Classroom Teacher Position Description

River Grove Elementary: A Marine Area Community School • Classroom Teacher Position Description

Posted March 9, 2021


Marine Area Community School will utilize the natural resources, history, arts, and civic stewardship of the community to create and sustain a student-centered, teacher-designed, and community-supported learning environment.

At Marine Area Community School, our community is our curriculum. The school is nestled in natural amenities and part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, supported by a civically engaged, multi-generational community and inspired by local artists, craftsmen and community members, the School will provide its students with a strong foundation for civic engagement, responsible leadership and lifelong learning. Marine Area Community School is where academics lead to grounded, resilient children and a stronger, healthier community.

Job Title: Classroom Teacher

General Summary

River Grove is a teacher-powered school and fosters a place-based learning environment. The school creates new professional opportunities for teachers, where teachers are responsible for the learning program and have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing school success. The school strives to ensure a unique and magnetic culture that empowers educators and celebrates the distinct attributes of all students and the learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid elementary teaching license issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge and Skills Required

Curriculum Development and Planning:
  • Knowledge of the curriculum areas the teacher is responsible for instructing and ability to seek resources to continuously develop and integrate curriculum over time
  • Ability to work with a team of teachers to structure curriculum for the School and plan lessons based upon the School mission, vision, academic goals and objectives
  • Ability to work cooperatively and independently to implement lessons based upon the school’s goals and objectives
  • Attend required curriculum planning sessions and professional development prior to school opening and ongoing at regular intervals as determined by need throughout the year
Instructional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning strategies to meet a wide range of student learning abilities and styles and ability to adapt teaching methods to needs of student population
  • Knowledge of instructional technologies and ability to utilize computer and multimedia technology as appropriate
  • Ability to work in a place-based, project-oriented, cooperative learning environment
  • Provide instruction in the core curriculum areas for which employed; make appropriate use of instructional resources and technologies
  • Develop and implement innovative methods for providing instruction to students
  • Ability to use outdoor space as a classroom and participate in moderate physical activity.
Classroom Management:
  • Ability to work alongside other professionals and community specialists as co-teachers of students
  • Effectively engage and involve classroom volunteers
  • Demonstrate strong skills in classroom presentation and management including excellent organizational skills
  • Engage strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with students, parents, and community members from diverse backgrounds and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Willingness to build and maintain an environment for students that emphasizes community and is structured for engaged student learning
  • Utilize Responsive Classroom methods to foster community building
  • Perform classroom management duties; enforce rules governing the conduct of students; take appropriate disciplinary action with students when necessary
Responsibilities to the School Environment:
  • Assess the needs of the class and prepare requests for materials, furnishing, and supplies within the framework of the budgeting process
  • Responsible awareness and implementation of school policies
  • Attend school events as required by the school
  • Perform duties as a shared staff community including student supervision in common areas as determined by staff collectively
  • Contribute to the School’s efforts by partnering with other staff to contribute to student achievement and the alignment and sustainability of resources
  • Work with the teaching team to evaluate colleagues
  • Perform other duties relevant to the success of the school
Child Information and Evaluation:
  • Participate in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings for Special Education children, including referral, intervention, and planning phases as needed
  • Ability to evaluate student performance and to present evaluations in a manner that fosters higher student achievement
  • Evaluate student performance in accordance with system used by school; promote student achievement; maintain required student records; make related reports to the School board/ Authorizer
  • Work with the teaching team to determine which assessments, in addition to the state mandated exams, will be used to evaluate student performance
Parent/Public Relations:
  • Maintain contact and communications with parents of students and work with them in the academic development of the student; participate in parent teacher conferences
Professional Growth
  • Participate in training (far in advance of school start date) specific to the design and implementation of the school’s mission and vision: Teacher-Powered School immersed in Place-Based education model
  • Continue to seek professional growth and development in the curriculum areas for which employed
  • Work with teaching team members to identify needed professional development
  • The teaching team will work closely and collaboratively with the School Administrator, and will share the following responsibilities:
    • Set staff pattern, hire colleagues, and define performance standards and terminate colleagues (except for the school administrator) based on those standards
    • Develop and implement school-level policy
    • Set the budget and determine compensation

Salary and Contract

The Teacher positions are offered as full-time positions during the school year. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be negotiated commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants are asked to describe their salary expectations in submitted materials.

To Apply for this Opportunity

  • Complete the on-line application.
    • Upload a .pdf or .jpg of your license, if possible.
    • Submit a resume in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
    • Submit a response to the Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge, and Skills Required in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
    • Include your salary and contract expectations.
    • Include your teaching philosophy in 300 or fewer words.
  • References will be requested after the initial interview.

Please submit any questions regarding this position description or the Marine Area Community School to

Thank you for your interest in this unique and inspirational leadership opportunity!


A Note about River Grove Elementary’s Governance Structure and Teacher-Powered Philosophy

River Grove is teacher-powered! To learn more about what makes a teacher-powered school unique, please visit At a teacher-powered school, teachers have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing the school. You can learn more about these areas of autonomy here.

The school administrator reports directly to the board and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the School. The responsibilities of this position include management of the Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Grant, work with the financial services consultant, compliance and reporting, facility management, technology, transportation, marketing/outreach, parent volunteer management, and support teaching team members, including but not limited to organizing and facilitating professional development. (See full position description.)

The teaching team reports directly to the board and will have the responsibility to develop, implement, and evaluate the learning program, identify needed professional development, set the school schedule and teacher hours, evaluate colleagues, determine and broaden assessments, and promote positive discipline.

The teaching team and school administrator will share the responsibility to hire according to set staff pattern, nurture and capitalize on leadership and strengths of every member of the school community, and continue to employ colleagues based on their willingness and ability to participate positively in the classroom and the school community. Together they will define performance standards (and a basis for termination of staff, with the exception of the school administrator) based on levels of performance in these areas: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, professional responsibilities. They will determine school-level policy, set the budget, determine compensation, and address issues in direct and respectful ways.

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