St. Mark’s School of Texas seeks an experienced aquatics teacher and coach to join our Physical Education and Athletics department for the 2020-2021 school year. A strong candidate will be a compassionate, student-centered teacher with knowledge and understanding of the developmental needs of boys. Additionally, candidates will have experience coaching the sport of swimming, water polo, or both. Candidates will have experience using a range of teaching and coaching methods and will possess a joy for working with adolescents.
Strong candidates will have experience working with students of a variety of skill levels and ages and will design lessons and practices that lead to mastery of aquatic safety concepts and skills. Additionally, successful candidates will develop lesson plans using a variety of teaching methods according to the skill and developmental level of the students. Lessons should be designed around the needs of the individual students at their level of development. Beyond the classroom, faculty at St. Mark’s participate in a variety of activities with students that include serving as an Advisor to a small group of students, sponsoring a club, or participating in the Wilderness Program. Successful candidates will have experiences and interests that allow them to contribute in those areas of school life, as well. Finally, St. Mark’s School of Texas is committed to character and leadership education, and prospective faculty members should have a desire to help develop these qualities in young men alongside the development of a vibrant aquatics program.
Assess the aquatic skill levels of lower school students and work with lower school teachers to organize a schedule for working with students in small group instruction.
Working cooperatively with colleagues in the physical education department to create, revise, and improve curriculum and offerings.
Serve as the head coach of the varsity swimming team or varsity water polo team, or both teams, and potentially oversee the middle school swimming team or middle school water polo team, or both teams.
Work as a member of the physical education and athletic department in an effort to continue to develop the aquatics program in the middle and upper school offerings.
Contributing to the broader community in some way such as sponsoring a club, participating in the wilderness program, or some other contribution based on School need and experience.
A bachelor’s degree is required
Five or more years of experience teaching/coaching aquatic sports in high school, middle school, or college
Positive, energetic approach to teaching and working with young people
Effective and personable communication style conducive to interacting with students, parents, colleagues, and other members of the St. Mark’s community
Highest degree of professionalism
Enthusiastic, optimistic, and generative
About St. Mark's School of Texas
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.