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Lead Teacher/ Grades 5-8

V. Lindsay SDA School is located on the campus of the Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Kansas City, Kansas with approximately 34 students. The school is seeking a Lead Teacher responsible for providing an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. The lead teacher is responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program that will result in students achieving academic success in accordance with the Central States Conference policies. This person will also be intentional in creating opportunities where each student is introduced to Jesus as their personal friend and Savior.


This position is inclusive of our benefit package which offers medical, vision and dental insurance, defined benefits retirement plan, and other programs.  

Position Title:            Lead Teacher / Grades 5-8

Location:                 Kansas City, Kansas

Entity Name:            V. Lindsay SDA School

Department:             School

Employment Type:     Full-Time, Exempt (Professional)

>> Lead Teacher /  Grades 5-8

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Models spiritual maturity in leading students towards Christ and then spiritual growth.

  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships, modeling professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, members of the community, the School Operating Committee and the Central States Conference.

  • Implements instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and special needs are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.

  • Assists in assessing changing curricular needs and offers plans for improvement.

  • Ensures that student growth and achievement is continuous and appropriate for age group, subject area, and/or program classification.

  • Encourages and monitors the progress of individual students, providing appropriate feedback on work on a consistent and timely basis.

  • Communicates necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs.

  • Assigns, grades and returns class work, homework, tests and assignments.

  • Observes, evaluates and maintains student records regarding performance and development.

  • Collaborates with peers to enhance the instructional environment.

  • Updates all necessary records accurately and completely as required by laws, conference policies and school regulations.

  • Performs certain pastoral duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement.

  • Assumes responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees, and volunteers.

  • Develops clearly understood procedures and provides regular drills for emergencies and disasters.

  • Establishes schedules and procedures for the supervision of students in non-classroom areas (including before and after school).

  • Maintains a master schedule to be posted for all teachers.

  • Develops and follows a recruiting plan.

  • Prepares and submits required reports in a timely manner regarding students and activities as required by law and the Conference Office.

  • Regularly works and communicates with the conference’s human resources department to ensure the school is in compliance with matters that include, but are not limited to: locally funded hiring/terminating processes; displaying current federal/state labor law posters, worker’s compensation reporting; non-discrimination practices; maintaining an environment free of harassment, etc.

  • Regularly checks and responds to email in a timely manner regarding work-related issues and requested information.

  • Documents and reports all incident events to the Central States Conference in a timely manner (i.e.: accidents, suspensions, expulsions, etc.).

  • Immediately notifies required authorities, the Board and the Superintendent of Education of the Central States Conference when there is evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or students appearing to be under the influence of illegal substances.


Performance Factors

All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning. Some of those Goals/Targets will include:

  • Attendance and punctuality: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

  • Communicates effectively in English, both orally and in writing, with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis.

  • Wearing the armor of the Fruits of the Spirit, the employee exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships.

  • The employee commits to being a life-long learner and sets measurable goals (short- and long-term) for both personal and professional development/growth.



  • Be a member in good standing of a Seventh-day Adventist church.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher

  • Appropriate denominational certification

    • Assumes responsibility for maintaining certification according to the policies set by Mid-America Union

  • A willingness to share their Christian testimony and instruct others in the faith

  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills

  • Works independently with little direct supervision

  • Works as part of a team

  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated

  • Demonstrates strong work ethic to achieve academic goals

  • Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills

  • Technology and Equipment

    • Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

    • Comfortable using the Internet to conduct research and send/receive email.

  • Competencies (skills and personal characteristics that an individual should possess in order to be successful in this position)

    • Planning/organizing

    • Analytical

    • Communication

    • Problem solving

    • Job motivation/initiative

    • Time management

    • Creativity

    • Patience/Tolerance


Typical Physical Demands

Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation as well as standing for extended periods of time while instructing, working with and supervising students. The employee must also possess the ability to work with multi-age students with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Must be able to read, speak, and hear. Must be able to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, walk, bend, kneel, reach and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. May be required to use stairs.


The Lead Teacher position is based on a 12-month assignment (August 1–July 31) and requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends during that time period. While the position is a full-time, salaried position based upon a projected 38 hours per week for 12-months, the actual number of hours required during any given week are those needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Furthermore it is recognized that the schedule may vary at different times during the school year. The work week is defined as Sunday through Saturday.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Working Conditions

Essential responsibilities are performed while sitting, standing or kneeling. This position is highly demanding and requires great flexibility and responsiveness. Schools are typically well lighted and ventilated. Noise volumes may vary as children are known to cry, babble, talk, scream, sing, yell, etc., and cause/make sounds, sometimes excessively, during their normal play and daily activities.


All employees are expected to uphold the values of the Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Employees are missionaries, demonstrating a desire and a commitment to sharing the love of Christ.

Please Note: The statements found in this job description are meant to describe the overall general nature and level of the work performed by an employee functioning in this position. The tasks, duties, responsibilities, functions, skills, talents, etc. outlined in the description is not an exhaustive list and should not be construed as such. The local school board and/or Central States Conference Administration reserves the right to modify this job description as/when needed in order to fulfill the mission of the Conference.

Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Inc. (CSC) is a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit corporation based in Kansas City, Kansas. CSC is an equal opportunity employer.

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