Elementary (Grades 3-5) School Teacher for the 2024-2025 School Year

School Name: St. John School

Location: 1003 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024

Reports to: Principal

Employment Type: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $47,000- $55,000/yr. 

The Diocese of San Diego is seeking a qualified, experienced and passionate educator who is deeply committed to developing Christ-centered, forward-thinking leaders to serve our future Church and our world. St. John School is a parish school located in Encinitas, California.

Catholic Identity:

  • Promotes and supports the mission of the Catholic Church and Catholic education by planning, guiding, and evaluating the learning process within the framework of the Saint John School Philosophy, Mission Statement, School Wide Learning Expectations (SLEs), and adopted curriculum. 
  • Gives evidence of lived Gospel values by being an active member of a faith community and by being open to the importance of personal faith journey. Strives to model the teaching of Jesus by attitude and example. 
  • Supports and adheres to the code of conduct as outlined in the Personnel Policies. 
  • Helps build the school’s faith community by a demonstrated willingness to participate in and plan school Masses, religious services, assemblies, and activities. 
  • Obtains the Diocese of San Diego Basic Catechist Certificate and completes the necessary requirements to renew the certification every 3 years. 
  • Participates in any scheduled religious retreats or conferences.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements a program of instruction that adheres to the school’s philosophy, mission statement, SLEs, and curriculum standards set forth by the Diocese of San Diego and the state of California. 
  • Shows competency in teaching by demonstrating a current, thorough knowledge of curriculum and subject matter. 
  • Communicates effectively with students. 
  • Organizes instruction and materials to maximize student time on task as well as to motivate student learning. 
  • Plans and implements a differentiated program of study designed to meet individual needs of students. 
  • Uses appropriate materials and resources including all available technological resources to engage students in learning. 
  • Uses a variety of effective instructional methods to engage students and constantly reviews and updates the curriculum and instructional methods to improve the learning process. 
  • Uses data to drive instruction. 
  • Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good study habits. 
  • Uses a variety of formative and summative assessments that are directly related to curriculum objectives and to concepts and skills taught in order to consistently and effectively evaluate student progress. 
  • Maintains a functional and pleasant learning environment. 
  • Collaborates with peers to enhance the work environment and support instructional planning. 
  • Assists in assessing changing curricular needs and offers plans for improvement. 
  • Conferences with parents upon request and responds to messages in a timely manner. 
  • Contacts parents with academic concerns. 
  • Maintains current and accurate records as required by Saint John School, the Diocese of San Diego, and the state of California. Updates grades electronically as directed by the administration. 
  • Operates and cares for equipment or instructional materials used in the classroom for instructional purposes. 
  • Uses effective oral and written expression. 
  • Provides lesson plans for a substitute teacher when needed.

Classroom Management

  • Develops and practices, in accordance with school guidelines, reasonable rules of classroom behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied. Uses positive discipline approaches.
  • Works to take necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities. 
  • Shares responsibility during the school day for the supervision of all students in all areas of the school including, but not limited to, classroom, recess, lunch, drop-off, dismissal, emergency drills, assemblies, or field trips. 
  • Contacts parents when necessary for behavioral concerns.

Administrative/ Other Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates professional responsibility by upholding, adhering to, and enforcing Diocesan and school policy, administrative procedures, and school rules and regulations, and is supportive of them to the public. 
  • Actively participates in the WASC/WCEA accreditation process as directed by administration. 
  • Actively participates in extra duties as described in the staff handbook. 
  • Respects the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics, and state and federal laws. 
  • Maintains appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance. Regular work hours include 30 minutes before school begins and 30 minutes after school dismissal plus time for any scheduled meetings or events. 
  • Demonstrates professional work habits by honoring schedules/deadlines, organizing work, and conducting assigned tasks in an effective and efficient manner. 
  • Strives to communicate the positive aspects of our school program to the public in word and deed. 
  • Works cooperatively with parents to strengthen the educational program for their children. Uses excellent communications skills including written, verbal, public speaking, and presentation skills. 
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other staff members. 
  • Attends school-wide functions and special events as required. 
  • Handles multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Keeps the administration informed of areas of need and concern. 
  • Maintains professionalism in dress and hygiene. Follows the direction of administration with regards to professional dress. 
  • Uses technology, including cell phone usage and/or social media, only for school-related business or functions (See Personnel Policies).
  • Provides evidence of regular effort to improve themselves professionally and personally through summer courses, workshops, institutes, conventions, inter-school visitations, memberships in professional organizations, and other educational opportunities. 
  • Develops a long-term plan of professional growth and shall earn a minimum of six continuing education units, six professional growth units, six college credits, or the equivalent of any of the above every three years. (15 hours of participation in an approved learning activity = 1 unit) 
  • Attends and actively participates in staff and committee meetings as required.

Religious Qualifications:

  • Active, practicing Roman Catholic (preferred)
  • Basic Catechetical Certification (preferred)
  • Respects and understands a Catholic school philosophy

Professional Qualifications:

  • Possess a cleared California multiple subject teaching credential (preferred)
  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Clear criminal background check (a clear Livescan for the Diocese of San Diego is a condition of employment)
  • Experience teaching in an elementary school classroom
  • Positive professional references and recommendations

Physical Requirements:

To successfully meet the needs of the students in his/her care, the teacher must:

  • Spend the majority of the day standing in the classroom. While standing the teacher will frequently hold objects they are working with or demonstrating
  • Sit on an occasional basis when developing lesson plans, grading, etc.
  • Walk through the classroom and be able to maneuver in tight spaces between desks. Walk on both even and uneven surfaces
  • Deal with students while kneeling or squatting, stooping, or bending
  • Reach at, below, or above shoulder height with the dominant upper extremity; may require trunk or neck rotation to look back at the class
  • Assist in moving children's desks and chairs to change the layout of the classroom to influence the learning situation. It is occasionally necessary to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 25 pounds from the office to classrooms

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to be inside the classroom. The employee is required to be mobile to, from, and within the classroom and preschool environment, as well as maneuver throughout the school facility to attend meetings, trainings, and other work-related events. The employee may be required to conduct trips to, from, and within various city and county-wide locations to attend trainings or workshops.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

St. John School, as part of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.