Substitute Teachers (General, Hebrew, & Jewish Studies and Specials)

The Seattle Jewish Community School (SJCS) welcomes applications for Substitute Teaching positions  in the 2023-2024 school year. These positions provide opportunities to contribute to the educational program in a warm, pluralistic, and inclusive communal context, in partnership with dedicated colleagues, supportive parents, and delightful children. 

SJCS seeks teachers who relish working as members of a collegial faculty and in collaboration with all stakeholders. Full-time teaching at the school involves planning, delivering, and assessing curricula; designing lessons with appropriate partners to promote students’ competencies and meet their diverse needs and strengths; using varied pedagogical strategies including those that integrate educational technology and feature place-based and project-based approaches; and drawing inspiration from the Jewish intellectual tradition and its celebration of the intrinsic value of study, the pursuit of understanding and purpose along with knowledge, the power of questions, and the sacred nature of considering different perspectives and of nurturing self-awareness.

Within this professional context, Substitute Teachers generally carry responsibility only for implementing lessons, with plans and additional guidance provided by the full-time teacher for whom they will be substituting. 

The school prizes child-centered approaches focused on establishing positive, productive relationships; emphasizing clear, kind, and respectful communication; utilizing school-wide social-emotional frameworks to teach competencies and maintain behavioral expectations; and advancing the school’s focus within the curriculum on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teachers work with the Inclusive Education Specialist on student assessments; undertake administrative duties such as writing student reports, planning field trips, communicating with parents, and setting up and maintaining inviting classrooms; and participate in professional learning, community events, and partnership with other faculty members on shared projects and activities.


  • A Bachelor’s or post-Bachelor’s degree in a related field 

  • Up-to-date Washington State teaching credentials or readiness to get the up to date preferred

  • At least two years of working in a primary or elementary school strongly preferred

  • A passion for teaching, love of learning, enthusiasm for collaboration, and commitment to child-centered pedagogical practices 

  • Strong oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills, nurtured by curiosity and conviction

  • Dedication to diverse children and to their learning and growth

  • Sustained commitment to the practices of self-reflection, collegiality, and professionalism

  • An explorer’s mentality with appreciation for the values and practices of flexibility, experimentation, reconsideration, and good humor

  • Readiness to make mistakes and learn from them along with others who do the same

SJCS seeks teachers, in all disciplines, who have strong classroom management skills, effective and tactful communication skills, familiarity with educational technology, good organizational abilities, and deep commitment to collaborating with colleagues and contributing to the collegiality of the educational team. The position offers competitive pay and full benefits. 

Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to and write Substitute Teacher in the Subject Line.

SJCS is committed to an inclusive, welcoming community, where all are treated with respect. SJCS provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws relating to equal employment and non-discrimination. SJCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or sexual orientation. In the event that an otherwise qualified employee has a physical or mental hardship covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and needs an accommodation to overcome that hardship, SJCS will make any reasonable accommodation that will not cause an undue hardship for the school.