Employment at Aurora

Working at Aurora

Aurora employs some of the most talented credentialed teachers, substitute teachers, and administrative staff in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a collegial community of educators and administrators who care deeply about nurturing and empowering our students. Aurora offers a close knit and collaborative approach to educating both heart smart and head smart leaders. We welcome creative, energetic team members who embody a love for learning, passion for kids, and a sense of humor. Diversity, in all forms, is critical to our mission, and we welcome all qualified candidates to apply.

How to Apply

Aurora accepts resumes from credentialed teachers beginning in January for the following school year. We accept resumes for substitute teachers and administrators on a rolling basis. To apply for any of our open positions, please email an employment application, a resume, and cover letter to our Human Resource Coordinator at hr@auroraschool.org.

EEO Policy

Aurora School is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration.

Limitations & Disclaimer

The listed job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; they are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Employment at Aurora is “at-will.” All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.

Job Openings

Communications & Marketing Director

Status: 30 Hours a Week, Non-Exempt

Job Summary:
The Marketing and Communications Director leads strategic communications and marketing initiatives that foster the school’s vision and mission. They are responsible for developing and implementing the school’s overall communications and marketing plans, including strategic planning, reporting, budgeting, and key branding and messaging objectives. They oversee both internal and external messaging for critical school communication. The ideal candidate will care deeply about the Aurora School mission, love children, and seek the opportunity to innovate and bring new ideas to the school.

ABOUT US: Aurora School’s mission is to nurture children’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence and social engagement. Established in 1988, Aurora is an independent K-5 school that combines challenging academics, small multi-age classes, differentiated instruction, and a keen awareness of children’s social and emotional development. We are fortunate to be able to focus on a stellar K-5 school experience for our students. All of our energy is invested in best practices for children in the elementary grades in order to foster their development into self-aware, confident life long learners who advocate for themselves and others, throughout school, in our Oakland community and in the world at large. Our talented teachers provide a safe learning atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of the school. The result is that Aurora graduates have a strong and solid foundation for high school and beyond.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Requires BA/BS in Communications or Marketing
  • Minimum three years of experience in communications or marketing preferably in the non-profit and/or independent school sector
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and manage multiple creative projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Creative and artistic vision and direction
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong, collaborative teamwork skills; willingness to take initiative and strategize
  • Experience in desktop publishing design and management of design production
  • Demonstrated experience with photography design, videography, website content management and design, and social media marketing
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Photoshop, Mail Chimp, Word Press Engine, and Social Media posting
  • Demonstrated success as a confident problem solver
  • Demonstrated flexibility
  • Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented director with a dedication to meeting deadlines
  • Experience working with and/or managing volunteers
  • Able to approach tasks with good humor, warmth and enthusiasm
  • Collegial, approachable, invested in the success of the school, and able to occasionally step outside the job description at times for the greater good of the school
  • Able to partner with and serve as counsel to the Head of School on communication activities

Duties and Responsibilities – Marketing & Branding

  • Maximize public awareness of Aurora School and its mission and ensure Aurora has a single voice
  • Develop and implement a successful Communications and Marketing plan that focuses on core
    messages, through a variety of face-to-face, online and social networking channels
  • Connect with multiple constituencies to support the overall communications objectives
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Director and the Development Coordinator to develop and implement a marketing plan through various channels supporting the school’s admissions and development objectives
  • Work with the Camp Director to create and manage camp marketing plan
  • Manage all advertising placement
  • Create and manage the budget for general marketing as well as admissions and camp marketing
  • Manage website and social media accounts to implement overall communications and marketing strategies
  • Stay on top of best practices in the market, competition and similar schools’ marketing efforts
  • Create and disperse consistent style standards
  • Communicate with staff about brand consistency
  • Oversee all design and printing to ensure consistent message
  • Create and update parent perspective videos
  • Create, write, design and publish annual newsletter
  • Write and update relevant sections on the website
  • Create and market parent education event(s) open to both the Aurora community and the public
  • Help create, manage and market Aurora’s annual Tinker Faire and Information Day outreach events
  • Collaborate and manage graphic designers, contractors, leadership volunteers and other volunteers
    to produce events and develop effective communication materials and approaches
  • Effectively partner with volunteers and Board members
  • Set priorities and strategies for the communications, marketing, and events plan, collaborate with other staff and volunteers on implementation, and ensure deadlines are met with quality, consistency, and accuracy
  • Identify strategies for building and enhancing the school’s reputation in the community, including external partners and schools

