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

Physical Education Teacher and Afterschool Sports Coach

Aurora School is a progressive private K-8 school in Oakland which prioritizes social/emotional learning and awareness of social justice issues. Teacher and After-School Sports Coach to work with our dedicated and diverse community. We are looking to diversify our staff.

 POSITION STATUS: Part-Time or Full-Time depending up on your desired schedule

COMPENSATION PACKAGE: Full-Time: Health benefits, 403B Retirement, PTO, Life Insurance Salary commensurate with work experience. $45,000-$60,000. 

REPORTS TO: Head of School and Extended Care Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum two years’ experience teaching P.E to K-8 students
  • Experience at planning and implementing P.E. 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 being outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Flexible, easy going, and upbeat
  • Ability to lead sports and outdoor games with energy and enthusiasm
  • Be able to consistently maintain order with a positive attitude

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach P.E. to K-8 students in a multi-grade program using curriculum and teaching strategies consistent with Aurora’s mission, core values, and guidelines
  • Coach K-8 After-School sports (Basketball, Volleyball, etc.,)
  • Coordinate Middle School Independent School Intramural sports league
  • 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 among students
  • Tailor programs to individual student needs and ability so all are effectively engaged
  • Provide physical and emotional learning
  • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, and self-expression
  • Character-building lessons 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, and preparedness, 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)
  • 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 inform staff of absence
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Extended Care Director

The start date for this position is August 1, 2022. Please submit your cover letter and resume to our HR Coordinator, Katheryn Negrosa 

Aurora School

Aurora School
40 Dulwich Road • Oakland, CA 94618
www.auroraschool.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.

Lead Teacher

ABOUT US:

We seek a culturally competent 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.

A leader in progressive education, Aurora School’s mission is to nurture student’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 student’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 provides 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 STATUS: Full-Time

 

REPORTS TO: Head of School

 

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 students and regular assessments and evaluations of students.

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

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 and credentials.

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 2022. No phone calls please. For more information, 

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.

 

 

Grades 4/5 Teaching Assistant

Aurora School is an independent K-8 school that combines challenging academics, small multi-grade classrooms, differentiated instruction, and a keen awareness of student’s social and emotional development. We seek a culturally competent 4/5 Grade Teaching Assistant to work with our dedicated, diverse, and supportive community. We are actively looking to diversify our staff.

Position Status: Full-Time

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years working with school-aged children
  • 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 working with children (required)
  • Comfortable with both in-person and remote learning
  • Facile with technology

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities will include assisting the Lead Teacher in the classroom; with technology, lunch, and recess duty; and leading students in social-emotional activities in multi-grade groupings twice a month. Our maximum class size is 22 students.

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 2022. No phone calls please. For more information, please visit: www.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.

 

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.

Development Coordinator

Position Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt Employee

The Development Coordinator will implement and lead all aspects of a comprehensive development program that currently raises $100K annually in support of strategic initiatives and school operations. Employing a multi-channel approach, the coordinator 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 Director is part of Aurora’s leadership team and serves as an important representative with constituents and the greater community. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional development experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Extensive experience and proficiency using Little Greenlight, Network for Good, and Bidding for Good.
  • 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 multitask under pressure, strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Work effectively with others to 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. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

FUND FOR AURORA
General Duties:
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. 

Database and Reporting: Manage the operation, maintenance, data input, data integrity and accuracy for all development databases used. 

Gifts Processing and Acknowledgements:

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Mail Coordination: Coordinate production and mailing logistics of solicitations and stewardship mailings. 

Outreach & Marketing: Oversee production of all fundraising marketing and solicitation materials in coordination with the Director of Marketing and Communications. 

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. 

ONLINE AUCTION
General Duties:

  • Manage co-chair(s) and volunteers 
  • Author and edit donor and sponsor solicitation letters and forms.
  • Manage sponsorship benefits.
  • Generate thank you receipts and labels post-event.
  • Maintain a system for tracking and storing actual donations.
  • Respond to donor and bidder questions.
  • Oversee fulfillment for all winners.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers

    Publicity
  • Create and execute marketing calendar.
  • Email campaigns, Postcards, e-newsletters, Facebook/Instagram, signage, website in coordination with the Marketing Director. 

Finances

  • Determine overall budget and approve expenditures. 

Software

  • Keep complete records of fundraising activities, including donors, donations and amount received.
  • Manually enter late and live purchases into the system.
  • Locate photos, write item descriptions, and set prices for auction items.
  • Generate reports, as needed. 

SPECIAL 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.
  • Develop good rapport with parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and all others connected to the school.
  • Attend and help with events, as assigned. 

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. No phone calls please. For more information, please visit: www.auroraschool.org 

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. 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.

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.