San Francisco Friends School, a Quaker school located in the Mission District of San Francisco, seeks an experienced middle school art teacher for the 2020-21 school year.
The school seeks teachers who resonate with the Friends school mission, which provides an exemplary education in a community dedicated to problem-solving, service to others, simplicity, social justice, and quiet reflection. Our Quaker mission also compels us to create a diverse and inclusive community; we seek a person who will thrive and contribute to such a community, both within and beyond the walls of the school.
San Francisco Friends School seeks an experienced middle school art teacher who is committed to art education that focuses on students learning the value of art in their lives. The art program at Friends is focused on three overarching goals - “What is an artist?”, “How am I an artist?”, and “What is the connection between art, justice, and action?”. Our students are connected with the surrounding neighborhood and we utilize local art institutions, organizations, and artists to deepen their experience. Candidates should understand how to use contemporary art in their curriculum. They should also incorporate a wide range of perspectives, art forms, ideas and techniques used by a variety of cultures over the course of history into their curriculum. The K-8 program is based on frameworks from Harvard’s Project Zero including Teaching for Understanding and the Studio Thinking Framework. The candidate will be required to understand and use these frameworks in order to maintain a common language and approach throughout a student’s experience at Friends School. The lower and middle school art programs are intricately linked and art teachers work closely to ensure a scope and sequence. We are currently working on incorporating more current technology into our lessons. Candidates should have a strong art background working in a variety of mediums and be willing to learn to expand their knowledge. Teachers are engaged in regular collaboration, curriculum development and pedagogical reflection with their peers.
Candidates should know that San Francisco Friends School deeply values integration and collaboration. Timely communication, patience, humility, willingness to listen and the ability to problem solve with peers are at the core of our work.
Responsibilities include close teamwork for curriculum development, committee involvement, student assessment, supervising an advisory group, parent communications, and supervision of students at lunch and recess. The school has programs in outdoor education as well as various curricular and cultural explorations; middle school teachers accompany their students on extended trips locally, nationally, and internationally.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Clarke Weatherspoon, Middle School Head
San Francisco Friends School
250 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94103
The San Francisco Friends School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law. The school also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities; candidates who need accommodations in order to apply for this position should contact Clarke Weatherspoon.
- Four or more years of experience teaching middle school art
- Advanced degree in art or art education
- Practicing artist
- Knowledge of current pedagogy and facility with hands-on and project-based instruction
- Openness to Quaker philosophy
- Highly collaborative and creative team player
- Previous work with Harvard’s Project Zero frameworks is preferable but not necessary
- Connections to/knowledge of local artists and arts organizations preferable
- Knowledge of art-based technology and it’s incorporation into arts education preferable
- Language skills in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin or Hindi