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355U Artist-in-Residence (As-Needed) 2023-2024

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


As a 355U Artist-in-Residence, you will work with students at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA) and be part of the instructional team for students preparing for careers in architecture, instrumental music, vocal music, dance, theater, writing, visual arts, and media and film. You will help to lead RASOTA’s transformational work to deliver on the promises outlined in both Transform Learning. Transform Lives. as well as our long-term, city-wide North Star, Vision 2025. We want someone who will provide real world experience to elevate the education we provide to students, better preparing them for careers in the arts.


We expect our Artist in Residence to: 

  • Provides technical support to lead certificated teacher in specific areas of expertise/discipline in accordance with California Visual and Performing Arts content standards
  • Supports instruction to secondary students in specific area of expertise under the direction of lead certificated classroom teacher on an as-needed basis
  • Facilitate a learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for and development of skills to engage students seeking to deepen their knowledge within specific disciplines
  • Direct, support and/or assist student theatrical, visual arts and musical presentations
  • Work collaboratively with instructional team of certificated classroom teachers and other artists in residence 
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key members/leaders within artistic circles to provide cutting edge student instruction within specific areas of expertise
  • Have knowledge of the target instrument, craft or other specific field or discipline at a professional or expert level; the local and national arts landscape
  • Have ability and skill to any instrument, equipment or other tool necessary to demonstrate mastery and provide training to others; provide training to others within the specific target discipline


This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX) appointment type.

This is an as-needed position working less than 20 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least one (1) year of experience training others within a specific discipline

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong ties with local or national artists in the same discipline of instruction
  • Solid reputation for excellence within artistic circles
  • Proven record of successful student instruction at the secondary level within specific discipline

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a starting hourly rate of $41.20. All positions are as-needed. Daily hours of work range from 3 to 7 hours dare based on student enrollment within specific disciplines. The number of days Artists-in-Residence participate in the program depend on student enrollment within specific discipline.

How to Apply

  • Visit and create a new account to begin your application.  
  • If you have previously applied to a job on JobAps, you will be prompted to “select an application to copy;” please select any previous application: you will have the opportunity to update the application and your resume; if you have not previously applied you will be prompted to create a new account
  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.

For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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