Social Studies Teacher - YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Job Type

Full Time




1231 North Broad Street, 3rd Floor
United States


Social Studies Teacher

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School is a nationally-recognized leader in alternative education.  Our mission is to provide 18 - 21 year old out-of-school youth with tools, supports, and opportunities to become strong members and leaders in their community.

Teachers at YouthBuild are creative, flexible and passionate about seeing all students succeed.  As part of an unapologetically comprehensive organization, they balance their academic responsibilities with facilitating students’ holistic self-development.  Using a strengths-based approach, they focus on engaging students and developing their self awareness, critical consciousness and confidence as lifelong learners.

Working at YouthBuild is joyful, challenging and inspiring.  Teachers have the autonomy to design meaningful curriculum within a social justice context, aligned to core transferable competencies.  Beyond their classrooms, they participate in a warm, loving culture that uses a variety of structures to build community, including a restorative-justice approach to discipline, weekly community meetings, and school-wide service projects.  Teachers are supported in all aspects of their job, and are encouraged to always continue growing into their best professional selves.


Within the classroom:

  • create a positive learning environment built on strong relationships   
  • design learner-centered units that develop transferable competencies and culminate with “demonstrations” (projects) that showcase students’ original work
  • use instructional strategies where student voice and thinking are the primary focus and content coverage is secondary
  • develop learning experiences that emphasize six core professional skills: teamwork, people skills, motivation, high quality work, resilience and self-development.  

YouthBuild’s  social studies teacher focuses on strengthening students’ research skills as well as on creating a culture of inquiry that demonstrates how the research process can be a tool for lifelong learning.

Beyond the classroom:  

  • act as formal coaches to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track  
  • work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility.  


  • Certified in Social Studies; special education certification, background or experience a plus
  • 3 -- 5 years teaching experience with students at middle grade reading levels or with struggling older readers
  • Ability to design meaningful, project-based curriculum within a social justice context
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development and cultural competence

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Human Resources at with the words "Social Studies Teacher" in the subject line.