San Francisco Friends School seeks individuals who are passionate about teaching students in grades K-8 students using a progressive curriculum rooted in Quaker values. We are looking for an Associate 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.
The ideal candidate is a responsible, flexible educator with relevant experience who wants to both contribute and learn. We seek to staff our school with educators with the following qualities:
Are compelled by the SF Friends School mission
Have a pioneering spirit, take initiative, have an interest in Quaker educational pedagogy
Are inspired to develop creative problem solving skills and be active and engaged members of the SFFS community
Are early in their career as an educator and considering/participating in a credentialing program or advanced degree program in education
About San Francisco Friends School
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. 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. For further information about San Francisco Friends School’s beginnings, mission and philosophy, please visit our website at www.sffriendsschool.org.
The Associate Teacher is a respected professional in our community. They work together with a lead classroom teacher and our specialist teachers to meet a wide range of academic and social developmental needs of young children. For those newer to teaching our approach provides a hands-on opportunity to collaborate with an experienced lead teacher on all aspects of classroom life and gain valuable professional developmentl in a supportive setting. In turn, the Associate Teacher/Lead pairing allows SFFS to provide a collaborative team teaching approach that allows for low student-teacher ratio, small-group instruction and individualized attention.
Associate Teachers are part of a two-year program. In Grades K-4 they are paired with a single classroom/grade for a year, in Grades 5-8, the Associate Teacher is paired with a grade level team covering all the academic disciplines. In their second year, a new pairing is made to broaden the Associate Teacher’s perspective and deepen their learning.
Responsibilities include close teamwork for curriculum development, assessments and reporting, student portfolios, clear parent communications, committee involvement and attendance at all special events and field trips – mindfully choosing projects that meet our goals for student learning. Teaching, observing and collaborating with other teachers, an Associate Teacher is responsible for all aspects of school life, gaining valuable experience in the following areas including but not limited to:
Prepare for, plan and lead some whole group, small group and individual activities and lessons
Identify and respond to individual students’ learning differences and create enrichment opportunities and support to achieve student goals
Collaborate with Developmental Support Services to meet the needs of individual learners
Prepare for and participate in parent teacher conferences and report writing
Participate in classroom preparation, organization and logistical responsibilities
Create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that honors and nurtures each child’s individual identity
Meet with classroom teacher and teaching team regularly as well as weekly faculty meetings and professional development days
Develop warm and respectful relationships with students
Manage daily parent communications
Attend Back to School Nights
Participate in student admission process
Supervise students at recess, carpool, lunch room etc.
Chaperone field trips (K-4) and overnight outdoor education trips (grades 3-8)
Participate in assemblies and other special events
Serve on committees, as needed
A Bachelor’s degree is required
At minimum, the Associate Teacher will have either student teaching experience or classroom experience with elementary aged children
Desire to pursue a career in education
Strong preference for individuals in credentialing and/or advanced degree programs in Education
Commitment to professional growth, reflective practice, and growth mindset
Strong ability to work collaboratively
Openness to Quaker philosophy
Knowledge of current pedagogy and facility with hands-on and project-based instruction
Language skills in Spanish, Cantonese
We value collaboration, reflection and feedback, and a growth mindset among our students, and we strive toward each in our adult collegial work
Professional development program
Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups
Ability to design innovative curriculum in collaboration with colleagues
Learning from a strong and supportive professional community with a growth mindset
Onboarding cohort that meets at the beginning of the year and regularly throughout the year
Mentor and Buddy for Associate Teacher to support acclimatization into our community
Associate Teacher Coordinator who meets with Associate Teachers regularly in small and large groups, as well as one-on-one to guide professional development
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
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.
$55,000 – $57,000. The associate teacher is a full-time, academic year, exempt position.
Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, and term life insurance of $50,000 subsidized at 100% for employees; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; generous time off benefits including personal time, academic vacations, and sick leave; professional development.
Employment Clearances required:
US Employment eligibility
TB Clearance certificate
COVID Vaccination status
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit resume, cover letter and 3 employment references for consideration.