Employment

 


TEACHING AT SDFAS


At SDFAS, we recruit, hire and retain educators who view themselves as professionals and are committed to the art and craft of exceptional teaching. We also seek dynamic, growth-oriented individuals who value excellence and for whom educating children is a calling. Teaching candidates who will thrive at SDFAS are those who wish to engage fully, continually challenge themselves and their students, and embrace modern pedagogy within a multilingual school environment that prioritizes:

  • Relationship building, human understanding and cultural competence
  • Language, problem solving, critical thinking skills and growth mindset orientation
  • Character development, personal growth and adherence to core values
  • Developing skills necessary to work well autonomously as well as collaborate effectively in groups

Click here to view the SDFAS Educator job description. If you are interested in joining a team of highly motivated educators who are passionate about their areas of expertise, consider social and emotional learning as equal in importance to academics, and share a common vision for how to develop global citizens, we invite you to present yourself as a candidate. 

SDFAS is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and hires employees without regard to gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, color, creed, gender identification or sexual orientationIn its hiring practices, SDFAS values diversity in all of its forms and seeks above all educators who are open-minded, self -aware, and committed to learning and  growth.


J-1 VISA SPONSORSHIP


San Diego French-American School is approved by the United States government as a direct sponsor and host school within the U.S. Department of State’s J-1 Visa Program for “exchange visitor” teachers. The program is open to applicants who meet the requirements for participation in the program. 

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Program length (a total of 5 years is possible)

  • 3 years (initial)
  • 2 additional years (if conditions for extension are met and approved)

Fees covered by SDFAS (you do not pay for these)

  • SEVIS fee for I-901:  $220 USD
  • VISA fee for DS-160:  $160 USD
  • Health insurance plan (medical, dental & vision)
  • Repatriation insurance

Housing Rental (approx. $USD estimation/month)

  • Studio:  $1,400
  • One bedroom:  $1,700
  • Two bedroom:  $2,300
  • Three bedroom:  $3,200

Car / Vehicle Purchase (upon arrival in $USD/one time)

  • approx. $8,000 – $12,000

Other Living Expenses (approx. $USD estimation/month)

  • Groceries / food:  $500
  • Cell phone:  $100
  • Car insurance:  $80
  • Gas:  $80

Entertainment

  • According to lifestyle…


TEACHERS

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FRENCH PROGRAM TEACHERS

San Diego French-American School is looking for outstanding, experienced, expert Certified or Qualified French Professeurs des écoles and Certified or Qualified French Professeurs, niveau collège. To apply, please send (as a single PDF file) your resume/CV and cover letter/lettre de motivation, any other teaching credentials (e.g. rapports d’inspection) and letters of recommendation to Mark Rosenblum, Head of School at employment@sdfrenchschool.org. Click here to view the SDFAS Educator’ job description for all teaching positions.

ENGLISH PROGRAM TEACHERS

San Diego French-American School is looking for outstanding highly motivated independent school teachers for our curricular programs taught in the English language. Candidates are sought for all grade levels PK-5 and all MS subject areas for grades 6-8 (English Language Arts & Social Studies, ESL, Mathematics and Science). Click here to view the baseline ‘SDFAS Educator’ job description for all teaching positions.

To apply, please send your resume/curriculum vitae, a cover letter, any other teaching credentials or portfolio elements, and at least two recent letters of recommendation (of which one is from a current or recent direct supervisor) to Mark Rosenblum, Head of School at headmaster@sdfrenchschool.org.

SPANISH PROGRAM TEACHERS

No open positions at this time for 2021-2022.


PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT TEACHERS

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Click here to view the Preschool Assistant Teacher job description. If interested, please send a resume, cover letter and short list of professional references (as a single PDF file please) to employment@sdfrenchschool.org and with CC to besterly@sdfrenchschool.org.

