Website Crystal Springs Uplands School

US Biology Teacher

Job Location
Crystal Upper School – Hillsborough, CA

Position Type

Education Level

Salary Range
$70,000.00 – $150,000.00 Salary/year

Travel Percentage


Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Crystal Springs Uplands School is a 6-12 co-educational, independent day school located on two distinct campuses in Hillsborough and Belmont, CA with 125 employees. Our deeply connected culture and community celebrates scholarship, strives for balance, and fosters inclusion. The Professional Adult Community (PAC) is an experienced, collaborative group of employees who are committed to the mission and core values of the school. Crystal is full of kind, curious learners (adults and students alike) who are passionate about the school’s mission of transformative teaching and meaningful connections. We are committed to the work required to create more equitable systems and foster inclusive environments so that all members of our community can thrive together.



Through transformative teaching and meaningful connections, we empower kind, curious learners to thrive together.


We Celebrate Scholarship – The foundation of Crystal is academic excellence.

We Seek Growth Challenges – Our culture says try it.

We Foster Kindness & Inclusion – Crystal is a caring and diverse community.

We Strive for Balance – A holistic approach to well-being is integral to our mission.

We Engage with Enthusiasm – With unbounded spirit, we give our best effort every day and pay it forward to our community.

We Lead with Humility – Being grateful and open-minded, we pursue lifelong learning.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in dynamic settings serving multiple constituents. A successful candidate in this position will:

Share a commitment to upholding Crystal’s core values and working in an inclusive school environment

Work collaboratively with colleagues and engage effectively with all constituents

Bring robust organizational, technological, and communication skills



Crystal seeks a regular full-time exempt (1.0 FTE, 10-month) Upper School Biology Teacher starting August 2024. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of biology or natural sciences teaching experience OR other relevant academic research and teaching experience.

Key Job Competencies

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Analyzes and integrates trends and patterns based on diverse information and perspectives to determine the root causes of problems, identify the best course of action, and prioritize efforts. Develops new insights and formulates creative solutions, considering the impact and implications of recommendations in the context of overall vision, goals, and objectives.

Project Management: Ability to lead and execute complex projects to achieve goal attainment by prioritizing activities, assigning responsibilities in accordance with capabilities, monitoring progress, and evaluating impact.

Quality Results: Ensures high-quality results on projects/tasks, meets deadlines, and attends to details. Takes responsibility for the quality of work and achieves results with little oversight.

Developing Others: Ability to effectively support the growth and development of students.

Communication: Exceptional ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as deep listening skills to gain understanding.

Cultural Competence: Possesses and applies the skills, values, and principles that acknowledge, respect, contribute, and work effectively across cultural differences. Recognizes the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to the Crystal community.

Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates high levels of self/social awareness, self-management, empathy, and curiosity.

Relationship Management: Positively collaborates and builds/maintains authentic and trusting relationships. Demonstrates high levels of discretion and confidentiality.

Personal Growth: Demonstrates commitment and curiosity to ongoing learning and development.

Collaboration: The interpersonal and intrapersonal qualities one will leverage to collectively solve a problem or make progress toward a common goal. The ability to work with others to complete a project or task or develop ideas or processes.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Exhibit a passion for content knowledge and a range of effective pedagogical approaches

Incorporate inquiry-based pedagogy to foster discovery and depth of understanding

Engage students in hands-on lab experiences

Demonstrate commitment to equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices

Cultivate an inclusive, collaborative, and challenging learning environment that reflects Crystal’s core values and allows our diverse student body to grow and thrive

Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop innovative and meaningful curriculum and programming

Integrate technology in effective ways that enhance students’ learning experiences and growth

Take advantage of opportunities for professional growth, leadership, and community building

Serve as an advisor who is committed to the social and emotional development of students

Bring unique skills to contribute to our multifaceted community outside of the classroom

Engages in professional development and is committed to furthering 6-12 alignment across the department.

Required to attend the start of year retreat; this is an overnight retreat for students by grade level.

Attend New PAC orientation and PAC WEEK prior to the start of school for students, as well as participate in other mandatory school events.

Required education and experience

At least three years of biology, or natural sciences teaching experience OR other relevant academic research and teaching experience

Preferred education and experience

Master’s degree

At least 3 years of teaching biology

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Physical demands and work environment

Able to lift up to 25 pounds

Able to climb stairs

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

Crystal Springs Uplands School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Salary and Benefits

This is a regular exempt full-time (40 hours/week), benefits-eligible, 10-month Faculty position, and the annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $70,000 – $150,000.

The recruitment period will remain open until sufficient resumes have been received and may close at any time a sufficient pool of highly qualified candidates has been established. First consideration will be given to individuals that apply between February 22, 2024 through March 14, 2024. Second consideration will be given to individuals that apply between March 15, 2024 through April 4, 2024. The ideal start date for this position is August 1, 2024.

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