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Lead teacher for Horizons at SF Friends School


LOCATION:  San Francisco Friends School


Organization Background

A new campus of the national Horizons Student Enrichment Program, Inc., is opening at the San Francisco Friends School, a K-8th grade Quaker school located in the Mission District.  Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is a public/private partnership that will provide six weeks of summer academic and enrichment programming designed to help low income elementary students from neighborhood public schools to reach their full potential. The program will launch in the summer of 2014 with approximately 15 Kindergarten students, and a grade will be added each summer until the program includes K-5th grade. The heart of Horizons is an exemplary academic program in reading, writing, math, and science, paired with swimming lessons, field trips, and enrichment activities in sports and the performing and visual arts. The primary goal of Horizons is to reverse the trend of summer learning loss that adversely impacts the long-term success of low-income students.  For more information about Horizons, please go to


Position Overview

Horizons at the San Francisco Friends School is seeking a dedicated and effective Lead Kindergarten Teacher with a dynamic talent for creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children. We are looking for a talented, passionate, caring professional who will work as a team player to launch this vibrant program, fulfill the Horizons mission, and create a joyous, inclusive, inspiring and educational culture.  The Lead Teacher will work with a teaching assistant and a part time reading specialist, and will be supported by the Executive Director. It is our hope that Horizons summer staff members will return to the program for more than one summer as we continue to work together, support our students, and build the program and the community.  


Essential Job Functions:

The Lead Teacher will :

• Design and teach high quality, culturally competent, project-based curriculum and engage students in learning math, science and language arts throughout our six week summer enrichment program.

• Plan and lead fun, community-building games and enriching experiential learning opportunities, and accompany students to swimming lessons and field trips.

• Lead the Horizons staff in identifying individual students’ learning profiles, building on each youth's academic strengths and coordinating resources and activities to best address his/her areas of need.

• Participate in daily meals with the students, attend Family Night and Faculty Meetings, and other duties that may be required.

• Attend a one-week orientation session prior to the start of the program.

• Assist in the training and supervision of program staff, including assisting in planning and facilitating professional development and ongoing coaching for staff, and sharing instructional strategies and student information.  Mentor the assistant teacher(s) and work with staff to review assessment data and align curriculum across subject areas.

• Develop and nurture a safe, respectful, challenging and fun learning environment.

• Assist in evaluating program effectiveness.

• As needed and appropriate, aid in accessing and attracting useful resources of community institutions, the school system, public agencies, and local businesses for the benefit of the Horizons programs.

• Help maintain ongoing communication with parents, caregivers and  school year teachers.

• Participate in the planning and delivery of nine half-day learning activities for students and families on Saturdays throughout the school year (three per quarter).

• Meet regularly with Executive Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem-solve as issues occur.

• In collaboration with the Executive Director, provide ongoing input into this job description as the position unfolds to keep this job description as accurate as possible.



In addition to a strong commitment to Horizon’s mission, this position requires a balance of knowledge of best practices and practical experience with and proficiency in the skills of instruction. The ideal candidate for the Lead Teacher position must be flexible, well organized, capable of taking initiative, and full of enthusiasm for both teaching and learning.  More detailed qualifications for this position include:


• 5 or more years working as an early elementary school teacher, with a gift for both building on  students' love of learning and bolstering their basic academic skills.

• Proven ability to relate well to diverse children and families, to plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for school-age urban children, and to teach using effective strategies for second language learners.

• Knowledge and skill in classroom management, social emotional learning and specific strategies for developing children’s noncognitive skills such as focus, determination, empathy and self discipline.

• Understanding and knowledge of the issues and challenges facing Latino and other immigrant and low income families living in the Mission District.

• Fluency in English/Spanish preferred (bicultural also preferred).

• A strong passion for working with youth and a strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of low-income students.

• Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, to have clear expectations and directions, and to provide feedback to the ED, to staff, and to Horizons National as the curriculum and the program unfolds.

• Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.

• Leadership experience and ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

• Elementary teaching credential or equivalent experience, with a BCLAD preferred.


The position is full time during the six weeks of the program and 6-9 Saturdays throughout the school year. Salary range is $175-$200 per day, depending on experience.



Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19  – Teacher orientation week and classroom set-up

Monday, June 23 – Friday, August 1 – Six-week program

Year-round program:  Three Saturdays per quarter


To Apply:  Please upload a resume and cover letter, outlining your skills and experience (Word format, please) to Abby Rovner, Director of Horizons National at San Francisco Friends School at with subject line “Horizons at SFFS Lead Teacher”.  


Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is an equal opportunity employer.

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