Lick-Wilmerding High School is looking for a new shop faculty member to teach four design-and-build classes that introduce students to the object design process, some engineering principles, and how to work with a variety of tools in a metal-fabrication-focused shop space. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working safely with a diverse set of high school students, using a wide variety of tools and machines, in an interdisciplinary shop environment. You will need some knowledge or desire to learn CNC tools, 3D digital modeling (we use Rhino) and metal shop work–most importantly welding, plasma cutting, and cold forming metal. The Technical Arts Department is a collaborative environment in which instructors work together to build an inclusive student experience in design, engineering, and craft. This is a full-time position that included teaching four classes per semester as well as mentoring a student advising group.
Teach one year-long class to 9th-grade students an existing curriculum that introduces them to drawing, digital 3D-modeling (we use Rhino), prototyping, and basic metal fabrication (cold forming and some welding)
Teach two Fall semester classes called “Rethinking Furniture”. This class focuses on helping students research and design innovative pieces for furniture while learning a variety of Interdisciplinary tools and techniques. The instructor has flexibility with specifics in the currently existing curriculum.
Teach two Spring semester classes called “Kinetics”. This class is a “lite” mechanical engineering class that asks students to learn about mechanical concepts by building projects that explore basic movement with motors, gears, cams, pulleys and more. The class is in a metal shop space but is very interdisciplinary often applying 3D printing, laser cutting, and/or woodworking. The instructor has flexibility with specifics in the currently existing curriculum.
20% time on shop machine maintenance and keeping safety procedures and documentation updated.
Teach and manage a diverse set of students in working safely with a wide variety of tools and machines, during both class and open shop times.
Work with the department chair as well as other instructors to build and refine curriculum to meet the long-term vision of the department and mission of the school.
Collaborate with other instructors to make the department more inclusive, innovative, efficient, exciting, and safe
Assist in the maintenance, organization, and safety of a metal-focused shop space
Attend monthly department and faculty meetings
The school is committed to public purpose and community outreach. Experience or interest in these is a plus.
BA or higher in one of the following: industrial design, product design, engineering, architecture, art, or similar field.
Willingness to engage high school students in the safe use of tools in an OSHA approved environment
Some experience with welding, plasma cutting, and cold forming metal. Milling and lathing are a bonus
Some experience CNC tools (we have laser cutters, CNC Plasma, CNC wood router, 3D printing and more)
Some 3D modeling experience (Rhino preferred, but open to other experience)
Love of collaboration
Commitment to equity and inclusion with students and teachers of varying racial, gender, socioeconomic, and other core identifiers
Flexibility, discipline, and patience when working with students aged 14-18 years
An inherent desire to grow and innovate
Applicants should be able to comfortably lift a minimum of 20 pounds of class supplies and materials, be on your feet for 2–3 hours on a concrete floor, and be able to sit and work at a computer for 2–3 hours at a time. At times, students and machines make the shop environment noisy—tolerance of medium to loud noise is recommended. General shop and wood dust are common—applicants with allergies to these particles would likely find them challenging to manage.
HOW TO APPLY
Please visit www.lwhs.org/employment to apply for the position. Please submit—all in PDF format—a cover letter including links to a few projects you’ve worked on, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. In a cover letter, describe how your experience prepares you for the role outlined in the job description and how your interests and experience align with the Lick-Wilmerding mission statement.
The application process begins immediately and is open until filled. No calls or emails, please.
Lick-Wilmerding High School has an institutional commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Located in San Francisco, LWHS is a college preparatory, co-educational day school serving 515 students from grades 9-12. Founded in 1895 as a technical arts school and tuition free until 1972, LWHS has a long history of welcoming and supporting students from all walks of life and prides itself on being a private school with public purpose. At LWHS, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff in all its forms is central to what we believe constitutes an excellent education, and we are institutionally committed to ongoing reflective work in order to further define and articulate this complex and worthwhile vision.
At LWHS, the average full-time teacher workload is 4 sections of classes with an average of 16–17 students each. Successful teaching candidates will have a commitment to the following areas, further outlined in our Standards for Teaching:
Commitment to Equity
Adaptability and Flexibility
About Lick-Wilmerding High School
Mission Statement: A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.