Compensation and Benefits
Placement on our salary scale will be based on qualifications and experience. Our scale ranges from $67,316.43 - $96,780.00. Excellent benefits are offered including medical, dental, and vision insurance and 401k matching.
Brightworks School in San Francisco is Hiring World Class Educators
Position: Long Term Substitute Middle School Collaborator (aka teacher)
This is a long-term substitute position that can develop into a full-time position for the 24/25 school year.
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 hands-on, 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 twelfth year and currently consists of ~110 students ages 5-18.
Brightworks is seeking experienced candidates for the teaching position of Long Term Substitute CollaboratorforMiddle School for the 2023/2024 school year. The Collaborator will be responsible for mentoring and designing interdisciplinary projects for a group of 10-12 middle school-age students.
Application Procedure and Hiring Timeline
To apply for the position of Collaborator, we ask applicants to send the following PDF documents to [email protected]:
Cover LetterWho are you? What is your journey? Why are you excited to work with us? What’s the last project that excited you?
Resume of relevant work and educational experiences to support your candidacy
We will start reviewing resumes on a rolling basis
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 middle school-age students. You may have a subject specialty but you are comfortable designing an interdisciplinary curriculum.
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 through 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 communications 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.
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.