Director of Design, Engineering & Technology at The San Francisco School

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The San Francisco School

Welcome to a PS/K-8 school in San Francisco that has been helping its students to design and engineer for decades, long before the first computer came to campus. Art, music, and the humanities are mainstays at The San Francisco School, which views tools like xylophones and kilns as age-appropriate pathways for teaching algorithms and fabrication to even the youngest of children. All the while, The San Francisco School has rooted itself in diversity, equity, and inclusion—not just for the sake of maintaining some of the most impressive statistics in independent school education, but because this is a community that truly wants all voices in active dialogue both in the classroom and at the decision table.

Now, following the successful journeys of a new strategic plan and a recent six-month STEAM Think Tank, The San Francisco School has created a new senior leadership position to help the school be even more intentional in the various areas of STEAM education. Reporting directly to the head of school, who is in his fifteenth year of service to the school—the last eleven of which as head—the director of design, engineering, and technology will lead the implementation of a new STEAM strategic plan at a school known for its progressive education, experiential learning principles, and challenging academic program. The director will have the opportunity to deliver instruction to students, and will be charged primarily with guiding and leading members of the faculty on innovation journeys to reimagine existing curriculum and explore new pedagogical methods for teaching and learning. The San Francisco School will enthusiastically welcome its inaugural director of design, engineering, and technology on July 1, 2019.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Post Date:                               January 3, 2019

Application Deadline:           January 31, 2019

Decision Announced:           February 28, 2019

Start Date:                              July 1, 2019


Programmatic leadership

  • Lead the continued assessment, refinement and implementation of a strategic vision for STEAM education at SFS
  • Work closely with the division directors to evaluate curriculum and pedagogy, and coordinate the overall STEAM teaching and learning program
  • Design and implement STEAM learning opportunities that integrate with existing curriculum and instruction across the three divisions: PS/K, lower, and upper school
  • Research and evaluate emerging tools, technologies, and pedagogies, and guide senior academic leaders on strategic and operational decisions that continue to improve the overall STEAM learning experience for students

Faculty professional development and student instruction

  • Design, implement, and deliver major professional development and growth experiences for faculty in areas of design, engineering, and instructional technology
  • Ensure that a breadth of STEAM professional learning opportunities exists for faculty, in terms of participant size (individual, small cohorts, and large groups), scope (one-time and on-going), venue (on-campus and external), and modality (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Teach or co-teach classes, lessons, and/or extracurricular offerings as directed

Other duties

  • Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national communities of design, engineering, and instructional technology
  • Serve on or lead academic committees related to curriculum, technology, and STEAM education
  • Other duties as assigned


Professional Qualifications:

  • Multiple years of experience as a classroom teacher in a STEAM-related discipline
  • Experience leading workshops, trainings, and projects related to technology integration, instructional design, and/or engineering and design—preferably to faculty in a progressive K-8 school
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • A track record of establishing ongoing relationships with faculty and designing interdisciplinary units and lessons
  • Experience creating different modalities of professional growth opportunities for administrators, teachers, and students, and a successful track record sustaining the momentum of those professional development programs
  • Experience with project-based learning and progressive education
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership
  • Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality
  • A passion for inspiring programmatic change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation at a progressive PS/K-8 school requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
  • Savvy communication and presentation skills
  • A collaborative, cooperative, and growth-oriented mindset
  • Enthusiasm for students to pursue their passions, talents, and interests, both in and out of the traditional classroom
  • A vision that is aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty and staff
  • A love of learning and love of school, and a willingness to support unique and unpredictable learning journeys by young students


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