Employment

Thank you for your interest in Burke’s! We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our community. When asked, our faculty repeatedly say that their favorite things about working at Burke's are the supportive community and commitment to professional development that allows them to continue to learn and challenge themselves as educators.

Burke’s is an independent K-8 gender-inclusive all-girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in the Richmond/Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco. Our mission is to educate, encourage, and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life. Based on more than 100 years of educational excellence, Burke’s today is one of California’s leading K-8 schools combining strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community.  

With 65% open space, our expansive outdoor campus is unsurpassed in the city. In addition, Burke’s is surrounded by open land that teachers regularly integrate into their teaching, including Lincoln Park, Land’s End trail, and China Beach. Our accomplished faculty members take full advantage of our outdoor setting and wide-open spaces to foster the learning, well-being, and social development of our girls. 

A Commitment to Inclusivity

Burke's is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community with a strong and comprehensive multicultural and anti-racist curriculum. We believe diversity is essential for a student’s journey to educational excellence. We are also deeply committed to providing social justice growth opportunities for our faculty and staff. Our Board, in partnership with staff/faculty and parent groups, has been engaged in a number of equity and inclusion initiatives impacting curriculum, governance, and student life. 

We believe there are ‘400 ways to be a Burke's girl’, meaning that every student who sets foot on our campus belongs here, no matter her interests or background. As a school, we are shaped and powered not only by the unique experiences that each student brings to class, but also by helping our students develop an understanding of their own heritage and identities. Students engage in a service-learning curriculum rooted in a social justice framework and take part in outdoor education programming and sustainability and stewardship activities. Burke’s students learn how to be agents of positive change in their school, the community, and the world.

Burke’s welcomes teachers and staff members who bring skills, qualities, and/or experiences that demonstrate an ability to support educating our students to be joyous learners, self-advocates, and empathetic leaders. You’ll find a strong sense of community at Burke’s amongst its students, alumnae, faculty, and parents with an emphasis on continual growth and learning. We encourage you to review our Burke’s Snapshots to learn more about teaching and learning at Burke’s. 


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  • Professional Development Opportunities


    Burke’s values social responsibility and lifelong learning and encourages faculty and staff to discover professional growth opportunities through local and national conferences, workshops, visits to other schools, summer institutes, and more.  Professional development opportunities are offered throughout the school year and faculty can also apply for grants to fund summer opportunities. The following are a few examples of professional development opportunities that our faculty and staff have attended in the last three years: NAIS People of Color Conference, Teachers College Reading and Writing Institutes, Mathematical Mindsets at Stanford, White Privilege Conference and Equity as Excellence. 
     
    Now in its sixth year, the Burke's Professional Development Institute (PDI) brings leading trainers and organizations to Burke's for on-campus professional development the week after graduation. Offerings at past PDIs included an Investigations Math training, an "Inclusivity by Design" workshop, the Burke's EdTech summit, and a Service Learning Institute that integrated on-campus PD and service projects across the City. Burke’s believes in ongoing learning not only for our students, but our faculty as well.
  • Benefits


    In addition to competitive salaries, Burke’s offers full-time employees a compensation package with a wide range of benefits that include a medical plan, supplemental medical plan, a dental plan, a long term disability benefit, life insurance and a TIAA retirement plan for our employees. A brief description of eligibility, cost, and enrollment requirements for each plan is
    available here. Group insurance plans are subject to change annually.
  • Burke's Teaching Institute


    Burke’s Teaching Institute is a two-year program that provides on-campus training for our kindergarten through fourth grade and fifth and sixth grade science Associate Teachers. Associate Teachers are partnered with Lead Teachers who play a vital role in helping the Associate Teachers develop teaching skills. By observing and working with our experienced teachers and participating in the life of the school, Associates gain valuable experience as well as opportunities to develop their own philosophy and teaching style. Through regular pedagogical workshops, we provide Associate Teachers with information about teaching methods, curriculum development, assessment, and classroom management skills. Examples of recent Teaching Institute topics and discussions include: Social-Emotional Life of Girls, Exploring Anti-Racist Curriculum and System Inequalities, Supporting Diverse Learning Styles, Responsive Classroom Philosophy and Strategies, and Preparing Resumes and Interview Skills.
  • Transportation & Location


    Our coastal location is served by MUNI bus lines and all employees who work a minimum of 10 hours per week are eligible to participate in Transit Benefits up to $230 per month in pre-tax salary deductions for commuter costs including BART, Muni and CalTrans. In addition, depending on faculty needs, Burke’s provides a van for commuters that picks-up at the Civic Center BART station in the morning.
     
    Many of our faculty and staff live outside of the city. Marin is a very close commute to the school, as are certain parts of the Peninsula. Many employees live in the East Bay and take advantage of the transportation options listed above.

Open Positions

We are happy to receive resumés from potential candidates for employment at Burke’s. Present openings and the appropriate contact person are listed above. That said, if you value what’s important to Burke’s and find yourself drawn to our school, send your resume to Patricia Neville, patricia@kdbs.org, regardless of whether there is an opening that matches your credentials. 
 
Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
Number of faculty: 62
Teacher to student ratio: 1:6
Average faculty tenure at Burke’s: 16 years
Percentage of faculty and staff of color: 29%
Number of National Board Certified teachers: 3
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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