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January 13, 2022
Science Teacher (emphases on biology and ecology)
Job announcement: Science Teacher (emphases on biology and ecology)
Reports to: Dean of Faculty
Status: Full-time, Exempt, Academic Year
Start date: July 2022

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is an independent, college-preparatory high school committed to providing its students with a challenging, innovative curriculum and a collaborative, supportive community. Our staff and faculty members (“staffulty”) foster and model curiosity, critical thinking, intentionality, open dialogue, and good humor as well as a commitment to equity and inclusion within Bay and beyond. Bay students have been described as engaged and thoughtful self-advocates who value community and courage. Please visit our precepts and academics pages to learn more about our school.

The Bay School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to having a staffulty and student body that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We strongly encourage those with a demonstrated dedication to social justice, collaboration, innovation and student-centered education to apply. We encourage BIPOC candidates to apply.

As of this posting, The Bay School is conducting school in-person. All Bay School employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine prior to starting work unless exempted from an immunization in accordance with law, and provide documentation confirming such immunization and/or exemption.

We do not sponsor work visas.

POSITION: Science Teacher (Biology & Ecology)
The Bay School science program employs a pedagogical approach that incorporates inquiry-based practice and real-world applications. We strongly value student experimental design, data-driven argumentation, and designing curricula that empower all students to see themselves as scientists. Our program is physics-first in the ninth grade, followed by tenth-grade chemistry and eleventh-grade biology. In addition, we offer second-exposure, advanced courses in physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as a variety of electives, including climate change, biopsychology, California geology, and astronomy, among others. Block periods allow students to delve deeply into rich problem/inquiry-based learning across all courses. We are looking for an experienced science teacher who has a strong commitment to innovative curricular design, progressive pedagogy, and social justice--all in service of student learning and growth.

Each semester-long class meets three times a week in a rotating block schedule. Each Immersive course meets daily for three weeks from 9am-3pm, and includes field trips and experiential learning that extend beyond the traditional school day. In addition to class preparation and classroom teaching, science teachers are responsible for:

-collaborative curricular development and alignment
-designing skills-based formative and summative assessments
-timely grading and feedback
-regular communication with students, guardians, and advisors regarding student progress
-one-on-one student meetings as needed
-weekly faculty and course team meetings

All teaching staffulty have additional responsibilities to support the wellbeing of our community and the growth of individual students. These responsibilities may include but are not limited to serving as an advisor, chaperoning social events, writing letters of recommendation, serving on committees and research groups, helping with admissions events, and presentations.

The ideal candidate:
-finds resonance with The Bay School mission and philosophy;
-has a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, ecology, or related field;
-demonstrates belonging, equity, and anti-racism in their teaching practice by utilizing anti-bias frameworks and culturally responsive pedagogy;
-values individual learning profiles by teaching in multiple modalities and offering differentiated instruction;
-employs and is excited by student-centered teaching strategies (project-based, place-based, problem-based, and experiential learning);
-is curious and resourceful;
-has experience teaching secondary education and brings a diversity of teaching and life experiences to their work;
-values collaboration, teamwork and feedback as a part of professional growth;
-commits to innovation, professional development, and reinvention;
-enjoys working with and inspiring high-school learners in all areas of school life.

The school offers a salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package.

Please review our website (www.bayschoolsf.org) to familiarize yourself with our school, the science curriculum, and our community. If interested in the position, please send all of the items below to [email protected], subject line: BIO 22-23.

Cover letter describing your interest in the position as well as how you anticipate contributing to the school and to the science department.
A list of references--minimum of 3, including a current supervisor, departmental colleague, and colleague outside of your department.
Melissa Finn
[email protected]

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