Physical Education Teacher, 5th-8th Gr (Family Leave, Jan-June 2023)

San Francisco, CA

Town School for Boys seeks a full-time Physical Education teacher to join our Physical Education department, beginning in January 2023. This faculty member will be responsible for providing physical education instruction for 5th and 8th grades. This role will work in partnership with the Director of Athletics to plan lessons and, on occasion, co-teach classes to support a smooth transition and curricular alignment. School-wide responsibilities include recess and lunch supervision, and grade level and faculty meetings. Other responsibilities may include chaperoning outdoor education/field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.

Town School’s physical education program encourages students to experience the benefits and enjoyment of physical activity and to discover the value of personal wellness as part of daily living. An outcome of the program should be that students begin to make responsible and thoughtful decisions relative to their personal health habits and practices in high school, college, and throughout their lives. We also teach the rules and fundamentals of many sports throughout the school year, with students eventually playing these games in a controlled setting where teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized. More specific information about 5th and 8th grade PE classes is available on the curriculum section of our website. 

The ideal candidate will have prior physical education teaching experience, enjoy working with boys in middle school, possess strong classroom management practices and have a deep respect for the intellectual and social-emotional development of boys. We hope to find a candidate with the skills and imagination to connect physical education class to the boys’ lives, one who values shepherding boys through the emotional ups and downs of their middle school years. 

Faculty/Staff Hiring Process: 

Every application to Town School is thoughtfully reviewed and evaluated. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an initial phone or video interview. Select candidates will then be invited to an on-campus interview, where they will meet with members of the hiring committee and other Town employees as relevant to the position for which they are applying; this may include the Head of School, Division Head(s), the Director of Community Building and Inclusion, and/or the Director of the New Teacher Institute. On-campus interviews for student-facing roles will also include a demo lesson, classroom observations, and discussion on a variety of scenarios with the hiring committee. 


At Town, salaries are one component of a compensation package that includes retirement matching, daily lunch, health & dental insurance, and life, AD & LTD insurance. The anticipated full-time annual base salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the position of Physical Education Teacher, 5th-8th Gr is $75,000 to $130,000, depending on factors such as years of experience.

Town School for Boys Mission

At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.


As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.

Core Values

Respect: We respect ourselves and others.

  • We treat others the way they want to be treated.

  • We practice good listening, compassion and empathy.

Curiosity: We are curious.

  • We ask questions, think critically and solve problems.

  • We seek opportunities to reach our highest potential.

Belonging: We all belong.

  • We embrace and celebrate each of our unique stories and experiences.

  • We seek to ensure that every member of our community feels an equal sense of inclusion. 

Integrity: We act with integrity.

  • We have the courage to do the right thing even when nobody else is watching.

  • We always try our best and when we fail, we try again.

Joy: We are joyful.

  • We make space for play, fun and laughter.

  • We know joy can be found in hard work, risk-taking and perseverance.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.

We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.

Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:

Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School. 

A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.

Non-Discrimination Policy: 

Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools. 

To learn more about our faculty culture and community in general, please visit our Employment page.

COVID Procedures:

When schools were forced to close their physical doors in the spring of 2020, Town quickly and successfully pivoted to online learning, supported by thorough planning and a nimble team of faculty, administration and Board members. In the fall of 2020, Town was the second school in the city of San Francisco to be granted permission to reopen, taking exceptional caution to protect the safety of faculty and students. Since October 2020, we have welcomed all grades in the building five days a week. The 2022-23 school year is held in person with Covid protocols following the SF Department of Health Guidelines. As of March 2022, masks are optional at Town. All adult employees of Town School for Boys are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.