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For Potential Faculty

University Liggett School’s faculty and staff of 126 includes master teachers, alumni, recent college graduates, and business, communications, and education professionals with decades of successful experience in independent schools. More than 50 of our full-time faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields. Many are also active as successful writers, artists, scientists, and lecturers in their own fields, as well as being committed to the community and social service in the Detroit area.

Our faculty enjoy the flexibility of small class sizes (with an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, the average class size is 14).

All teaching employees are supported by the Heads of each division, their peers, and the Head of School. Ample professional development opportunities are provided by school administration and faculty are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities at any point in their careers at University Liggett School. Successful teaching applicants are able to support the students through their involvement in the arts, athletics and after school programs.

University Liggett School is seeking teachers with a minimum of three years of teaching experience in their field. A degree in the teaching subject area is mandatory. We are looking for educators who are confident in their content area knowledge, adept with the integration of technology, invigorated by the process of collaboration and experienced in implementing inquiry-based lessons that put students at the center of their learning.

If you are interested in exploring employment with University Liggett School, send the requested information to the appropriate person listed on the job posting.

For faculty positions, send a resume, letter of interest, and three recent professional references or for a non-teaching position, please send a resume and letter of interest to:

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    Bart Bronk

    Head of School
    University Liggett School
    1045 Cook Road
    Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509
    bbronk@uls.org

Part-time and Full-time (long-term sub) Adjunct Teaching Positions

To ensure continued educational excellence and safety in a year of unusual challenge, University Liggett School seeks to interview teachers who may be interested in regular part-time or full-time teaching roles (long-term substitute) for the 2020-2021 school year.  Teachers of all levels (PK-12) are invited to express interest, as well as those with discipline-specific experience in STEM fields, humanities, the arts, and languages.  Responsibilities could include teaching in-person, remote, or hybrid courses, supervising students while another teacher instructs remotely, or supervising students during lunch and free periods.

A bachelor’s degree is required.  While direct teaching experience is preferred, recent graduates from teaching programs are also encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Maureen Solak, msolak@uls.org.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

University Liggett School Summer Programs seeks the following summer positions for its Day Camp program:

  • Pool Director
  • Music Instructor
  • Makerspace Instructor

ULS Day Camp begins Monday, June 21 and ends Friday, July 30. Hours would be approximately 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. All positions would work with campers in rising Kindergarten - 6th grade.

For a complete list of qualifications and requirements, or to apply, send a cover letter, resume and the Day Camp employment application, to Pete Dettlinger, ULS Summer Programs Director, at pbdettlinger@uls.org.


University Liggett School’s Day Camp has been the standard of summer fun for generations — with traditional camp activities like archery, outdoor adventure, swimming, sports, performing arts, science and nature and Makerspace. Campers enjoy a variety of exciting activities that keep them active and engaged all day.

Lower School Science Teacher

University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PreK3-12, has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways.  It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions that form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong.  Our charge is to be better than good enough and to understand that risk-taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.

The Position

University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Lower School Science teacher for grades 1-5. This teacher will guide student skill growth in science, including exploration, discovery, critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, research and reporting. This position includes collaboration and planning with colleagues in all divisions. We seek knowledgeable candidates who love science exploration, have experience with young children, understand their needs and enjoy being in their presence.

Major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Science instruction for students in first through fifth grade
  • Support of instructional, emotional, and behavioral needs of individual students
  • Cooperative instruction integrated with science curricula in conjunction with lower school teachers
  • Thoughtful implementation, both in person and remotely, of project approach work and best practices for young children
  • Partnering with parents and students; communicating frequently and effectively 
  • Exploration of innovative teaching theories and practices through ongoing professional development opportunities

Expectations

  • Commitment to the application and advancement of The Liggett Approach
  • Strong classroom management skills that create an environment that promotes respect and integrity
  • Collaboration with teaching colleagues, administrators, and staff
  • Promotion of the school mission
  • Dedication to the science department philosophy with an individualized project-based approach to learning centered on skills and inquiry

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in elementary education or science education is required.
  • A minimum of three years of elementary teaching experience is preferred.
  • Experience with, or interest in, First Lego League Robotics.

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. 

Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

Science Department Philosophy

The Science Department believes the Liggett student should be engaged in science in such a way that they become intellectually curious and are inspired to use their knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community and throughout the world.

  • Students will develop into scientifically literate individuals who understand that science is both a process and a body of knowledge. Practicing science in the lab enables students to organize and analyze information. Engaging in laboratory work facilitates a deeper understanding and enhances one’s ability to evaluate explanations. 
  • Students will experience age-appropriate material throughout the curriculum through exploration and active engagement. Their experiences will include place-based learning opportunities, the use of technology, hosting expert visitors, and through the exploration of laboratory investigations and demonstrations, with the student being at the center of their learning opportunities.
  • Students will learn how to formulate questions, research and explore topics (in a thoughtful and purposeful way), create meaning to their understanding of concepts and communicate their findings to others.
  • Students will organically cultivate a passion and a skill set to continue their pursuits for future scientific inquiry.

Contact Person:  

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Peggy Dettlinger, Head of Lower School pdettlinger@uls.org

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions that form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough and to understand that risk-taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.

