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Elementary Science Content Specialist TSA

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Requisition ID : 6907

Business Unit : Central Office

Job Code : 0807

FTE: 1.00 

Credential : Multiple SubjectScience concentration, or Supplemental Science Credential Preferred

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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 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 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. Our goal is that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, 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

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014, SFUSD created an inspiring statement, 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 aCORE 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 with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who 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, and problem solvers comfortable in a community of continuous learning.

The position of Elementary Science Content Specialist provides a diverse array of services and activities guided by the SFUSD Mission and Goals. This position supports 1) the district-wide implementation of SFUSD Science Core Curriculum for each and every student, 2) the implementation of high quality science instruction in all classrooms for and with students, and 3) a range of professional learning opportunities for teachers of science such as coaching and facilitation of virtual and in-person professional development. The job of Elementary Science Content Specialist includes, but is not limited to:


  • Collaborating with district and partner science teachers and leaders with the goal of ensuring high quality PreK-12 science instruction across the school district;

  • Developing tools and resources that support quality elementary science instruction and assessment for learning

  • Collaborating with the Science Content Specialists within the Science Department for science content support;

  • Promoting, organizing, and supporting professional interaction among teachers;

  • Modeling effective instructional practices and staying abreast of current research in science education pedagogy;

  • Providing guidance and direction on culturally responsive instruction in science, and supports for the multilingual and diverse learners in science classrooms

  • Coaching new teachers and facilitating professional development with new and veteran teachers

  • Acting as co-planner, co-presenter, co-teacher and/or co-assessor, with colleagues;

  • Observing and subsequently providing comprehensible feedback / constructive critique of instructional practice

  • Performing related duties as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

In the domain of curriculum, the Elementary Science Content Specialist will be expected to actively support the implementation of the adapted elementary science curriculum throughout the district. Among the specific responsibilities in this domain are:

  • Support elementary teachers to make effective use of the adopted instructional materials and resources;

  • Support elementary teachers plan for science instruction and make meaningful connections between the science

In the domain of instruction, the Elementary Science Content Specialist will lead the adoption of the SFUSD vision of effective teaching of science as embodied in the SFUSD Mission statement. Among the specific responsibilities in this domain are:

  • Co-plan, create, and co-teach science lessons and units, in cycles of inquiry and collaboratively reflecting upon and debriefing the experience, with a focus on what can be improved and how to make these improvements; and

  • Observe instruction with a focus on the elements of the common vision of effective teaching and providing oral and written feedback with specific suggestions for improvement.

In the domain of assessment, the Elementary Science Content Specialist will be expected to ensure that teachers use student results to promote student, teacher, and school accomplishment. Among the specific responsibilities in this domain are:

  • Support teachers to analyze student work to monitor needs and successes for each and every student; and

  • Assist teachers to interpret student, class and school assessment data, analyze and use it to plan for instruction.

In the domain of professional development, the Elementary Science Content Specialist will plan and coordinate the implementation of an ongoing set of experiences that support professional growth within a culture of humility, dignity, transparency, collaboration and support.  Among the specific responsibilities in this domain are:

  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan and coordinate a set of professional development experiences that lead to the district-wide implementation of high quality science instruction for each student;

  • Coach teachers on the effectiveness of classroom instruction, including identifying the degree to which there was opportunity for all students to learn, evidence of that learning or lack of learning; elements of the lesson that worked and why they worked; elements of the lesson that did not work and why; missed opportunities; and a plan for improvement.t

This position requires travel to various locations throughout the District and may require work outside of the traditional school-day hours to coordinate or provide professional development activities.

Support New Teachers Through Induction, Intern, or Emergency Permit Programs: Provide coaching and support for 2-3 beginning teachers (Either 1-2 induction candidates or interns and 1 ET or 3 ETs)


Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a valid CA Multiple Subjects credential and English Learner certificate (CLAD or BCLAD), or equivalent;

  • Five years of professional teaching experience with demonstrated effectiveness in K-5 elementary instruction in science instruction;

  • Experience facilitating groups and/or also coaching teachers and conducting professional development;

  • Commitment to educational equity;

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience as a mentor teacher or as an instructional coach in elementary school

  • Experience leading professional development for teachers and familiarity with adult learning theory

  • Deep working knowledge of Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards, and in elementary grades

  • Commitment to access, equity, social justice with experience supporting others toward continuous improvement

  • Experience using multimedia for the integration of technology into classrooms and in professional learning

  • Bilingual/biliterate

  • Multiple Subject credential with Science concentration, or Supplemental Science Credential

  • Work experience in professional publishing, with an emphasis on content development;

  • A collaborative, team-player with emotional awareness able to respectfully receive / deliver constructive feedback

  • Knowledge and experience implementing the SFUSD Science Core Curriculum (Amplify Science and Implementation Guides)

  • Fluency in use of all components of Google Drive, including formatting and permissions;

  • Experience with culturally relevant pedagogy, project-based learning, interdisciplinary instruction through science.

  • A systems thinker with experience with implementing an instructional program in a school, district, or organization

  • Ability to manage and prioritize a range of tasks and expectations with professionalism and flexibility.

What We Offer

SFUSD is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. Benefits of teaching in San Francisco include:

  • Competitive salaries determined by experience, education level, and credentials
  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for teachers and their eligible dependents
  • City and state programs for housing assistance:
  • Teacher Next Door Program: https://sfmohcd.org/teacher-next-door
  • MyHome Assistance Program: https://www.calhfa.ca.gov/homebuyer/programs/myhome.htm
  • Additional salary stipend of $5000 for National Board Certified teachers
  • Additional salary stipend of $2000 for credentialed teachers teaching in high potential schools and a $1000 stipend for teachers teaching hard to fill subject areas

How to Apply

  • Go to: https://careers.sfusd.edu/
  • Create an account and complete an application.
  • Go to the “Current Openings” tab to view and apply for specific openings.

Please check back often to connect your application to specific openings as they are posted. Applicants will be contacted based on the needs of the district. For more information about careers at SFUSD, please visit https://careers.sfusd.edu/. For more information about SFUSD’s mission and Strategic Plan please visit www.sfusd.edu. For other questions, contact us at teach@sfusd.edu.

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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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