Heads Up Employment

About the Heads Up Program

Founded in 1987, the Heads Up Program is a partnership with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Head-Royce School. We run a year-round academic enrichment program on our campus that has served more than 1,000 low-income youth from Oakland. Through this program, we provide underserved middle school students of color from the OUSD with educational programs to prepare them for academic success and to help them develop an appreciation for community and civic responsibility.

Heads Up emphasizes academic growth, continuity, and relationship building through a yearlong program that is free to participants. In addition to the rigorous six-week program, Heads Up participants return to campus monthly during the school year to participate in the Saturday Leadership Academy. Students participate in four consecutive years, and following graduation, become eligible to work as camp counselors in the Head-Royce Summer Program.

About the Job:

The Heads Up Program is seeking summer-only faculty members to teach the following subject areas: mathematics, science, and/or humanities. Faculty are responsible for teaching four academic courses and writing student evaluations at the end of the summer. Faculty members also provide guidance and support for an assigned classroom intern. Teachers are challenged to deliver curriculum that is hands-on, relevant, and interesting to youth while building the skills necessary for success in middle and high school. This is a six-week teaching position. Teachers will also be required to attend an orientation dinner in May and evening planning meetings in early June.


  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in education or a subject area field, a teaching certificate or credential (may be no longer current) or equivalent experience teaching in a formal classroom setting.
  • Demonstrated academic and multicultural competency in classroom pedagogy, including innovative teaching and recognition of and appropriate response to various learning profiles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience with the ability to communicate effectively, and respectfully with all constituents in a multicultural school environment, including faculty, staff, administration, and students.
  • Candidates must be available for the entire six weeks and all of training.
  • Candidate must complete CPR/First Aid training prior to June 15th, 2017. We will offer a course at Head-Royce closer to the program start and inform faculty of the opportunity.