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 submit a resume with cover letter to our Human Resource Coordinator.

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.

Job Openings

Lead Teacher for 2017-2018

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Head of School, Assistant Head of School

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Progressive Education
  • 3-5 years teaching experience
  • 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, multi-cultural community

Responsibilities:

Lead Teachers will instruct classes in language arts, math, history and science. Depending upon class size, classrooms have either a part-time or full-time Teaching Assistant in addition to the Lead Teacher. Maximum class size is 25 students.

Curriculum:

  • Coordinate with Head of School, Assistant 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 at beginning of year.
  • Keep classroom clean, safe, and uncluttered throughout the year.
  • Ensure the care of classroom pets during long weekends and holidays.
  • 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 parent/guardian-initiated communication within 24 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 school-wide events attendance:

  • Back-to-School Night (fall)
  • Informational Meeting (Saturday morning in the fall)
  • School Open House (spring)
  • Assigned Class Performance
  • Graduation (June)
  • Parent Education Event (January)
  • 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.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to Human Resource Coordinator. Submission deadline is June 1, 2018. Position begins August 2018. No phone calls please.

Full-Time Teaching Assistant for 2018-2019

Position Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Assistant Head of School (job performance evaluation), Lead Teacher, 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, multi-cultural community
  • Loves children/has experience with children (required)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist Lead Teacher (LT):

  • Maintain classroom environment including setting up paints, watering plants, and preparing lesson materials.
  • Prepare for daily activities, including general clerical tasks.
  • Lead students in social-emotional activities in cross-grade groupings twice a month.
  • Instruct small and large groups of children, as needed.
  • Refer parents to Lead Teacher for communications.

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)
  • Information Day (November)
  • Assigned Class performance
  • Staff meetings (monthly)
  • Wednesday afternoon meetings
  • Bi-annual 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 Lead Teacher and Administrative team of absence.

Miscellaneous:

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

STEM Specialist

Position Status: Part-Time

Reports to: Head of School, Assistant Head of School

Purpose of Position:
This position is responsible for implementing the STEM program in grades 2-5 and collaborating with faculty in promoting interdisciplinary STEM activities into the core curriculum.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years teaching experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • 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, multi-cultural community

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Deliver STEM instruction through project-based learning methods (i.e. Project Lead the Way).
  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and performance assessments aligned with curriculum goals and student learning.
  • Use technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration.
  • Organize, develop, and coordinate STEM events and activities in collaboration with families and administration, such as Aurora’s Tinker Faire.
  • Coach teachers on STEM initiatives and best practices in the field of STEM.
  • Pioneer new initiatives in support of the STEM program.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress.
  • Complete student progress reports for Grades 2-5.
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with Aurora rules and disciplinary systems.
  • Share STEM events and activities with Marketing and Communications Director for distribution on social media.
  • Attend professional development and training related to STEM programs and methodologies, staying abreast of current research.
  • Attend school-wide events and staff trainings:
    1. In-service days (August)
    2. Back-To-School Night (September)
    3. Tinker Faire (October)
    4. Information Day (November)
    5. First and last staff meetings (other staff meetings are optional)
    6. Scheduled staff in-service days, on days scheduled to teach STEM
  • Finding substitute teacher coverage when absent
  • 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.

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.

Development Coordinator

Position Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt Employee

Required Qualifications and Skills

The Development Coordinator will implement and lead all aspects of a comprehensive development program that currently raises $142K annually in support of strategic initiatives and school operations. Employing a multi-channel approach, the new director will develop innovative strategies for the identification, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of individual and institutional donors.

Aurora’s Development Coordinator leads the planning, management, and implementation of all major fundraising efforts for Aurora School and works in partnership with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to help drive strategic advancement of the organization. The Coordinator is part of Aurora’s leadership team and serves as an important representative with constituents and the greater community.

MAJOR JOB FUNCTIONS:

FUND FOR AURORA

Goal: To reach 100% parent participation while raising money from a variety of constituents for the school’s general fund.

