Join the vibrant community at the Chinese American International School's Middle School campus as a Middle School Chinese Teacher. Become part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school.
We wish to continue to build a strong team of innovative and passionate educators who lead the field of immersion Chinese teaching into the 21st century, hiring for full-time and temporary positions for spring 2018 and for future school years.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATES
Ideal candidates find resonance with CAIS’s mission to Embrace Chinese, Become your Best Self, and Create your Place in the World. As CAIS aims to empower independent, effective, and inspired learners, we look for candidates adept at student-centered pedagogy such as differentiation, use of assessment to inform teaching, and Project-Based instruction. Our new team members will collaborate with grade level Chinese and English partner teachers and enjoy a wealth of professional development opportunities. Candidates will enter an environment that values social emotional learning alongside academic challenge. Within the framework of a strong curricular vision supported by English and Chinese directors, candidates will enjoy considerable autonomy in developing curricula.
CAIS offers a dynamic dual culture setting, in which faculty are immersed in a culture of language learners. We look for a candidate who will embrace CAIS’s work to create an equitable, inclusive environment where all faculty, students, and families are supported in their individual identities. We welcome all applicants who aim to actively support and participate in our diverse and inclusive community.
The CAIS Board of Trustees and administration are expressly dedicated to ensuring that CAIS is a great place work. As a critical component of our Strategic Vision, the school has committed to attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding top-tier faculty with a benefits package including:
Transparent salary scale benchmarked to the Bay Area’s competitive standards
Robust opportunities for professional development, support, and growth
Comprehensive insurance package (covering 100% of premiums for individual employee)
Numerous opportunities to participate in international travel
Commuting cost assistance
Consideration for relocation
Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Teach two sections of MS Chinese daily
Work with a group of student advisees
Attend weekly MS Division meetings
Take part in Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings
Teaching experience with demonstrated success
Commitment to meeting the needs of individual learners and developing classes based in personalized learning
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Commitment to school mission, policies, and initiatives
Technical/Computer skills to support learning activities
Initial and continued tuberculosis clearance
Initial and continued criminal background clearance by DOJ and FBI
CPR and First Aid Certification
VALUED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes:
Teaching credential, Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or equivalent
Teaching experience in an immersion setting
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, use fine motor skills, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance and color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The CAIS mission exhorts all community members to embrace Chinese, become their best selves, and create their place in the world. As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Pre-K through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. CAIS incorporates the innovation and best practices from both Chinese and English language teaching traditions to create an immersion experience that leverages our distinct opportunities for language, subject, and cultural intersections.
Our three campuses are located in the heart of San Francisco and accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony, SF Opera, and more.
Our team is a large, collaborative and supportive team of 29 PreK-8th grade Chinese language lead and associate teachers who are experienced and highly professional. CAIS is regarded as a leader in Chinese immersion teaching and learning, a role we deliberately strive to earn and maintain, and our teachers are expected to engage in ongoing, school-supported professional development.
CAIS Chinese language teachers frequently present at regional and national conferences such as ACTFL, CLTA, National Chinese Language Conference, STARTALK, CLEF and Computer Using Educators, to name a few. In addition to teaching, CAIS Chinese teachers work collaboratively with one another and with teachers of other disciplines to design and implement innovative thematic curriculum units that integrate multiple disciplines, Project Based Language Learning (PBLL), use of instructional technology, application of 21st century skills and that support the school’s extensive international learning programs. The school runs STARTALK programs for teachers and students as well as a separate immersion summer camp each year.
Chinese curricula at CAIS are aligned with ACTFL Proficiency guidelines, and each year the school administers WPT, OPI, STAMP and AAPPL assessments - most CAIS teachers are trained and certified in the administration of these tests.
Chinese language teachers enjoy the support of a Chinese program director, a MS Chinese language and technology specialist, two full-time Chinese language support specialists, and an international and experiential learning coordinator. CAIS has formed the Chinese Learning Collaborative (CLC), a school-based center whose purpose is to integrate curriculum, technology, and international travel to advance language and cultural learning and meet world readiness standards for language learning.
Please click here for a more detailed profile of CAIS’s Chinese program on the Asia Society’s website.
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Additional Salary Information: Full health insurance coverage for employee, employer contribution to 403(b) account, and Holidays