Duties and Responsibilities – Communications & Publicity

  • Edit significant correspondence for Head of School and anyone sending information to a majority of current parents and/or prospective families and the general public for tone, grammar, voice and sensitivity
  • Create and maintain a school-wide communications calendar to manage volume of correspondence out to current and prospective families
  • Communicate effectively and proactively with all school constituents to identify and develop newsworthy content to showcase in school newsletters, website, Facebook and other social media
  • Document school and classroom activities through the taking of pictures and video and maintain archive for publications and website
  • Responsible for photo taking, editing, uploading, editing, tagging, organizing, sharing and archiving all school photos
    Compile and execute Aurora’s weekly Tuesday Tell All newsletter. Ensure consistency, accuracy and timeliness of updates and communications; email to families by noon on Tuesdays
  • Format, manage and send (in conjunction with the Admissions Director) all admissions correspondence using Mail Chimp
    Communicate monthly with Aurora’s neighbors about events and activities that may impact the neighborhood; maintain neighbor email list
  • Manage all publicity

 Duties and Responsibilities – Website Management

  • Manage the school’s website and support all communications online using the school’s custom WordPress CMS
  • In collaboration with Administrative Team members, make all website content updates
  • Keep school content, news, slideshows, photo galleries and videos up to date
  • Work with our website design contractors on technical issues affecting the website

Duties and Responsibilities – Additional Duties

  • Report monthly to the Board and Executive Committee as needed
  • Support teaching staff where appropriate (subbing, yard, etc.)
  • Staff the Front Desk as needed
TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume to the attention of Katheryn Negrosa, Human Resource Coordinator at hr@auroraschool.org. No phone calls please.
K-6 Learning Specialist

We seek a culturally competent K-5 Lead Teacher to work with a dedicated, diverse community. Every day we give students the opportunity to work together side-by-side and learn from one another what it means to step up academically and socially.

Reports to: Head of School

Employment Status: 30-40 hours Exempt

Hours: Regular Hours 8-4pm unless meetings require otherwise

ABOUT US: Aurora School’s mission is to nurture children’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence and social engagement. Established in 1988, Aurora is an independent K-8 school that combines challenging academics, small multi-age classes, differentiated instruction, and a keen awareness of children’s social and emotional development. We strive to foster students’ development into self-aware, confident life-long learners and leaders who step up to advocate for themselves and others, throughout school, in our Oakland community, and in the world at large. Our talented staff provide a safe learning atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of the school. The result is that Aurora graduates have a strong and solid foundation for high school and beyond.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The central mission of the Learning Specialist i s to ensure that Aurora School i dentifies and supports its students who learn differently during elementary and middle school, and provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on educational best practices supported by neuroscience research. The Learning Specialist i  responsible for helping to manage ongoin screening processes for all students at intervals throughout the school year and works collaboratively with the faculty to ensure students are progressing in accordance with grade-level benchmarks.

When a student demonstrates a concerning pattern of performance and/or behavior, the Learning Specialist will lead the process of assessing and making recommendations for appropriate actions to support the student and family with the grade-level team. For some students, this work involves making referrals for diagnostic evaluations, assisting parents and faculty i n i nterpreting evaluation results, making referrals for specialized services, and monitoring students’ involvement with specialized instructors who are contracted to provide specialized services.

