• Full Time
  • San Francisco, CA
  • This position has been filled
  • October 20, 2023

Website Katherine Delmar Burke School

Upper School Science Teacher (Grades 5 & 6) and Advisor

Full-Time, 1.0 FTE

Start date: August 2023

Burke’s is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 112-year tradition of educational excellence. Our mission is to educate, encourage, and empower girls. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher-level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.

Position Description

With world-class science labs designed to support thought-provoking, lab-based, hands-on learning experiences, Burke’s seeks an educator who can inspire a passion for science by modeling best practices in teaching and implementing student-centered, inquiry-based lessons that develop skills around scientific thinking, the scientific method, and the process of experimentation. Emphasis is placed on real-world applications, problem-solving, and effectively communicating the results of a scientific investigation through writing. The fifth and sixth grade courses focus on biology and Earth science, emphasizing climate science.

In addition to teaching 5th and 6th grade science sections, responsibilities include advising a group of students to support social-emotional learning and strong learning habits.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching 5th and 6th grade science sections & Advisory; this includes:
    • Formally assessing and reporting on student progress three times per year using checklist/narrative report cards
    • Providing extra-help sessions during and after the school day, as needed
    • Planning and supervising field trips relevant to curriculum
    • Preparing advisees for and supporting them in two student-led parent conferences per year
    • Accompanying advisees on outdoor education trips, both day and overnight
    • Shared mentoring of Science Support Teacher with 7th/8th Science teacher
  • Communication:
    • Effective communication with colleagues in support of a collegial and collaborative professional community
    • Timely and supportive communication with students, parents, and caregivers to foster a strong partnership with families
  • Collaboration:
    • Participate in regular team meetings including advising team in addition to attending faculty meetings
    • Contribute to curriculum development and revision
  • Supervisory duties as needed

Qualifications & Skills

Below are the personal and professional qualities that we believe are important for the success of the person in this role. Unless specifically noted as a prerequisite for the role, these qualifications and skills are preferred. We know many candidates bring a full complement of experience, skills, and ideas, even if they don’t check every box of a job description. If you meet many of our criteria, please don’t hesitate to apply. Every application gets serious consideration, including those with skill sets that we may not have included here. We welcome all applicants who will bring a unique perspective and personal characteristics to our amazing team.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, preferably science-related
  • Experience teaching inquiry-based lab science, preferably at middle-school level
  • Demonstrated confidence in:
    • differentiation of instruction
    • cultural competency
    • project-based learning
    • innovative use of technology in instruction
    • Understanding by design approach to curriculum design (preferred)
  • Commitment to:
    • equitable and anti-racist teaching practices
    • integrating service learning into classroom projects
    • modeling lifelong learning and professional growth by engaging with professional development opportunities
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for:
    • the social-emotional development of adolescent girls
    • providing opportunities for learning through play by inviting creativity, imagination, curiosity, and tinkering into the classroom
  • Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards and commitment to teaching climate science
  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Collaborative
  • Possessing a growth mindset and openness to feedback

Burke’s does not sponsor employment visas. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.


Burke’s offers competitive compensation with a salary range of $66,028 – $144,571 based on years of experience plus advanced degree stipends. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information about the school can be found on the website at www.burkes.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Burke’s is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply: Interested candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resumé, and references to burkes.workable.com.