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

Employment Opportunities

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
Part-Time College Counseling Assistant
Full-time English Teacher for 2017-18
Full-time History Teacher for 2017-18
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 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.

Miscellaneous duties:

  • 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 jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.  No phone calls, please.

 

Part-Time College Counseling Assistant
Classification: Entry-Level, Non-Exempt, Regular Part-time, 10-Month Staff

The Urban School of San Francisco seeks a part-time assistant to join the College Counseling department. This is an entry-level position ideal for someone interested in pursuing a career in college counseling or school counseling.

The College Counseling Assistant works with the College Counselors as part of a team that assists students and families as they navigate the college admissions process. The assistant contributes to a college counseling program that is individualized, responsive, knowledgeable and meets the needs of a diverse group of families.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with students regarding college applications, address practical and procedural questions, assist with editing application essays.
  • Schedule and manage college rep visits on campus.
  • Send required student materials (transcript, recommendations, reports) to colleges and act as liaison for admissions offices sending materials to students.
  • Organize and oversee onsite standardized testing (SAT/ACT with accommodations, PSAT, AP’s)
  • Oversee collection and analysis of data
    • Maintain and update Naviance with the Registrar
    • Collect information on scholarships, summer and gap-year programs, and colleges hosting free fly-in campus visits as part of their diversity recruitment.
    • Gather and analyze relevant data related to national, local, and Urban trends in college admissions
  • Reach out to alumni, in conjunction with Development and Alumni Relations staff
    • Work with Alumni Relations to maintain contact with Urban graduates
    • Contact first-generation college students during their college freshman year, to help them transition to college and ultimately be successful in college
    • Assess the college transition needs of all students
    • Connect current students with Urban alumni (ie. social media).
  • Work with outside organizations to coordinate test preparation classes.
  • Coordinate Case Studies program with other Bay Area independent schools.
  • Manage logistics and setup for college counseling presentations, events, and workshops (including UC/Naviance workshops)
  • Update and maintain website and other communications.
  • Attend conferences and workshops to learn about and keep up with college admissions requirements, trends, and changes. (UC, NACAC, WACAC, ACCIS)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a willingness to collaborate, discretion, some familiarity with selective college admissions, and an ability to research and analyze data. Proficiency in a second language (particularly Spanish or Chinese) is preferred, though not required.

Other Duties

  • Provide backup coverage for the receptionist for daily breaks, and occasionally lunch.
  • Potentially cover a class as a substitute in the case of an emergency teacher absence.

Physical Requirements While Performing Essential Functions

  • Typical working conditions: climate-controlled office environment.
  • Equipment used: computer, phone.
  • Essential physical tasks: sitting continuously over 5 hours per day, occasional lifting, occasional filing.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.  No phone calls, please.

 

Full-Time English Teacher for 2017-18

The Urban School of San Francisco seeks a full-time English teacher with a strong background in literature and writing and prior teaching experience at the secondary school level. The position includes teaching required 9th and 10th grade English courses as well as junior and senior electives. The school is looking for a dynamic, creative teacher who has enthusiasm for working with high school students, a commitment to innovative pedagogy and collaborative curriculum development with colleagues, facility with wide-ranging and multicultural literature, comfort and familiarity with the use of technology to enhance learning, strong experience in teaching writing, and a commitment to one’s own continued professional growth.

The salary scale ranges from $59,900 - $114,867. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA retirement plan.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting “English Teacher” in the subject heading of your email.

  

 

Full-time History Teacher for 2017-18

The Urban School of San Francisco seeks an energetic, creative teacher to teach in-depth courses in both American and non-western history at the secondary school level. The position includes core courses like World History in the 20th Century and U. S. History as well as wide-ranging and multicultural electives for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The successful candidate will have a rich background in history, including extensive use of primary sources, and a strong commitment to the teaching of writing. The school is looking for a dynamic teacher who is committed to innovative, student-centered pedagogy; experienced with project-based curriculum design; facile with the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning; avid and effective in collaboration; and committed to continued professional growth.

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. For further information about Urban’s mission and programs, including details about the History curriculum, please visit our website at www.urbanschool.org

Salary scale ranges from $59,900 - $114,867. 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, resume, transcripts, and a list of references via email to: jobs@urbanschool.org

Please note the position title in the subject heading of your email.

 

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 jobs@urbanschool.org, and note “Teaching Fellow” in the subject line of the email.

  




URBAN-AT-A-GLANCE

Number of Students: 417

  • San Francisco 81%
  • Marin 9%
  • East Bay 3%
  • Peninsula/South Bay 7%

Faculty to student ratio: 1:10
Faculty with advanced degrees: 56%
Faculty of color: 31%
Average class size: 14
Students of color: 39%
Students receiving $3.36 million in tuition assistance: 27%


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