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Upper School Literature & Writing Teacher (Queer Literature, Environmental Literature, & Class Literature)

  • 24 May 2023 2:56 PM
    Message # 13206189

    Who we’re looking for:

    ESLA is seeking a teacher who will serve as a member of the Literature & Writing Department and who will teach courses in Queer Literature, Environmental Literature, and Class Literature. Candidates may also be considered for the Department Chair position.  

    The ideal candidate...

          Robust knowledge of history, contemporary literature, and theory—especially queer theory and the literature of queer movements (especially the literary practices of indigenous/Latinx, Black, and dispossessed peoples), environmental and ecological theory and literature, and radical class politics.

          Demonstrated success in meeting the needs of ethnically, culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse students, particularly regarding writing instruction and practice. 

          Experience designing curricula that can connect historical events, literary and creative practices, and ideas to events in our city and the world.

          Eagerness to design textbook-free lessons and experiences using primary resources and place-based study.

          Strong interest in the multiple perspectives that inform—and complicate—historical narratives and literary practices.


          Course load: 5-6 sections 

          Preparation of course materials, and assessments, both working from existing curricular frameworks and through the development of new materials.

          Participate in an after-school (3:30–5:30 p.m.) program one day a week (sports, clubs, performing arts, academic support, etc.)

          Willingness to serve as an advisor to a small group of students.

          Attend regular community gatherings, including, but not limited to, meetings, Chapel, lunch, and major Feast Days.


    All or most of the following:

          Bachelor’s degree in English, Comparative Literature, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Queer or Womxn’s Studies, Environmental Studies, or a related field.

          A desire to work in a creative, collaborative, innovative environment.

          Candidates will preferably have a master’s degree in a relevant field of study, 3+ years of teaching experience, or a CA teaching credential.

          COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot required.

    Compensation and Benefits:

          Salary is competitive with other area independent schools. 

          Full medical, dental, and vision benefits, plus 401(k) with employer match. 

          Breakfast and lunch are freshly prepared by ESLA’s in-house kitchen each day.

          Beyond competitive pay and benefits, administrators enjoy working in a student-centered, collaborative, and joyful learning community.

          Anticipated base compensation is $65,000–$85,000 depending on experience.

    To Apply:

    Please send a cover letter and the following information with the subject line “Upper School Literature & Writing Teacher” to

          Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

          A written statement responding to the following question: 

          This is an uncommon teaching position and will require substantial course development. Describe the major themes, movements, and works you might prioritize when building syllabi for this position.

    This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.

    ESLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law.

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