Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 53 schools serving more than 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.
All Uncommon Schools teachers hold primary responsibility for the implementation of Uncommon’s curriculum and the success of our students. Therefore, Uncommon Schools seeks teachers who are committed to becoming best-in-class educators, who are continuously improving instructional practices through collaboration and targeted development within their school community. We are currently seeking both experienced and apprentice teachers for all grades and all subjects for the 22-23 school year.
- Implement curricula and activities to meet our high academic standards
- Analyze assessments that measure progress towards these standards and use this assessment data to inform and differentiate instructional practices
- Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs
- Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct
- Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
- Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in our annual, three-week staff orientation training in August and instructional training throughout the school year
- Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year
Strong applicants for all teaching roles (new and experienced) will possess the following:
- Relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school
- Unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness
- Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is a must
- Mastery of and enthusiasm for relevant academic subjects
- Evidence of self-motivation, willingness to be a team player, and a strong sense of personal responsibility
- Ability and desire to implement feedback from school leaders and colleagues to become a more effective educator in service to our students.
- A background in education is not required for new teachers, but strong candidates should show a demonstrated passion for working with K-12 students and prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities is preferred.
Additional qualifications for experienced teachers:
- Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
- Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred
- Valid State Certification and Master’s degree are helpful but not required.
- Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university before employment begins
- Candidates must have also earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher by the time employment begins
Our people are what makes us Uncommon. We believe our compensation philosophy and benefits should reflect our values—equity, transparency, and clarity—to enhance our ability to attract and retain talent and reward their expertise. Our staff receive best-in-class training, coaching, and support to develop and operate mission-driven schools that provide a high-quality education to our students and families.
Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in Rochester is between $50,000 to $64,700. The starting pay will depend on various factors that may include but are not limited to professional experience, education, training, certifications, tenure with Uncommon Schools, and work location. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges. Please note: ranges may differ for staff who work from a location other than Rochester.
Benefits: We offer comprehensive, flexible, and competitive benefits that support the personal health, wellness, and finances of our staff and their families.