  • Bilingual French-English strongly preferred
  • Early Childhood Education credits required to work in the Preschool camp groups (age 2-5) which means 12 units across three specific areas (the school is happy to provide transcript analysis for interested candidates)
  • Demonstrated prior experience working with children strongly preferred
  • Cross-cultural competency and experience living in different countries or within different cultural settings strongly preferred but not required
  • Hourly salary commensurate with experience and benchmarks for similar positions at schools of our size and profile in southern California
  • Authorized to work in the United States for any employer


SUMMER CAMP STAFF (LEAD COUNSELORS & ASSISTANT TEACHERS)

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Click here to view the SUMMER CAMP STAFF job descriptions (LEAD COUNSELOR and ASSISTANT TEACHER). If interested, please send a resume, cover letter and short list of references (as a single PDF file please) to employment@sdfrenchschool.org and with CC to aarsacellison@sdfrenchschool.org and besterly@sdfrenchschool.org.

  • Bilingual French-English strongly preferred
  • Early Childhood Education credits required to work in the Preschool camp groups (age 2-5) which means 12 units across three specific areas (the school is happy to provide transcript analysis for interested candidates)
  • Demonstrated prior experience working with children strongly preferred
  • Cross-cultural competency and experience living in different countries or within different cultural settings strongly preferred but not required
  • Hourly salary commensurate with experience and benchmarks for similar positions at schools of our size and profile in southern California
  • Authorized to work in the United States for any employer


CURRENT VACANCIES

Art Teacher Grades 1-8

PART-TIME TEACHER OF ART

(Grades 1-8)

2021-2022

Part-time position teaching art one period per week to grades 1-8 (at various times depending on the trimester). For interested candidates, additional roles may include clubs or electives, study skills, learning support, leading projects, and/or coaching a sport. 

  • Ongoing collaboration with colleagues teaching subjects in French and English
  • Efficient curricular execution (given fewer dedicated hours within a blended bilingual curriculum)
  • Prior international and/or bilingual school experience a plus but not required
  • Bilingual in English-French or English-other a plus but not required.
  • First trimester: 10 periods (4th through 8th grade); Second trimester: 7 periods (1st through 3rd grade); Third trimester: 5 periods (6th through 8th grade)
  • All materials provided by the school

ABOUT SDFAS

SDFAS at a glance:  An independent, co-educational dual language, ~350 students PK-8. Spacious campus at top of beautiful  Mount Soledad in La Jolla.

  • Mission: To develop confident, responsible and engaged global citizens.
  • Core values:  Open-mindedness. Intellectual Curiosity. Integrity. Empathy. Resilience. 
  • Identity: Founded in 1988, we are a unique, dynamic school moving each year toward greater and greater excellence. We offer a compelling combination of small size, bilingual international programs, and dedication to social-emotional learning and nurturing the whole student. A recognized leader in international education among San Diego private schools and within the French-American school network.
  • Accreditations: French Ministry of Education (one of 52 in US and 500+ worldwide outside France), California Association of Independent Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
  • Responsive Classroom: SDFAS has implemented and trained its entire faculty and staff in an all-school approach to whole child education called “Responsive Classroom.” The approach is founded on the belief that targeted daily efforts in all classrooms, during all lessons, and in all spaces outside of the classroom, that development of social-emotional competencies is as important as learning academic skills and content. And that both are more effective when interwoven with each other into all educational activities that are student-centered. Training for all newly arriving faculty members is required and cost absorbed by the school (28 hours over four Saturdays via interactive remote learning or via in-person workshop over four consecutive days, Covid permitting). 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Authorization to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Experience in the arts a plus. Bachelor’s Degree and an advanced degree in education and/or fields related to education and areas of teaching expertise (teacher credentials desirable but not required) a plus.
  • Considerable experience (3-5 years minimum) and demonstrated knowledge of and successful professional experience developing skills outlined in the below list of SDFAS Educator Competencies.
  • Ability to lead by example in demonstrating understanding and commitment to the school’s mission and core values.

