The French American International School and International High School is a PreK-12 educational institution located in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. With approximately 1,100 students, offerings range from a bilingual curriculum in grades PreK-8 to the International and French Baccalaureate programs in grades 9-12 at International High School.

About the School

Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade

At the lower and middle school levels, French American offers a bilingual immersion program that harmonizes the French national curriculum and U.S. approaches. Young learners benefit from a program honed over 50 years of experience, acquiring fluency in French and English, in addition to the cross-cultural cognition that develops from closely interacting with peers and teachers from all over the world.

International High School: Grades 9-12

At the International High School, the academic offerings are without parallel in the Bay Area. By the 11th grade, all students choose between the International Baccalaureate and the French Baccalaureate. Upon graduation, every student leaves the school with both a U.S. high school diploma and a Baccalaureate degree, ensuring that they will go on to thrive at leading universities across the country and the world.

Mission Statement

Guided by the principles of academic rigor and diversity, the French American International School and International High School offers programs of study in French and English to prepare its graduates for a world in which the ability to think critically and to communicate across cultures is of paramount importance.

Director of Advancement

School Operations:

French American’s current annual operating budget is approximately $30 million. There are 226 faculty and staff members. The Leadership Team, led by Head of School Melinda Bihn, of the school is comprised of:

  • High School Principal
  • Middle School Principal & Representative for French Affairs
  • Lower School Principal
  • Dean of Admission
  • Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
  • Director of Advancement
  • Director of Marketing & Communications

The Board of Trustees is comprised of 24 professionals committed to French American International School’s pedagogical mission and to ensuring an environment in which all students thrive.

Position Overview:

The French American International School is seeking an ethical, effective leader who communicates high standards and expectations to serve as Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement will possess knowledge of the principles of advancement, development and philanthropy, along with a clear understanding of community leadership dynamics and volunteer development to his/her successful fulfillment of this exciting leadership position.

The Director of Advancement is the lead coordinator in all aspects of fundraising. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director is responsible for all aspects of advancement and development including creation and implementation of short and long-term fundraising initiatives and community engagement of current and past families, alumni, grandparents, and corporate and foundation partners.

Reports to: Head of School    

Areas of Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to advancement department, setting the vision and priorities in line with the School’s strategic goals;
  • Serve as a collaborative member of the School’s leadership team, supporting the Head of School and fellow administrators in carrying out the school’s mission and strategic plan;
  • Develop long-range fundraising initiatives rooted in a strategic plan, in partnership with the Head of School, Advancement Committee and Board of Trustees. Provide fundraising reports and updates on other strategic plan initiatives to the Board of Trustees on monthly basis; and
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board, the Advancement Committee and the Governance Committee.

Relationship Development / External Relations

  • Nurture productive relationships with all constituencies of the school, including trustees, current and potential donors, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty/staff and students;
  • Actively participate in professional, community and civic affairs as a representative of the School;
  • Attend all major school functions designed to include donors, prospects and volunteers, including the appropriate recognition of donors, volunteers and Trustees;
  • Convey a positive image of the school at all times when working with students, parents, alumni, grandparents, employees and the public; and
  • Foster a culture of giving and engagement within the school community.

Development and Stewardship

  • Conceptualize, develop and execute strategies and plans for a comprehensive development program that includes annual fund, major gifts, annual events, capital campaign (when appropriate), endowment, grants, alumni and grandparent relations and other strategic programs;
  • Conduct and oversee donor research to identify, evaluate, cultivate and appropriately solicit and steward prospects; and
  • Plan and implement campaign strategies tailored to specific and diverse constituencies that retain and grow donor portfolio, increasing annual revenue from existing donors and securing new revenue from prospective donors. 

Organizational Support

  • Develop and manage the annual fundraising budget and work plan; track and report results to the Head of School and the Board;
  • Ensure donor management systems are implemented and utilized and donor cultivation strategies are fully supported through appropriate technology;
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of the donor database, the information, and the prompt, accurate acknowledgement and recognition of donor contributions; and
  • Oversee development of gift processing policies, systems and procedures built on ethical standards for soliciting and reporting.

Staff Management

  • Mentor, train and support team of high-aptitude Advancement staff;
  • Set the vision for Advancement team, including clear objectives and goals, and defined strategies to achieve them. Motivate team to meet department goals and celebrate milestones achieved; and
  • Maintain a strong team espirit de corps and healthy working environment within the department in order to build positive morale and increase staff retention.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A minimum of five years school advancement and development experience, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
  • Experience in multi-channel development including annual fund, major donors, and events.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience leading a capital campaign, preferably in an independent school setting, is highly desired.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.

