Website The Bay School of SF
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Humanities Teacher
REPORTS TO: Department Chair and Dean of Faculty
EMPLOYEE STATUS: 100% FTE, Exempt, Academic Year
START DATE: July 2023 (on site begins August 2023)
Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is an independent, college-preparatory high school committed to equity and belonging within Bay and beyond. The school seeks to provide its students with a challenging, innovative curriculum and a collaborative, supportive community. Our staff and faculty members (“Staffulty”) foster and model curiosity, critical thinking, intentionality, open dialogue, and good humor. Bay students have been described as engaged and thoughtful self-advocates who value community and courage. Please visit our precepts and academics pages to learn more about our school.
The Bay School considers all qualified applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, identity, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), ability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to having a staffulty and student body that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We strongly encourage those with a demonstrated dedication to social justice, collaboration, innovation and student-centered education to apply. We encourage BIPOC candidates to apply.
The Bay School conducts school in-person. All Bay School employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine prior to starting work unless exempted from an immunization in accordance with law, and provide documentation confirming such immunization and/or exemption.
We do not sponsor work visas.
We are seeking full-time teachers in Humanities. Bay’s humanities department is an interdisciplinary department whose courses incorporate the teaching of writing, literature, social studies, art history, religion, and philosophy. We are looking for teachers of humanities with content expertise in one of the following areas: Africa and African diaspora area studies/history, African-American studies, literature (especially poetry and creative writing), and/or religion.
Full-time teachers are responsible for teaching nine (9) courses per year. This load can be dispersed as four courses each semester coupled with one three-week Immersive course in the winter or the spring OR three courses in one semester, two three-week Immersives and four courses in another semester. Each semester-long class meets three times a week in a rotating block schedule. Each Immersive course meets daily for three weeks from 9am-3pm, with the potential for field trips and experiential learning that extend beyond the traditional school day.
Bay’s block schedule allows students to delve deeply into problem- and inquiry-based learning across all courses. Bay teachers have a strong commitment to innovative curricular design, collaboration, progressive pedagogy, and social justice–all in service of student learning and growth. Teachers of our core courses have a common prep block and use it to work collaboratively to ensure alignment of curriculum between sections/teachers.
In addition to class preparation and classroom teaching, all teachers are responsible for:
- Collaboratively designing curriculum and aligning curriculum with course teams, the department goals and the schools mission;
- Designing skills-based formative and summative assessments;
- Grading student work and providing feedback in a timely manner;
- Communicating regularly with students, parents, guardians and advisors regarding student progress;
- Having one-on-one student meetings as needed;
- Scheduling and attending course team meetings;
- Attending weekly staffulty or department meetings on Thursday afternoons.
All full-time teaching staffulty serve as advisors to a group of 8-10 students. This includes:
- Meeting as a group with the advisory once per week for 25 minutes;
- Attending and chaperoning additional grade level events and special events;
- Participating in grade level orientation before the first day of class;
- Serving as the primary point person with the school for parents, guardians.
- Community Support
All teaching staffulty are expected to support the well-being of our community and the growth of individual students. This includes:
- Attending Morning Meeting three days a week;
- Monitoring a “Flex” block (study hall) one block per week each semester;
- Holding tutorial at the end of the school day four days a week;
- Modeling community engagement by being present throughout the school day, serving as a club leader, serving on committees and participating in admissions events (as examples);
- Attending Back to School Night in September;
- Supporting the admissions program by attending a limited number of admissions events.
The Ideal Candidate
- Finds resonance with The Bay School mission, philosophy, and precepts;
- Dedicates themselves to anti-bias and equity work and understands the social justice dimensions of education;
- Commits to ongoing professional growth;
- Welcomes and learns from feedback;
- Enjoys being in a high school community;
- Values mindfulness as a practice;
- Is comfortable teaching skills-based courses, whether core interdisciplinary courses for grades 9-11 or humanities electives for grades 11-12;
- Values individual learning profiles by teaching in multiple modalities and offering differentiated instruction;
- Employs and is excited by student-centered teaching strategies (project-based, place-based, problem-based, and experiential learning);
- Has experience teaching secondary education and brings a diversity of teaching and life experiences to their work;
- Values collaboration, teamwork, and feedback as a part of professional growth;
- Commits to innovation, professional development, and reinvention;
- Is curious and resourceful;
- Enjoys working with and inspiring high-school learners in all areas of school life.
- The Bay School campus has three separate buildings that are across the street from each other. Classrooms and offices are spread throughout all three buildings and teachers may be asked to move among these spaces during the day.
- Teacher offices are shared spaces, typically with three other teachers. Teachers are assigned office spaces to intentionally mix disciplines of the inhabitants.
- Teachers may teach in different classrooms throughout the year.
- The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud during school hours and usually quiet outside of school hours.
- The Bay School lunch service is provided by Acre Gourmet and is available to all employees and subsidized by the school. Staffulty eat lunch in shared dining room spaces with students, in their offices or in the Staffulty lounge on the fourth floor.
Salary is based on years of secondary school work or relevant experience. The faculty salary range for the 2022-23 school year is $76,000 to $132,266, and will be updated for the 2023-24 school year. Bay also offers a strong benefits package for long term employees working at least 60% of full time.
Please review our website (www.bayschoolsf.org) to familiarize yourself with our school, the humanities curriculum, and our community. If interested in the position, please send all of the items below to email@example.com, subject line: HUM23-24. The deadline for applications is March 22, 2023.
- Cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as how you anticipate contributing to The Bay School.
- A list of references–minimum of 3, including a current supervisor, departmental colleague, and colleague outside of your department.