Saturday, 3 August 2013

Math teacher job description

This post includes 3 parts: duties list, job qualification and job description writing tips for Math teacher in details. A complete job description concludes Math teacher key duties/responsibilities, Math teacher job qualifications (knowledge, education, skills, abilities, experience…KSA model) and other ones such as daily tasks, key activities, key/core competencies, job functions/purpose…

I. List of Math teacher duties:


  1. Provide online, on demand, support to teachers requesting advice and assistance with middle and high school math content, lesson planning, pedagogy, resource access, classroom management, student assessment, and standards interpretation and implementation issues.
  2. Serve as instructional specialists, curriculum specialists, resource providers, and classroom supporters with the goal of improving teacher effectiveness and student learning in the teacher’s classroom.
  3. Analyze teacher questions, diagnose underlying issues, assist teachers in clarifying goals, and work with teachers to develop plans, strengthen content understanding, and learn and apply instructional strategies that are aligned with the teacher’s particular math curriculum or program expectations and that will enable them to meet their student-achievement goals.
  4. Review content, pedagogical and classroom management resources to identify those that meet the identified needs of the teacher and assist the teacher to adapt the resources for implementation within his/her classroom to meet student-achievement goals.
  5. Work with teachers to support their participation in Professional Learning Communities focused on improving mathematics instruction and student achievement in math.
  6. Create goals with the teacher for the most effective use of our on demand professional development service and for integrating this service into their other PD activities.
  7. Assist teachers in understanding and implementing middle and high school math standards included in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  8. Clearly and concisely summarize session activities and complete documentation required as a follow-up after each session


II. List of Math teacher qualifications


  1. Certified to teach mathematics grades 7 - 12
  2. Minimum of 5 years teaching mathematics courses (Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus)
  3. Minimum of 2 years of experience as a math teacher coach( i.e. providing Professional Development, department chair, mentoring teachers)
  4. Experience teaching, collaborating, participating in professional development, and/or coaching online.
  5. Experience and deep knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for Math, along with a variety of the most commonly used curricula and technology/software programs used in the math classrooms.
  6. Familiarity and experience with multiple strategies for teaching Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus to all levels of students.
  7. Excellent communication and interviewing skills.
  8. Ability to establish both trust and a productive working relationship with the teacher-client.
  9. Experience with professional collaboration in schools for the benefit of increasing student achievement.
  10. High level of comfort using technology including a wide variety of online tools for instructional purposes and graphing calculators.
  11. Familiar with how formative assessments are used to drive instructional decisions in order to increase student achievement.
  12. Excellent skills in interviewing, analyzing information quickly, diagnosing teaching and student learning needs, accessing resources, and presenting information in a supportive and encouraging manner.
  13. Highly organized and efficient.
  14. Available a minimum of 10 hours per week. Preference given to those that have availability between the hours of 8 am to 7 pm ET.
  15. Access to reliable Windows-based PC with broadband Internet access
  16. Lifelong learner --- always learning
  17. Bachelor’s degree
  18. Must be US resident and able to work in the US.
  19. Comfortable with providing professional development in an on demand environment. Must be creative and able to quickly problem solve.
  20. Familiar with the current trends in secondary math education.

III. Tips to write job description

1. Too-long job description:

Looking at a too-long job description can frighten the candidates off and drive the away. A job description, no matter how important the job is, should not be included in more than 3 pages. If one focuses on too many things at a time, he shall definitely lose focus on the main items and get overwhelmed by the remaining; So, keep it concisely.

2. Too-short job description:

While too-long can be a problem, too-short is more a problem. It will ruin the meaning of the job description. A too-short one means it lacks necessary details and therefore, the candidate will not be able to understand while reading it.

3. Listing unnecessary functions or job duties:

Just classifying these into the “others” category will save you a lot of effort and space. On the other hand, the job description will become more dilute and easy to be neglected.

4. Key functions

Not listing key functions as required for the job can be a fatal mistake to a job description.

5. Grammar and spelling

Poor grammar and having spelling errors can ruin the job description, too. Never think that as you are the employer, you may have the right to make grammar or spelling errors while requires other not to. A job description with such errors is easily to be mistaken as a fake or ghost ads; as a result, the candidate will turn away from it.

6. Not specific enough:

Be specific and concise; if you don’t address the specific, then what the job description is for. It is for the candidate to understand just exactly what he needs to do or needs to have. Lacking details can confuse the candidates very well.

7. Not having the job description reviewed by others:

This is also a common mistake. One may be subject to bias, but more than one, especially with the help of those external advisor, the job description can be more perfect.

8. Using buzzwords or abbreviations:

In fact, it is not necessary at all to use such in a job description.

9. Using slang or legal words:

Just use common wording to communicate with others and don’t do anything extraordinarily.

10. Not updating the job description:

The same job may require different duties and responsibilities in different times, so, you cannot use the same job description for 2 different times.


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