Position summary: Teaching Associate (TA) is a full time, entry level, non-exempt position paid hourly. TAs work closely with a mentor lead teacher to support students and have opportunities to grow professionally in the field of education.
Join the vibrant community at the Chinese American International School's Lower School campus as a Chinese Teaching Associate. 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 . As CAIS aims to empower independent, effective, and inspired learners, we look for a candidate adept at student-centered pedagogy such as differentiation and use of assessment to inform teaching. The candidate will enter an environment that values social emotional learning alongside academic challenge.
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. CAIS seeks a candidate who is eager to take on opportunities for professional growth.
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:
Salary aligned with the Bay Area’s competitive standards
Opportunities for professional development, support, and growth
Comprehensive insurance package (covering 100% of premiums for individual employee)
Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
In coordination with the lead teacher, plan and implement engaging learning experiences in alignment with the curriculum for individual, small and large group activities.
Meet the varied needs of children in the classroom by scaffolding and extending classroom lessons.
Help to create a positive classroom community in which all children feel valued. Support implementation of positive behavioral systems. Actively supervise and redirect students.
Provide for the physical safety of children.
Lead a study hall and perform duties in the Extended Day program.
Actively supervise students during lunch and/or recess times.
Assist in the daily operations of the classroom.
Use only Chinese language with students.
Attend meetings as necessary.
Assist with school’s special events as needed.
Substitute for the teacher by independently leading the class.
Keep current in pedagogical thinking, strategies and techniques.
Personally adhere to and support students in following school rules.
Demonstrate an affirming attitude toward the school, a willingness to receive feedback, a professional demeanor and integrity.
Desire to develop as an educator
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English
Language requirement:native or near native proficiency in Chinese
Ability to remain patient and empathetic when working with children
Commitment to school mission, policies and initiatives
Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Comfort with technology
Initial and continued tuberculosis clearance
Initial and continued criminal background clearance by DOJ and FBI
Willing to receive CPR and First Aid Certification
VALUED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes:
Training or experience in elementary classrooms preferred
College coursework in education
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND 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 vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
Work environment:The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
ABOUT 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
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