Working at MKA
When you join the MKA faculty and staff, you will meet committed and enthusiastic professionals who deeply engage in their work with young people. MKA continuously seeks to add to its ranks educators who not only are experts in their fields of study, but also take a creative and flexible approach to working with students and with each other.
We look for educators who see themselves as learners. MKA’s robust faculty development program supports teacher growth in a variety of ways: teachers attend in-house summer enrichment workshops, participate in national conferences, create curriculum with the support of school-sponsored grants and develop personalized, inquiry-based questions to drive their learning during the school year.
Teachers new to MKA should expect to join a faculty in full swing, one that examines current research, considers new instructional strategies, explores new uses of technology and collaborates to develop ideas. Also, they should expect to work deliberately and persistently with their peers to create a collegial and collaborative atmosphere based on mutual respect, intellectual curiosity and institutional loyalty. MKA promotes an inclusive environment that celebrates differences and supports all members of our community.
Our salaries and benefits are competitive with other leading independent day schools of similar size in the East. Across-the-board raises, merit pay and special one-time bonuses shape the structure of our compensation. Our benefits package, which includes dental and life insurance, is among the strongest of all private schools in New Jersey. Opportunities for administrative experience are also available as the school takes pride in cultivating its own leadership.
Successful MKA faculty members
- Engage joyfully in their work with young people, connect with diverse students and see the best in each of them.
- Exhibit a student-centered approach that leads them to be both flexible and versatile in their attempts to spark understanding, persistence and inspiration in all the students in their care.
- Collaborate generatively and respectfully. They are open to partnering with students, parents and colleagues, and are willing and able to understand multiple points of view without being judgmental.
- Focus consistently on growth. They actively seek learning opportunities and job opportunities that will stretch them to become the best educators they can be, and they model this growth mindset for their students.
- Demonstrate content mastery and humility, and are self- aware about the ways in which their actions and attitudes help to build an inclusive community.
- Take initiative as creative problem-solvers. They neither leave problems for others to solve, nor approach problems in solely traditional ways.
- Dedicate themselves to their work, because they are innately passionate, perseverant and resilient.
It is MKA's policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background or disability not related to the requirements for being a successful employee at MKA.
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- Dedicated to their own learning as well as their students’, MKA faculty are committed to a continuous process of inquiry.
- MKA allocates significant funding to support faculty members’ professional learning.
- The Professional Growth Process (PGP) engages every faculty member in a continuous process of inquiry, reflection and adjustment of practice.
- On-site professional development workshops provide opportunities for faculty to inquire, explore, collaborate and experiment with new ideas.
- Other MKA-funded learning opportunities for faculty include.
- Multi-day institutes in integrated ethics and in teaching and learning with technology
- Workshops on topics such as diversity and inclusion, assessment for learning, how the brain learns, curriculum design and teaching active reading
- Idea Lab collaboration days to support both individual and team curriculum-development projects
- Open Innovation days to address individuals’ curriculum and technology needs
- Funding for graduate coursework related to teaching at MKA
- Blauvelt Professional Study Advancement Awards, which allow faculty to enhance their knowledge of ethics, reflect on an area of ethics integrated into the MKA curriculum and design lessons to help students develop related moral and intellectual habits in keeping with MKA Character Standards
- Faculty Trust Grants, sponsored by the Parents’ Association of MKA (PAMKA), which encourage first-hand learning and personal renewal outside a traditional academic setting. (These often involve travel, in-depth study or both.)
As I reflect back on my MKA experience, what I valued most were my fellow students, our faculty and the engagement in scholarship, community and friendship that occurred between students and faculty. — Michael Feldman '80
- Faculty-student bonds: Students enjoy close relationships with extremely caring and highly qualified teachers.
- Faculty accessibility: Beyond the classroom, teachers welcome students’ questions and enjoy acting as guides for learning.
- One school, three faculties: Each campus faculty is dedicated to teaching students at the appropriate developmental level.