Position Description: Burke’s seeks a dynamic educator to teach Upper School Music who can bring to life the mission of the school while working with students to further develop their musical abilities and appreciation of the vital role music plays in their lives. Fifth and sixth grade music classes build on the Lower School program of using sound, movement, and improvisation in the study of music. In seventh and eighth grades, elective offerings can vary in creative ways based on student interests and instructor skill sets. Additionally, the eighth-grade year culminates in a class-wide production of a musical that involves the whole Upper School Arts team. With an emphasis on project-based learning, access to a state-of-the-art maker space (Makery), and a commitment to anti-racist education, the ideal candidate enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team, thinks creatively about curriculum and possibilities for innovation, and enjoys working with middle school aged children. In addition to teaching music, responsibilities include advising a group of students to support social-emotional learning and strong learning habits.
Job Responsibilities include: • Teaching Upper School Music (Grades 5-8) & Advisory; this includes: o Reporting on student progress three times per year using checklist/narrative report cards o Leading Upper School choral program o Planning and supervising field trips relevant to curriculum o Preparing advisees for and supporting them in two student-led parent conferences per year o Accompanying advisees on outdoor education trips, both day and overnight • Communication: o Effective communication with colleagues in support of a collegial and collaborative professional community o Timely and supportive communication with students, parents, and caregivers to foster a strong partnership with families • Collaboration: o Participate in regular team meetings including advising team as well as attending weekly faculty meetings o Contribute to curriculum development and revision o Collaboratively plan all-school assemblies with Lower School Music Teacher • Supervisory duties as needed
Position Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, in related field • Experience teaching, preferably at middle-school level • Demonstrated confidence in: o differentiation of instruction o cultural competency o innovative use of technology in instruction o Understanding by Design approach to curriculum design (preferred) • Commitment to: o equitable and anti-racist teaching practices o integrating service learning into classroom projects o modeling lifelong learning and professional growth by engaging with professional development opportunities • Understanding of, and appreciation for: o the social-emotional development of adolescent girls o providing opportunities for learning through play by inviting creativity, imagination, curiosity, and tinkering into the classroom
Personal Qualities: • Passion for teaching music and a desire to be a part of a gender-inclusive girls’ school • Flexible • Creative • Collaborative • Possess a growth mindset and openness to feedback
To Apply Interested Candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resumé, and references to burkes.workable.com. No calls or additional emails, please.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation - The school offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided. More information on the school can be found on the website at www.burkes.org. Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
About Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth. Burke’s is deeply dedicated to the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the entire program from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our DEI commitment is woven into our adult professional development for all constituent groups. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher-level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.