Upper School Literate Writer Teacher (7-8 Grade)

San Francisco, CA

About Town School: Town School for Boys is a K-8 all boys' independent school located in San Francisco with approximately 400 students, of whom 46% come from self-identified families of color, and a faculty:student ratio of 1:11. Our diverse faculty and staff can be characterized by their warmth, collegiality, and dedication to our mission and values. At Town, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated. For more information, please visit our Town Facts page, read about "Why a Boys' School," or learn about our community of belonging

Position Description:

Town School for Boys seeks a full-time 7th and 8th grade English teacher to join a dynamic Upper School humanities department. This faculty member will be responsible for literature and writing instruction, as well as serve as an Advisor and grade level team member for the 2023-24 academic school year. The curriculum focuses on the writing process and utilizes a Harkness model for discussion of a diverse range of literature including All American Boys, The Outsiders, The Giver, The Poet X, Lord of the Flies, and Born a Crime, among others. Seventh grade focuses on the theme of “Defining and Redefining Identity,” while 8th grade explores “Communities in Conflict.” The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching experience, experience working with students in middle school, and value the emotional growth of boys. A credential or master’s degree is preferred. 

Ultimately, we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This exciting opportunity involves working closely with our other 7th and 8th grade English teacher, the Humanities Department, grade level team members, as well as the Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation and the Upper School Head. Candidates should be comfortable integrating different technology tools to enhance instruction. Collaboration with other departments, librarians and educational technologists is expected. Instructional approaches and course content are differentiated to suit a range of  learning styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. Seventh and 8th grade faculty offer a weekly elective class based on their interests and mentor students during the 8th grade Capstone Project. The successful applicant will lead morning meetings, support students during study hall, supervise during snack/recess, and facilitate student-led parent conferences in the fall and spring.  Strong communication skills are essential as faculty are expected to communicate regularly with other team members and parents/guardians about student progress. Homework and other information is posted online. School-wide responsibilities include recess and lunch supervision and grade level and faculty meetings. Other responsibilities may include committee work, chaperoning outdoor education/field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of the writing process, the English language, and literature, a passion for working with middle school students, and a demonstrated commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning. Candidates should have experience with project-based learning, incorporate inquiry based instruction and thrive in a collaborative and team-based environment. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. We hope to find a candidate with the skills and imagination to connect writing and literature to the boys’ lives, and a candidate who values shepherding boys through the emotional ups and downs of their middle school years. 

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.

Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with similar NAIS schools. Please see the employment section of our website for additional information. 

Salary information: 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 annual base salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the position of Lit Writer Teacher is $75,000 to $130,000, depending on factors such as years of experience. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity with our current employees as part of any final offer. 


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