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Music Teacher – Strings

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) is seeking experienced candidates for a part-time Music teacher position which focuses on teaching string instruments to students at the upper elementary (4th & 5th grade) and high school levels. The position begins in January with a few days of orientation in mid-December.

Organization Overview

Founded in 1898, SHS is a Roman Catholic, coeducational, independent school and is comprised of four divisions: SHS Preschool and Kindergarten, SHS Lower and Middle Schools for grades one through eight, and Sacred Heart Preparatory for grades nine through twelve.

Located on a beautiful 64‐acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area, SHS is one of 23 schools in the U.S. Network of Sacred Heart Schools and is affiliated with a network of over 200 Sacred Heart schools worldwide. The school’s mission is to educate the whole child to be a leader who loves God and serves others.

SHS employs over 250 full‐ and part‐time women and men with a strong commitment to diversity. Nearly 25% of the 1,000+ students are students of color; a significant percentage of the student body receives need‐based tuition assistance; many graduating seniors earn recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program; 100% of our graduates are accepted into four‐year colleges.

The annual budget of SHS is more than $30 million and the endowment is nearly $40 million, both growing rapidly in recent years and expected to continue growing as enrollment increases toward 1,200 students, and as a result of the capital campaign.

Summary of Position

The position is part-time (40%) and will teach students in grades four through twelve. Requirements include at least five years of experience teaching. Leadership and entrepreneurial skills are also required to build a thriving strings program and to attract and inspire students. Preferred qualifications include a Single Subject Credential, a Masters degree in Education, Music Instruction or similar field, and experience teaching music at a middle or high school.

A background in strings pedagogy and performance is required. The ideal candidate will develop multiple, small and eventually larger ensembles, for a variety of school-related performances. Familiarity with Catholic liturgical music is preferable. SHS is seeking an individual who can nurture and develop a budding string music program, inviting and enriching to both participants and our school community.
This position offers a unique opportunity for a talented musician and educator to define the vision for, and to shape and build, the campus-wide strings program.   With strong administrative and community support, this position could grow with the successful expansion of the program.

Required Knowledge and Skills for All Teaching Positions at SHS

• Strong teaching ability; enjoy working with children and adolescents.
• Fluency in reading, writing and speaking in English.
• Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work well with students and colleagues; willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the SHS community.
• Obvious passion for the academic subject matter being taught.
• Commitment to equity and inclusion.
• Willingness to adapt to an existing curriculum as well as contribute ideas to enhance the respective academic programs.
• Excellent attendance and punctuality.
• A clear understanding of and appreciation for the goals and criteria of a Sacred Heart education.
• Bachelor’s degree or post graduate work in music or music education required
• Single Subject Credential, a Masters degree in Education, Music Instruction or similar field, preferred
• A minimum of five years teaching in an independent school environment at upper elementary through high school levels.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Demonstrated skills as musician and teacher.


The advertised position offers competitive compensation. SHS has a policy of making health and welfare benefits available to employees, including long-term substitute teachers who meet the requisite criteria, based on the length of assignment and subject to the plan parameters, including medical and dental coverage. In addition, all employees are eligible to enjoy a prepared lunch each school day starting on the first day worked.

To Apply

Please apply online by sending a resume to

You MUST indicate Strings 12-13 in the subject line of the e‐mail.

Or, you may mail your resume to:

Sacred Heart Schools
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
Attention Human Resources: Strings 12-13

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pre‐employment background screening is required for all positions.

For more information on Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, please see our website at:

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state or local laws.

As a faith-based institution, we reserve the right to use religion as a criterion in hiring decisions, as permitted by law, as it relates to performing essential job duties.


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