The Position
University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Middle School Social Studies teacher for grades 6-8. Teaching five sections of students, this teacher will steward skill growth in history and social studies, notably including historical and critical thinking, analysis, research, and writing. This position includes collaboration and planning with peers in other divisions. We seek knowledgeable candidates who have experience with and delight in working with middle school students and understand the unique needs and opportunities of the middle grades.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach five sections of middle school social studies
  • Create an equitable class environment that promotes respect and responsibility
  • Serve as a middle school advisor
  • Be part of the middle school grade level team.
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents.
  • Write thoughtful, articulate progress reports.
  • Participate actively in advancing The Liggett Approach.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor's degree is required. A degree in the humanities is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of Middle School teaching experience in a germane content.
  • Enthusiasm for middle school learners and an understanding of their developmental needs.
  • An innovative approach to teaching, learning, and assessment.
  • A growth mindset about teaching practices and eagerness to work toward professional goals and development.
  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, student-centered environment
  • An eager willingness to assist in the life of the School.
  • Facility with technology in the classroom.
  • Along with core teaching responsibilities, the candidate may be asked to take on extra duties that may include coaching or leading an extracurricular activity.

Department Philosophy

Recognizing the ultimate goal of encouraging reasoned and informed decision-makers, the Department of History and Social Studies is committed to fostering student understanding of our increasingly interdependent world and their citizenship within this global community.

From their earliest days, students’ awareness grows beyond the immediate family group into the school environment, the local community, the national landscape, and ultimately the world. To navigate this journey, they must learn the skills of critical thinking and decision making to make sense of the past, present and future events. As students become aware of the prevalence of diversity in communities, they must learn to work independently and collaboratively to value the benefits of multiple points of view.

The Department of History and Social Studies aims to demonstrate that history is not a simple succession of self-evident facts. Course objectives, classroom activities, assignments and projects introduce students to inquiry as a central methodology, evidence-based interpretation as a crucial tool and the formal presentation of analysis as the culmination of historical work.

Throughout their years at University Liggett School, students engage the historical process through a variety of conceptual lenses.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Paul Rossi, Incoming Head of Middle School, at prossi@uls.org.

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

Middle School Dean of Student Life

The Dean of Student Life is a key leader in the Middle School who promotes and develops a culture that embodies the tenets of the Liggett Approach to create engaging experiences that focus on connectivity, skill-building, and student interest. The Dean of Student Life supports the ongoing commitment to building students who embody our institutional and divisional mission, and when needed, manages disciplinary matters and the organization, coordination, and supervision of student life activities and co-curricular programming.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses a passion for life in the middle. The Middle School Dean of Student Life reports to the Middle School Division Head and is a visible presence throughout the school community providing support and building relationships with students, faculty, staff and families. The Dean of Student Life works collaboratively with faculty and staff on issues related to student support, conduct and accountability. Balancing work as a student advocate with the responsibility for managing student conduct, the Dean of Student Life plays an integral role in growing and maintaining a healthy, positive school climate and culture.

Responsibilities of the Dean of Student Life include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Work with the Head of Middle School and the Middle School Divisional Coordinator to ensure all student, faculty, parent, and administrative needs are addressed.
  • A commitment to be the driving force, from a student perspective, that supports and grows our unique culture and transforms the Liggett Approach from idea to practice.
  • Oversee student disciplinary issues fairly and equitably to meet the needs of the school and student as outlined in the Family Handbook and guided by the Liggett Approach and follow through with necessary correspondence and record keeping.
  • Act as a grade-level advisor and supervise grade 6-8 advisory programming, coordinating advisory activities with grade-level leadership surrounding themes throughout the division.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Middle School, program deans, and department chairs to provide instructional and curricular leadership to the divisional faculty and staff.
  • Plan and oversee non-academic activities including athletics, outdoor education, field trips, student competitions, Student-Led Clubs, House programming and other student life activities.
  • Coordinate a positive and supportive student orientation process for new students.
  • Act as a liaison to the school psychologist and Learning Support to discuss students of concern and partner in developing action plans for on-going academic and social-emotional support of all Middle School students.
  • Assist in preparation and maintenance of divisional master calendar from a student life perspective.
  • Develop and foster community connections that will enhance the educational experience of all students.
  • Keep the division head fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life.
  • Meet with prospective families and newly admitted families, speak at open houses and other such events throughout the year.
  • Assist in monitoring and supervision of school facilities.
  • Teach/coach as needed.

Desired Qualifications and Qualities

  • Enthusiasm for middle school learners and their developmental needs.
  • Ability to connect with students to develop healthy, supportive and responsive relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others, while also being a self-starter that employs efficient time management strategies.
  • Willingness and availability to be present and engaged at extracurricular, co-curricular, and athletic events in afternoons, evenings, and on occasional weekends.
  • Experience working with students of diverse backgrounds who possess a variety of abilities and interests.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion practices and a commitment to ongoing growth and tangible advancement in this area.
  • An innovative, forward-thinking growth mindset and experience with inquiry-based learning focused on student interest, connectivity, skill-building and other progressive educational best practices.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a school setting, preferably with students in middle school.
  • A bachelor's degree or higher (masters degree preferred) with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional growth, particularly in regard to leadership.

Contact Person

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Paul Rossi, incoming Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School prossi@uls.org.

About University Liggett School

The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 600 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing graduates to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering a lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.

The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Curriculum for Understanding. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.

For Potential Athletic Positions

  • Alan-Parish

    Alan Parish

    Director of Athletics
    University Liggett School
    1045 Cook Road
    Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509
    aparish@uls.net

For Substitute Teachers

If you are a highly qualified educator looking for substitute teaching work for all grade levels and subject areas, we are looking for you. At University Liggett School students are active participants in their learning experience. Substitute teachers at Liggett thrive in a dynamic, student-centered, collaborative environment.

Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree. Submit to a Michigan school employment criminal background and fingerprinting checks as required. Please indicate the grade level and subject areas that you are qualified to teach in your letter of interest.

If you are interested in being added to our substitute teaching roster please email your resume and a letter of interest to Melissa Buescher at mbuescher@uls.org.