Brightworks School in San Francisco is Hiring World Class Educators
Position: Elementary School Collaborator (aka teacher)
Brightworks has been at the cutting edge of learner-driven education since its founding in 2011 and we continue to push the envelope of what is possible in education. We are a school that says “Yes.” You want to send a GoPro to the stratosphere in a weather balloon? Let’s do it! You want to build a sail car and go on a journey down an abandoned railway? Sure thing! You want to investigate how we can help the homeless? Alright, let’s figure it out together! We trust that children are instinctual learners, and we value partnering with them on their educational path. That is why we call our teachers “Collaborators”. To be here is to work side by side lovingly and in full support of the children who populate this place with their dreams, attempts and ideas. We ask Collaborators to think big, improvise, and learn alongside students. By taking the best practices from early childhood education and emergent, project-based experiential learning, we strive to meet students' needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. Brightworks is in its ninth year and currently consists of ~80 students ages 5-18.
Brightworks is seeking experienced candidates for the teaching position of Elementary School Collaborator for the 2020/2021 school year. The Collaborator will be responsible for mentoring and designing interdisciplinary projects for a group of 10-12 elementary school-age students.
To apply for the position of Collaborator, we ask applicants to send the following PDF documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Cover LetterWho are you? What is your journey? Why are you excited to work with us? What’s the last project that excited you? How did you learn about the position?
Resume of relevant work and educational experiences to support your candidacy
Brightworks is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.
We are seeking candidates for the position of Collaborator (AKA Teacher):
You have experience working with elementary age students. You have a deep understanding of progressive, inquiry-based education. You have the experience of or a desire to teach in a setting that honors the competence and independence of children.
You are a creative curriculum designer. You leverage student interests, real world problems, and professional tools/experts to design engaging interdisciplinary projects that drive student learning.
You are committed to social justice and equity. You see opportunities all around you to leverage conversations about identity and actively seek to create equitable learning spaces.
You are an excellent communicator. You communicate effectively with students, parents, and coworkers. You actively listen and ask probing questions. You can communicate clearly by writing the story of your student’s learning journey. You know how to be candid and kind at the same time. You can hold accountability and be supportive at the same time.
You have a strong sense of empathy. You put yourself in the shoes of students, and parents and communicate in a way that values their lived experience.
You are a project manager. You have a strong work ethic and are able to help students pace out projects and create accountability structures that help them reach their goals.
You are comfortable with ambiguity. You are intellectually curious and have a strong sense of agency. You are comfortable not always having or knowing the answers.
You are a great collaborator with both students and adults. You enlist your problem solving and communication skills, sprinkling in your high EQ and fun personality, to build strong relationships. You know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the improvement of our collective work. You hold your colleagues and students accountable, and you are receptive and humble when they hold you accountable.
You are a lifelong learner. You have a growth mindset and you pick up new ideas quickly and think critically. You are intellectually curious and deeply committed to learning and growing.
About Brightworks School
Brightworks is a San Francisco independent K-12 school that believes "everything is interesting". We are a learning community that strives to create a meaningful learning experience for students based on depth of inquiry, collaboration through trust and creativity, and development into capable, adaptable citizens of the world. We use real tools, real materials, and real problems to encourage students’ love of learning, curiosity about the world, ability to engage, tenacity to think big, and persistence to do amazing things. The Brightworks mission is to ensure that engagement, constructivist learning is accessible to all children, families and educators. To that end, we tour and provide professional development to hundreds of educators each year both nationally and internationally.