Competencies & Attributes:

The successful professional will have or be:

  • A development strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through;
  • A skilled manager and mentor with experience managing and developing Advancement team members;
  • A collaborator with outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to be diplomatic and build consensus in a complex environment;
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability as organizational priorities and initiatives grow and evolve;
  • An effective and clear communicator, accessible to internal colleagues and external stakeholders, who is an active listener;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Highly self initiating and self-motivated;
  • Cultural and intercultural competence for a diverse, international environment; and
  • Proficiency in French is preferred but not required.


A competitive compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, will be offered. 

For additional information on this opportunity, please contact:

Sally Carlson                                                          Claire LeTard

Managing Partner                                                 Principal

415.433.2299 direct                                              985.773.3326 direct

415.203.5259 mobile                                            claire@carlsonbeck.com




High School Music Teacher

Seeking an experienced, dynamic music teacher to helm our upper school music program. Music is an integral part of our school culture and community, and is a centerpiece of our highly collaborative, acclaimed arts program. The position includes working with and/or teaching classes in 9-12th grade, including music in the International Baccalaureate diploma program in 11th and 12th grade.  (Experience teaching the IB music program is highly desirable, but not a requirement). Candidates should have a BA in Music and at least 3-years of teaching experience. MA, MFA, PHD, teaching credentials and/or professional experience in the field is also desirable.

The right candidate will bring expertise and vision as well as a desire to build on the strong foundation of our program while developing it into the future. He or she will bring a passion for music as a whole, and specialized expertise in one or several areas: classical, jazz, world musicmusic technology, etc.  Additional responsibilities include providing musical direction of a full-length Musical and, as the Musical Director of the upper school, organizing concerts, supporting extracurricular music groups and facilitating musical performances at major school events. (Some aspects of this position can be adapted to reflect the specific interests and talents of the candidate; we will welcome your thoughts in this domain.) 

Please submit cover letter and resume to Joel Cohen at joelc@frenchamericansf.org.

High School Economics / Mathematics

Seeking experienced, dynamic and engaging high school Economics/Mathematics teacher capable of teaching both IB Math and IB Economics in grades 11 and 12 (IB experience a plus). Successful candidates for this position are expected to be developing and practicing cultural competence in their teaching, research, and other work. Email Principal Joel Cohen at joelc@frenchamericansf.org.

Middle School Learning Specialist (Part-Time)

Position Overview:

The Learning Specialist supports students encountering academic difficulties by working with students, teachers and families to devise and coordinate plans for accommodations, strategies and remediation using school and outside resources.

The Learning Specialist collaborates closely with the Student Support Services Department, classroom teachers, the counselor, the administrators and the parents. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Consult with teachers and parents to: interpret and report screenings/evaluation results, make recommendations for further outside evaluation or support, ensure adhesion to mandated accommodations, recommend additional strategies for the classroom or at home, and provide specific referrals, as needed; possible coordination and facilitation of Student Support meetings
  • Support teaching staff by offering resources, assistance, advice, and training to enable Faculty to better meet the needs of all learners
  • Work with students with academic difficulties on remediation and/or educational therapy
  • Work with students especially in study skills, organization, self-advocacy and writing
  • Administer initial psycho-educational screening of students referred by teachers or parents for academic concerns
  • Liaison between parents and outside support services
  • Manage all accommodation needs for standardized tests, notably ERBs and SSATs
  • Manage all accommodation needs for assessments
  • Advise Admissions department with applications of students with special academic needs.
  • Create, maintain and promote use of library of resources for student support, teachers’ professional development, parent education, including local events
  • Participate in departmental meetings, projects and initiatives


  • Master’s Degree or Certificate required
  • Training and experience as a Learning Specialist or Educational Therapist
  • Experience working as a Learning Specialist in a school or in private practice
  • Experience with administering and interpreting screening/testing instruments
  • Knowledge of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic support available (ideally, familiarity with resources in the San Francisco area)
  • Knowledge of laws concerning learning disabilities/differences
  • Ability to utilize computer technology 

Special Skills Required:

Ability to work in a team
Ability to work in and appreciate a diverse and dynamic environment
Excellent communication skills
Knowledge of French a plus
Ability to promote the French American International School philosophy and objectives

Please send applications to: fabriceu@frenchamericansf.org

Physical Education Teachers

Middle and High School

The French American International School is recruiting for a 2017-2018 school year teacher with full credentials from the French Ministry of Education or North American credentials to teach PE in Middle and/or High school. 


An experienced teacher having knowledge of the French education abroad and / or a real ability to adapt to the North American context. A dynamic and innovative educator, the candidate should have good knowledge of digital tools and have the desire to work in an institution committed to diversity. Any application must include detailed CV, cover letter, last observation report, examples of projects (digital portfolio) and shall be addressed to Fabrice Urrizalqui, Middle School Principal : fabriceu@frenchamericansf.org

Le Lycée International Franco Américain recrute pour l’année scolaire 2017-2018 un(e) enseignant(e) certifié(e) en EPS pour le collège et le lycée ou un un(e) enseignant(e) titulaire d’un diplôme nord-américain.

