Open Positions - Five Keys Charter School - San Francisco, Los Angeles, East Bay, Solano — Five Keys Schools and Programs

Teacher (Site-Based and Independent Studies)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-527678
    • Job Location: Redwood City, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 24, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: Based on Salary Schedule. This position is 210 teacher work days--salary and days worked are prorated based on start date.
    • Site/Location: Various jail and community sites in San Mateo County; other sites as needed
    • Work Schedule: Full-time, 32.5 hours per week, 6.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, hours are TBD, 210 teacher workdays per year, staff meetings as necessary, additional hours as needed to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
    • Reports to: Assistant Principal of Education
    • Union: United Educators of San Francisco union
    • Retirement: CalSTRS and optional 403b retirement plan
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Job Description:


Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice Principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a charter management (non-profit) corporation that operates three public charter schools within the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and 26 community satellite campuses in partnership with the reentry and workforce development community in SF and LA.

Additionally, through contracts with the San Francisco Mayor's office of Economic and Workforce Development, Five Keys coordinates the education needs of the SF Workforce Development community. Through a contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept. Five Keys provides all the career technical educational and life skills programs for inmates in the LA county jails.


  • Assist in establishing and maintaining an effective learning climate in the school
  • Interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations, and negotiated agreements
  • Assist in the development, revisions and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
  • Implement organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline and conduct of students as established
  • Serve as liaison between the school and community, implementing the policies of the school
  • Provide direction to others and to make independent judgments
  • Work harmoniously with others and to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with students, teachers, administration, custody staff, and community
  • Maintain confidentiality when dealing with student / staff information
  • Communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Keep and maintain accurate records and to meet deadlines
  • Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
  • Plan and implement a program of study following state and school goals/curriculum that as much as is possible, meet the individual needs and development of students
  • Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals; establish clear objectives for all instructional units, projects and lessons to communicate these goals and objectives to students
  • Prescribe appropriate learning activities for each student
  • Evaluate each student's growth periodically and develop instructional plans for the future; assist the specialists in the instruction of special education students
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and administration
  • Assist the administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct in the classroom, develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedures, and maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
  • Encourage students to set and maintain appropriate standards of classroom behavior
  • Maintain accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law, administrative regulations, and school policy
  • Confer with colleagues, administration, students and/or parents when necessary
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff / school committees as required
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of subject matter, to seek professional growth, improve classroom instruction
  • Perform such other tasks as may seem to be appropriate to the Board or Administration
  • Maintains satisfactory attendance, as defined in school policy and regulations
  • Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting
  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations
  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations
  • Travel to multiple sites required
  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required


  • Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
  • Moderate noise level

Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of restorative justice
  • Awareness of how best to serve the unique Five Keys student population
  • Understanding of the importance of education in lowering the rate of recidivism
  • Teach to the state standards
  • Educate students who have been determined to be at risk of not graduating high school
  • Instill confidence and self-respect in adult students
  • Knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development
  • A team player with experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Is patient and caring and possesses a sense of humor
  • Uses good organizational skills to meet the needs of his/her class
  • Is open to innovative approaches to meeting educational goals
  • Promotes and supports multiculturalism
  • Is capable of working with small and large classroom groups
  • Is adaptable and flexible
  • Possess an ability to work in a correctional environment
  • Has an ability to hold students accountable for pro-social behavior and a willingness to take corrective measures to that end
  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns

This position typically requires:

  • Possession of a current, valid, and verifiable teaching credential or ability to obtain one within six months of employment
  • 1- 2 years of previous teaching experience preferred
  • Previous teaching experience in a similar setting preferred


We offer a competitive benefits package. The benefits will vary depending on the position.

All Staff Benefits
• Medical with very low employee premium contributions
• Employer paid Dental
• Employer paid Vision
• Employer paid Life Insurance
• Employer paid AD&D, Short- and Long-term Disability
• HRA Benefit
• Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts
• Pre-Tax Transit and Parking Accounts
• State Teachers Retirement (STRS) with Employer Matching for eligible employees
• 403 (b) retirement plan with Employer Matching for non-STRS positions
• Free Employee Assistance Program
• Generous Paid Time Off
• Gym membership reimbursement up to $100 for employees


Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.