420
NUMBER OF STUDENTS
80% SAN FRANCISCO
20% BAY AREA
9:1
FACULTY TO STUDENT RATIO
$3.8 MILLION
TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANTED TO 29% OF URBAN STUDENTS
40% 
STUDENTS OF COLOR
35% 
FACULTY & STAFF OF COLOR

Careers at Urban

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. Our 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 with an institutional commitment to diversity. We actively encourage applications from candidates with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

2018-19 Openings

Director of Annual Fund and Campaigns

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Urban School of San Francisco seeks an experienced, highly motivated, strategic and detail-oriented Director of Annual Fund and Campaigns to lead the Annual Fund and support all campaign cultivation and fundraising activities including, but not limited to endowment and capital campaigns. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Annual Fund and Campaigns (80%)

  • Design and implement comprehensive Annual Fund campaign with targeted solicitations and activities to strengthen the school’s fundraising program.
  • Design and implement Class Endowment Fund campaign targeting senior parents and grandparents, in partnership with the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.
  • Recruit, train, motivate and manage volunteer leadership to accomplish fundraising goals.
  • Create direct mail solicitations, pledge reminders and acknowledgement letters to encourage renewals and upgrades.
  • Write grant proposals as required.
  • In partnership with the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, strengthen alumni support and participation in Urban’s fundraising efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Development Associate to produce campaign reports and statistics. Produce campaign metrics for Board of Trustees reports required in board meetings and relevant committee meetings.
  • Coordinate timely and accurate gift processing and acknowledgements with the Development Associate.
  • Oversee prospect research; supervise wealth screening process and create leadership donor profiles (Urban Prospect Sheets).
  • Send annual stewardship letters to Endowment Fund donors, as well as reports to foundations, as requested.
  • Attend school events to build and deepen relationships with prospective and current donors.

Communications (15%)

  • Oversee production and distribution of the Annual Report.
  • In partnership with the Communications & Marketing department, regularly update website content for the Development section and produce brochures, publications and communications for campaigns.

Other (5%)

  • Attend and record minutes for Development Committee and Campaign Steering Committee meetings.
  • Complete surveys, such as the annual ABADO and NAIS questionnaires, and compile statistics.
  • Assist with other School and Development Department events and activities as requested.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of three years professional experience developing and directing comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising strategies in education, with emphasis on individual giving.
  • Proven track record of success in growing a comprehensive giving program that meets 
measurable goals and objectives. 

  • Keen appreciation for the foundation of annual giving as the enabling component of successful major and gift planning programs.
  • Outstanding organizational skills; initiate and complete multiple tasks on time with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated talent for recruiting, managing and inspiring volunteers.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and judgment to represent Urban both within and outside the school; develop and maintain effective relationships with donors, prospects and the Urban community, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Ability to write and speak persuasively; excellent written, oral and computer skills.
  • Strong facility with Raiser’s Edge software required.
  • Impeccable attention to detail.
  • Ability to establish goals and action plans and to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team to achieve goals.
  • Strong self-motivation and high level of professionalism.
  •  Knowledge of and experience in an independent school preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Some nights and weekends may be required; possible travel.
  • Ability to type and sit for long periods; ability to listen and transcribe notes.
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.

Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, coeducational high school, which seeks to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education. For more information on our mission and programs, please visit our website.

Salary will be competitive based upon experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes vacation, as well as medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and the TIAA retirement plan.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Anna Lee, Director of Development at: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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Urban School of San Francisco seeks a highly motivated, strategic and detail-oriented Assistant Director of Alumni Relations to oversee all strategic alumni programming, communications and events that celebrate Urban alumni, deepen the School’s relationship with alumni, increase alumni contributions to the School, and build upon the connections of alumni with one another. The assistant director will also supervise the Alum Faculty Ambassador. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Alumni Relations

