• Full Time
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website Sonoma Academy

Overview of School:

Sonoma Academy is an independent high school located in Santa Rosa, CA on a 34-acre campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space, at the base of Taylor Mountain. Founded in 2001, it provides an engaging, challenging, and innovative college preparatory education and a supportive community for motivated learners from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino counties. The school currently serves 330 students in grades 9 through 12 and is increasing its enrollment each year. Of our 330 students, over 30% self-identify as students of color, and our students come from 80+ middle schools, ensuring a broad mixture of students from all over the greater North Bay Area.

Our Mission:  Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.

Sonoma Academy’s Commitment to Diversity: We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community. If you would like to join us in our work, we would welcome your application. As we are deeply committed to having a staffulty (staff and faculty) and student body which reflects the rich diversity within the North Bay, we strongly encourage candidates from BIPOC and/or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented to apply.

For more information on programs and philosophy, please visit our website: www.sonomaacademy.org.

Fabrication Instructor & Shop Supervisor Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the shop space and maintain equipment there and in adjacent areas
  • Create and maintain a safe and organized facility
  • Maintain safety and reset procedures and protocols for the space; revise as necessary; and hold users accountable to them
  • Collaborate with design arts team to build and implement the vision for the program and support users of studios and shop to uphold that vision
  • Teach a variety of Exploratory courses each semester, 1 Intersession, and 1 academic course each semester
  • Maintain inventory control of all tools, supplies and safety equipment
  • Perform or schedule preventive maintenance and necessary repairs of tools and equipment
  • Advise on purchases of additional tools and equipment safety, curriculum, tool acquisition & maintenance, calendar, etc.
  • In addition to the foregoing responsibilities, the successful candidate may also have duties that include leading an Advisory and Clubs, as well as chaperoning trips, retreats, and student events.

Required Skills and Experiences:

  • BA/BS in a related academic field
  • Minimum three years of experience teaching grades 9-12 or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Passionate about teaching high school students; ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with teenagers, while simultaneously having fun and enjoying working with young people
  • Experience running a shop with multiple users, in charge of safety management
  • CAD, laser-cutting, CNC-milling, and basic woodworking including table saw, band saw, chop saw, drill press, hand tools, etc.
  • Excited to develop original and innovative course offerings that inspire students to design, create, and problem-solve
  • Thinks creatively about pedagogy and assessment
  • Works collaboratively as a member of a connected community to deliver a range of programs, including Intersession, Advisory, Exploratory, and more
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working within a diverse community and a commitment to creating inclusive programming and activities; actively supports adolescent growth and well-being
  • Practices cultural competency in all aspects of school life
  • Capable of teaching both remotely and in-person
  • Flexibility, resilience, good humor

Desired Skills and Experiences:

  • Advanced degree (MA, PhD, or equivalent) in Education or relevant academic field
  • Connections with the bay area community to collaborate with regional makers


  • Sonoma Academy has a multi-step salary scale in place for faculty members that includes differentials for advanced degrees and annual guaranteed step increases. The current salary scale ranges from $72,147 to $139,387. The school will evaluate the faculty member’s relevant teaching experience and they will be placed on the scale at the appropriate level upon hiring.

Perks of working at SA:

  • Comprehensive benefits package, including 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees with several plan options to meet individuals’ specific needs
  • Generous retirement plan contribution of 7% of base salary. Please note that this does not require an employee’s matching contribution.
  • Commitment to professional development, including generously- funded training opportunities and a dedicated “exploratory fund” of $450 annually for learning opportunities unrelated to work.
  • Healthy and nutritious lunch service offered at no cost to employees during the school year (when on campus and our kitchen operational)
  • A professional work environment defined by teamwork, collegiality, trust, agility, and altruism.

Work Environment:

  • This position operates in a  professional, collaborative, classroom and small woodshop environment at a private, independent high school.
  • This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend work, including supporting Robotics practice as needed.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter through this portal.  https://careers.jobscore.com/careers/sonomaacademy

Sonoma Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Sonoma Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.