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Middle School English Teacher (grades 5-8)

Company: San Francisco Day School
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Middle School English Teacher (grades 5-8)
Starts August 2023

San Francisco Day School announces an exciting opportunity to become a member of our vibrant school community. We are seeking the next individual to follow their passion by applying for a full-time position as Middle School English Teacher (grades 5-8).

At San Francisco Day School, we believe that when intellect and imagination are intertwined, students delight in the discovery of connection, in their academic and creative pursuits, in their relationships, and in all that they experience here.
Every day we help our students emerge as flexible and resourceful learners. Because when we do, our students light up with the call and capacity to take on the complexities of their day and of a diverse world.

Our Mission
At SF Day we ignite curiosity. We cultivate a diverse, nurturing community that encourages learners to expand their perspectives and become their true selves. Students develop as compassionate, creative problem-solvers, prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world.

SF Day Fast Facts
- Independent, co-educational, K-8 school
- Founded in 1981
- Serving 420+ students
- Located in the heart of San Francisco

Middle school teachers teach classes in grades 5-8 (this position focuses on 8th grade). They may be lead classroom teachers who are based in a homeroom for a particular grade, or they may be Specials teachers (such as English, math, science, social studies, music, Spanish, PE, Innovation, etc.) who teach specialist subjects across more than one of these grades.

The Middle School English Curriculum and Pedagogy
In 8th-grade English, students read a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid texts. They write personal narratives, short stories, OpEds, analytical essays, and children's books that explore their passions, challenge their assumptions, and push them to take writerly risks. At SF Day the English Department regularly collaborates with the Social Studies Department to build cross-curricular connections and develop relevant projects. We build a culture of two-way feedback where students understand that not only are they welcome to bring their full selves and identities to class each day, but that it is an essential part of the curriculum.
Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Plan and teach classes as designated by the Division Head or Head of School.
  • Provide frequent formative feedback to students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in pursuit of fulfilling the School's Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and hone divisional and k-8 curriculum scope and sequence
  • Attend and participate actively in all meetings and faculty work days called by the Division Head and/or Head of School.
  • Attend additional school functions, including but not limited to Back to School Nights, Admission events, and Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
  • Participate fully in the school's outdoor education programs as directed by the Division Head.
  • Perform duties as designated by the Division Head, including but not limited to arrival, dismissal, lunch and recess duties.
  • Participate fully in the school's substitute/coverage program.
  • Maintain regular and open communication with parents/guardians. All communications should be copied to the Division Head. Respond to parent calls or emails within 24 business hours.
  • Proactively inform the Division Head whenever there are significant concerns with a student or significant high points or positive growth worthy of note.
  • Perform all required administrative tasks in an accurate and timely manner.

    Required Qualifications and Skills:

    • Bachelor's degree in English
    • Teaching experience in English in the middle-school age-group.
    • Experience working with a wide range of students, teachers, and families of diverse backgrounds
    • Experience with Google Suite (Google Calendar, Google Docs, uploading and downloading digital ?les)
    • Solid experience with educational technology platforms
    • Desire to continue learning in the arenas of pedagogical practice and DEI
    • Strong work ethic, collaborative skills, flexibility, sense of humor, high emotional intelligence

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Master's degree in English
      • 3 years' or more relevant experience
      • Independent school experience
      • Experience with differentiation techniques such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
      • Experience with Responsive Classroom and Restorative Justice practices

        Working Conditions:

        • 90% Indoors, 10% outdoors (PE Teachers 60/40)
        • Ability to move around the classroom and playground to attend to individual or small groups of students
        • Occasional requirement to lift more than 30 lbs
        • Stand for an extended amount of time

          Expectations for SF Day Employees:
          Promote positive relationships between and among all internal and external constituents of the school by maintaining the highest level of professionalism, including but not limited to those aspects detailed in the employee handbook, and acting in a manner consistent with the School's Mission and Values.Collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the department to advance grade level, departmental and School goals and objectives.Support everyday needs of the community, including student-facing responsibilities, such as safety drills and recess/lunch duties.Commit to ongoing professional development and growth to reflect the demands of the position and the strategic priorities of the School.

          Our school has a generous professional development budget and we strive to model the goal of being lifelong learners.Serve as an active participant in the school's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Attend all-school, on-campus professional development seminars, participate in all-school readsof important literature in the field, and actively participate in modeling our mission and work in DEI.Attend evening and weekend events as required.Report and sign in to work no later than 15 minutes before the teacher's students are scheduled to arrive, and be available on campus until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 5:00 p.m. on Monday or another day designated as the regular weekly all-community meeting time.Remain on campus during the school day or leave and sign out only with prior permission from the teacher's supervisor, and do not pre-plan off-campus appointments when teacher is on-call for substitute/coverage duty. Provide ample advance notice for planned and approved days-off and record such leave in the appropriate HR platform. Do not schedule such absences immediately before and after a school vacation or on parent conference days.

          What could SF Day School offer YOU?

          • Competitive Salary
          • Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits with 100% employer-paid premiums for every employee
          • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
          • Paid holidays per the employee handbook
          • 403(b) retirement benefit option with a 7% employer match (after 60 days)
          • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
          • Discounted gym membership and on-campus fitness class with colleagues
          • Transportation and parking benefits
          • Pet insurance option

            Per CA statutes, all School employees should be able to pass a Federal and State background check, provide a negative TB test, and maintain professional behavior during the period of employment. The employment offer is contingent upon these requirements.

            Ready to Join SF Day?
            San Francisco Day School is committed to equity in its pay practices. The salary range for this role is Low: $63,150 Mid: $101,000 Cap: $138,423. Actual salary will take into consideration a candidate's years of experience, education, and skills. SF Day celebrates and welcomes faculty and staff who reflect the broad range of diversity in the Bay Area. We encourage people of color and LGBTQ+ applicants to apply. San Francisco Day School is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

            To Apply
            Please upload a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and strengths relevant to the position.
            No phone calls please.

            San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118For more information about San Francisco Day School, please visit

            San Francisco Day School and Breakthrough are equal opportunity employers. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. San Francisco Day School and Breakthrough does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition or history, pregnancy, expression, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under any federal, state, or local law. San Francisco Day School and Breakthrough will provide reasonable accommodation(s)to all qualified candidates and all employees with disabilities, where their disability affects the performance of their essential job functions except when doing so would create undue hardship. If you need assistance or need to request accommodations, please contact


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