At Town School, our vibrant community of faculty and staff values teaching, loves learning, finds joy in working together, and takes pride in leading boys’ education for a complex and unknown future.
Town School for Boys is a K-8 all boys' independent school located in San Francisco with approximately 400 students and a faculty:student ratio of 1:11. Our diverse faculty and staff can be characterized by their warmth, collegiality, and dedication to our mission and values. At Town, learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated. For more information about Town School, please visit our Town Facts page.
Faculty and staff are vital to the life of Town School both inside and outside of the classroom.
Teachers coach many of our athletic teams, support student government, chaperone outdoor education trips, facilitate service projects, and serve on a variety of committees to advance key school initiatives. Upper School teachers also serve as advisors to small cohorts of boys. Town provides numerous formal channels through which the faculty support each other, including the teacher-led Committee on Teaching and Learning and a mentoring program for new faculty. Faculty and staff actively support, guide, and learn from each other in countless informal ways each day. Our New Teacher Institute, a program at the heart of the school’s mission in which fifteen Resident Teachers join the faculty for two years and co-teach alongside Head Teachers across the school, fosters Town’s distinctive professional culture of curiosity, collaboration, and generosity of spirit. Among the current faculty and staff, ten teachers and one administrator are alumni of the New Teacher Institute.
In our mission to be the best school for our students and families, our faculty and staff are committed to engaging in personal and professional growth. Our
faculty gather on Wednesday afternoons to discuss topics ranging from diversity, equity and inclusion
to the digital lives of our students and ourselves. Speakers at onsite professional development workshops have recently included Dr. Dave Anderson
, Dr. Derrick Gay
, Rosetta Lee
, Dr. Kevin Mattingly
, Dr. Michael Reichert
, and Sara Schaefer
. We annually send cohorts to the PoCC
and White Privilege
conferences, as well as the Institute for Social Emotional Learning
, Learning and the Brain
, and SHAPE America
. Town supports many members of the faculty who choose to spend part of their summers continuing their professional development by attending conferences including PBL World
with the Buck Institute for Education, taking educational trips, and participating in programs with the World Leadership School
, Harvard’s Project Zero
, and at the Klingenstein Center
at Teachers College, Columbia University. Faculty and staff also have the unique opportunity to teach and learn from each other, including presentations during weekly faculty meetings and during a recent faculty “TED” Talks event.
Our administration and families value and celebrate the work of faculty and staff.
The Parents’ Association hosts an annual holiday party and lunch, provides occasional coffee carts, and brings in daily treats for Teacher Appreciation Week each spring. Each member of the faculty and staff receives a cash gift raised by the Parents’ Association in December. At the conclusion of each school year, the Head of School gives an award to the member of the faculty who is an invaluable asset to the Town community and embodies the qualities of joy, honesty, integrity, empathy, and kindness that we seek to instill in our boys. Professional and personal milestones are recognized with gifts from the administration at a faculty and staff celebration at the end of the year. It is a great point of pride for the school that each year, 100% of faculty and staff participate in Annual Giving. Teachers receive classroom budgets, all supplies, and support from the administration and parents for field trips.
Town School offers competitive salaries, generous healthcare and onsite flu shots, free lunches, and excellent retirement benefits. Successful candidates can expect to be welcomed into a dynamic community of educators who care deeply about one another, our students and families, and our school. Faculty and staff convene for regular happy hours, onsite fitness bootcamp classes, events at the Head of School’s home, and an annual cookout after Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Intangible benefits of working at Town, in addition to joining an inclusive, supportive community, include engagement with students in service learning projects throughout the year: making lunches for Glide Memorial Church, cleaning up the neighborhood, marching in an annual peace walk through the neighborhood in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and participating in a Week of Service each spring in honor of César Chávez. In addition, members of the faculty and staff march alongside our families in San Francisco’s annual Pride Parade. In 2001, Town established a Shared Appreciation Mortgage program to provide financial support to faculty who are seeking to purchase a home.
Faculty/Staff Hiring Process:
Every application to Town School is thoughtfully reviewed and evaluated. Our faculty hiring season tends to run from January-April. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an initial phone or video interview. Select candidates will then be invited to an on-campus interview, where they will meet with members of the hiring committee and other Town employees as relevant to the position for which they are applying, which may include the Head of School, Division Head(s), Director of Community Building and Inclusion, and/or Director of the New Teacher Institute. On-campus interviews for student-facing roles will also include a demo lesson, classroom observations, and discussion on a series of scenarios with the hiring committee. Applications for staff positions will include an initial phone interview for qualified candidates followed by a campus visit and in-person interviews for finalists.
Non-Discrimination Policy: 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.
Town School actively seeks to advance the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions and hiring. Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with or exceed those of our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
New Teacher Institute: For information on our teacher training program, visit our pages on this website for a full description of the New Teacher Institute
and the two-year training program
, and click here for application information