The San Francisco Friends School (SFFS), located in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco, educates K-8 students in the tradition of Quaker learning. By example and commitment, we hope to inspire all connected with our school to work together toward a peaceful and caring society. For further information about San Francisco Friends School’s beginnings, mission and philosophy, please visit our website at www.sffriendsschool.org.
We are looking for an elementary school teacher who resonates with the Friends School mission, which provides an exemplary education in a community dedicated to peaceful problem-solving, service to others, simplicity, respect for the individual, and quiet reflection. We seek a person who will grow in and contribute to such a community, both within and beyond the walls of the school, and contribute to a more caring and just society.
We have two sections of each grade in the Lower School, which includes grades K–4. In 4th Grade, both lead teachers in each section have a full-time assistant teacher, and work in close collaboration as a cohesive grade-level team. Because we value professional and programmatic vibrancy, teachers at SFFS are likely to experience looping and grade movement during their tenure, even between divisions. Lower school students also experience classes with specialists in Music, Art, Drama, Dance, PE, Spanish, and Library. We welcome teachers who are eager to collaborate with one another and weave the disciplines together when most effective.
Responsibilities include close teamwork for curriculum development, committee involvement, attendance at special events and field trips, student portfolios, assessments and reporting, and clear parent communications. The school has vibrant and creative programs in the arts, service learning, technology, social justice, and social emotional learning, as well as the core academic subjects, mindfully choosing projects that meet our goals for student learning. We value collaboration, reflection and feedback, and a growth mindset among our students, and we strive toward each in our adult collegial work. We have a generous professional development program that aims to support teachers of all ages and stages in their careers. We encourage teachers to attend workshops and seminars, visit schools, and engage with contemporary research relevant to our Quaker pedagogy, learning, and the classroom, as well as our overall school and program.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
Elementary or Middle school teaching experience
Openness to Quaker philosophy
Highly collaborative and creative team player
Four or more years of experience teaching lower school
Advanced degree in education
Knowledge of current pedagogy and facility with hands-on and project-based instruction
Language skills in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin or Hindi
Compensation and Benefit summary:
Competitive, exempt salary based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and matching 403(b).
The San Francisco Friends School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law. The school also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities; candidates who need accommodations in order to apply for this position should request an accommodation as part of the submission of interest.