SDFAS EDUCATOR COMPETENCIES:

Cultural competencies. Demonstrated cross-cultural, inter-relational and active listening competencies; commitment to building and sustaining a school culture centered around best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about research on how implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic class can shape curricula and pedagogy and have demonstrated experience avoiding these and fully developing and reinforcing equity in teaching and learning. In addition, the teacher will be familiar skilled at recognizing implicit biases with the classroom and in designing lessons and curriculum materials.

Pedagogy. Employment of brain-based approaches, growth mindset teacher language, best practices in differentiated instruction and assessment and teaching to multiple intelligences, this to individualize the educational experience in ways that ensure learning and growth for every student; understanding and engagement of foundational education theories.

Stages of human development. Knowledge of developmental stages of teaching and learning, experience with children and able to demonstrate highly effective skill sets in the domain of classroom management, pacing, and efficient use of classroom time with students.

Curriculum, unit, lesson and project design. Use of backward planning in designing curricular units (formative and summative); Engagement of students (and colleagues) in project-based teaching and learning, cross-disciplinary units and multilingual educational endeavors; consistently taking into account, referencing and making connections to the realities of the world of their generation and lived experience.

Academic teaching and social-emotional learning.  Ability to employ effective student-centered teaching approaches that integrate into academics a focus on activities that cultivate social and emotional skills as well as competencies in the domain of diversity, equity and inclusion

Educational technology. Expertise in integrating educational technology to advance and enhance curricular objectives and support highly effective teaching, learning and collaboration (preferably within a one-to-one Chromebook program using Google Suite and Classroom, GoGuardian, and other leading applications)

Professional development.  Intrinsic motivation and desire to further grow and develop as professional educators by seeking ever greater knowledge and deepened teaching and learning skill sets through workshops/seminars, reading/research, peer review, professional networking, piloting innovative projects, taking risks, and constantly practicing self-reflection and collaborating with colleagues.

Communication with parents. Collaborate and build trusting relationships with parents by regularly reporting observations and facts about academic performance, social and emotional skills, and behavior or mindset issues. Effective management of difficult conversations (favoring telephone or video-conference over email; modeling healthy communication; seeking and offering solutions, requesting assistance and input).

 

ACQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES

  • Teaching as a life calling. Passionate, engaged, flexible and patient whole-person educator and life-long learner for whom teaching children and helping people develop and grow is a veritable calling
  • Drive. Autonomous, proactive, self-starter who values clarity at all levels and possesses superior social-emotional and relationship building skills
  • Social-emotional development. Previous training in – or a willingness to learn, through training provided by the school – pedagogical skills in areas that concern teaching, learning and development of social-emotional skillsets (such as positive discipline, restorative justice, diversity-equity-inclusion training, Responsive Classroom, Visible Learning, Project Zero, NSRF Critical Friends Groups, etc.)
  • “EQ” and self-regulation. Functions well in a paced and at times high pressure teaching and learning environment; adapts well to and assists others in adapting to and coping with uncertain and/or changing circumstances; possesses a sense of humor and regularly engages skill sets in self-care, stress-management and/or mindfulness.

Languages:  For French Program positions, native-level French fluency is required, ability to communicate in English is desired; for English Program positions, native-level English fluency is required, ability to communicate in French is a plus; for Spanish Program positions, native-level Spanish fluency is required; ability to communicate in English and/or French is a plus

TO APPLY

Please send the following items as a single attached PDF file to employment@sdfrenchschool.org [FOA Mark Rosenblum, Head of School]:

  • Cover letter expressing “fit”
  • Curriculum vitae that demonstrates prior events organization and coordination skills and experience
  • One recent letter of recommendation (must be from a current or most recent direct supervisor)

START DATE

Immediate.

In its hiring practices, SDFAS is an equal opportunity employer and hires employees without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed, ethnic or national background, origin, or sexual orientation. 

Events and Family Engagement Coordinator

MISSION 

San Diego French-American School offers an exceptional bilingual education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible, and engaged global citizens. 

