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.

Current Openings

Director of Annual and Leadership Giving

Reports to:  Director of Development

Primary Responsibility: Lead all aspects of Annual Fund Campaign and support all capital campaign cultivation and fundraising activities with a focus on leadership donor identification.

Work Schedule: Full time

Classification: Exempt, 12-month, Staff
Urban School of San Francisco seeks an experienced, highly motivated, strategic and detail-oriented Director of Annual and Leadership Giving 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.
• 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.
• Coordinate timely and accurate gift processing and acknowledgements with the
Development Associate.
• Oversee prospect research for leadership gifts from parents, grandparents, prospective
parents, alumni and others as needed; supervise wealth screening process and create
research profiles (Urban Prospect Sheets).
• Design and implement Class Endowment Fund campaign targeting senior parents and
grandparents, in partnership with the Assistant Director for Alumni Relations.
• 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.
• Send annual stewardship letters to Endowment Fund donors, as well as reports to
foundations, as requested.
• Write grant proposals as required.
• Support all fundraising, cultivation, solicitation and recognition activities.
• Attend school events to build and deepen relationships with prospective and current

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.
•    Update Raiser’s Edge with donor and prospect information as needed.
•    Assist with other School and Development Department events and activities as requested.

•    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.

Salary 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.

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

Girls Volleyball JV Assistant Coach

We seek coaches that are high energy, skilled, organized, and good leaders who can create a positive atmosphere in which our student athletes can thrive.

Previous coaching and/or playing experience is required.

Physical Requirements

  • Be able to stand and walk the court/field without difficulty for an extended period of time.

  • Must be able to physically demonstrate the sport.

Have or are willing to get:

  • First Aid and CPR Certification

  • Concussion Training

  • Fundamentals of Coaching Certification

Job Specifics:
Season runs August 12th through October 18th, with practices 5 days/ week. Practice time can be flexible, based on availability.

Compensation is competitive and will depend on experience.

Interested candidates please email Assistant Athletic Director Kali Heys at athleticjobs@urbanschool.org.

About Urban:
Urban School of San Francisco seeks to ignite a passion for learning, inspiring its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education -- both in high school and beyond.

We view athletics as being co-curricular activities that enhance the education of our student-athletes. We believe that certain lessons and values can be taught through sport that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Part-Time Receptionist

Classification: Non-Exempt, Part-Time, 12-month Staff
Part-Time Hours: Typically 11 am - 5 pm, with some opportunities for extra hours
Reports to: Office and Logistics Manager

Customer Service

  • Answer main phone line, greet guests, monitor and respond to FrontDesk shared email
  • Maintain Student sign-in binder
  • Assist Visitors with Envoy sign-in/out and provide printed badges
  • Create badges for Admissions related events
  • Assist with prospective student visits/interview sign-in during Admissions season
  • Sell tickets for performances
  • Assist subs with sign-in, attendance, printing schedules/rosters, etc.


  • Supervise and record student sign in/out
  • Provide attendance updates as requested
  • Run Weekly Attendance reports and assist Deans with attendance letters


  • Update calendar information on the School’s internal and external calendar
  • Be knowledgeable about the School’s schedule and all School events
  • Update the daily digital display


  • Sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Receive and process deliveries to and from the School, serving as the primary liaison for incoming and outgoing UPS
  • Label and maintain mailboxes, as needed
  • Prepare outgoing mail and bring to post office at the end of the day, as needed

Office Equipment

  • Maintain copiers and postage machines, coordinate service as needed
  • Order office supplies and maintain workroom for Page Street; coordinate office supplies and workroom maintenance with Oak Street receptionist

Student Support

  • Issue work permits
  • Work with office team to create student IDs and School facebook
  • Update Student Handbook as requested
  • Coordinate student IOUs, battery sales

Administrative Support

  • Coordinate annual updates to cell list, license plates, extension list with Registrar, sports rosters, club list, etc.
  • Order and maintain hospitality/break room supplies
  • Provide clerical support as requested, including but not limited to, creation of labels, folders, mailings, forms; relaying Facility requests