  • Manage Urban’s volunteer Alumni Council and coordinate their networking, fundraising and special event efforts. Partner with the Alumni Council President on oversight of meetings and activities, and assist in recruitment, orientation and governance.
  • Supervise Faculty Alum Ambassador to ensure high-quality outreach and engagement with alums, as well as recruitment of alumni leaders and speakers.  
  • Develop alumni strategic plan and set annual goals and actions for the program.
  • Create and support programs that engage alumni and enrich the educational experience of current students such as internships, career advice, mentoring, networking and the annual Junior Career Days. 
  • In partnership with the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Special Events, supervise and implement reunions, including the (every other year) All-Alumni Reunion Weekend, annual Recent Grad Reunion, as well as class reunions and regional reunions, such as New York and Los Angeles.
  • Oversee and implement all alumni events throughout the year, such as the annual College Advice Panel to Urban sophomores, Holiday Happy Hour, Recent Grad Reunion, Sophomore Career Visit Days, Teach-Ins and UrbanReads with support from the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Special Events.
  • Represent the School to alumni community and act as primary liaison with alums.
  • Strengthen alumni support and participation in Urban’s fundraising efforts. In partnership with the Director of Annual Fund and Campaigns, research prospects, write appeal letters, create messaging and solicitation materials and organize phone-a-thons. 
  • Design and implement senior student Class Endowment Fund campaign effort in partnership with the Director of Annual Fund and Campaigns.
  • Manage and implement calendar of all alumni communications. 
  • In partnership with the Communications & Marketing department, oversee content for alumni section of website, Online Alumni Community, Facebook and LinkedIn, bi-monthly BluesNotes e-newsletters to alums and once-per-term This Term at Urban e-newsletters to alum parents.
  • In partnership with the Communications & Marketing department, help maintain and collect archival materials and photos for historical use.
  • Provide content for Annual Report.
  • Oversee alumni program budget.
  • Keep meticulous records of alumni contact, attendance, volunteering and news in database. 

  • Oversee day-to-day activities of Alumni Office including correspondence and inquiries.

Other

  • •Supervise student and alumni interns on various projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 2 years of professional fundraising experience.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and judgment to represent Urban both within and outside the school; develop and maintain effective relationships with donors, prospects and the Urban community, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
  • Ability to write and speak persuasively; excellent written, verbal and computer skills; experience with Raiser’s Edge software and social media preferred.
  • Impeccable attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and executing successful events.
  • Outstanding organizational skills; initiate and complete multiple tasks on time with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated talent for managing and inspiring volunteers.
  • Ability to establish goals and action plans and to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team to achieve goals. 
  • Strong self-motivation and high level of professionalism.
  • Knowledge of and experience in an independent school preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Travel, as well as some evenings and weekends are required.
  • Ability to type and sit for long periods; ability to listen and transcribe notes.
  • Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.

Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, coeducational high school, which seeks to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education. For more information on our mission and programs, please visit our website.

Salary will be competitive based upon experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes vacation, as well as medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and the TIAA retirement plan.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Anna Lee, Director of Development at: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.
 

2019-20 Openings

Dean of Equity and Inclusion

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 process of discovery, the use of city and Bay Area resources to extend learning beyond the classroom, mutual respect between students and teachers, and a strong commitment to diversity. We strive to honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society. We believe the best education occurs in a school comprised of students, teachers, and families drawn from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. While the work of diversity and community always has been a part of the Urban School’s mission, we seek to build on this commitment by creating a truly inclusive and equitable school: one where students and adults are welcomed and supported; where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued; and where every student has an equal opportunity to participate and thrive in the academic and co-curricular programs.

The school is seeking a dynamic and forward-looking educator to lead the school’s transformative and visionary work in diversity, equity and inclusion. The Dean’s work will focus on leading and collaborating with others to identify and change systems and practices to make sure each Urban student is fully included and capable of thriving in all dimensions of school life. The Dean will work with students, faculty, staff, administration, parents and the Board to strengthen awareness and dialogue and build effective programs and practices. The Dean’s work will impact curriculum, pedagogy, co-curricular programs, professional development and education for parents and the Board of Trustees. This position reports directly to the Assistant Head of School for Student Life and works closely with the Head of School, Dean of Faculty, and Academic Dean. The Dean will teach one or more classes across the year in the Service Learning Department.

A strong candidate will have at least five years of experience teaching in secondary schools and working on issues of equity, inclusion and social justice. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the culture of independent schools and the interconnectedness between identity and systemic inequity. In addition, the candidate will have a passion for engaging all constituents in finding their place in this work. The Dean of Equity and Inclusion is a senior-level administrator and a 12-month, salaried position.

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

The salary is competitive based on experience. 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 cover letter and resume to: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.