VISION

Our vision is to be a leading exemplar of bilingual and international education in San Diego.

We aspire to send out into the world multilingual, academically, and socially well prepared global citizens who are confident in their identities, guided by strong core values, and who live purposeful, engaged, and impactful lives. 

CORE VALUES

Open-mindedness. Intellectual Curiosity. Integrity. Empathy. Resilience.

EVENTS AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

POSITION OVERVIEW

SDFAS, a thriving Nursery School to Grade 8 program located in La Jolla is seeking a motivated, dependable, and experienced Events and Family Engagement Coordinator to support our community. 

This full-time position serves event management needs within the following Administrative areas of functions:

  • Marketing & communications
  • Development/fundraising
  • Admissions

The successful candidate will be a front-line partner in the SDFAS school community, working with parent volunteers, internal team members, and donors.

Reporting directly to the Director of Marketing and Communications the position also collaborates closely with the Director of Development Enrollment Management departments.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

General:

  • Support the Development, Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication offices and the Community Association (“C.A.” – nomenclature for SDFAS ‘Parents Association’)
  • Coordinate with the Marketing and Communication office to produce all communication collateral to brand and promote events
  • Maintain volunteer and fundraising databases
  • Work occasional after-hours and weekend events
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Community Association (C.A.)

  • Serve as the liaison to the Community Association leadership team and chairs of Events Committees.
  • Determine the appropriate C.A. leadership and volunteer structure, secure necessary and sufficient volunteer support, and effectively manage the volunteer structures for each event.

Events

  • Coordinate events logistics and promotions of events (e.g. school gala, alumni events, and both admissions and retention type gatherings, etc.)
  • Events logistics: e.g. synchronizing and managing calendars, coordinating volunteers and C.A. Room Parent, tracking registrations, managing dates, times, agendas, space requirements, scheduling vendors, catering, equipment, permits, food, physical setup, and breakdown for events, venue inquiries, and invitations, etc.
  • Monitor event budgets and reconcile expenses.
  • Carry out evaluations and feedback surveys post-event. 

Development

  • On a preset calendar, work with the Director of Development on cultivation and stewardship and support the annual fund, gala, endowment, and major gifts programs.

Admissions

On a preset calendar, support the admissions office function.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS 

Eligibility

Authorized to work in the United States for any employer. Clean background check; valid driver’s license; proof of negative TB; regular Covid-19 testing; ability to lift and carry up to 35lbs 

Diploma(s)

Minimum of a B.A., degree preferred.  

Language expertise

Superior level of English speaking and writing, editing, and proofreading skills; bilingual French or second-language French proficiency is an asset though not required. A “plus” though not required is a proficiency in other languages or life experiences abroad or outside the region of one’s upbringing

Prior experience

A responsibility/participation in the end-to-end event management process, including items such as the formulation, execution of detailed action plans and evaluation for each event; ensuring events achieve the defined goals and objectives; and the creation, maintenance, and adherence to event budgets. 

Professional Abilities

Capacity to work autonomously; exercise good judgment; demonstrate clear thinking; communicate with clarity and concision; show outstanding organizational and managerial skills; leverage standout task prioritization and time management skills; possess ability to balance multiple high-pressure time-sensitive projects simultaneously; pay attention to details; display and demonstrate growth and solution-oriented mindsets, and maintain a commitment to a customer service focus through and through.

Social-emotional. Solid interpersonal and social-emotional skills, including self-awareness and self-care, grit, a growth mindset and a sense of humor, stress management, and perspective-taking when under pressure; ability to cultivate meaningful positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, board members, school and volunteers.

Cross-Cultural. Knowledge, experience, and demonstrated ability to relate to and connect with people of diverse backgrounds, upbringings, and life experiences, including people from groups considered as “minority” in some way.

Written and verbal. Strong written and verbal expression skills in English is an absolute requirement for this position. Bilingual or second-language French is an advantage but not required. Additional language(s), mother tongue(s) or acquired language(s) are also a plus for this position.