  • Maintain transportation shuttle ridership list
  • Create, track, and sell Marin and South Bay bus tickets
  • Coordinate daily afternoon shuttle riders and Accounting
  • Enforce afternoon white zone hours

Ad hoc duties as requested including but not limited to:

  • Create Library Cards
  • Assist with Scheduling for Winter Festival
  • Flex to Oak Street reception as needed

Physical Demands during essential functions:

  • Sitting continuously (up to 6 hours per day)
  • Reaching at or below shoulders frequently (2 ½ – 5 hours per day)
  • Bending, standing, squatting, kneeling and reaching above shoulders occasionally (under 2 ½ hours per day)
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds

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.

Salary will be competitive based upon experience and qualifications. Benefits package provided.

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

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

Part-Time Counseling Associate Intern

Download a pdf copy here.

The Urban School of San Francisco, an innovative, coeducational, secondary independent day school of 420 students, seeks two part-time School Counselors for the 2019-20 school year: one 1-day Counselor and one 2-day Counselor. Both are one-year paid internships. We are seeking candidates who have completed their degree programs and their hours toward licensure; applicants who are newly licensed or  who will be taking their licensing exam in 2019. Candidates should have experience in schools and with adolescents and be interested in Narrative, Somatic and Mindfulness practices.

These internships focus on counseling, teaching and mentoring skills and a deeper inquiry and understanding on what community mental health means in a high school context. For more information on Urban’s mission and programs, please visit our website.

Counseling Associates (along with the Director of Counseling) provide mental health resources for the student community and staff the Counseling office during school hours. The 3-person Mental Health Services team works together and separately to provide creative counseling practice, mental health curriculum, and relevant training to peer counselors and faculty. Each Associate will teach a course in the Being At Urban program. Associates will assist with the Peer Ed theater class in the Fall term and with Peer Resources throughout the school year. Study and inquiry are also a key component of these internships. The team will meet weekly with attention to professional evolution in therapeutic theory and practice.

Counseling Office
Counseling practice is one main focus of the internship experience. The Counseling office is open during school hours and after school for an hour or two. Students (sometimes faculty and parents) make appointments in advance and drop by. Associates will keep a calendar of meetings, as well as meet the unplanned visitors and circumstances of any school day. Associates will grow in discernment and finding appropriate clinical response to a range of student/school situations and struggles.

Classrooms and student groups/clubs
Teaching/mentoring is another focus of these positions. Each associate will teach three mini courses in the Being At Urban program across the school year. The 2-day Intern will also join a club or group across the school year. Urban appreciates our counselors in both the classroom and the discourse and connections of clubs and affinity groups, art projects and sports teams.

Associate Interns will:

  • Provide one-on-one counseling and small group counseling.
  • Assist in mediation counseling and restorative justice circles.
  • Develop creative  psychology curriculum relevant for teenagers for U period BU courses across the year.
  • Contribute to a  range of social/emotional topics for lunchtime forums across the year.
  • Witness and mentor in clubs or lunchtime forums as possible.
  • Assist in Peer Resource and Peer Education theater.
  • Help expand a network of local practitioners as speakers, teachers, referrals.
  • Support faculty and parents in their relationships with students.
  • Meet with the School Counselor for weekly supervision and training sessions.
  • Consult with the team about student caseload and current community dynamics and concerns.
  • Develop and teach one course a term in the BU program.
  • Engage in BU weekly email thread and BU faculty meetings each term.
  • Develop relationships with the student deans, Charisse, Riley and Charlotte.
  • Develop relationships over time with co-curricular team and develop projects as relevant.
  • Present on their Internship experiences at the close of their time at Urban.

Physical Requirements While Performing Essential Functions
Typical Working Conditions: Climate controlled office environment.
Equipment Used: Computer, phone.
Essential Physical Tasks: Sitting continuously over five hours per day, occasional lifting, occasional filing.
Pay for Counseling Associate internships range from $40 to $48 per hour, depending on experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two reference contacts via email to: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting Counseling Associate in the email subject heading.


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.

Code of Conduct for Adult-Student Interactions (pdf)
Revised March 2019

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.