The 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.
Current Open Positions
2017-18 School Year
Part-Time Learning Services Associate
Full-time English Teaching Fellow for 2017-18
Part-Time Learning Services Associate
Classification: Entry-Level, Non-Exempt, Regular Part-time, 10-Month Staff
The Urban School of San Francisco seeks a part-time associate (40-60% time, depending on the candidate) to join the Director of Learning Services in addressing the needs of students with learning differences. The Learning Services Associate will deliver direct, hands-on services to students individually and in small groups during regularly scheduled study skills sessions. These sessions may include organizational tutoring; assistance with conceptualizing, organizing, and writing papers; checking in around homework progress; and discussing strategies for studying for quizzes and tests. In addition, the Learning Services Associate will help interface with families.
The Learning Services Associate’s specific responsibilities include:
Processing LD information:
- Help maintain electronic and other files for students with diagnosed learning disabilities that serve teachers’, parents’ and tutors’ needs and meet College Board/ACT standards.
- Help read and interpret learning specialists’ evaluations; make suggestions for appropriate accommodations and pedagogy, and draft learning profiles.
Working with individual students and families:
- Conduct individual and small group sessions for students on specific learning strategies, both for students with and without diagnosed learning differences.
- Initiate conversations with students and their parents to discuss strategies and set goals around learning issues.
- Meet on a regular basis with parents of diagnosed LD students to review learning goals and progress.
- Serve as an advocate for individual LD students with regard to classroom accommodations: engage individual and small groups of faculty in discussions about students’ needs.
- Familiarize oneself with the Urban curriculum. Attend classes frequently, particularly 9th and 10th grade classes.
- Track individual students' progress through classroom observations and assessments and initiate relevant support strategies.
Coordinating and supervising standardized testing :
- Keep students and parents informed about standardized testing requirements for accommodations.
- Complete applications for accommodations for LD students in a timely manner.
- Attend some faculty meetings, as coordinated with the Learning Services Director.
- Occasionally substitute classes on an emergency basis.
Knowledge, Skill and Experience
The Learning Services Associate must have at least 3 years experience teaching middle or high school. The ideal candidate should also have extensive experience supporting adolescents with identified learning differences in a high school setting and exhibit curiosity about curriculum, pedagogy and metacognition.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email. No phone calls, please.
Full-Time English Teaching Fellow for 2017-18
The 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 2017-18 school year we are seeking a Teaching Fellow in English.
The Teaching Fellow at the Urban School 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.
All classes are taught in an intensive, seminar-style format that lasts twelve weeks (the equivalent of a semester). The 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 at http://www.urbanschool.org.
The salary for the Teaching Fellow is $44,000. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA retirement plan.
Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com, and note “Teaching Fellow” in the subject line of the email.