Technology and computing

Solid technology and computing skill sets including proficiency with collaborative cloud computing (e.g. Google Suite); industry standard and emergent platforms relevant to branding/marketing and communications; motivation and ability to learn additional tools or platforms or deepen skills; and a working knowledge of web development languages, content management systems, student information systems, browsers and other emerging web technologies.

Mission “Fit”

Strong commitment to independent school education with a particular enthusiasm for bilingual/international education. Must demonstrate alignment with SDFAS mission, identity and core values..

SALARY

Salary commensurate with profile and experience ($42-48k per year).

BENEFITS

Intangible

  • Dynamic, dedicated, high-functioning team
  • Compelling educational mission, vision, and values
  • Ambitious, clearly articulated strategic goals

Tangible

  • Full-time year-round position
  • Excellent benefits
  • 100% employee premium for health, dental and vision 
  • Up to 5% salary matching into a 403b retirement savings account after the first two years of employment
  • Earned paid vacation days in accordance with policy set forth in the Employee Handbook (5 weeks/year) 
  • Partial tuition remission for children enrolled in the school 
  • Ongoing professional development 

TO APPLY

Please send the following items as a single attached PDF file to employment@sdfrenchschool.org [FOA Kevin Saidler, Director of MarComms]:

  • Cover letter expressing “fit”
  • Curriculum vitae that demonstrates prior events organization and coordination skills and experience
  • One recent letter of recommendation (must be from a current or most recent direct supervisor)

START DATE

Immediate.

In its hiring practices, SDFAS is an equal opportunity employer and hires employees without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed, ethnic or national background, origin, or sexual orientation. 

Teacher Assistant

Responsible for assisting the Preschool or Kindergarten Lead Teacher in managing and caring for the well-being of
students in the classroom, in the bathroom, and on the playground within the context of implementing a program of
activities that promote the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each child enrolled in the
program.

REPORTING AND SUPERVISION:
Teacher Assistants at SDFAS report to their classroom teacher and above him/her to the Administrative Director of
the Preschool. When acting as extended care staff for before or after school care, reporting is to the Enrichment
Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Assist Lead Teacher and collaborate closely with her/him in implementing the daily program of activities based on
best practices and researched principles of child development and in accordance with the program’s curriculum,
social-emotional learning program (Responsive Classroom) and school culture.
Observe each child daily to assess skills, interests, and needs and use this information to facilitate learning and
growth.
Maintain a well-organized, safe, and attractive classroom environment conducive to the optimal growth and
development of children (including maintaining classroom cleanliness and keeping materials neat and arranged)
• Actively supervise students during class time, bathroom time, lunchtime, transition times, and during recess times

Develop a positive relationship with each child and promote the development of autonomy, self-esteem, and self-
discipline.

• Intervene with vigilance and respect to help any child in need, prevent accident or injury to the degree possible,
and in any situation requiring assistance

Establish a positive relationship with each child’s family.
Perform other duties as required or assigned, including acting as extended care staff before or after school or bus
monitor duties before or after school, if asked

QUALIFICATIONS:
Intermediate, advanced, or near-native, or native French speaker strongly preferred but not absolutely required.
• 12 ECE units in Early Childhood Education including at least the following three core courses:
1-Child/human growth and development
2-Child/family/community or child and family relation
3-Programs/curriculum.
Minimum of 6 months – 1 year of teaching or assistant teaching (or related) experience.
Demonstrated experience, interest, and ability in working with young children.
Demonstrated strong knowledge of established principles and best practices in early childhood development.
Willingness to work flexible hours in order to meet the needs of the program.

PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES:
Be able to lift 25-30 lbs.
Be able to walk, squat/kneel, sit on the floor, see, hear, and speak with children to ensure children’s health and safety.

SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary commensurate with education and experience and in accordance with the school’s established salary scale for
Assistant Teachers (starting at $17 per hour). Competitive benefits include medical, dental, and vision offered
by the school at 100% of premium.