Founded in 2012, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Forty percent of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This is a nearly unparalleled commitment in the L.A. independent school landscape, which allows ESLA to recruit and enroll an uncommonly diverse student body that reflects the vibrant character of our city—bright, dedicated students from all walks of life. Our model is founded upon the belief that the best educational tool for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook.
We’re looking for:
ESLA is seeking a teacher who will serve as a member of both the English and history departments and who will teach courses in both Black Studies and Queer Studies.
The ideal candidate has some or all of the following characteristics:
A commitment to equity and inclusion.
Robust knowledge of history, contemporary literature, and theory—especially queer and trans feminism and Black radical theory.
Demonstrated success in meeting the needs of ethnically, culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse students.
Experience designing curricula that can connect historical events, developments, and ideas to events in our city and the world.
Eagerness to design textbook-free lessons and experiences using primary resources.
Strong interest in the multiple perspectives that inform—and complicate—historical narratives.
Courseload: 5-6 sections
Semester 1: Black History, Black Literature, plus an elective.
Semester 2: Queer History, Queer Literature, plus an elective.
Electives will be designed in consultation with the Dean of Academics and should fall under the broad umbrella of Queer and Black Studies, but the faculty member will be allowed significant freedom in choosing content and designing syllabi.
Preparation of course materials, and assessments, both working from existing curricular frameworks and through the development of new materials.
Participate in an after-school (3:30-5:30 p.m.) program one day a week (sports, clubs, performing arts, academic support, etc.).
Willingness to serve as an advisor to a small group of students.
Attend regular community gatherings, including, but not limited to, meetings, Chapel, lunch, and major Feast Days.
All or most of the following:
Bachelor’s Degree in Black Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, English, Comparative Literature, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, or related field of study.
A desire to work in a creative, collaborative, innovative environment.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Candidates will preferably have a masters degree in a relevant field of study, 3+ years of teaching experience, or a CA teaching credential
Please send a cover letter and the following information with subject line “Black & Queer Studies” to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
A written statement responding to the following question:
This is a new and uncommon teaching position, and will require substantial course development. Describe the major themes, movement, and works you might prioritize when building syllabi for this position; include specific examples of literary and historical texts in both Black Studies and Queer Studies.
ESLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law.
Additional Salary Information: salary is based on education and experience
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.