• USC College Prep - Santa Ana
  • Santa Ana, CA, USA
  • Full Time


The Band Teacher will have three primary functions: serving as a teacher of Band, leading an advisory of 9th grade students and being a contributing team member to multiple teams.

About Us

USC College Prep Santa Ana is the third innovative high school of the Ednovate Network from USC. Ednovate's mission is to close the college graduation gap through our Theory of Change, in which a strong sense of purpose, a personalized college prep curriculum, and development of specific mindsets will allow each of our students to persist through college. Located in Santa Ana, CA, USC College Prep opened its doors to its first 9th grade class in August of 2016 and will expand one grade level per year until we serve students in grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2019. The school provides students and families with a safe and nurturing school culture that has high expectations and delivers a rigorous personalized college prep experience. USC College Prep prepares each of its graduates to use their college degrees and careers to make a Positive Multigenerational Change. This free, public charter high school personalizes learning through technology, focuses on developing a strong sense of purpose and builds college-ready mindsets to ensure all of its students are ready to go to and graduate from the best colleges in the country. Redesigning the high school experience requires that staff members be willing to respond to feedback and data in real-time, reflect constantly on the impact of their actions and collaborate to continuously improve their practice.



In the teaching function, the Band teacher will be the founding member of his/her department and will be given the freedom and responsibility for developing a rigorous performing arts program at our growing campus. Our teachers also coach and mentor students through our Performance Task projects, where students design a project aligned with our yearly theme. In joining our teaching staff at USC College Prep, one can expect to learn from and push their colleagues, all of whom have a strong history of student learning. Teachers will be responsible for enforcing, with 100% consistency, our school-wide student code of conduct to create a safe and rigorous learning environment. 

In the advisory function, the teacher will be responsible for supporting his/her advisory students to meeting our 6 yearly promotion requirements and creating a sense of community amongst this cohort for their four years of high school together. As an advisor, this means building strong relationships and teamwork with their advisory and meeting with students on an individual basis. Advisors at USC College Prep help students set and reach academic goals, support the college-going process and develop socio-emotional skills. The advisor is also responsible for building meaningful relationships with parents/guardians, serving as the primary interface between family and school. The primary accountability of the advising role is in the students meeting their yearly promotion requirements.

In the team function, the teacher will be an active participant and accountable team member. Team members should anticipate learning from and sharing with their colleagues. They will engage in lively debates around planning, student learning outcomes and maintaining a school culture. Teams will be tasked with solving dilemmas as they appear at our school, and team members are the most critical problem-solvers. Team members should neither shy away from conflict nor accountability to results. The primary accountability of a team and its members is measured through our strategic plan goals.


The ideal candidate is:

  • Passionate about increasing the college attainment rate in low-income communities
  • Certain that all students can go to college
  • Entrepreneurial and enjoys having autonomy, flexibility and accountability
  • A collaborative team player who works well with other adults and engages in healthy conflict to get the best results for students
  • Resourceful and persistent, constantly seeking to improve upon results
  • Someone who strives to be the best at what they do and has fun along the way
  • Committed to personalizing learning for each student and willing to learn with us as we innovate in our use of space, time, the role of teachers, and technology
  • Comfortable with a high degree of transparency around results and accountability for results
  • Supportive of our warm/strict discipline model and effective in maintaining a consistent, disciplined classroom
  • A graduate of a four-year university

Wages & Benefits

The salary for this job is competitive and commensurate with experience; a competitive benefit package is included.

To Apply

To submit an application, please visit our website at http://ednovate.org/careers.


Ednovate is strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff, and we encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Ednovate does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnic origin, or any other reason prohibited by state or federal law.

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