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Making Waves AcademyRichmond, VA

Making Waves is committed to rigorously and holistically preparing students to gain acceptance to and graduate from college to ultimately become valuable contributors to the workforce and their communities. We strive to address the disparity in educational opportunity that exists between suburban and urban youths with the goal of 70% of our students to earn an appropriately challenging post-secondary degree, graduating with minimal college debt. As a staff member at Making Waves Academy, you will find: 1. Mission accountability: We intentionally track our students to and through college. 2. Professional development: We invest in training and professional development for teachers, including weekly sessions onsite and opportunities to attend external trainings. 3. Holistic support for students: Students receive a variety of supports and services including extended day academic support, clinical psychological counseling, social-emotional development, and social work services.  4. Technology-connected classrooms: We engage in a 1:1 Chromebook model with advanced teacher technology resources, programs, and applications for the classroom.  Mobile smart boards support classrooms that are technologically connected, flexible, and that support differentiated learning. 5. State-of-the-art facilities: Our school is newly built and features and includes open learning areas adjacent to classrooms that support collaboration, science labs, art and music rooms, a Maker Space, a parent resource center, dedicated space for restorative justice and holistic support, a playground, turf field, a gymnasium, and a performance art space. 6. Competitive compensation and benefits: Teachers and staff at Making Waves Academy receive a benefits and compensation package that is nearly unparalleled in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Ideal Candidate

Making Waves Academy is looking for teachers and leaders who are passionate about helping students from educationally underserved communities succeed in college, career, and beyond. Our school provides a rich academic environment, state-of-the-art facilities, abundant support and resources for teachers and staff. Some key elements of our system include: - Great teaching - Professionalism - Strong relationships (with parents, students, colleagues) - Development, analysis, and effective use of data - Proactive systems and clear expectations - Measurable and attainable goals - Transparency If you're looking for a supportive school environment where you can engage in collaboration and community, come join our team!

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Employee Benefits

Teachers and staff at Making Waves Academy receive a benefits and compensation package that is nearly unparalleled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highlights include: - COLA Stipend – Making Waves Academy offers a significant COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) stipend (in addition to competitive base salaries) for all full-time employees, intended to help employees supplement income to address Bay Area housing costs, student debt, and/or child care. - Medical Benefits – Our medical benefits include full coverage (medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic & acupuncture) for you and a spouse/domestic partner OR you and any number of children/dependents. - Retirement Benefits – We offer retirement benefits (CalSTRS for instructional staff and an elective 403(b) matching program for non-instructional staff). - Tuition Assistance Program – MWA offers tuition assistance for employees taking college courses in pursuit of additional advanced degrees (employees are eligible after two years of service with MWA). - Tenure Bonuses – MWA employees are eligible to receive bonuses after 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 years of service. - Employee Children Education: Children of full-time MWA faculty and staff will be moved to the front of the lottery list for 5th-8th grades. - Electric vehicle charging: Free charging for electric vehicles on campus

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Hiring for
  • Lead Teacher
  • Special Education Aide
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant or Aide
  • Teaching Fellow/Associate Teacher
Grade Levels


  • Bay Area Peninsula
  • Oakland and East Bay
  • San Francisco
Low Income
Of Color