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Mastering Cultural Identity Substitute Teacher

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, every year serving more than 55,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages in our 131 schools across the city of San Francisco.  We aim to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we place access and equity, student achievement, and accountability at the forefront of every child’s education.

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 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

​​​​SFUSD is seeking a teacher to serve as a facilitator for the elective course, "Mastering Our Cultural Identity: African American Male Image." The course supports students as they explore the concept of cultural identity options, learn how successful individuals have managed their emotions and channeled their personal will to develop a positive sense of purpose in their roles in family and community.

Cultural identity is a key point of intervention for African American boys and young men, and the course focuses on creating opportunities that allow our students to make conscious, positive identity choices, thus better supporting academic trajectories, school engagement, and college and industry preparation for success leading up to, during, and after high school. 

The candidate for this position will be a credentialed teacher who will teach two to three sections of the course at a SFUSD middle or high school, with the remainder of the school day reserved for academic monitoring and advising of students enrolled in the course. The ideal candidate will have historical knowledge of African American history or training in Afrocentric studies.

 In accordance with the California Standards of the Teaching Profession, teachers work under the supervision of site or central office administrators and in collaboration with their school staff, families and community and are responsible for the fulfillment of the essential duties set forth below:

 1.            Support School-Wide Academic Performance Goals

2.            Deliver Rigorous Instruction to all Students

3.            Develop a Culturally Responsive Classroom Environment

4.            Improve Standards of Practice for Self and Colleagues

5.            Build Connections with Families and Community to Support Student Learning

6.            Other duties as assigned by the principal and/or school site administrators

The candidate for this position must be willing to participate in five-day orientation and training in early August with the Oakland Unified School District African American Male Achievement Department and monthly two-hour professional learning community sessions in the evening in Oakland.

The length of the work year for all teachers is 184 days of service, except department heads and deans/head counselors have 189 days of service.  Principal expectations vary by school site. You may access and read individual school profiles and academic plans at the following link:

What We Offer


  • If you work 70 daily assignments (including 1/2 day assignments) or less, you will be paid $238.14 per day (“Step 1”)
  • If you work 71 daily assignments (including 1/2 day assignments) or more, you will be paid back a rate of $287.57 per day (“Step 2”)*



  • 10-day bonus: an additional $34.46 per day is earned after working ten (10) consecutive days in the same assignment. After the 10th day, the additional amount is paid retroactively.
  • High Potential School bonus: an additional $18.90 per day is earned for every assignment at a High Potential School
  • Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA) bonus: substitutes may be eligible for one of the following bonuses per semester, whichever is greater. Bonuses will be paid after the semester has ended.
  • $200 for teaching at least sixty (60) days per semester
  • $400 for teaching at least fifty (50) days per semester in High Potential school(s)



During their first year of hire, Day-to-Day Substitutes are unfortunately not eligible for district-subsidized health or dental benefits. However, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, at the end of each fiscal year (6/30), the District conducts a "Look Back", in which it calculates the hours that each employee has worked that year.


Employees who work a minimum average of 20-29 hours per week from the beginning of the school year will be eligible for healthcare coverage for the following school year. You can read more about substitute healthcare coverage here.


Please note that this only applies to employees who have worked an entire school year; if you are hired mid-school year, you, unfortunately, won't be eligible for the Look Back that school year.


*Once employees receive the Step 2 pay rate and/or health benefits, they must work the same average minimum the following school year in order to keep the Step 2 rate and/or health insurance coverage for the subsequent school year.

Minimum Qualifications


In light of the approval of SB 1397, starting January 1st, 2023, through January 1st, 2024, the basic skills requirement is waived for 30 Day Sub permits. In addition to this requirement, any substitute permits issued during this time would not need to meet the basic skills requirement permanently. The following are required:


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Negative TB test administered within 60 days of hire
  • Clearance of fingerprint background check
  • Be available for assignments at least once a week, particularly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Be flexible and willing to work all SFUSD schools, particularly at our High Potential Schools
  • Work at least 12 days during the first semester, at least one day per week, or a minimum of 36 days by the end of the school year

How to Apply

  • Go to:
  • Create an account and complete an application. 
  • Go to the “Current Openings” tab to view and apply for the substitute position you are interested in.

Individuals are welcome to apply who do not have a substitute credential, but have met the Minimum Qualifications. For those who are given an offer, SFUSD will assist in gathering the paperwork necessary to apply for a 30 Day Emergency Substitute Permit as part of the onboarding process.

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.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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