Profil recherché:

Un(e) enseignant(e) expérimenté(e) ayant une connaissance de l’enseignement français à l’étranger et/ou de réelles qualités d’adaptation au contexte nord-américain. Dynamique et innovant(e) au niveau pédagogique, le/la candidat(e) possède une bonne maîtrise des outils numériques et l’envie de travailler dans un établissement très attaché à la diversité. Tout dossier de candidature doit inclure CV détaillé, lettre de motivation, dernier rapport d'inspection, exemples de projets menés (portfolio numérique) et doit être adressé à Fabrice Urrizalqui, Principal du collège : fabriceu@frenchamericansf.org.

Lower School English Teacher

Seeking a Lower School (K-5th grade) English teacher for the Fall 2017 in a bilingual school setting. Teaching credential or masters required. Experience with “Readers and Writers Workshop” strongly preferred. Candidates should have good communication skills, previous teaching experience in elementary school and the ability to work in a team. Ability to speak/understand French a plus.

Send cover letter and resume to marie-pierrec@frenchamericansf.org.

Lower School Music Teacher

Le Lycée International Franco-Américain recrute pour la rentrée 2017 un professeur de musique diplômé pour enseigner en français à l’école élémentaire. Expérience d’enseignement de la musique à de jeunes enfants est requise. Les candidats doivent faire preuve de bonnes capacités de communication  et de travail en équipe. Envoyer CV et lettre de motivation à marie-pierrec@frenchamericansf.org.

Seeking a Lower School (1st-5th grade) Music Teacher to teach in French during the 2017 – 2018 academic year in a bilingual school setting.  Teaching credential or Master required.  Experience as a musician, music education and working with young children. Candidates should have good communication skills, previous teaching experience in elementary school and the ability to work in a team. Send cover letter and resume to marie-pierrec@frenchamericansf.org.



Lower School Monitor (Part-Time)

Position Overview:

French American International School is looking for a monitor to supervise the exit door at dismissal and to supervise children throughout the campus at our Early Childhood Center in Lower Haight. The monitor will work Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm to 5:30pm and Friday from 2:15pm to 5:30pm.


Enthusiastic, fast learner, pro-active and willing to work in a fast paced work environment. Experience working children ages 2-6 years old preferred.

Please send resume to Yseult Carlucci at yseultc@frenchamericansf.org.

Substitute Teachers (English speaking)

The French American International School has openings for English-speaking substitute teachers in grades PK-5. 

Qualifications:  Previous experience working with elementary aged children in a classroom setting (desired); interest in pursuing education goals (preferred); excellent English language skills; ability to understand French is a plus.

This is an hourly position and benefits are not included.

Send resume and CV to: ellenb@frenchamericansf.org

School Supervisor (Part-Time)

French American International School is a PreK-12 independent, coeducational school of 1000 students with campuses in Hayes Valley and Lower Haight. It offers a multilingual, international education to students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area or come from all over the world. 

Description: French American International School is searching for a monitor to supervise students in Kindergarten at the Early Childhood Center in Lower Haight. The monitor will work Monday-Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm and Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

We offer $20/hr and a dynamic work environment. Background check is required including live scan and TB clearance.

Qualifications: Enthusiastic and willing to work in a fast paced outdoor work environment. Experience working children ages 2-6 years old preferred.

Please send resume to Yseult Carlucci at yseultc@frenchamericansf.org.

High School and Middle School Coaches

Seeking positive, passionate and knowledgeable coaches for the following positions for the 2017-2018 academic year:

- Middle and High School Soccer Coaches (boys)
- Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach


- Middle School Girls and Boys Basketball

- High School Assistant Swimming Coach
- High School Assistant Badminton Coach
- Middle School Baseball Coaches
- Middle School Girls Soccer 


All head coaches and assistant coaches report directly to the Athletic Director and have the primary responsibility for administering all levels of their sport. The successful candidate will be required to follow the procedures of the high school's athletic program, as well as those of the International and California Interscholastic Federation.

The ideal candidates will have experience coaching at the high school, college or club level and should have experience working, playing or coaching in a value-based athletic program. Select candidates will go through an interview process and full background check.

To apply, please submit a current resume, including three references, and a cover letter to athletics@internationalsf.org. The positions will remain open until the qualified candidates are hired.

The International Athletic Department operates within the pk-12 independent school setting, working with over 600 students enrolled in grades 5-12. In keeping with the Mission of the School, the Jaguar Athletic experience is a journey, which will be a source of growth, pride and enthusiasm for all members of our community. From the novice to the college-bound athlete, student-athletes have the opportunity to participate in competitive team and individual sports, developing healthy practices of mind, body and character for themselves, their teams and their school.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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