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Bishop O'Dowd High School

Mandarin Teacher (Full Time)


Bishop O’Dowd Mission/Charism

Mission: Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic college-preparatory community, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, that educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful, and sustainable world.



Finding God In All Things Calls Us to:

Community in Diversity

Strength of Character

Academic Excellence

Kinship With Creation

Social Justice



Job Summary

Bishop O’Dowd High School is seeking excellent candidates for a high school Mandarin teacher for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic school year. This is a full-time position, teaching five sections each semester, ranging from 9th to 12th graders, and participating in the O’Dowd community. Potential classes range from Mandarin 1 to AP Mandarin Language and the candidate would be able to masterfully teach different levels of high school Mandarin and actively engage students in the learning process.


Other responsibilities may include teaching electives, maintaining regular office hours, supporting student co-curricular activities, and collaborating regularly with colleagues. Teachers at Bishop O’Dowd High School are responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing an appropriate instructional program in alignment with Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Integral Student Outcomes. The individual in this position will collaborate most closely with their respective department team, ensuring consistency across grade levels and content areas. Teachers are also expected to collaborate and communicate consistently with counselors to ensure whole-student support and success while maintaining open and engaging lines of communication with guardians and families.


Job requirements may include but are not limited to:

Plan, prepare, and deliver expected outcomes in accordance with the school mission and charism
Fluent and accurate written and verbal skills and in-depth knowledge of Mandarin culture as it relates to the curriculum
Observe and evaluate comparable systems and structures at other school sites and educational organizations
Use appropriate technology to support and differentiate team effectiveness and community engagement
Assess and evaluate individual and team impact and effectiveness and use data to enhance or adjust practices
Work outside the normal schedule periodically in order to collaborate with colleagues
Maintain restorative and collaborative dialogue with colleagues, students, parents, and the greater Bishop O’Dowd community
Participate constructively and professionally in department and school meetings
Participate constructively and professionally in departmental and school-wide professional development
Participate in co-curricular activities such as social activities, sporting events, clubs, retreats, student organizations, student advisories, and affinity spaces as directed


A successful candidate will:

Communicate effectively orally and in writing both in English and Mandarin
Articulate and skillfully promote equity and justice work
Establish a culture that is built on strong relationships and allows for risk-taking
Have comfort and skill in personal inquiry and reflection of anti-racist practices and racial consciousness
Provide differentiated access and engagement opportunities to meet our diverse community
Provide inquiry-based strategies to consistently assess and innovate programs and workflow.
Be self-aware and able to build on others’ ideas, capitalize on others’ strengths, and effectively share responsibility
Be coachable and open to constructive feedback from peers, supervisors, and the greater school community
Demonstrate a drive to learn and constantly seek ways to improve professional skills and implement best practices
Initiate, fully participate in, and foster strong collegial relationships across diverse backgrounds
Have a growth mindset, positive attitude, flexibility, and passion for working in a high school setting
Support the Catholic mission and charism of the school
Demonstrate value and willingness to support student-facing activities and programming
Have familiarity with classroom-based strategies for classroom instruction and student learning
Have knowledge of the developmental stages of adolescents ages 13-18
Work with pride and enthusiasm as a member of the O’Dowd community


Required Qualifications

Demonstrated understanding of and passion for high school education and adolescent development.
Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
Possession of a valid California Teaching Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
Possession of an English Learner Authorization (also known as CLAD or BCLAD) may be required
Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
Evidenced knowledge of and experience in the required job area
Proven ability to differentiate access and provide experiences for diverse community needs
Ability to foster a safe, inclusive, equitable, and joyful working environment
A nuanced understanding of DEI from a personal and/or professional perspective
Experience authentically engaging with diverse working environments
Proven success in collaborating with colleagues and innovating practices
Bachelor’s degree and/or related education or experience applicable to the responsibilities of the position


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Additionally, all personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.


For more information on Bishop O’Dowd High School, please see our website at: http://bishopodowd.org.

Bishop O’Dowd High School is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment policies and procedures. It follows the Diocese of Oakland’s policies prohibiting illegal harassment, retaliation, or discrimination. However, as a Roman Catholic high school with a stated mission, goals, and objectives that clearly reflect the teachings and educational philosophy of the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop O’Dowd High School reserves the right to require all current and prospective employees to commit to carrying out their duties and responsibilities in a manner that clearly and unconditionally demonstrates support of and respect for the school’s mission and Catholic identity. Persons who in good conscience are unable to agree to this commitment should not seek or accept employment at Bishop O’Dowd High School.