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The Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

Employment Opportunities

Urban School strives to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, lifelong participants in their education and active citizens in their communities. The educational philosophy and programs emphasize learning as a joyful process of discovery; use of city and Bay Area resources to extend learning beyond the classroom; mutual respect and a strong rapport between students and teachers; and a firm commitment to an inclusive and diverse school community.

Urban is an equal opportunity employer. The school has an institutional commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Open Positions 2018-19 School Year

11th/12th Grade Dean
Associate Director of College Counseling
English Teaching Fellow

 

11th/12th Grade Dean
Classification: Regular Full-time, Exempt, 10-month Faculty Employee
Reports to: Assistant Head for Student Life

Urban School seeks a highly motivated, energetic, and organized individual for a combination 11th/12th Grade Dean and teaching position. Urban strives to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, lifelong participants in their education and active citizens in their communities. The educational philosophy and programs emphasize learning as a joyful process of discovery; use of city and Bay Area resources to extend learning beyond the classroom; mutual respect and a strong rapport between students and teachers; and a firm commitment to an inclusive and diverse school community.

Job Description
The 11th/12th Grade Dean oversees all routine academic and behavioral issues, advising, and all of the activities and events for their grades. The 11th/12th Grade Dean is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with 11th and 12th graders and their parents in order to foster students’ healthy growth and maturity. The Dean reports directly to the Assistant Head for Student Life and works closely with the Academic Dean and the 9th/10th Grade Dean. The 11th/12th Grade Dean must be available for consultation as of August 1 for retreats and preparation for the opening of school. The 11th/12th Grade Dean teaches a reduced load of five courses and receives 8 units (or four courses) of release time. He or she receives an additional stipend for monitoring the building every day after school until 5 pm.

Qualifications
Urban School seeks a highly motivated, energetic individual who has enthusiasm for working with high school students, experience being a class dean or coordinator in an independent high school, and  a strong background as a secondary school teacher. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, experience setting boundaries with teenagers, and strong organizational capabilities. The candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and experience working with a diverse student population. In addition, the successful candidate will thrive in collaborative environments that require deftness in moving between leadership and teamwork.

Work Environment
Climate-controlled, classroom environment. Occasional outdoor overnight field trips with classes and Grade Level Groups. Equipment Used: laptop computer, SmartBoard, printer/copy machine‌.

Physical Demands
Some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. This job requires 50% sitting, 10% walking, and 40% standing.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@urbanschool.org, noting 11th/12th Grade Dean in the subject heading. No calls, please.

 


Associate Director of College Counseling
Classification: Regular Full-Time, Exempt, 12-month Instructional Support
Reports To: Director of College Counseling

The Associate Director of College Counseling works with the Director of College Counseling to counsel and support students and families in all phases of the college search, application, and decision-making process. The Associate Director collaborates with faculty, staff and administration, develops programs, analyzes data, makes presentations, communicates information and develops relationships with college admissions professionals.

The Associate Director will report directly to the Director of College Counseling. The Associate Director of College Counseling is a full-time, 12-month position. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA/CREF retirement plan. The start date for this position is August 1, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

College Counseling:

  • Serve as the primary counselor for approximately half of the Junior and Senior students and write the school reports for those students (~50 students).
  • Meet with Juniors, Seniors and parents in a series of formally scheduled and informal meetings throughout the school year.
  • Provide guidance to students and families applying for need-based financial aid.
  • Help plan and lead evening presentations for Sophomore, Junior and Senior parents around the college counseling process.
  • Help organize and facilitate grade level meetings and student workshops.

College Office Events and Communication:

  • Publish an Electronic Bulletin and other resources to inform students and parents about testing dates, scholarships, college visits both inside and outside of school, and general information about the college admissions process.
  • Help maintain and update the college counseling web page.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit Urban.
  • Visit colleges and universities to learn about options and programs for students and to further educate these institutions about Urban.
  • Record and analyze college-related data (such as applications, acceptances, grade point averages, test scores, and the correlations between them).
  • Lead annual Junior college trip for small subset of Junior class.

College-related Programming and Professional Development:

  • Oversee the administration of PSAT and AP tests on campus, and other school-based college admissions testing.
  • Coordinate Bay Area Case Studies program.
  • Keep informed and up to date about college admissions issues, trends and best practices.
  • Attend professional development workshops.
  • Actively engage with professional organizations, including NACAC, WACAC, ACCIS and BAISCC (Bay Area Independent School College Counselors).
  • Work closely with administration and faculty to coordinate academic program and college admissions.

All-school engagement and miscellaneous duties:

  • Actively participate and engage in Urban faculty/staff committees.
  • Help with institutional data collection and analysis and external communication.
  • Chaperone dances, attend school trips, and support other student life endeavors.
  • Occasionally substitute classes on an emergency basis.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree requited; MA desirable.
  • Substantial experience with high school college counseling, or considerable experience working in selective college admissions.
  • Outstanding skills in listening, counseling, written and oral communication, public speaking and technology.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for working with high school students.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, and experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Successful candidates must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends to support college counseling programs, to write recommendations, and to travel to colleges.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional educational environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets.

Physical Demands
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing and lifting is required. This would require the ability to lift files up to 40 lbs., open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@urbanschool.org, noting College Counselor in the subject heading. No calls, please.


English Teaching Fellow
Classification: Regular Full-Time, Exempt, 10-month Faculty Employee
Reports To: Dean of Faculty

Urban School is looking for an intellectually vibrant, energetic college Senior, graduate student, or young professional with distinctive academic credentials, excellent communication skills, an interest in teaching as a career, and a desire to work as an apprentice teacher over the course of one school year. The Teaching Fellow program is designed to help increase the ranks of independent school teachers from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  For the 2018-19 school year we are seeking a Teaching Fellow in English.

The Teaching Fellow at Urban gains a deep understanding about what constitutes good teaching, an appreciation of the role of independent schools in the world of education, and a strong sense of his or her own emerging talent and potential as a participant in a school community. The Fellow is encouraged to participate in conferences and workshops related to his or her academic discipline as well as co-curricular areas of interest.  In the fall, the Fellow observes classes and assumes some teaching responsibilities with a mentor teacher present. In the winter and spring, the Teaching Fellow takes full responsibility for teaching several 10th grade core courses, working in collaboration with another teacher in the department who is teaching the same course. For full details on the position, please refer to the attached information sheet.

All classes are taught in an intensive, seminar-style format that lasts twelve weeks (the equivalent of a semester). Urban School offers a rich curriculum with the opportunity to pursue engaging topics in depth. For further information about Urban’s mission and programs, please visit our website.

The salary for the Teaching Fellow is $55,000. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA retirement plan.

Work Environment
Typical Working Conditions: Climate-controlled, classroom environment. Occasional outdoor field trips with classes and Grade Level Groups.

Equipment Used: Laptop computer, SmartBoard, printer/copy machine.

Physical Demands
Some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. This job requires 50% sitting, 10% walking, and 40% standing. 

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@urbanschool.org, noting Teaching Fellow in the subject heading. No calls, please.

 







URBAN-AT-A-GLANCE

Number of Students: 420

  • San Francisco 80%
  • Marin 10%
  • East Bay 3%
  • Peninsula/South Bay 7%

Faculty to student ratio: 1:9
Faculty with advanced degrees: 65%
Faculty of color: 35%
Average class size: 14
Students of color: 42%
Students receiving $3.72 million in tuition assistance: 29%


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