics; attend community and school events to encourage students; collaborate with school faculty, staff, and executive board; and educate families on available resources within the community such as counseling, health care, and more.
    • This role will require a driven, compassionate person committed to going above and beyond for their community. Must be honest and resilient, with strong communication and collaboration skills.

Academic Coach

  • This is a teacher’s most obvious function, but it’s not to be taken lightly. Teachers must explain complicated concepts in new ways, test new methods of instruction, and devise learning strategies and processes for each student.
  • They often create content themselves if there are limited resources available. It's a tiring yet rewarding cycle to see students go from barely passing to an A+. 
    • Create curriculum and lesson plans according to school policies and student ability, present information to students in daily lectures, prepare/assign/grade assignments throughout the week, research resources for lessons, and integrate technology and external materials to further student understanding. 
    • This role will require expertise in their field and knowledge of different teaching strategies to appeal to all students. Must be empathetic, flexible, and an excellent critical thinker.

Planner

  • As aforementioned, teachers have to structure lessons and class time to meet specific objectives according to school standards and student capabilities. Their studies must fit within the school’s overall curriculum and meet state requirements to prepare students for standardized testing.
  • Teachers must also set up their classroom for success, with an effective layout and proper materials for their subject. 
    • Organize student files and other paperwork, maintain student records and documentation, collect and organize classroom materials, plan curriculum and lesson plans to fit the yearly school schedule, develop an office hours schedule, update as needed, and grade all assignments on time to stay on schedule.
    • This role will require flexibility, organization, and time management skills. Must also have expertise in effective classroom strategies and lesson design. 

Public Speaker/Communicator

  • Teachers have to pass on knowledge to their students, so they must be excellent communicators to help students understand the material.
  • Their interpersonal skills are worth noting, too— they can talk to students, parents, colleagues, and board executives alike. No matter the audience, a teacher can tell anyone about their subject and convey it well. 
    • Present lectures on general subjects using SmartBoard and presentation slides, give constructive feedback on student assignments, meet with parents to discuss their child’s overall progress, meet with colleagues to discuss teaching methodologies and current concerns, and convey information as needed to the school board or other faculty/staff.
    • This role will require strong written and verbal communication skills, a personable demeanor, and a confident attitude. 

Mediator

  • Conflict is inevitable in any job, but teachers must defuse arguments and find solutions on multiple fronts. Teachers are excellent negotiators who can fix problems ethically and safely, whether they’re explaining a bad grade to a student, discussing poor behavior with parents, or defending their actions to an executive board. 
    • Negotiate learning plans with parents to help students learn more effectively, provide empathetic feedback to student concerns, and provide documented evidence for all decisions made regarding grading, assignments, scheduling, and other activities to give to the school board as needed. 
    • This role will require compassion, patience, and excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must be able to communicate calmly and professionally no matter the circumstances. 

Leader/Role Model

  • Students look up to teachers, so it’s up to them to model good behavior and academic skill. In the eyes of the public, teachers represent high academic standards and professional conduct. Thus, they must exemplify the qualities of a good leader and role model. 
    • Model professional standards of behavior, exhibit a caring, dedicated attitude, and encourage good behavior from students. Must uphold professional and ethical code of conduct at all times.
    • This role will require strong leadership ability, critical thinking skills, and commitment to ethical standards.

Student Support

  • Teachers go above and beyond to support students with far more than academics. They are the ones who make school a safe, welcoming space for everyone. By encouraging and offering assistance, teachers can help students thrive both in the classroom and out. 
    • Encourage students in their personal lives and reward good behavior. Actively listen to student concerns, suggest solutions as needed, and assure students they are cared for and valued. Must be available for office hours as scheduled. 
    • This role will require empathy, compassion, a personable demeanor, and excellent interpersonal communication skills.