Working at Aurora
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 email@example.com.
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.
Middle School Humanities Guide (Teacher)
We call our teachers “Guides” to indicate how we see the ideal learning relationship with students. We support the shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” and beyond. We are looking for a Guide with personal values like these:
- Your passion is to help others grow. You accurately observe students’ strengths, personality, and challenges; you have a strong sense of what excellence looks like in given areas of study; you combine the determination to challenge students lovingly with the compassion and wisdom to know when to be patient or to step back.
- You have a calling for and deep appreciation of adolescents. You know youth culture; you love the uniqueness of this age. You see middle school as a time of transformation, not just in intellectual development, but also across social, emotional, physical, ethical, and creative intelligences.
- You’re on a lifelong learning journey. Whether through vocation, travel, personal study, reacting to challenging life experiences or otherwise, you’ve undergone and can articulate your learning journey. You’ve had to face personal challenges and have come out humble and with greater clarity about your path. You’ve developed personal habits and mindfulness practices that support you in continuing to grow.
- You’re worldly. You are “world savvy” and pragmatic about how to get things done in the real world. You’ve traveled or even lived overseas; you’ve been entrepreneurial formally or informally. You’ve endeavored to create value, faced failure, and experienced success.
- You comfortably exist in and naturally model authenticity. Through experience and practice and perhaps your own mentors, you’ve developed an awareness of what authenticity looks like, and a comfort being yourself.
- At least 3 years’ experience leading HUMANITIES-related learning experiences for middle school students.
- Experience designing curricula for adolescents.
- (Preferred) Experience in seminar and/or project-based learning.
- (Preferred) Experience with mindfulness or social-emotional learning
- Teaching: Lead two project-based, interdisciplinary “Quest” classes per term, focused on HUMANITIES but including other disciplines. Quest can range from explorations such as “Are we alone in the universe?” to “How do I learn?”; “Do our voices matter?” and “How do we transcend limits?” Students draw from daily lessons in humanities to explore answers to these questions together. Students test hypotheses, gather data, and produce final papers and presentations with their suggestions for social impact.
- Advising: Lead a weekly Forum, our term for an intensive peer advisory group, in which students develop their social, emotional, and ethical intelligences.
- Curriculum Design: Guides will have the opportunity and responsibility to shape curriculum, evolving our current materials and generating emergent project topics.
- Collaboration: We’re looking for Guides who want to be part of a close-knit team, inviting others to see their teaching, sharing their successes and challenges with vulnerability and openness.
- This opening is for a full-time HUMANITIES Guide effective immediately.
- This is a full-time faculty role, including health and retirement benefits.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We will make a hire as soon as we find the right candidate,
- To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Katheryn Negrosa, Assistant to Head of School and Human Resource Coordinator. In your cover letter, please share a story of a favorite teacher, and what made them special to you.
- Aurora School is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.
About Aurora School
We are an independent school with a social justice focus, supporting students in making a difference in the world. Aurora’s elementary school was founded in 1988. We are now expanding into middle school beginning with a 6th grade. We seek a culturally competent Middle School HUMANITIES Guide (teacher) to work with a dedicated, diverse community.
Middle school re-imagined. Our program was designed by a team of leading educators, researchers, and adolescent development psychologists to meet the needs of middle schoolers. We’ve combined highly engaging academics with an approach that is social, personal, and rooted in the real world. Our intention is to position brilliant Guides in 1:1 sessions, small groups, Socratic debates around Harkness tables, and experiential project-based learning modalities. Within this environment, our students experience an integrated educational curriculum, combining advanced academics with personal development through mindfulness, social and emotional learning, and real-world relevance, application, and skill-building.
At the heart of this environment are our teachers, whom we call Guides. The Guides embody the values we seek to model for each student. Guides are as much mirrors, models, and mentors as they are instructors of content, and the program is designed to optimize their personal coaching relationships with students.
Physical Education Specialist/Extended Care Staff/Outdoor Student Oversight
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time (approx. 30hrs/week)
COMPENSATION PACKAGE: Health benefits, 403B Retirement, PTO, Life Insurance, Salary commensurate with experience and degrees completed.
REPORTS TO: Head of School and Extended Care Director
- Minimum two years’ experience teaching P.E./Mindful Movement to K-6 students
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in physical education
- Experience at planning and implementing P.E./Mindful Movement curricula
- Open-minded and motivated to work collaboratively
- Understanding of child growth, development and social needs
- Strong communication and organizational skills
- Strong commitment to working in a diverse, multicultural community
- Enjoys playing with and supervising children in grades K-6
- Enjoys being outdoors in all kinds of weather
- Flexible, easy going, and positive
- Ability to lead sports and outdoor games with energy and enthusiasm
- Ability to lead simple crafts and inside games with creativity and patience
- Be able to consistently maintain order with a positive attitude
- Teach P.E. to K-6 students grades in a multi-grade program using curriculum and teaching strategies consistent with Aurora’s mission, core values, and guidelines
- Sign in students as they arrive in after school Extended Care program and supervise them appropriately
- Develop age- and ability-appropriate skill instruction in movement concepts and body management
- Create an understanding of the components of fitness including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility
- Focus on the concepts of teamwork
- Manage a wide range of abilities and experience
- Differentiate for individual students based on their unique needs so all students are appropriately engaged
- Provide physical and emotional learning
- Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge and self-expression
- Character-building lessons in self-responsibility, social interaction and group dynamics
- Cultivate 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 lifelong physical fitness and increase self-esteem and joy of being active
- Collaborate with colleagues
- Initiate and maintain timely communication with parents when necessary
- Exhibit professional standards of attendance, punctuality, language, preparedness, and in interactions with students, parents, faculty, and administration
- Organize and supervise end-of-year school-wide Field Day
- Attend school-wide events and staff trainings, Back-To-School Night (Fall), Information Day (Fall)
- Attend monthly Staff meetings (2 required, 7 others optional)
- Attend scheduled staff in-services days throughout school year
- Arrange for a substitute teacher and leave detailed lesson plans when absent and informing Lead Teacher and Administrative team of absence
- All other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Extended Care Director
The start date for this position is January 3, 2022 with onboarding in mid-December. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to KHR Coordinator Katheryn Negrosa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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
Reports to: Head of School, Assistant Head of School
- 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
- 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:
- Back-To-School Night (September)
- Information Day (November)
- Staff meetings (Two required per year)
- 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.