Lead Teacher - Horizons Summer Enrichment Program

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.




250 Valencia Street
San Francisco
United States


Position Overview

Horizons at SFFS is seeking dedicated and experienced Lead Teachers (K-6th Grades) with a dynamic talent for creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children. We are looking for a talented, passionate, caring professional who will work as a team player, fulfill the Horizons mission, and create a joyous, inclusive, inspiring and educational culture. The Lead Teacher will work with a Teaching Assistant and a Reading Specialist, and will be supported by the Executive Director. It is our hope that Horizons summer staff members will return to the program for more than one summer as we continue to work together, support our students, and build the program and the community.

Essential Job Functions

The Lead Teacher will :

  • Design and teach high quality, culturally responsive, project-based curriculum and engage students in learning math, science and language arts throughout our six week summer enrichment program.
  • Plan and lead fun, community-building games and enriching experiential learning opportunities, and accompany students to swimming lessons and field trips.
  • Lead the Horizons staff in identifying individual students’ learning profiles, building on each youth's academic strengths and coordinating resources and activities to best address his/her areas of need.
  • Participate in daily meals with the students, attend Family Nights and Faculty Meetings, and other duties that may be required.
  • Attend a one-week orientation session prior to the start of the program.
  • Assist in the training and supervision of program staff and volunteers, including assisting in planning and facilitating professional development and ongoing coaching for colleagues, and sharing instructional strategies and student information.
  • Mentor the assistant teacher(s) and work with staff to review assessment data and align curriculum across subject areas.
  • Develop and nurture a safe, respectful, challenging and fun learning environment.
  • Assist in evaluating program effectiveness.
  • As needed and appropriate, aid in accessing and attracting useful resources of community institutions, the school system, public agencies, and local businesses for the benefit of the Horizons programs.
  • Help maintain ongoing communication with parents, caregivers and school year teachers.
  • Participate in the planning and delivery of two half day learning activities for students and families in the spring leading up to the program’s start.
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem-solve.


In addition to a strong commitment to Horizon’s mission, this position requires a balance of knowledge of best practices and practical experience with and proficiency in the skills of instruction. The ideal candidate for the Lead Teacher position must be flexible, well organized, capable of taking initiative, and full of enthusiasm for both teaching and learning. More detailed qualifications for this position include:

  • 5 or more years working as a K-6th Grade teacher, with a gift for both building on students' love of learning and bolstering their basic academic skills.
  • Proven ability to relate well to diverse school age children and families, to plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for the assigned grade level.
  • Skill and experience in designing and delivering curriculum for K-6th Grade second language learners.
  • Knowledge and skill in classroom management, social emotional learning and specific strategies for developing children’s noncognitive skills such as focus, determination, empathy and self discipline.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the issues and challenges facing Latino and other immigrant and low income families living in the Mission District.
  • Fluency in English/Spanish preferred (bicultural also preferred).
  • A strong desire to make a difference in the lives of Horizons’ students and to address racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes.
  • Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, have clear expectations and directions, and to give and receive feedback to the ED and fellow colleagues.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Leadership experience and ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Elementary teaching credential or equivalent experience, with a BCLAD preferred.

The salary range for the Lead Teacher position is $8,000-$9,800 (commensurate with experience) for seven weeks of full time work. The Lead Teacher is an exempt position and includes a week of prep prior to the program’s start and six weeks of summer program. Each Spring, teachers and staff are expected to attend two Saturday morning family orientation events (5/18 and 6/1) and two staff planning meetings (dates TBD). For ongoing staff, the position also includes non-mandatory participation in approximately four Saturday morning year round family events during the 2018/19 school year.


Summer, 2019

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21 - Teacher orientation week and classroom set-up

Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 2 - Six-week program (no program on July 4 and 5)

Year-round program:

Required Dates: Saturday, May 18, 2019 and Saturday June 1 from 9:30-12:30

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency or proficiency in Spanish preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and experience (Word format, please) to Abby Rovner, Director of Horizons at SFFS at arovner@sffriendsschool.org with subject line “Horizons at SFFS Lead Teacher”.

Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is an equal opportunity employer.