Journalism Teacher

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Date PostedJune 06, 2019
Job StatusFull-time

Job Information

Job Summary:   

The Journalism teacher reports to the high school principal. Supervising students both in and out of the classroom; maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience; monitoring the performance of their students; and recognizing problems and coordinating with administrators, other teachers, and parents to correct problems.



  • The instruction of introductory, advanced and/or elective courses in news journalism, photojournalism and yearbook journalism.

  • The Journalism teacher is expected to oversee the production of student publications, including the yearbook.

  • Additionally, teachers are expected to work with members in their department, colleagues in other departments, as well as with staff and administrators.


The work year is 179 days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Schools' governing Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2019.



  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students required.

  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.

  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students required.

  • Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.

  • Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.

  • Strong knowledge of child development required.

  • Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.

  • Analytical skills required.

  • Problem-solving skills required.

  • Decision-making skills required.

  • Attention to detail required.

  • Organizational skills required.

  • Computational skills required.

  • Creativity required.

  • Verbal and written communication skills required.

  • Interpersonal skills required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.

  • Ability to manage stressful situations required.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

  • Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.



Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:



  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism or a related field (i.e. Communications, Photojournalism, English with a Journalism/Student Publications focus) required.

  • Master's degree in Journalism or a related field preferred.



  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience strongly preferred.

  • Experience developing curriculum and advising student media: newspaper, magazine, online, broadcast and/or yearbook, preferred.

  • Work experience in an area of professional journalism, media, public relations/marketing, printing/publishing preferred.


Physical Requirements for Teaching Positions:

  • Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.

  • Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property.

  • When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.

  • Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.


Required Documents:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Professional References

NOTE:  When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

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