The Learning Specialist is also responsible for working collaboratively with other faculty members to help ensure that curricular offerings are fully differentiated to meet the student’s needs; and includes helping to write and design individualized learning plans for students and updating them as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leads the process for identifying, monitoring, and remediating students who learn differently. This involves interfacing with faculty, parents, and private contractors on behalf of students who require specialized academic instruction (including advanced learners).
  • Additional responsibilities i nclude helping to educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences and cultivating a network of community professionals to support Aurora students and families.
  • Meets regularly with and organizes Student Support Teams at Lower School and Middle School levels for students who have Individualized Learning Plans and/or students for whom faculty have growing concerns.
  • Helps define appropriate general and specialized i nstruction, collaborating with the faculty to help ensure instruction is of high quality.
  • This includes assisting with implementation of models of differentiated instruction which provide specialized, small-group instruction in reading, writing, and math and working to identify, introduce, and maintain blended learning models.
  • Supports Admissions in all of the below ways:
    • Help screen phone calls from incoming inquiries to determine if Aurora School will be an appropriate choice before families apply.
    • Attend any assessments for applicants with l earning challenges to determine if Aurora School will be an appropriate school for them.
    • Participate in all K-1 assessments, including Saturday K-1 assessment dates.
    • Update the classroom placement Google Doc with any comments for students/applicants who will need academic or SE support.
    • Help write up any contingent contracts for applicants being accepted with contingencies (i.e. outside support, summer work, etc.)
  • Offers occasional faculty and parent educational programs or trainings.
  • Leads the Learning Difference Affinity Group for parents.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS , AND ABILITIES )

  • Masters Degree in Educational Therapy
  • 3-5 years of experience as a Learning Specialists in a school setting
  • Applicants must have a strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as a deep knowledge base regarding ADHD and Executive Functioning issues.
  • Desirable candidates will also know about early intervention, assessments, acquisition of reading, and be current on the general teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • An understanding of independent school culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as a proven ability to work with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Outstanding judgment and maturity.
  • A very high level of energy, creativity and flexibility.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance.

HOW TO APPLY:

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for a minimum of three references. Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send it to HR@auroraschool.org.

NOTE:

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in thisdocument are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. Aurora School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Aurora School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.

Lead Teacher

We seek a culturally competent K-5 Lead Teacher to work with a dedicated, diverse community. Every day we give students the opportunity to work together side-by-side and learn from one another what it means to step up academically and socially.

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Head of School

ABOUT US: Aurora School’s mission is to nurture children’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence and social engagement. Established in 1988, Aurora is an independent K-5 school that combines challenging academics, small multi-age classes, differentiated instruction, and a keen awareness of children’s social and emotional development. We are fortunate to be able to focus on a stellar K-5 school experience for our students. All of our energy is invested in best practices for children in the elementary grades in order to foster their development into self-aware, confident life long learners who advocate for themselves and others, throughout school, in our Oakland community and in the world at large. Our talented teachers provide a safe learning atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of the school. The result is that Aurora graduates have a strong and solid foundation for high school and beyond.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of Progressive Education
  • 3-5 years teaching experience with both onsite and remote teaching
  • Teaching credential required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree or degree-in-progress related to education is preferred.
  • Experienced at planning and implementing integrated curricula
  • Experience with using technology to support teaching and learning
  • Committed to academic excellence and culturally responsive teaching
  • Open and motivated to work collaboratively
  • Understands child growth, development, and social needs
  • Possesses strong communication and organizational skills
  • Exhibits a strong commitment to working in a diverse, multicultural community

RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead Teachers will instruct classes in language arts, math, history, and science. Depending upon class size, classrooms have either a full- or part-time Teaching Assistant in addition to the Lead Teacher. Must be willing to teach onsite and be comfortable teaching remotely.

Curriculum:

  • Coordinate with the Head of School, Lead Teacher peers, and Teaching Assistant to implement an appropriate curriculum consistent with the Aurora philosophy, including instruction of small and large groups of children and regular assessments and evaluations of children.

Classroom environment:

  • Set up classroom for onsite and remote learners.
  • Keep classroom clean, safe, and uncluttered throughout the year.
  • Organize materials at the end of the year for summer storage.
  • Report any classroom maintenance problems to the appropriate staff person.
  • Help maintain the common areas of the school.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management and record-keeping techniques.

