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.

Current Openings

Controller

Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, independent college preparatory high school with co-educational 420 students. The school seeks to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education and active citizens in their communities. For more information on the school’s mission and programs, please visit our website.

Position Summary

Urban School of San Francisco seeks an experienced Controller for the daily management of accounting operations to ensure strong fiscal controls and accurate financial reporting.  The School’s budget is $19 million and the endowment is $11.5 million. The ideal candidate will be nimble and have a high degree of integrity, accuracy, and detailed finance and accounting experience. 

Responsibilities

  • Manages the accounting systems of the school, including general ledger, budget, payroll and benefits, fixed assets and endowment. Provides accurate and timely financial, management and governmental reports.
  • Oversees the preparation of Urban School’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 tax return.
  • Monitors the annual operating budget for accuracy and ensures monthly reports are communicated in a timely manner to departments. Identifies and analyzes variances and develops appropriate solutions and/or recommendations. Helps to prepare the monthly reporting package for the Board of Trustees.
  • Manages all bank accounts, investment accounts, cash and related assets of Urban School. Reports and monitors investment performance. Prepares monthly bank reconciliations for all school accounts.
  • Develops, documents and maintains appropriate accounting and financial procedures, including effective and thorough use of accounting software (Financial Edge). Serves as the in-house accounting software expert, maintaining the system, ensuring upgrades are completed in a timely manner, and assisting other users.
  • Provides hands-on management and is responsible for the general ledger, accounts receivable (student billing and collection of tuition and fees), accounts payable, purchasing card transactions, and fixed assets along with assistance from the Business Office staff.  Manages receivables and payables for ancillary services such as transportation and food service.
  • Works with the Development Office to reconcile Raiser’s Edge contribution records with Financial Edge.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, tax filings, professional standards and internal policies.
  • Develops accounting and funds management policies and procedures to insure adequate financial controls, audit trails and security in conjunction with the CFO.
  • Manages and mentors the staff accountant.
  • Demonstrated track record of identifying and implementing process improvements to streamline operations and better serve internal customer needs.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; CPA license highly desired
  • Non-profit accounting experience
  • 7-10 years of proven accounting experience in an accounting management position

Experience

  • Knowledge of Financial Edge (required) and excellent command of Excel, Work and PowerPoint
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; demonstrated track record of working in a fast-paced environment with ability to prioritize key deliverables
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and multi-task within a lean environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; thrives in a team environment


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, send your resume and thoughtful cover letter to Diane Walters, CFO, at: jobs@urbanschool.org, noting the position title in the subject heading of your email.

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.

2019-20 Openings

Admissions Associate

Urban School of San Francisco, an innovative, coeducational, secondary independent day school of 420 students, is seeking a full-time Admissions Associate & Event Coordinator, effective August 1, 2019. 

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. For further information on Urban’s mission and programs, please visit our website at www.urbanschool.org.

The Admissions Associate & Event Coordinator works with the Director of Admissions and the Assistant Director of Admissions in the planning and implementation of all activities related to the recruitment and selection of students at Urban School. The Admissions Associate is supervised by the Director of Admissions.

The expectations for the Admissions Associate’s participation and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Possess in-depth knowledge of Urban’s progressive academic programs and activities that contribute to student development and serve as a primary source of information for students and parents
  • Coordinate and oversee the planning, organization, and execution of admissions events, including but not restricted to: Student Admissions Committee Retreat, fall Open Houses, fall Bay Area High School Fairs, Diversity Night, interviews, Decision and Revisit Week, Spring Freshmen Welcome, Families of Color Welcome, all of which take place on weekends or weekday evenings
  • Assist the Assistant Director of Admissions in the planning, implementing and overseeing of the Applicant Visit Program which includes, but is not limited to: scheduling applicant visits, coordinating with teachers, training and coordinating student tour guides, and welcoming and hosting visitors while on-campus
  • Promote Urban Admissions at Bay Area High School Fairs, Parent Information Sessions and Tours and other recruiting events
  • Support Assistant Director of Admissions with organization and management of Ravenna Application Systems
  • Interview prospective students and assist with organization of interview program
  • Coordinate student and parent volunteers for all admissions events
  • Represent the School during off-campus visits to Bay Area middle schools and community organizations to educate prospective students about Urban School
  • Read and assess student applications, as a standing member of the Admissions Reading Committee
  • Support the spring enrollment process for each year’s entering freshmen class and transfer students
  • Provide office and clerical support

Special Requirements
Ability to type and sit for long periods; ability to listen and transcribe notes; ability to lift and carry 35 pounds

Candidates should possess a high level of integrity, impeccable organizational skills, enthusiasm for working with middle and high school students, and outstanding writing and public speaking skills. Candidates should be highly professional and able to use discretion in regard to confidential matters. In addition, candidates must have superior office administration skills, work effectively in a fast-paced work environment, both individually and collaboratively as a member of a team, and have a strong ability to multi-task and prioritize projects. Lastly, candidates should be self-motivated, energetic, friendly, easily approachable, able to work with a diverse group of people, and desire to be an engaged Urban community member.  Previous experience in secondary school admissions is strongly preferred.

Salary will be competitive based on experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA-CREF retirement program.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@urbanschool.org, noting “Admissions Associate” in the heading of your email.

Lab Assistant and Science Tutor

Classification: Non-­Exempt, Limited Part-­time, 10 -Month Staff
Reports to: Science Department Chair and Director of Learning Services

Urban School of San Francisco is seeking a candidate who can work as both a lab assistant and science tutor. This is a half-time, hourly position paying $35-38/hour. The term of employment will be for one academic year, from late August 2019 through mid-June 2020

The Lab Assistant (~15 hours/wk) helps with laboratory set up and maintenance in our Science Department. Duties include making chemical solutions; pouring LB plates; organizing and setting out proper equipment; clean-up and maintenance of equipment and store room; and ordering supplies. The lab assistant hours are to be determined in consultation with the Science Department Chair.

An Effective Lab Assistant:

  • Pays close attention to details and organization.
  • Manages many simultaneous projects with different deadlines, while continuing to keep lab areas clean and organized.
  • Excels at troubleshooting problems and following detailed technical protocols.
  • Is a self-starter who can investigate and follow through on problems with minimal supervision.
  • Will commit to working in the job for a full academic year.

Lab Assistant Qualifications:

  • Previous lab experience in genetics, molecular biology or chemistry.
  • Extremely organized and attentive to deadlines.
  • Highly responsible and dependable.

The science tutor works individually and in small groups with students who need additional support in Urban science classes (~5 hours/week). The majority of these students are in 9th and 10th grade science; biology and chemistry are the principal topics in those classes. The science tutor works with groups of students at two set times during the week.

An effective science tutor:

  • Teaches students key ideas in biology and chemistry classes.
  • Helps students develop effective test study strategies, and works with students to improve their lab report writing.
  • Works with students to hone their metacognition, so that students have a better sense of gaps in their understanding.
  • Actively monitors student progress, and actively checks in on student progress — the science tutor is an active, not passive, adult presence.
  • Works equally well with students in both small groups and one-to-one settings.
  • Enjoys working with high school age students.

Science Tutor Qualifications:

  • Strong academic background in core biology and chemistry classes.
  • Prior experience working with pre-college students in an academic environment.
  • Strong collaborator with adults and students.

If interested, the Lab Assistant and Science Tutor can also be in Urban’s substitute teacher pool. Any substitute teaching will be paid separately at a higher rate.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Geoff Ruth, Academic Dean, at jobs@urbanschool.org, noting Lab Assistant in the 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.

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.