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

Middle School Educational Therapist

Employment Status: Part-Time employee approximately 10 hours a week
Reports to: Head of School and Learning Resource Coordinator
Hours: Between the hours of 8:30am-1:30 pm, unless meetings require otherwise
Start Date: Immediately
Salary Range: $60-$75/hour, depending on experience

AURORA SCHOOL

Aurora School’s mission is to nurture children’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement. Established in 1988, as a K-5 independent school, Aurora is now a 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

We seek a culturally competent Middle School Educational Therapist to work with our dedicated, diverse, and supportive community. The central mission of the Middle School Learning Specialist is to ensure that Aurora School identifies and supports its students who have learning disabilities and provides appropriate instruction and intervention based on educational best practices supported by neuroscience research.

The Learning Specialist is responsible for working collaboratively with other faculty members to help ensure that curricular offerings are fully differentiated to meet the students’ needs.

  • Helps define appropriate general and specialized instruction, 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 1:1 or small-group instruction in during Humanities or STEM classes. 
  • Conducts weekly check-ins with students who require support.
  • Meets weekly with middle school teaching team to discuss students in need.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES)

  • Master’s degree in educational therapy
  • 3-5 years of experience as a Learning Specialists 
  • Applicants must have a strong knowledge base in learning differences, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as a deep knowledge base regarding ADHD, and Autism Spectrum.
  • 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 high level of positive energy and professionalism, creativity, and flexibility.
  • Strong ability and desire to collaborate with colleagues and parents.

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 Abbie Koss, Head of School (abbie@auroraschool.org).

Middle School Guide (Teacher) and Advisor

About Aurora School

We are an independent, nonprofit school with a social justice focus, supporting students in making a difference in the world. Aurora’s elementary school was founded in 1988 and we expanded into a middle school in 2021. We seek culturally competent, full-time Middle School Guides (teacher) to work with a dedicated, diverse community. 

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 inquiry-based learning in small groups, Socratic debates, 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.

Professionals in the LGBTQ and BIPOC community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Requirements: 

  • (Preferred) 3 years’ experience leading STEM or Humanities-related learning experiences for upper elementary or middle school students, in classrooms or other venues. 
  • Experience designing curricula for adolescents. 
  • (Preferred) Experience in seminar and/or project-based learning. 
  • (Preferred) Experience with mindfulness or social-emotional learning 

Structure:

  • Salary range: $60,000-$138,000 (depending upon years of experience and degrees held)
  • 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. The start date would be August 1, 2023, with training opportunities during the summer or prior if the candidate’s schedule allows. 

      Application Process 

      • To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Abbie Koss, Head of School.
      • Aurora School is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage LGBTQ and applicants of color to apply. We hire individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. 
      • More information at 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.

      Lower School Lead Teacher (Grades K-5)

      Aurora School seeks culturally competent K-5 Lead Teachers to work with a dedicated, diverse community. A leader in progressive education, 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 provides a safe learning atmosphere that extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of the school. Aurora graduates have a strong and solid foundation for high school and beyond.

      Professionals in the LGBTQ and BIPOC community are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Qualifications

      We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic full-time Lead Teachers to begin August 2023. 

      • Candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or equivalent, have a multiple subject teaching credential.
      • Previous teaching experience in grades K-5. 
      • Enthusiastic about teaching and learning.
      • Candidate must have excellent professional relationship skills, strong background in early literacy and mathematics and knowledge of and proficiency with technology and commitment to the unique role it plays in the current education arena.   
      • Strong communication and organizational skills and be open and motivated to working collaboratively with the entire Aurora community.  

      Structure

      • Salary range: $60,000-$138,000 (depending upon years of experience and degrees held)
      • 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. The start date would be August 1, 2023, with training opportunities during the summer or prior if the candidate’s schedule allows.  

          Application Process 

          • To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to Katheryn Negrosa, Human Resource Coordinator (knegrosa@auroraschool.org).
          • Aurora School is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage LGBTQ and applicants of color to apply. We hire individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. 

           

          Substitute Teachers

          Aurora School is always looking for experienced and enthusiastic substitute teachers for our K-8 classrooms as well as our specialists’ classes. 

          COMPENSATION:

          • Onsite Classroom – $30/hr
          • Recess Duty – $21/hr
          • Extended Care – $17/hr
          • Remote Learning- $16/hr

          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 Director

          Position Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt Employee

          The Development Coordinator will implement and lead all aspects of a comprehensive development program that currently raises $55K annually in support of strategic initiatives and current-year programs. 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: $50-70/hr depending on 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.

           

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