• Full Time
  • San Francisco
  • This position has been filled

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Fourth Grade Lead English Long-Term Substitute (April-June 2023)

This is an English language position; no Chinese language proficiency required

Exempt, full-time position


Join the vibrant community at the Chinese American International School’s Lower School campus as a lead English Teacher (long-term leave coverage, April – June 2023). Become part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school.


The ideal candidate finds resonance with CAIS’s mission to Embrace Chinese, Become Our Best Selves, and Contribute to a Better World. As CAIS aims to empower independent, effective, and inspired learners, we look for a candidate adept at student-centered pedagogy such as differentiation, use of assessment to inform teaching, and Workshop-based instruction. This candidate can foster a joyful learning community that strikes a developmentally appropriate balance between deepening students’ academic skills and nurturing the curiosity and creativity of our learners. Our new team member will collaborate with grade level Chinese and English partner teachers and enjoy a wealth of professional development opportunities. Within the framework of a strong curricular vision supported by English and Chinese program directors, the candidate will enjoy considerable autonomy in developing the classroom curriculum.

CAIS offers a dynamic dual culture setting in which faculty are immersed in a culture of language learners. We look for a candidate who will embrace CAIS’s work to create an equitable, inclusive environment where all faculty, students, and families are supported in their individual identities. We welcome all applicants who aim to actively support and participate in our diverse and inclusive community.


The CAIS Board of Trustees and administration are expressly dedicated to ensuring that CAIS is a great place to work. The school is committed to attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding top-tier faculty and excellent educators with a strong benefits package. Please see the final page for a description of benefits.


Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

-Demonstrate teaching excellence, a growth mindset, professionalism, and integrity.
-Support the educational program by challenging, supporting, and engaging students.
-Successfully teach all assigned classes in accordance with grade appropriate best practices.
-Encompass a positive discipline approach in guiding student behavior.
-Develop a positive intellectual, emotional, and social environment within the classroom and a class community in which all children feel valued and a sense of belonging.
-Actively support and collaborate on school initiatives, such as events and committee work.
-Use Reading and Writing Workshop models to inform English Language Arts classroom instruction and assessments.
-Work with Chinese partner teacher to develop and deliver integrated Social Studies and -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion units.
-Work collaboratively and maintain standards of respect, courtesy, and mutual consideration with the school community, including students, staff, and parents.
-Communicate effectively, promptly, and proactively with families.
-Prepare assessments, grades, and progress reports according to school procedures.
-Attend faculty and division meetings, including required meetings/events before the beginning of the school year and during the term of employment.


-Bachelor’s degree
-Teaching experience with demonstrated success
-Commitment to meeting the needs of individual learners
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
-Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
-Commitment to school mission, policies, and initiatives


We value, but do not require, the following attributes:

Teaching credential, Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or equivalent
Personal experience with second language acquisition


As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Preschool through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies its mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. We are known as an ambitious school, and we have just embarked on a multi-year vision to reimagine immersion, reimagine our culture of learning, reimagine character and community, and reimagine our learning spaces. Our three campuses are currently located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. We are thrilled to announce that we have purchased a campus on 19th Avenue in San Francisco which will more than double our program space and allow all divisions to be together on one spectacular campus. We anticipate moving all divisions to the new campus in the 2024-2025 school year.


CAIS’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission. People of color and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. CAIS has an established salary ladder that recognizes longevity, experience, training, and leadership, among other factors. It is shared with employees annually. Serious candidates may contact the Hiring Manager for additional compensation information. Salary range; $72,500 – $ 120,500.

Email cover letter, resume, and list of references to lower_school_jobs@cais.org. In the subject line, please indicate “Fourth Grade English Long-Term Leave Teacher.”  Please no calls.