Lead Teacher- Horizons at SFFS Student Enrichment Program

Job Type

Full Time Temporary


Details: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.




250 Valencia Street
San Francisco
United States


Position Overview

Horizons at SFFS is seeking a dedicated and effective Lead Elementary Teacher 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 to launch this vibrant program, 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. In the summer of 2018, Horizons at SFFS will serve 85 rising 1st through 5th graders. For more information about Horizons at SFFS, please visit http://www.horizonsatsffs.orghttps://www.facebook.com/HorizonsSFFS and http://www.horizonsnational.org/.

Essential Job Functions:

The Lead Teacher will :

  • Design and teach high quality, culturally competent, 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 Night 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, including assisting in planning and facilitating professional development and ongoing coaching for staff, 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 collaboration with the Executive Director, provide ongoing input into this job description as the position unfolds to keep this job description as accurate as possible.


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 an early elementary school 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 children and families, to plan and deliver engaging, challenging lessons for school-age urban children, and to teach using effective strategies for 2nd 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).
  • Experience designing and delivering curriculum for early elementary second language learners
  • A strong passion for working with youth and a strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of low-income students.
  • Ability to maintain good communication between all parties, have clear expectations and directions, and provide feedback to the ED, to staff, and Horizons National as the curriculum and the program unfolds.
  • 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 Lead Teacher is a full time exempt position during the six weeks of the program and includes two Saturday morning family orientation events (May 19 and June 2), several planning meetings (dates TBD) and a week of training and prep prior to the program’s start.


Summer, 2018

Thursday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 22 - Teacher orientation week and classroom set-up

Thursday, June 25 - Friday, August 3 - Six-week program (no program on July 4)

Year-round program:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 and Saturday June 2 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 upload a resume and cover letter, outlining your skills and experience (Word or PDF format, please) to Abby Rovner, Director of Horizons National at San Francisco Friends School at arovner@sffriendsschool.org with subject line “Horizons at SFFS Lead Teacher”. 

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