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

ISP Teacher (Community Site)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-689527
    • Job Location: Lancaster, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 19, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: Based on Work Experience
    • Site/Location: 540 W. Lancaster Blvd. Ste. 105 Lancaster, CA 93534
    • Work Schedule: Varies between 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday, (8.5 hours paid, 30-minute unpaid lunch), 42.5 hours per week
    • Union: United Educators of SF
    • Retirement: CalSTRs and optional 403(b)
    • On-site Hours/Week: 8.5 hours per day, 42.5 hours per week
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Job Description:


Our mission is to further social and restorative justice by counteracting poverty, inequity, and trauma with accessible, high-quality programs that offer meaningful opportunities for individuals, families, and communities.


Our vision is that all people have access to the resources needed to lead positive, productive, and self-determined lives. Our commitment to the pursuit of equity is expressed through collaborative partnerships and innovative approaches across three areas of impact: access to education, workforce development, and promoting vibrant communities.


Five Keys was founded in 2003 by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as the first accredited charter high school in the nation to provide diploma programs for adults in county jails. Today, we are proud to offer high school education, vocational skills, life skills classes and access to college and workforce programs.

We have expanded far beyond the walls of county jails. Beginning in 2008, Five Keys began providing innovative access to a high school education and vocational skills in underserved neighborhoods throughout California. Our 80 community learning centers serve students of any age and regardless of background or circumstance.

Today, we have more than 550 dedicated employees serving 25,000 individuals each year in 7 counties, including San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties, with expansion into Marin and Sonoma Counties on the horizon.

We have experienced 20-30% growth for the past 3 years. Some of this growth is due to serving students in more county jails and community learning centers. However, the majority of the growth is due to diversification of services we offer. We now operate career centers inside county jails and create linkages to community-based workforce networks. We manage a transitional housing shelter in San Francisco. We also hire people directly into our transitional employment positions for formerly incarcerated individuals and people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness.


  • Design and implement open-entry / open exit ISP courses in a variety of subjects (and, when requested, elective subjects) designed for adult students of all academic levels and backgrounds
  • Deliver classes in line with school schedules (currently two classes: each of 2½ hours in length daily but subject to change) that cover a range of competencies and topics encompassing 1st - 12th grade state and common core standards
  • Complete WPRs and other required paperwork, according to state and school standards for ISP
  • Differentiate and scaffold courses to meet the needs of beginning readers and writers, students with disabilities and older students experiencing challenges in school
  • Create and implement course outlines and lesson plans that align with students: life goals and backgrounds, including work-related and practical courses integrating technology, life skills and vocational contexts
  • Integrate the Five Keys and restorative justice principles into course content
  • Implement daily, effective lessons using a variety of teaching techniques and curriculum into lessons,
  • including direct instruction, small group work, individual learning, multi-sensory, technology and project-based learning
  • Assist in the development, revisions and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
  • Evaluate students to monitor success and respond to evaluations with pro-active developments to curriculum
  • 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
  • Set-up classroom prior to class starting time, ensuring proper number of seats, desks or tables as needed, utilizing school equipment, furniture and resources; sharing with other teachers as needed
  • Strive to meet the standards set out in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and assist in establishing and maintaining an effective, and learning climate in the school
  • Interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations and negotiated agreements
  • Abide by and implement established organizational procedures, including those related to health, safety, discipline and conduct of students
  • Serve as liaison between the school and community (including custody staff), implementing and representing the policies and mission of the school
  • Provide direction to students and make independent judgments regarding curriculum, safety and discipline
  • Demonstrate commitment to restorative practices in discipline decisions, and follow restorative discipline steps in line with school procedures
  • Collaborate with school staff to practice Universal Design and meet the IEP goals of students
  • 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 and staff information
  • Communicate openly and respectfully with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Provide substitute lesson plans and instructions, and make a concerted effort to find a substitute teacher when calling in sick or scheduling time off
  • Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated
  • 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
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff / school committees as required
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance, as defined in school policy and regulations
  • Abide by all policies and procedures as defined by Five Keys Charter School
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:


  • Understanding of and commitment to 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
  • Knowledge of how to teach to California state and Common Core standards
  • Knowledge of how to educate students who have been determined to be at risk of not graduating high school
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in effective methodology and techniques used to instill confidence and self-respect in adult students
  • 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
  • Knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development
  • A team player with experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Possesses conflict resolution skills
  • Is patient and caring
  • 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
  • Capable of working with small and large classroom groups
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Able to hold students accountable for pro-social behavior and a willingness to take corrective measures to that end
  • 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:

  • All teachers are required to have a credential to teach at Five Keys. A preliminary credential is acceptable. Credential information submitted via an employment application will be verified by HR via the CTC website.
  • K-12 teaching credential is preferred.
  • It is a teacher’s sole responsibility to ensure required credentials are valid and not expired.
  • Previous teaching experience preferred


  • Moderate to extensive degree of physical and emotional stamina
  • Ability to be in a classroom for 2 ½ -3 hours without a break
  • 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 test results 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



• Medical with 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.