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After School Teacher, aka Club Leader

After School Teacher (Club Leader)

Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade school serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at


CDS seeks a dynamic club leader for the after care program. Reporting to the Extended Program Director, the teacher is responsible for developing and leading engaging after school club activities for students in grades K – 4 and supporting the operation of the program. Past clubs have included pet club, building club, comic books, wrestling, space club, recycled jewelry, bookmaking, green task force, theater, strategy games and more. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at


CDS is located on a beautiful, secluded half-acre in the Mission near Dolores Park. Our after care program employs the use of indoor classrooms, environmental ed. kitchen, wood chips area and climbing structure, farm and garden (featuring four chickens and two sheep!), and a play yard among the largest of independent schools in the city.


The position runs until the close of school in mid-June 2020.

Daily schedule is 2:00-5/5:30 pm Monday – Friday (hours may vary slightly).  Employment (often full-time) during summer program and vacation camps is optional as well.

Program Schedule

  • 2:00 – 2:30      After care teachers arrive to meet, prepare snack, and gather supplies
  • 2:30 – 3:45      Fresh Air Time:  Students are picked up in classrooms, signed into after school, provided snack and given supervised free play on the yard.
  • 3:45 – 4:45      First Hour:  Students in K-4 choose from a daily menu of clubs led by after school teachers.  Middle school students attend Study Hall.
  • 4:45 – 5:45      Second Hour:  Students choose between additional clubs, supervised free play or Fun Hall.  Chores:  Yard cleanup.  Putting away the sheep and chickens.  Closing down computers and locking up.

Most clubs run twice a week, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. They typically last for two or so months before we change the menu and introduce something new.


  • Team: Collaborate, inspire, support, problem-solve and communicate with after school team members and the school day teachers.
  • Activities: Plan and implement exciting, child-centered after school clubs and special events. Supervise snack, free play and program transitions.
  • Children: Provide a safe physical and emotional environment for all students. Encourage children to take initiative to solve problems. Help children think, investigate, ask questions and laugh. Strive to meet each child’s individual needs.
  • Families: Collaborate with families toward their child’s success.

The successful candidate will:

  • Create and lead popular and engaging activities.
  • Have experience teaching or leading youth activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and collaborate effectively with colleagues, students and parents.
  • Model behavior and language that supports our mission and our program.
  • Display excellent rapport with children and families.
  • Display excellent classroom management.
  • Express the desire and ability to take on increasing responsibility in the classroom and the CDS community, and to participate generously.
  • Display a passion for learning and a commitment to personal-professional growth.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Work effectively with children, families, and staff of diverse backgrounds and family structures.
  • Communicate and problem-solve with the school day teaching staff about students and families.

Educational Requirement/office skills

  • Have at least an associate’s degree (AA) or equivalent credit
  • Be proficient in technology: email, word processing, photos, etc.


$19-22/hr depending on education and experience.  17-20 hours/week.

Physical Demands of Position

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions.  Reasonable accommodation may be requested to endable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:

  • Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, hear and read during the course of normal teaching activities;
  • Able to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time, and to perform teaching responsibilities with patience and professionalism required to effectively work with children;
  • In person attendance necessary to perform essential job functions;
  • May be exposed to childhood illnesses.

Clearances Required 
Required Screenings: TB Assessment Clearances: Livescan background check

CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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