English Teaching Fellow

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FULL-TIME TEACHING FELLOW FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
    
Urban School is looking for an intellectually vibrant, energetic college senior, graduate student, or young professional with distinctive academic credentials, excellent communication skills, and an interest in teaching as a career 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 2019-20 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. The Teaching Fellow also leads weekly “U period” classes, weekly enrichment activities that reflect the Teaching Fellow's own interests and experience.

All classes are taught in an intensive, seminar-style format that lasts 12 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. For additional information about the Teaching Fellow position, see the information sheet.

The salary for the Teaching Fellow is $58,500. 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, noting Teaching Fellow in the subject line of the email.

Director of Service Learning

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DIRECTOR OF SERVICE LEARNING FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Urban School of San Francisco, an independent, college preparatory high school, seeks a highly motivated, community-oriented, and well-organized individual to serve as the Director of Service Learning. The Director oversees the Service Learning Department which offers a four-year service-learning curriculum that integrates equity and social action education. The Director of Service Learning is responsible for supervising department members, designing and teaching the curriculum, and ensuring that students fulfill their service-learning requirements.

The Director is also responsible for maintaining and growing relationships between the school and local community organizations and non-profits. In addition, the Director collaborates with the Dean of Equity and Inclusion in building programs that deepen students' understanding of the responsibilities of 21st century citizenship. The Director of Service Learning is a full-time position that reports directly to the Assistant Head for Student Life.  

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and community-oriented person with a social science or history degree, prior experience teaching at the high school level, designing curriculum and running a service-learning program. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills, a commitment to collaboration, a deep enthusiasm for working with high school students, and strong organizational capabilities.  

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 process of discovery, the use of city and Bay Area resources to extend learning beyond the classroom, mutual respect between students and teachers, and a strong commitment to diversity.  For further information about Urban’s mission and programs, including details about the Service Learning curriculum, please visit our website at www.urbanschool.org.

The salary is competitive based on experience. 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 cover letter and resume to: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.

Urban School is an equal opportunity employer; the school actively encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

English or English/History Teacher

FULL-TIME  ENGLISH or ENGLISH/HISTORY TEACHER
FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Urban School of San Francisco seeks a full-time English or English and History teacher with a strong academic background and teaching experience at the secondary school level. The position includes teaching 9th and 10th grade 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 humanities subjects, comfort and familiarity with the use of technology to enhance learning, strong experience in teaching essential skills, and a commitment to one’s own continued professional growth. Depending on the candidate’s interest and experience, the position may include teaching the journalism elective and leading the staff of the school’s student newspaper, The Urban Legend.

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 curriculum, please visit our website.

The salary scale ranges from $70,000 to $121,000. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA retirement plan.

Send cover letter, resume, and a list of references to: jobs@urbanschool.org

Please put “English Teacher” or “English/History Teacher” in the subject heading of your email.

WORKING AT URBAN

Professional Development

One of Urban’s core values is this: We are committed to reflection, evaluation, evolution and innovation as means to improve teaching and learning. Faculty and staff have abundant opportunities to deepen their repertoires and expand their practices both in regular collaborative work with colleagues and in conferences, workshops and programs, both in the Bay Area and around the world. Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Robust faculty evaluation and individualized professional growth plan
  • Annual self-evaluation, reflection and goal-setting
  • Regularized teacher collaboration
  • All-faculty professional development days
  • Summer curriculum and technology grants
  • Funds for staff career and skills development
  • Advanced degree program support
  • Dan Murphy Fund for Education Innovation and Faculty Growth
  • Summer sabbaticals

Support in Transition to Urban
All teachers new to Urban participate in a year-long New-to-Urban cohort designed to orient and support new faculty as they learn the practices and adapt to the systems of Urban’s distinctive teaching and learning culture.

Getting Involved in the Life of the School
Faculty and staff at Urban are asked to participate in a range of academic and non-academic programs and experiences in order to better connect with students and with each other. These opportunities may include grade level advising, athletic coaching, club advisory, committee memberships and chaperoning of trips, dances, performances, etc.

Nondiscrimination Policy
Urban School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit in order to have the best available person in every job. The school has an institutional commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.Urban's employment policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic characteristics, citizenship, military or veteran status, age or any other basis protected by California state law, federal law or San Francisco ordinance. Urban's policy also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.