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JOB TITLE: Upper School Literature Teacher

REPORTS TO: Upper School Literature Department Chair

JOB STATUS: Full-time, exempt


The Athenian School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school that serves students in grades 6 – 12, from throughout the East Bay, California, the US and the world. Since our founding, we have been dedicated to educating students through experiential, collaborative and interdisciplinary learning. We foster critical thinking and value reasoned discourse, mutual respect, and social justice. Please read through our site to learn more about our community. We look forward to meeting you as you consider Athenian!


The Athenian School seeks a full-time Upper School literature instructor to teach a combination of literature courses in our core curriculum (9th or 10th grade) and upper-level seminars (11th and 12th grade). We are looking for a dedicated and collaborative teacher who can create and deliver content that sparks curiosity and broadens our students’ perspectives on the nature and wonders of the human condition and the role of language and literature in the world. Successful candidates will demonstrate experience with and capacity for developing students’ critical reading skills, activating lively class discussions, and advancing student competency in various types of writing (analytical, narrative, creative, etc.). We seek an educator who models lifelong learning and is enthusiastic about becoming an active part of our vibrant community.

In addition to these responsibilities, faculty have the chance to apply for and serve as part of our residential life team, including dormitory housing. Faculty also have the opportunity to coach a sport for a supplemental stipend.


We seek candidates who are experienced high school English teachers and hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in English, comparative literature, or a related field. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate cultural competency, excellent classroom management skills, and the capacity to work with students, families, and colleagues who represent a broad range of identities and experiences. Instructors who can offer upper-level seminars (11th and 12th grade) that focus on historically underrepresented perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.


Athenian provides excellent benefits and salaries are competitive and commensurate with work experience and education. Community members enjoy meals on campus and use of athletics facilities, including a pool, gym and fitness center. The salary for this role will range from $79,700 – $144,200. Additionally, faculty receive additional stipends for completed Masters and Doctoral degrees.

All employees participate in school-wide professional development, and have the opportunity to pursue a range of additional professional growth opportunities. These include, but are not limited to, funded participation in professional conferences and continuing education opportunities. Athenian provides needed training for CPR/AED certification.

All employees are expected to attend all-school functions relevant to their role and to participate in supporting the student experience with other school duties as requested by their direct supervisor.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply directly for this role.


The Athenian School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all areas of employment. The School does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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