Meetings and Committees:

  • Attend lead teacher, whole-staff meetings, and scheduled staff in-services; rotate chairing and recording at these meetings.
  • Act as an educational staff representative to one school committee. (Determined annually during August planning sessions. Exempt first year of employment).

Communication with Families:

  • Recognize and respect the primary role of the parents in the education of their children. Thus, strive to facilitate parent involvement and respond to communications initiated by parents/guardians within 72 hours.
  • Notify parents in case of child illness/injury/behavior problems (see Aurora Behavior and Communication Policy).
  • Hold formal parent/teacher conferences twice a year for each child, as well as other conferences that may be necessary throughout the year.
  • Write progress reports twice a year for each child.
  • Write and distribute a class newsletter (Grades K-1 weekly; Grades 2-5 every other week).
  • Maintain and encourage open communication with parents.
  • Work to help parents understand Aurora’s philosophy of learning and how day-to-day teaching strategies and curricula are aligned with school mission.

Field trips:

  • Implement and safely carry out class field trips to support learning as related to curriculum.
  • Notify the administration in advance of any trips planned, including any materials and registration needed and possible scheduling conflicts.

After-hours schoolwide events attendance:

  • Back-to-School Night (fall)
  • Informational Meeting (Saturday morning in the fall)
  • School Open House (spring)
  • Assigned Class Performance
  • Weekend Assessments (K/1 only)

Substitutes:

  • Plan lessons and extensions for substitutes.
  • Procuring own substitute.

Miscellaneous:

  • Actively engage with each student in a manner that fosters a positive self-concept, an enjoyment and development of academic competency, and a feeling of respect for the Aurora community and beyond.
  • Ensure that teaching style, curricula, and interactions with students, parents, staff and teachers reflect Aurora’s mission and core values.
  • Understand the limits of professional competencies and make appropriate referrals for the benefit of the student.
  • Be responsible for the safety of all children when supervising on schoolyard at recess and lunch. This includes, but is not limited to, consistent monitoring, disciplining, and/or facilitating conflict resolution for the following behaviors such as: use of inappropriate language, teasing, physical aggression, exclusion, etc.
  • Assess and evaluate prospective students.
  • Organize and monitor parent volunteers.
  • Interact with all staff members as equal and respected partners.
  • Participate in interview process for selecting new staff, when appropriate.
  • Accept accountability and professional evaluation of performance and respond to needed changes in a positive and professional manner.
  • Exhibit professional standards of attendance, punctuality, grooming, language, preparation, and relationship to students.
  • Notify the office when leaving the school grounds, with or without a class, during school hours.
  • Read current Staff/Faculty Handbook in its entirety and submit a signed Acknowledgement of Staff Handbook Understanding form.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume to the attention of Katheryn Negrosa, Human Resource Coordinator at hr@auroraschool.org. Position begins August 2021. No phone calls please. 

EEO Policy: Aurora School is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration.

Teaching Assistant

We are seeking culturally competent K-5 teaching assistants to work with a dedicated, diverse community. Teaching Assistants work alongside Lead Teachers to support students with remote learning, classroom management, academic and social-emotional curriculum design and implementation, differentiated instruction, and much more. Teaching Assistants lead our Partner Pal program and take the lead on yard duty oversight. 

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Lead Teachers and Head of School

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years working with school-aged children
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
  • Committed to academic excellence and culturally responsive teaching
  • Understands child growth, development, and social needs
  • Possesses strong communication and organizational skills
  • Open and motivated to work collaboratively
  • Responsible and enthusiastic
  • Exhibits a strong commitment to working in a diverse, multicultural community
  • Loves children/has experience with children (required)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist Lead Teachers (LT):

  • Helps to maintain classroom environments.
  • Prepare for daily activities, including general clerical tasks.
  • Sometimes lead students in social-emotional activities in cross-grade groupings.
  • Instruct small and large groups of children, as needed.
  • When appropriate, refer parents to Lead Teachers.
  • Support with technology for remote learning in classrooms.

