High School Life Science and Biology Teacher
This is a full time (1 FTE) position
Start Date: August 1, 2023
San Francisco Waldorf High School is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced High School Life Science and Biology teacher to start August 1, 2023.
This is a full-time position that includes eight Life Sciences main lessons blocks per year across all four grades (9-12) and one year-long 12th grade elective in Honors Biology.
The right teacher for this position will have a commitment to using the methodologies of Waldorf Education, especially the phenomenological/ experiential approach to teaching science. This teacher needs to be comfortable teaching all four grade levels of high school in a developmentally appropriate way and be able to teach students with a wide range of abilities and learning styles while maintaining a joyful and productive classroom atmosphere, in addition to carrying all full-time faculty duties. We are looking for a candidate who wants to join a Waldorf faculty and work in a highly collaborative environment. SFWS asks all employees to proactively commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to create an environment where all members of the community can flourish. Diversity is celebrated and faculty of color are welcomed, valued, and supported.
The specific teaching load will depend on expertise and interest but could include Anatomy, Embryology, Geology, Meteorology, Botany, Zoology or Environmental Science.
Job duties for the Life Sciences teacher include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining live species in the laboratory, the greenhouse, and the possibly the bee hives
- Managing the Biology budget and inventory of supplies
- Maintaining an organized and safe classroom and laboratory space
- Designing and carrying out laboratory experiments that adhere to safety guidelines and meet the curriculum
- Meeting regularly with a mentor to go over class planning
- Maintaining a relationship with Ardenwood and access to the forest behind the school
- Attending all Science Department meetings
- Having periodic evaluations from an outside evaluator
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Life Sciences, Botany, Physiology or similar required
- Graduate degree preferrable
- Waldorf Teacher Training certificate completed or the willingness to begin a Waldorf Teacher Training program by the second year of employment with SFWS
- Significant high school teaching or experience working with teens
Benefits and Compensation:
Benefits include medical, dental, flexible spending plans, retirement plan (employer contributions after one year of employment), and tuition remission for eligible dependents. The full 1 FTE annual salary range is $60K - $85K depending on experience. It will be prorated for less than full FTE. Salaries are paid on a 12-month schedule.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
- Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including heat and cold
- Regularly sitting or standing 4-8 hours
- Be able to occasionally lift to 30 lbs.
FLSA Classification: Faculty; Exempt from overtime
Reports to: High School Chair
Hired by: High School Steering Committee
Date Modified: April 2023
Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. This dynamic, 100-year-old approach to child development and education—based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner—is continually reinventing itself to meet the needs of current students. Waldorf education inspires life-long learning in students and enables them to fully develop their unique capacities.
The San Francisco Waldorf School (SFWS) was founded in 1979 and serves more than 450 students across a parent-child program, a nursery program, kindergarten, and the first through twelfth grades. Fifty percent of students identify as people of color.
The high school campus is in the West Portal neighborhood and is easily accessible via Muni lines.
San Francisco Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class. We recognize that the range of ethnicities, nationalities, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, learning differences, and life experiences within our community enhance the school’s learning environment, and we are committed to fostering equity and inclusion.
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