Town School for Boys seeks a part-time Outdoor Studies Assistant Instructor beginning immediately.
To be successful as an Assistant Instructor of Outdoor Studies, you should have experience working with kids outdoors in an educational setting. The candidate should have excellent ability to interact, relate, and sympathize with students K-8, with the flexibility of working up to three days each week with days alternating every few weeks. There is possibility for some weekend trips later in the school year as well!
The Outdoor Studies Assistant Instructor for the 2020-21 school year at Town School represents a new and unique opportunity for aspiring educators. Our specialized program blends the strength of relational education and place based learning with the academic excellence of Town School’s education. As we extend our classrooms into the heart of the Presidio Forest, we elevate our curriculum. Environmental stewardship, storytelling, communication, and leadership bring new dimensions to our already rich learning environments. Outdoor Studies creates a safe and healthy classroom in the Presidio Forest and aims to sustain strong threads of connection to the students’ in-school academics into our interdisciplinary curriculum. We honor the time it takes for children to build a relationship with nature and each other. We hope our boys at Town will come to see themselves as part of the natural world rather than separate from it. In supporting and mentoring this relationship with nature we hope to cultivate the seeds of stewardship in our future Town School graduates. Assistant Instructors, with the rest of the Outdoor Studies team, will help students gain confidence, experience, and an appreciation for the outdoors through core routines and experiences such as: hiking, stewardship projects, orienteering, stream and forest ecology, geology, survival skills, cultural and natural history, and art. We are looking for a leader who is enthusiastic, collaborative, and interested in mentoring children and youth through a connection with the natural world. This individual must be open to working with the Town School faculty with goals to connect our outdoor classroom to the curriculum at school. We are looking for a passionate instructor who is flexible and inspired by working in nature with children, rain or shine.
Help teach program curriculum and adhere to a daily schedule.
Help to build lesson plans and activities, potentially individually.
Lead a group of students on day hikes to create meaningful and joyous learning in accordance with our school’s mission and values.
Facilitate classes and initiatives around leadership, environmental studies, wilderness skills, cultural history of the Presidio and stewardship.
Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for students and peer instructors.
Assist in preparing and delivering hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lessons in an outdoor setting for boys in grades K-8. (the schedule will rotate by day in multi-week terms).
Model program risk management strategies and administer first aid as needed.
Teach and lead groups of students in the outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and on uneven terrain.
Assist in preparation of materials for daily lessons and activities, including morning setup and afternoon cleanup.
Attend Outdoor Studies team meetings throughout the school year on a weekly basis and meet with administrative leadership as needed.
The ideal start date for this job is September 21 in order to successfully integrate into the Outdoor Studies team and become familiar with the OS curriculum and plan.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
Experience teaching and working in the outdoors.
General knowledge of the outdoors, specifically the SF Bay Area is a plus
Specialized outdoors training.
Detailed-oriented with strong follow-through.
Current Wilderness First Aid Certification; minimum of First Aid & CPR/AED certification (Required)
Effective communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
Positive attitude, determination, and unassailable work ethic.
Ability to confidently lead groups in a remote outdoor setting.
Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
Commitment to the school’s mission, values, and vision.
Some physical requirements of this position could be endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and program activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate student activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Town School for Boys Mission At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
Respect: We respect ourselves and others.
We treat others the way they want to be treated.
We practice good listening, compassion and empathy.
Curiosity: We are curious.
We ask questions, think critically and solve problems.
We seek opportunities to reach our highest potential.
Belonging: We all belong.
We embrace and celebrate each of our unique stories and experiences.
We seek to ensure that every member of our community feels an equal sense of inclusion.
Integrity: We act with integrity.
We have the courage to do the right thing even when nobody else is watching.
We always try our best and when we fail, we try again.
Joy: We are joyful.
We make space for play, fun and laughter.
We know joy can be found in hard work, risk-taking and perseverance.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
Since its founding in 1939, Town School for Boys has specialized in educating, nurturing, and celebrating boys. Town provides a rich, challenging, and rigorous educational experience that directly serves the distinctive learning styles, energy levels, and developmental needs of boys in grades K-8. The school cultivates integrity, sensitivity, empathy, and respect in its boys; values diversity, equity, and inclusion; and prepares students to become productive citizens of a constantly evolving world. Town’s faculty and staff are dedicated to advancing the school’s mission, philosophy and core values. Distinguishing features of Town School include its engaging curricula, warm faculty and staff, supportive parent network, and the diversity of interests and backgrounds represented in its student and alumni bodies.