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Secondary Visual Arts Teacher, Arts Department - 2023-2024 School Year

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  • Bachelor's degree or relevant field experience and one of the following:

    • A Single Subject Credential for Visual Arts 

    •  A Multiple Subject Credential with Supplemental Authorization in Visual Arts

    • To be pursuing a valid California teaching credential as specified in a or b above. 

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.

The Arts Department in San Francisco Unified School District is seeking Art Teachers who are passionate about working with youth of all skill levels to teach Dance, Music (General and Instrumental), Theatre, Media Arts, and Visual Arts (Drawing, Animation, Photography, Painting, Ceramics, etc) for Pre-K/TK, elementary, middle, and high schools across the district. 

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.

All Employees must share the mindset that a high-quality arts education is a right for every student, and art is a vehicle that allows students to discover and express themselves, celebrate their culture, and connect to their world. SFUSD Arts Department believes that creativity is the outcome of deep inquiry and collaboration, individual voices and motions can combine in concert for greater impact, and that there are multiple solutions to solve our problems, and the more you perform a skill or activity, the better and more efficient you will become at doing it. 

We seek teaching artists who are:

  • Experience teaching a global arts curriculum that reflects the interests, diversity, and languages of students

  • Inclusive practices and strengths-based, equity-based pedagogy;

  • Bilingual/bi-literate, or excited to learn some new language skills

  • Ability to engage stakeholders to address access and equity issues 

  • Committed to supporting our traditionally marginalized youth;

  • Seeking to work collaboratively, with the capacity to work independently;

  • Excellent communication skills, professional demeanor, sound judgment, and strong organizational skills;

  • Encouraging a culture of mutual respect and equitable practice;

  • Committed to understanding student academic needs and catering instruction to meet those specific needs;

  • Supportive and knowledgeable of students’ social, emotional, and behavioral learning needs;

  • Understanding of the benefits of showcasing student work within the local and wider school community;

  • Able to scaffold instructional activities that facilitate engaging and appropriate learning opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In accordance with the California Standards of the Teaching Profession, teachers work under the supervision of site and/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: 


In the domain of access and equity, the Middle and High School Visual Arts Teacher will be expected to:

  • Collaborate with school leadership to remove systemic barriers and design an equitable schedule for each and every students to access arts programming at each site, each year;

  • Review IEPs and available student data to plan and design curriculum that centers students' strengths, abilities, interests, and opportunities for individual growth, creativity, and empathy/community-building;

In the domain of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the Middle and High School Visual Arts Teacher will be expected to:

  • Design and deliver an inclusive and antiracist, standards-based, comprehensive and sequential arts curriculum;

  • Provide differentiated instruction and accommodation for all students including ELD, Special Education, Foster and Homeless youth;

  • Demonstrate student-centered pedagogy such as discovery-based learning, limited teacher talk, open-ended questioning and facilitation of discussion and reflection to develop critical thinking and communication skills;

  • Support the teacher and learning goals of each school site;

  • Supports the initiatives of SFUSD and the Arts Department; 

  • Collaborate with other teachers and support staff, where possible, to support cross-content alignment and the integration of arts into the classroom learning to ensure all students receive standards-based arts instruction in foundational skills as well as fully integrated lessons;


In the domain of professionalism, professional growth and development, the Middle and High School Visual Arts Teacher will be an active member of school site collaborations as well as central office professional learning communities that support professional growth within a culture of humility, dignity, transparency, collaboration and support. The specific responsibilities in this domain are:

  • Collaborate with colleagues/other teachers/TSAs/community partners to plan and align curriculum to the newest 2019 CA state standards and antiracist teaching practices;

  • Practice effective, positive, respectful and proactive communication with classroom teachers, support staff, students' parents/guardians, and administrators which includes phone calls, emails, Google Classroom/Synergy chat/messaging, and meetings;

  • Utilize short and long-term lesson plans to anticipate and order materials needed for high-quality arts instruction;

Minimum Qualifications

SFUSD requires all teachers to hold or be pursuing a valid California teaching credential and an English Learner or Bilingual Authorization. We welcome applications from teachers who have not yet received their credentials, and our Credentials Team is happy to work with each teacher who's accepted a position in SFUSD to apply for permits that allow him/her to teach while pursuing a credential.  Specifically, for this position, you will need: 

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant field experience and one of the following:

    • A Single Subject Credential for Visual Arts 

    • A Multiple Subject Credential with Supplemental Authorization in Visual Arts (up to 9th grade)

    • To be pursuing a valid California teaching credential as specified in a or b above. 


*Note- If you do not currently have a teaching credential or are not currently enrolled in a program, the Arts Department will assist you in: 

  1. Applying for and obtaining a Golden State Teacher Grant- up to $20,000 through the California Department of Education for any of these Approved Institutions and Programs and/or 

  2. Applying our departmental Credential Incentive Stipend to help cover up to $10,000 of the cost of a credentialing program (Cal State East Bay and SF State are about $11,500 for the total program). 

Desired Qualifications

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:
  • MyHome Assistance Program:
  • 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

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