General Duties:

  • Board Development Committee to develop and implement annual fundraising goals and strategies. These goals and strategies will include the following:
  • Major Gifts: Lead and implement major gifts program through the entire cycle of development. Serve as a key contact and liaison for Aurora’s major donors and oversee their ongoing cultivation and engagement by members of our community.
  • New Donor Cultivation: Lead cultivation efforts (identification, research, and strategies) to connect new donors to Aurora and expand Aurora’s donor base.
  • Fundraising Events: Administer, manage, and direct all development related events including oversight of event budgets.
  • Family and Alumni Annual Fund: Lead Aurora’s efforts to initiate and establish sustained relationships and annual giving opportunities for families and alumni.
  • Outreach: Oversee production of all fundraising marketing and solicitation materials in coordination with the Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Database and Reporting:
  • Manage the operation, maintenance, data input, data integrity and accuracy for inResonance GENERATIONS development database.
  • Create and maintain alumni database and tracking system.
  • Maintain accurate constituent records in a timely manner.
  • Manage the creation of donor reports for monthly Board reports.
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer Class Captains.
  • Help with development of annual fund focus.
  • Track restricted funds.

Board Relations: Attend Board of Trustee meetings and provide monthly reports. Work closely with Aurora’s Development Chair and Development Committee to encourage and support a culture of stewardship amongst our Trustees.

Gifts Processing and Acknowledgements

  • Manage matching gift programs for corporate donors.
  • Process all gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations in a timely manner.
  • Generate gift acknowledgement letters, receipts, and pledge reminders in a timely manner.
  • Maintain electronic constituent files.
  • Manage and coordinate monthly reconciliation and annual audit requests with the Business Office.
  • Respond to requests from donors, volunteers, and staff in a professional and timely manner.
  • Perform all functions with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality.
  • Mail Coordination
  • Manage coding of appeals and solicitations through inResonance.
  • Proofread and copyedit, as needed.
  • Coordinate production and mailing logistics of solicitations and stewardship mailings.

ONLINE AUCTION

Goal: To raise funds with an eye toward donors from both inside and outside of the Aurora community.

  • General Duties:
  • Manage parent co-chair(s) of online auction and help them manage other parent volunteers.
  • Work with parent volunteers to ensure overall success of entire auction.
  • Help chairs of online auction manage administration of the auction.
  • Follow event timeline for task completion and make sure volunteers keep to the timeline.
  • Edit ask letters and email for business donors, community donors, and auction sponsors.
  • Create and follow publicity timeline.
  • Help volunteers recruit and manage:
    • Volunteers for committee chairs
    • Business solicitations
    • Family solicitations
    • Staff solicitations
    • Company sponsorships
    • Communicate regularly with committee chairs
  • Monitor progress and initiate follow up when necessary.
  • Maintain a system for tracking and storing actual donations.
  • Work with Head of School on Fund-a-Need.
  • Communicate regularly on progress and action items for auction.
  • Respond to donor and bidder questions.
  • With co-chairs oversee fulfillment for all winners.

Design

  • Work with graphic designer to create logo and theme.
  • Participate in design decisions for publicity materials.
  • Edit donor solicitation letter and form.
  • Author and edit sponsor solicitation letter and form.
  • Create solicitation lists.
  • Order mailing supplies.
  • Print solicitation letters.
  • Generate thank you receipts and labels post-event.
  • Identify donation categories and limit quantities in each.
  • Organize solicitation training for parents, if necessary.
  • Manage sponsorship benefits.

Publicity

  • Manage publicity through:
    • Email campaign
    • Postcards
    • Bulletin board
    • Tuesday Tell All e-newsletter
    • Facebook
    • Campus signage
    • Aurora website
    • Service provider website

Finances

  • Determine overall budget and distribute to committee chairs.
  • Approve expenditures for the event.
  • Follow up with non-payers.

Software

  • Manage and troubleshoot auction software system.
  • Keep records on all facets, including donations and money received.
  • Manually enter late and live purchases into the system.
  • Locate photos, write item descriptions, and set prices for auction items.
  • Produce reports, as needed.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Alumni Events

  • Plan and execute alumni development functions including alumni reunion every five years.

GENERAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT

  • Serve as first point of contact for Development Office, greet visitors and direct donor inquires, both face-to-face and by phone.
  • Maintain general office supplies and files.
  • Develop good rapport with parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and all others connected to the school.
  • Attend and help with events, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 3 years of related professional experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Extensive experience and proficiency using inResonance GENERATIONS database.
  • Mac and Google literate.
  • Extremely adept at managing numbers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to listen attentively and provide solutions.
  • Time-management skills, the ability to multi-task under pressure, strong. organizational and project management skills.
  • Work effectively with others and support organizational goals.
  • Provide timely response to requests for information, service, and assistance.
  • Strive for continuous improvement and solicit feedback to improve service.
  • Maintain confidentiality and highest standards of professionalism.
  • Demonstrate a positive and productive attitude.

Position will start in June 2017. Please submit cover letter and resume to Human Resource Coordinator.

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.