Chinese @ Highland Park HS, St. Paul

14 Jan 2016 4:16 PM | Anonymous
This position is a Teacher – Chinese Language and Culture at Highland Park Senior High School. This is a 10-month position working full-time.

Highland Park Senior High is a dynamic, educational community that has strong traditions of excellence in academics, arts, athletics and service. A rigorous Middle Years Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum is built on state and international standards, carried out by an energetic and committed staff and community. Highland Park Senior High School offers long-standing successful specialties such as Chinese language and culture, and Spanish immersion.

Minimum qualifications –
  • Valid Chinese teaching license issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Fluency in both the Mandarin Chinese and English languages.
Knowledge, skills and abilities –
  • Knowledge of culture, customs and language where Chinese is spoken.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Excellent communication skills (i.e. oral, written and listening skills both in Mandarin Chinese and English).
  • Excellent organizational skills and flexibility in relating to students and program needs.
  • Ability to work successfully in a diverse urban community.
  • Ability to relate positively to high school students.
  • Ability to implement creative and innovative teaching strategies.
  • Ability to be a productive team player with staff, administration and parents.
  • Commitment to the philosophy that all children can learn.
The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:
  • Conduct classroom instruction in all levels of Chinese, make appropriate use of instructional resources and technologies.
  • Implement the goals and objectives of the District and the school and/or program for which employed.
  • Follow the prescribed course of study, except as authorized in the curriculum outlines or by the principals or other official rules and regulations.
  • Evaluate student performance according to system used by school and/or District; promote student achievement; maintain required student records; make related reports to the principal as prescribed or authorized by the superintendent.
  • Maintain contact and communications with parents of students and work with them in the development of each student.
  • Provide a safe classroom environment. Perform classroom management duties; enforce District rules governing the conduct of students; take appropriate disciplinary action with students who do not follow District rules.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and emerging trends procedures, and evaluation processes.
  • Participate in in-service program planning and staff development activities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a 10 month position working full-time (1.0 FTE).Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Teacher negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at The minimum rate of pay for this position is $43,021 annually.

Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A benefits summary is available at

How To Apply
To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the "Additional Attachments" link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

This posting will remain open until filled.

Other Information
Transcript - Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire. You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date. Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States.

Veteran's Preference - If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran's preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score.

Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks - Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.
Equity Statement
SPPS is committed to eliminating racial disparities and predictability in achievement and to a workforce which embodies this commitment.

Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures
PO Box 11926, St. Paul MN 55111
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