In absence of Lead Teacher:

  • Assume lead teaching schedule and classroom duties.
  • Follow teacher’s lesson plans and set up classroom.
  • Act as Lead Teacher when primary LT is absent. Guide substitute on the day’s plans and Teaching Assistant’s yard/lunch/break schedule.
  • Notify parents in case of child illness/injury.

Attend school-wide events and staff trainings:

  • Back-to-School Night (September)
  • Open House Days during admission season
  • Assigned Class performance
  • Staff meetings (monthly)
  • Wednesday afternoon meetings
  • Biannual parent-teacher conferences
  • Scheduled staff in-services
  • Optional: Evening and weekend events, such as class performances, picnics, and fundraising events.

Student Supervision:

  • When supervising directly, Teaching Assistants shall be responsible for the safety of all children when on schoolyard at recess and lunch. This includes, but is not limited to, consistent monitoring, disciplining, and/or facilitating conflict resolution for the following behaviors such as: use of inappropriate language, teasing, physical aggression, exclusion, etc.

Curriculum:

  • Assist in planning curriculum and teaching of Partner Pals program.

Substitutes:

  • Be responsible for finding a substitute when absent and informing the Lead Teachers and Administrative team of absence.

Miscellaneous:

  • Exhibit professional standards of attendance, punctuality, language, preparedness, and relationship to students.
  • Work flexibly and cooperatively with the grade level team.
  • Maintain a thirty-five hour workweek, adhering to classroom arrival and departure schedule. Serve more than two classrooms, if necessary.
  • Assist with admissions assessments when needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS: Aurora offers competitive compensation. Full-Time Teaching Assistants are eligible for medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

TO APPLY: Please submit employment application, resume, and cover letter to Human Resource Coordinator electronically via hr@auroraschool.org. Position begins August 2021. No phone calls, please.

Substitute Teachers

Aurora School is always looking for experienced and enthusiastic substitute teachers for our K-5 classrooms as well as our specialists’ classes. Candidates are invited to call the main office during school hours at (510) 428-2606. Please submit cover letter and resume to Human Resource Coordinator.

Physical Education Instructor
Position Status: Part-Time

Reports to: Head of School, Assistant Head of School

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years experience teaching students in grades K-5
  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Experienced at planning and implementing integrated curricula
  • Committed to culturally responsive teaching
  • Open and motivated to work collaboratively
  • Understands child growth, development, and social needs
  • Possesses strong communication and organizational skills
  • Exhibits a strong commitment to working in a diverse, multi-cultural community

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach physical education to students grades K-5 in a multi-graded configuration using curriculum and teaching strategies consistent with Aurora’s mission, core values, and curriculum guidelines.
  • Develop age and ability appropriate instruction that develops concepts of movement and body management.
  • Develop an awareness of the components of fitness including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility.
  • Focus on the concepts of teamwork and sportspersonship.
  • Manage a wide range of student abilities and experience.
  • Differentiate for students based on unique needs so all students are appropriately engaged.
  • Promote physical and emotional learning opportunities.
  • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, and self-expression.
  • Create character-building lessons focused on responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics.
  • Create an environment of respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals.
  • Encourage social interaction and student appreciation of the successes and achievements of others.
  • Encourage an appreciation for life long physical fitness.
  • Initiate and maintain timely communication with families, when necessary.
  • Collaborate with colleagues.
  • Exhibit professional standards of attendance, punctuality, language, preparedness, and relationship to students, parents, faculty and administration.
  • Plan and implement end of the year school-wide Field Day.
  • Attend school-wide events and staff trainings:
    1. Back-To-School Night (September)
    2. Information Day (November)
    3. Staff meetings (Two required per year)
    4. Scheduled staff in-service days
  • Secure substitute teacher coverage when absent and inform Lead Teacher and Administrative team of absence.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Assistant Head of School.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resource Coordinator. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018. Position begins August 2018. No phone calls please.

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