Physical Education Teacher

Center School | Somerset, NJ


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Posted Date 11/14/2023
Expiration Date12/14/2023
Teacher of Health and Physical Education

Required Certification(s):  NJ Certificate Teacher of Health and Physical Education
Reports to:  Principal, Executive Director
To develop in each student an understanding of the relationship of good body function and exercise; to motivate each student to cultivate physical fitness, hygienic habits, and good social and emotional adjustment; to discover and develop talents of students in physical achievement; to develop strength, skill, agility, poise, and coordination in individual, dual, and team physical activities and sports, in accordance with each student’s ability.
Primary Function: Instructs assigned pupils in accordance with curriculum adopted by The Center School.
Major Duties and Performance Responsibilities (not exhaustive)

Content Area

  • Teaches knowledge and skills in physical fitness, health education, rhythms and dance, and individual, dual, or team sports.
  • Instructs students in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district.
  • Works cooperatively with other physical education teachers in planning a balanced physical education program.
  • Analyzes, demonstrates, and explains basic skills, knowledge’s, and strategies of formal sports, games rhythms, and fundamentals of body movement.
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil, to the extent feasible.
  • Provides appropriate safety instruction and makes safety checks on equipment and field areas to insure the over-all safety of students.
  • Maintains control of storage and use of school-owned property.
  • Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to provide an orderly, productive environment in the physical education areas.
  • Evaluates each student’s growth in physical skills, knowledge, and contribution in team sports.
  • Provides adaptive physical education for the students as needed.
  • Selects and requisitions uniforms, equipment, and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records.
  • Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials, in order to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development.
  • Oversee and provide direction for the assistant teacher, and teacher’s assistants assigned to the gym for that period.
  • Develops school wide events as needed involving physical education department.
  • Arranges for team competitions with other schools.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Demonstrates competence in subject field(s) assigned.

 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Implements the school’s goals, objectives, and policies, and the state's goals and requirements.
  • Implements personal, building, and department goals.
  • Instructs students as outlined in the school approved curriculum.
  • Creates lessons and instructional opportunities taking into consideration the planning process, classroom environment, and instructional needs of the students.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests, collect data, interpret results, and determine students’ strengths and areas of needs.
  • Create and administer performance-based assessments in order to evaluate students’ learning progress and use data to drive instruction.
  • Recommends to the immediate supervisor updates to or changes in policies and/or procedures relating to the implementation of the educational program in the school.
  • Creates a positive image of the school and promotes the best learning and teaching climate possible.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity, interests, and special needs of students.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives.
  • Monitors administration of assessments to ensure that students are following procedures as outlined as well as maintaining security and confidentiality for all assessments.
  • Prepares for classes assigned and develops lesson plans related to established curriculum and IEP goals and objectives.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.

 Professional Development

  • Utilizes the school approved evaluation process for self-reflection and personal growth.
  • Attends school-sponsored professional development opportunities.
  • Seeks professional development opportunities outside of the school district for areas of professional interest or need.
  • Attends all mandated school-wide ½ day professional development days.

Special Education:

  • Demonstrates competence in special education and the academic subject field(s) assigned.
  • Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance and growth, and track progress.
  • Provides instruction to classified pupils in accordance with each pupil's individualized education program.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated teaching objectives, and student individual education plan (IEP) objectives.
  • Provides activities and experiences to meet the needs, interests and abilities of students.
  • Assesses the academic and behavioral status of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports, PLAAFPs, and report card grades as required per scheduled dates and timetables established by the school and in student individual education plans.
  • Attends IEP meetings.
  • Assists in developing Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and updating IEPs for students.
  • Create and adapts lesson plans to address students’ learning needs and abilities as identified in IEPs and assessment measures of growth and proficiency.
  • Discuss student’s progress with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators.


  • Maintains parent/guardian communication in accordance with school policy and building protocol.
  • Attends staff meetings at the department, school, and administrative levels.
  • Works closely with administrators and counseling department staff regarding student scheduling problems, changes, and student progress.
  • Meets and collaborates with curriculum coordinators.
  • Meets with other staff to discuss students’ needs and progress.
  • Confer with parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems or challenges.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to achieve student IEP goals and objectives.
  • Serves on committees as required.

 Other Duties

  • Maintains confidentiality in all areas of the assignment.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the administration of the school.

 Physical Requirements

  • Intermittent standing, sitting, running and jumping 6-7 hours daily
  • Lifting of equipment up to a weight of 50 lbs
  • Escorting students to and from various classroom settings, which requires climbing stairs
  • Accompany students on playground and field trips, which may require elevated physical activity and/or riding a bus

 Additional Requirements

  • Proof of US Citizenship or legal resident alien status
  • Evidence that a criminal history check has been conducted and clearance has been given by the Department of Education
  • Evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions and responsibilities, with reasonable accommodations
  • Pass the state required Mantoux Intradermal Tuberculin Test

Nothing in this job description restricts administrations right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Equal Opportunity Statement
The Center School believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization.  Accordingly, this nonprofit will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status or non-job related factors in hiring, promoting, demoting, training, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.  Opportunity is provided to all employees based on qualifications and the requirements of the job.
It is the policy of the Center School to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, religion, creed, age, disability that can be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship, military status, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test to an employer, or any other legally protected classification under federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment opportunity philosophy applies in all personnel actions including recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, job benefits, pay, performance evaluation, discipline, and dismissal. 

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