Founded in 1957, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent Episcopal school located on the grounds of Grace Cathedral, serving the San Francisco community. The School enrolls 265 boys in kindergarten through eighth grade and is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools. Cathedral School for Boys strives to provide an education derived from three main sources: the highest academic and personal standards humanely applied; a diverse community united in its concern for the school and for the world; and an active engagement with religion and the spiritual dimension.
Academically, the School sets high standards in literacy, basic skills, self-discipline, the joy of learning, and the pursuit of wisdom. We set equally high standards in good behavior, caring, mutual respect, truth-telling and honor, and emphasize these qualities in all aspects of school life. Art, music, drama and physical education are integral parts of the curriculum. We prepare boys to enter demanding secondary schools confidently; we recognize that there are a variety of learning styles and paces among able students, and we try to teach accordingly. Teachers focus on learning styles that are boy-friendly, particularly hands-on, active lessons which allow for movement and vigor.
Cathedral School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. People of color are encouraged to apply. Compensation is competitive and includes health, dental and vision insurance and TIAA annuity program.
Reports to Headmaster
Posted: February 26, 2019
Cathedral School for Boys is an Episcopal school located in the historic Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco and serving 263 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Cathedral School is a division of Grace Episcopal Cathedral, and it resides on the same city block as Grace Cathedral and the Diocese of California. Because of the School’s location, the Chaplain serves as a member of a vibrant network of institutions, clergy, and laity working on behalf of the Episcopal Church and a collection of Episcopal organizations.
At the same time, Cathedral School operates largely autonomously. Although the School shares some space with Grace Cathedral, it is independently governed and financed. Importantly, the Chaplain reports directly to and works closely with the Headmaster.
Throughout its history, Cathedral School has sought to provide the finest possible education for boys within a highly diverse community of students, faculty, and parents. Roughly 40% of the students identify as non-white, and there are twenty-four zip codes represented within the student body. Cathedral maintains one of the most robust financial assistance budgets in the area (known as “Adjustable Tuition” at the School).
The breadth of religious diversity within our community is both wide and intentional, and the religious plurality that exists at Cathedral School remains one of our hallmarks. Importantly, this plurality, we feel, enhances our identity as an Episcopal school. We believe that this attribute provides each student with the opportunity to forge, at his own time and pace, an abiding understanding of who he is as a spiritual being. Our religious diversity also compels each boy to develop an appreciation for the beliefs of others. As one parent recently commented, “My son graduated with a deeper understanding of his beliefs as a Hindu, and with an essential awareness of and respect for the practices of others.”
The Chaplain represents one of the most public and influential voices within the Cathedral School community. The Chaplain directs four Chapel services a week, all of which are held in Grace Cathedral. The Chaplain coordinates many of these services with teachers, administrators, and students. (Grace Cathedral, in fact, regularly hosts dignitaries and leaders from all over the world, and the School makes every effort to harness the Cathedral’s history and reputation as a leading institution for social change.) The Chaplain is also responsible for developing and delivering a K-8 religion curriculum, which currently includes a study of the Old Testament, the world’s major religions, and ethics. The Chaplain is also intimately involved in the School’s service learning program. (In fact, Cathedral’s location within the City of San Francisco and proximity to a variety of prominent service organizations represent an area of programmatic opportunity for our School.)
While tradition is an important part of Cathedral School’s ethos- the boys wear ties to class, for instance- it is not encumbered by history. In fact, we seek candidates, who are interested in helping Cathedral School, specifically, and Episcopal schools, more generally, reimagine the role that a Chaplain can and should play in a diverse, dynamic, and increasingly interconnected world. Thus, it is our hope that the incoming Chaplain will possess the interest and capacity to think and act expansively in reimagining this role.
Cathedral School seeks an ordained Episcopal priest attracted to the unique Mission of our School. It is imperative that candidates feel called to work with boys at this formative stage of their lives and especially as we, at this inflection point in social and cultural history, necessarily reconsider what it means to be a young man. Experience serving as a school Chaplain is helpful, though not mandatory. More important are the attributes of compassion, creativity, integrity, motivation, and humility. Those lacking a sense of humor need not apply. A desire to collaborate is essential.
This is a full-time position. The salary and benefits offered by Cathedral School are some of the best in the Bay Area, and the Cathedral School Chaplain, if qualified, participates fully in the Church Pension Fund. We recognize the potential complexities of moving to the Bay Area, and we offer support to those undertaking this move.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Harrison Wilkes,
assistant to the Headmaster.
Reports to Director of Curriculum
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posted: March 6, 2019
Main Purpose of the Role
Cathedral School for Boys seeks a passionate and motivated teacher interested in working with others to create and implement an emerging STEM curriculum in middle school. The program will incorporate elements of robotics, engineering, coding, math, and technology which build upon an engineering curriculum already in place in the Lower School.
(The primary tasks, functions and deliverables of the role)
- Support and act in accordance with the School’s Mission and values
- Work collaboratively with instructional technology, science, and math teachers to implement an evolving STEM program in both the Lower and Upper Schools
- Plan, model, and teach effective use of technology in a variety of settings with both students and teachers with an emphasis on iPads, making, project-based learning, coding, and innovation in the classroom
- Deliver STEM-oriented instruction through project-based learning methods in both divisions
- Work directly with school administrators and staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of STEM initiatives and curriculum
- Keep apprised of current developments and best practices in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, and theory related to engineering and technology instruction
- Integrate digital literacy and citizenship through direct instruction and teacher collaboration
- Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion
- Engage in self-reflection and professional development through goal setting, professional development opportunities, and ongoing dialog with the Director of Curriculum
- Supervise appropriate weekly duties
- Serve as an academic advisor to a group of 8-10 middle school students
- Attend student support meetings, division meetings, and full-faculty meetings
Skills and Competencies
(The abilities that the individual needs in order to perform this role effectively)
- A passion for working with elementary and middle school boys
- A desire to collaborate in a dynamic community of teachers
- Ability to listen to feedback, be reflective, be flexible, and take initiative
- An openness to professional development and continuous learning
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A pleasant and collegial approach to work and, ideally, a sense of humor
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
Advanced degree in education or content area
1-2 years teaching experience in instructional technology or science
3-5 years teaching experience in instructional technology or science
Teaching experience in science, math, engineering, or technology, or work in a related field is preferred
Interest and passion for engineering
Familiarity with iPads, Blackbaud, and general audio-visual setup and a willingness to become proficient in other products as necessary
Training in engineering
Experience with iPads, Blackbaud, and general audio-visual setup and a willingness to become proficient in other products as necessary
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Director of Curriculum, Paul Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org