San Francisco Girls’ School is a new independent school for girls with a STEM-focused and interdisciplinary curriculum. Our mission is to create the leaders and innovators of tomorrow and help close the gender gap in STEM and leadership. Located in the heart of San Francisco, we will use the resources of our city to enhance the curriculum and provide unique opportunities for our students. We anticipate about 30 students in our inaugural 9th grade class and expect that faculty and students alike will have a role in shaping the future of the school.
Mission: San Francisco Girls’ School, through a focus on STEM enhanced by the arts, gives each student the courage and skills to become a resourceful leader with boundless aspirations and a commitment to ingenuity, humanity and social change.
Tenets: Cultivate Belonging - Pursue Integrity - Rise to Challenge
We seek an Upper School teacher whose primary focus is Science, with an emphasis on Biology. Our Science sequence is Biology, Chemistry, then Physics. As a STEM-focused school, we expect to offer advanced courses across the sciences such as Environmental Chemistry or Bioengineering Applications. Because our curriculum is interdisciplinary, we are also looking for teachers with skills and interests in other areas.
All SFGirls teachers are expected to participate in the life of the school as advisors, club mentors, or by facilitating co-curriculars. All faculty and staff are expected to uphold the core tenets of the school and support students in doing so as well.
Teach 9 classes over the course of a three-term academic year
Serve as an advisor
Create the initial curriculum for 9th grade biology courses and build subsequent curriculum including potential electives
Design and implement culturally responsive, equitable, and motivational instruction, incorporating student-engaged assessment
Collaborate with other stakeholders to create interdisciplinary curriculum in support of the mission and vision of SFGirls
Incorporate technology into teaching practice in significant and meaningful ways
Use research-based teaching practices in the classroom
Communicate with students and families via timely, accurate, and actionable feedback
Work collaboratively with students, parents, and specialists to support learning for each student
Engage in on-going professional development
Support the co-curricular life of the school via participation, facilitation, and/or supervision
Embody and support the mission of the school
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Necessary Skills & Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field
Minimum three years’ teaching experience
Excellent communication and collaboration skills
Experience implementing classroom technologies, including online platforms for teaching
Agility, creativity, resilience, and imagination
Preferred Skills & Qualities
Experience with competency-based learning
Girls’ education experience & interest
Advanced degree in the Sciences, Education, or related field
Willingness to take initiative
Sense of adventure
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and educational philosophy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional documentation such as references and a sample unit plan including evidence of student learning will be requested within the application process. San Francisco Girls’ School is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive Salary and Benefits
About San Francisco Girls' School
San Francisco Girls’ School will be an all-girls independent high school nationally recognized for its academic excellence and outstanding STEM program (https://sfgirls.org). The school’s mission is to educate and inspire leaders in STEM, and aims to remedy the declining number of women pursuing university STEM degrees and, later, STEM careers. Surprisingly, there is no all-girls independent high school in the Bay Area, an anomaly among major U.S. cities at a time when a large body of research has proven the effectiveness of single-sex education in optimizing a girl’s performance and leadership skills.
SFGirls has a broader mission of serving as an incubator for innovative STEM coursework, designed specifically for girls, through its Center of Excellence for Girls’ STEM Education, and delivering it on-line for free to a national consortium of public girls’ schools. The CoE will combine data analysis from this pioneering public-private initiative with original research to refine best practices, and develop a foundational pedagogy for teaching girls STEM. Ten public girls’ schools across the country are participating in the consortium. Programming began in September 2019 wit...h an Intro to STEM Careers, a live-streamed interactive speaker series showcasing women in Bay Area STEM jobs.