Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Our goal is that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile. Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014, SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.

Position Description

As a Guest Teacher for SFUSD, you will help close the achievement gap by offering additional support to our highest needs schools. You will work in schools that serve San Francisco’s most historically underserved populations and communities, and that have lower rates of academic achievement compared to other schools in the district.

You will be responsible for the continued learning of all students in your classroom, maintain a safe and supportive classroom culture, and collaborate with other teachers and administrators to ensure a successful school day.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work a minimum of 160 days per school year, prorated from start date
  • Work in jobs that are automatically assigned by the Sub Office at SFUSD”s High Potential Schools and/or a hard-to-fill subject area (including Special Ed and Bilingual classrooms)
  • Execute the full schedule of the regular teacher. This includes the classroom day, study halls, yard duty, and any special duties performed by the absent teacher.
  • Implement the lesson plans for the class to which they are assigned and correct classroom assignments and homework received, as time permits.
  • Create and maintain classroom control and discipline that fosters a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school policies
  • Create and maintain a climate of respect and fairness for all students
  • Escalate to school administrators as appropriate when a serious discipline problem arises.
  • Leave adequate notes regarding what was accomplished in class, a description of problems that may have occurred and resolutions to said problems, a lesson plan for the next day if applicable, and any other information that may be required by an administrator.
  • Report to school promptly, if not before, the scheduled start time of each assignment

What We Offer


  • Guest Teachers receive a daily rate of $240.26.


  • 10 day bonus: an additional $30.06 per day is earned after working ten (10) consecutive days in the same assignment. After the 10th day the additional amount is paid retroactively.
  • Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA) bonus: The following bonuses will be paid after the end of each semester.
    • $200 for teaching at least sixty (60) days per semester
    • ​$400 for teaching at least fifty (50) days per semester in High Potential school(s)


  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • City-Wide Neighborhood Zone Parking Pass
  • Chromebook laptop
  • Tailored support and training from the Substitute Office

As a Guest Teacher, you will be able to:

  • Explore different school sites and gain experience working with students at a variety of grade levels
  • Establish yourself within the SFUSD district and school community, and forge connections at a school site where you might like to acquire a classroom teaching position
  • Provide safety, support, and continued learning for students in our highest needs schools

Who We Want

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Fulfillment of Basic Skills Requirement through:
    • Passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test; OR
    • Minimum ACT scores: 23 in Math, 22 in Reading; OR
    • Minimum SAT scores: 550 in Math, 500 in Reading
  • Negative TB test administered within 60 days of hire
  • Clearance of fingerprint background check
  • Be available for assignments five days a week
  • Be flexible and willing to work all of SFUSD’s High Potential Schools

We want talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and problem solvers comfortable in a community of continuous learning.

The strongest candidates will:

  • Be Patient: remain calm in difficult situations
  • Be Flexible and Adaptable: make quick decisions on the fly
  • Be Resilient: have a thick skin and understand where kids are coming from
  • Be Creative: engage kids in multiple ways
  • Be Sensitive to cultural differences
  • Be Firm: maintain classroom control
  • Be Caring: prioritize the needs of the students
  • Get to know their students!
  • Build good relationships with school staff