Job Description


“An education for health begins by forming the imaginations and affections of students so that rather than desiring upward mobility, they can imagine healthy, placed lives. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order.”

- Wendell Berry

At Odyssey Leadership Academy, it is the job of the Professor of Science to foster a vision for science that elicits wonder, rootedness, health, purpose, well-being, innovation, curiosity, and exploration; to help students become scientists able to create, design, and discover unique and original content within a robust learning environment; to shape opportunities wherein students use science to experience awe, curiosity, imagination, and inquiry as an entry point to exploring the cosmos, the world, and their unique role in stewarding space and place well.

Ideal Professor of Science Candidate

  • Understands the purpose of education is the in-forming of adolescents in ways that foster health, well-being, and flourishing within an ecosystem of care

  • Sees science as a field to be explored and lens through which to experience wonder, inspiration, and discovery

  • Uses the discipline of science to usher in a sense of awe, awakening, engagement, application, and connection to the larger human condition and experience

  • Understands the role of “Science Professor” at OLA is not merely to teach science but to help students become scientists (botanists, chemists, neurologists, anatomists, researchers, environmentalists, astronomers, physicists, and the like) in their own rights

  • Is a deep reader in fields beyond science and is able to make connections between science and the other disciplines in the formation of wise, virtuous, and compassionate human beings

  • Has the ability to teach multiple levels of science in innovative, engaging, and imaginative ways

  • Creates original courses that incorporates the larger pedagogical vision and mission of OLA

  • Is able to make use of primary source material as part of a curriculum of science

  • Thinks holistically, peaceably, and communally about science as a department and helps resource, train, equip, and encourage faculty to do the same

  • Fosters departmentally engaging, robust, innovative, and inspiring learning environments

  • Expresses enthusiasm for mentoring adolescents both inside and outside of the classroom



  • Gives shape to a robust, big-picture curricular vision for engaging the discipline and dialogue of science within the OLA model

  • Helps faculty within the department of science walk out this picture in healthy, integrated, transformational ways

  • Models and assists teams in modifying and differentiating to meet the needs of the individual learner  

  • Serves as a mentor and role model in the creation of a learning environment that supports health, well-being, and human flourishing

  • Assists in planning, teacher training, and orientation for teachers on a regular basis

Instructional Practice  

  • Researches, recommends, and assists with implementation of methodologies and practices that lead to high student engagement, curiosity, and wonder

  • Promotes instructional practices that are modified and differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner  

  • Assists in planning the professional development program for faculty

  • Assists course teams through collaboration, classroom observation, and professional development

  • Works collaboratively alongside a cohort of teachers in science and other subjects

School Wide Leadership  

  • Supports the mission, vision, and values of Odyssey Leadership Academy

  • Upholds the culture of Odyssey Leadership Academy

  • Fosters an environment that promotes respect, responsibility, and trust.  

  • Adheres to the policies, procedures, and guidelines of Odyssey Leadership Academy (as outlined in the OLA Faculty Handbook)

  • Takes on other duties and responsibilities as assigned  

  • Participates in and contributes to the development of the OLA community  

General Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities  

  • Ability to communicate effectively, think deeply, and care well about the flourishing of students

  • At least 3 years teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary school level  

  • Proven leadership skills and experience  

  • Robust reader and thinker in and beyond the subject area

  • Ability to lead and function in a unique, innovative environment with a mature approach to challenges  

  • Passion for quality education and high expectations for self and students

  • Enthusiasm, Empathy, Wisdom, Gratitude, Perseverance, Imagination, Kindness, and Curiosity

The Hiring Process

If you are interested in this position, please email the Executive Director, Dr. Scott Martin, with:

  • A two page letter of interest

  • A resume / CV

  • Three references that can speak to your character, teaching style, and passion for education, science, and students