Grades 2-5 Science Teacher (2021-2022)

  • Full Time
  • San Francisco
  • April 30, 2021

Website Chinese American International School

Grades 2-5 Science Teacher (2021-2022)

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 150 Oak campus as a member of our Lower School English language faculty. Help us develop curious, flexible thinkers who understand, puzzle, and engage with the natural and scientific world around them! 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. Consistent with our ​Strategic Vision 2020-2025​, CAIS is committed to a culture of learning characterized by curiosity, agency, perseverance, and joy.

As CAIS aims to empower independent and inspired learners, we look for a candidate adept at student-centered pedagogy such as differentiation, project-based learning, and hands-on experiential inquiry. Our new Science Teacher will engage our students’ natural curiosity about scientific themes, guiding children in wondering, building, hypothesizing, and experimenting. This candidate will collaborate with grade level Chinese and English partner teachers to bring elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) into the experiences of our students. We hope this candidate will inspire our students to get curious, get creative, and, occasionally, get messy! The candidate will enjoy considerable autonomy in honing our existing curriculum while developing and innovating new materials around topics and themes such as geology, the solar system, weather, and the human body.

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.


Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Lead dynamic and engaging instruction in second through fifth grade science.
    Demonstrate teaching excellence, a growth mindset, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Look to current trends in educational best practice, utilizing creative and out-of-the-box methodology to inspire a love of science and a confidence in scientific competence in students.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching experience with demonstrated success
  • Experience and/or proven passion with STEAM
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of individual learners and promoting social and emotional development
  • 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


The CAIS Board of Trustees and administration are expressly dedicated to ensuring that CAIS is a great place to work. The school has committed to attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding top-tier faculty with a benefits package including:

  • Salary scale benchmarked to the Bay Area’s competitive standards
  • Robust opportunities for professional development, support, and growth
  • Comprehensive insurance package (covering 100% of premiums for individual employee)
  • Commuting cost assistance
  • Consideration for relocation
  • Down payment assistance for home purchase
  • China Faculty Institute (teacher trips to China and Taiwan)
  • Chaperone student trips to Taiwan (Taipei)
  • Below-Market Rental process assistance


As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Preschool through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. At CAIS we value honest self-assessment, thoughtful self-reflection, intentional planning and focused implementation. We are known as an ambitious school, and we have 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 located in the heart of San Francisco and are accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony, and more.

For more information, visit and the CAIS Lower School Website.


CAIS’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission. People of color and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Email cover letter, resume, and list of references to In the subject line please indicate: “Lower School Science Teacher.”  Please no calls.

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