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Chemistry Teacher High School (Maternity Leave 19'-20')

Lighthouse 9-12 Band (High School) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description


The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.

Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,300 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement gaps for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at


The Opportunity

 High School Chemistry Teacher

(Temporary Full Time Maternity Leave Position) 

Lighthouse Community Public School is looking for a fantastic and engaging High School chemistry teacher; a teacher who will be relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice.  Lighthouse teachers believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community.

Are you ready to join an educational movement that is bigger than one classroom?

If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive growth mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we are actively looking for student-centered, dedicated and dynamic teachers.


You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:

  • Be a visionary, innovative and equity-focused urban educator

  • Facilitate deeply engaging student-centered learning

  • Demonstrate a keen ability to create, collect and analyze authentic data

  • Be a strong community builder and team collaborator

  • Model and foster a growth mindset with agency, persistence and flexibility

  • Be a collaborative and responsible professional leader

You will offer our students:

Purposeful Instruction and Assessment

  • Learning is deep rather than broad

  • Learning is standard-based and develops life-worthy understandings

  • Purposeful Instruction is differentiated and experiential and provides student-centered learning opportunities;

  • Authentic student-engaged assessment is collected and analysed to target student’s areas of growth and mastery of learning objectives.


Relationship-Based Community

  • Learning is rooted in our community and our student’s identities.

  • Learning supports students to create healthy relationships and develop collaborative  skills.

  • Create positive relationships by building nurturing and affirming teacher-student and student-student partnerships with a focus on  building a community of risk-taking learners.


Learner-Driven Pedagogy

  • Learning is personalized (which for us does not mean computerized).  We use data to design and dynamically adjust learning experiences.

  • Learning is inquiry-based and driven by complex problems.

  • Students are at the center of their own learning and deeply engaged in ways that foster agency and self-direction.


Professional Leadership

  • Grow and contribute as an educator, colleague, learner, and community member.

  • Demonstrate advocacy, flexibility, autonomy, and collegiality.

  • Administer all policies and procedures in a professional and timely manner as mandated by Lighthouse, the State and Federal agencies (i.e., attendance records, dress code, reporting of sexual/physical abuse).

We would love to hear from you if your educational toolbox includes the following:

  • B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree in Education preferred

  • California teaching credential required

  • A least three to four years (High School ) teaching in an Urban school environment experience highly preferred

  • Experience with curriculum planning and data-analysis

  • Experience with Google apps preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus



This position will report to:

9-12 High School Principal



200-day work year for 11-month employees with 23 student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and families. This position is Full-time, Temporary (Maternity Leave), Salary & Exempt. Starting in late September or early October. Assignment will carry out the duration of the school year ending mid June 2020.

Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of  8:00 - 4:00 pm and 8:00-5:00 one day a week for Professional Development.



At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees.  We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical and dependent FSA).


Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to Lighthouse Community Public Schools. 

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship



People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.   In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   


Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.