Full Time Mandarin Teacher

  • Anywhere

Redwood Day School

Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with over 400 students and 85+ faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives. 

Job Description and Desired Qualifications

Redwood Day seeks a self-starter, visionary educator to start a Mandarin language program at our school. Currently, Redwood Day offers Spanish for students in grades K-8. As part of our strategic plan, Our Next Reach, we will add Mandarin as a second language option for our students in the 2020-21 school year. This job will include teaching Mandarin to students in the primary grades (K-2) and in 6th grade, the main entry point to our Middle School program. The position will also include teaching an after-school Mandarin enrichment course approximately 3-4 times per week.  Additionally, in the first year, the position will require substantial curriculum development for future years of program implementation. As the program and curriculum grow, the Mandarin teacher will teach additional grade levels and classes. Eventually, Redwood Day will hire an additional Mandarin teacher to collaborate and further build out the K-8 program.  

The successful candidate will bring a deep passion for working with students ranging in age from five years old to fourteen. They will demonstrate a strong desire to collaborate with our existing Spanish teaching team to align expectations and learning outcomes. The successful candidate will also have a strong understanding of curriculum development in second language instruction, including a familiarity with the ACTFL standards for second language acquisition. Additional responsibilities include advisory, supervisory duties, active involvement in collaborative divisional meetings, and participation in various student and community activities. 

This is a full-time position, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays), beginning August 2020.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minimum of three to five years Mandarin teaching experience 
  • A natural rapport with children; understanding of developmental needs of 5-14 year olds
  • Familiarity with the ACTFL Standards for second language acquisition; ability to build a curriculum from the ground up
  • Highly effective classroom management skills
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students

Desired Qualifications and Traits:

  • Teaching credential or Masters Degree in Education (preferred)
  • Experience with project-based learning and interdisciplinary teaching 
  • Experience and familiarity with comprehensible input strategies and learning activities 
  • A growth mindset and flexibility to adapt 

Redwood Day offers highly competitive compensation and benefits.

Limitations and Disclaimer:
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form electronically by July 13, 2020, to MandarinTeacher@rdschool.org  Attn: John Loeser. No phone calls, please.

Non-discrimination Policy:
Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name, or pronoun usage.

Authorized Employment Status:

As required by federal law, all offers of employment are contingent on verification of an applicant or employee’s authorization for lawful employment in the United States at the start of their employment. Please note, the School does not sponsor applicants for employment-related visas. 


To apply for this job email your details to MandarinTeacher@rdschool.org