Join the vibrant community at the Chinese American International School at the Waller and Oak campuses as our Pre-K - 3 Music and Movement teacher. Help us to ignite passion and joy for the musical, dramatic, and performing arts in our young students! Become part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate finds resonance with CAIS’s mission to Embrace Chinese, Become your Best Self, and Create your Place in the World. CAIS aims to empower independent, effective, and inspired learners. The arts are essential to a CAIS education as a foundation for critical thinking, collaboration, wonder, and creativity. While CAIS has historically implemented an Orff-Schulwerk program that emphasizes a balance of skills, concepts, and creative engagement, we are open to other exciting and innovative pedagogical approaches that allow our students to explore expression through song, dance, and the development of instrumentation skills. Performances are a valued opportunity to share creative work with the school community, and a variety of casual to formal performances are presented throughout the year. The candidate will enter an environment that values social emotional learning alongside skills development. The school supports its Music and Movement faculty by giving them the freedom to design projects and curriculum that they feel best support the students' growth as artists and individuals.
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. Mandarin language capacity is a plus.
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 and excellent educators 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 cost of relocation
Down payment assistance for home purchase
Below-Market Rental process assistance
Realtor services provided for rental search
Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Facilitate exploratory, engaging, and age appropriate experiences in the arts, building musicianship in every student while they create, collaborate, and develop personal expression
Help our youngest students to develop enthusiasm and interest in music, movement, and creative expression
Develop learning experiences that meet the students' varying needs and interests
Demonstrate teaching excellence, a growth mindset, professionalism, and integrity.
Support the educational program by challenging, supporting, and engaging students.
Successfully teach all assigned classes in accordance with grade appropriate best practices.
Encompass a positive discipline approach in guiding student behavior.
Develop a positive intellectual, emotional, and social environment within the classroom and a class community in which all children feel valued and a sense of belonging.
Actively support and collaborate on school initiatives, such as events and committee work.
Work collaboratively and maintain standards of respect, courtesy, and mutual consideration with the school community, including students, staff, and parents.
Communicate effectively, promptly, and proactively with families.
Prepare grades and progress reports according to school procedures.
Attend faculty and division meetings including required meetings/events before the beginning of the school year and during the term of employment.
Strong knowledge of pedagogy in music instruction
Bachelor’s degree in music, or equivalent performing arts background
Music and movement teaching experience with demonstrated success
Early childhood teaching experience and interest in working with young children
Ability to work collaboratively
Strong classroom management skills and a positive discipline approach to guiding student behavior
Commitment to meeting the needs of individual learners and promoting social and emotional development
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Commitment to school mission, policies, and initiatives
Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
VALUED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes:
Teaching credential, Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), or equivalent
Proficiency and/or interest in Mandarin language
Personal experience with second language acquisition
Piano accompaniment and choral directing skilks
ABOUT LOWER SCHOOL
Learn more about CAIS https://www.cais.org/curriculum/lower-school
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 and more.
For more information, visit https://www.cais.org/about-us/employment
TO APPLY Email cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In subject line please indicate “Music and Movement Teacher” Please no calls.