Employment Opportunities


The Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, North America’s premier, fully-accredited Orthodox K-12 and college preparatory school, has part-time teaching positions available in the subject areas of Math, Science, Modern Greek, and Russian, as well as a position as a Classroom Assistant. Qualified and enthusiastic teachers who seek to work in a small school environment that aims to provide the highest quality K-12 education to the Orthodox Christian Community are invited to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and positions remain open until filled. 


Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy (www.stjohnsacademysf.org) is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, coeducational, non-profit, college-preparatory, full-time day school founded in 1994 for grades K-12. Our academic calendar is uniquely scheduled around the calendar of feast days and services of the Orthodox Church. Located in the spiritual heart of the Bay Area Orthodox community, we attract students from various ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Our classes are conducted in English.

St. John’s aims to participate with parents in the development of Orthodox children who are well informed in both liberal arts and modern sciences, and are equipped with the knowledge of Orthodox faith and ethics that will enable them to live as devout Orthodox Christians. 

The Academy expects its pupils to be active in Church life; to develop their Christian consciousness; to practice prayer and follow Orthodox religious traditions; to maintain healthy and obedient relations with their parents, relatives, and teachers; to strive for excellence in intellectual pursuits; and to grow as useful members of society who practice true Christian love towards others and true Orthodox piety towards God. 

Our mission is exemplified in our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, which are the focal point of all our work. Students are expect to: (1) Know, understand and implement the basic beliefs and practices of the Orthodox Christian faith in one’s personal life; (2) Be prepared to live as a truly useful member of society who practices Christian citizenship towards others and true Orthodox piety towards God; (3) Be able to think critically and analytically; (4) Be able to express oneself in an effective and confident manner; and (5) Acquire the motivation and ability to strive for intellectual excellence.


As part of its commitment to providing students with expert and engaging instruction, St. John’s is seeking part-time teaching with remuneration in the region of $16.00-$18.00 per hour or higher (based on experience), for the following subjects. Teachers who might be able to teach in more than one of the following categories are especially sought after.

Elementary Science: (15 hours/week) Enthusiastic and dedicated teacher sought for grades 2-6.  The teacher chosen for this position must have a demonstrable love for the subject, ability to work with a variety of age groups, capable of following Academy’s set curriculum, and willing to organize the Academy’s annual science fair. 

 Middle and High School Math: (10-15 hours/week) Capable and personable teacher sought for teaching math to students in both Middle and High Schools.  We are seeking a teacher with a knack for building strong mathematical foundations, and who can inspire students to continue to seek new challenges as they develop.  Applicant must have a thorough knowledge of Algebra and Geometry.  Familiarity with the Saxon Math program is a plus.

 Modern Greek: (6 hours/week) Native Greek speaker with experience implementing an introductory Greek language program is sought for teaching multi-age classes ranging from grades Kindergarten- 7th  (grouped K-1, 2-4, 5-7). Teacher will come with a knowledge of common strategies for language instruction.  Most students have no previous interaction with the language.  Each class meets twice per week.

 Russian for Native Speakers: (6 hours/week)  Native Russian speaker with experience teaching Russian language sought for multi-age classes ranging from grades Kindergarten- 7th  (grouped K-1, 2-4, 5-7). Teacher will come with a knowledge of common strategies for language instruction.  All class participants are native Russian speakers, but have varying levels of reading fluency.  This course will be offered concurrently with the Modern Greek course, limiting the scheduling.  Each class meets twice per week.

 Classroom Assistant: (10-15 hours/week)  Flexible, compassionate, and self-driven classroom assistant is sought for our Elementary classrooms.  Depending on applicant, assistant may be required to take on responsibilities including grading, making copies, tutoring students, or overseeing elements of instruction. 

Job Requirements


If you think the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy might be a match for your interests, skills and personality, and that you are a fit to teach in one or more of the above posts, please carefully read the following guidelines before sending in any materials. All potential employees of St. John's must meet the following criteria:

   You are a communicant Orthodox Christian dedicated to your life in the Church and to raising up younger generations in a love of learning and Orthodox life (Note: by Orthodox Christian and Orthodox Church we mean the ancient patriarchates of Constantinople, Moscow, Antioch, etc., we well as those local autonomous/autocephalous Orthodox churches in immediate communion with them; please note that St. John’s only accepts applicants from Orthodox Christians);

   You hold a BA or equivalent university degree, or a higher-level degree (a degree in Education, or specific teaching credential, is not required but is of added benefit), or significant life/work experience (e.g. clergy, practicing artist or musician) for qualification;

   You speak fluent, conversational English and can comfortably and expressively teach and communicate entirely in this language;

   You are timely, reliable and professional, and you can commit to a full year of part-time teaching (please note that these are part-time posts offered on the hourly payment scale indicated above);

   You currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area or within a workable and affordable commute;

   You are legally entitled to work in the United States of America, and have no criminal convictions or other personal record which makes it impossible for you to work with children, and are willing to submit to a routine background check to verify such details.


If you meet the above criteria, and think you might wish to take up the unique opportunity of becoming a teacher in the only Orthodox school of its kind in North America, we would be happy to receive your application materials immediately.

Please do NOT simply send us your résumé or other materials by post or e-mail. In order to be considered, we need all materials to be submitted with an appropriate form, which you can download here. The form gives further instructions on how to submit your materials to us.

All workers at St. John's, whether in paid employment or in volunteer roles in the school, will be required in due course to complete an application and vetting procedure, and to undergo a background check to ensure there are no hindrances preventing work with children and young people in a school and Church environment.

With any questions, queries or other matters, please feel free to contact the Academy’s office on (415) 221-3484, as well as by visiting our website at www.stjohnsacademysf.org

Dec 13, 2011, 4:06 PM