Prospective Faculty

Palo Alto, CA

We are always interested in applications from interested teachers who are interested in the mission of GMS! If you do not see an opening that matches your background skills and qualifications, please apply here. We encourage you to check our website frequently for updated postings.

The Girls’ Middle School

Imagine a school where each day is alive with learning and the spirit of adventure. Since its founding in 1998, The Girls’ Middle School (GMS) has been committed to progressive education and innovative programming, meeting the needs of a wide range of middle school students who make up our vibrant, inclusive community. Our project-based curriculum encourages creative problem-solving, collaborative teamwork, and independent thought. GMS educates girls* during a pivotal time in their lives. Girls develop self-knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills supported by a staff highly attuned to their changing emotional and social needs. GMS encourages girls to find their voices, take risks, and become self-reliant. Learn more about GMS: www.girlsms.org.

*At GMS, we serve girls and gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth, and any girl-identified youth). 


The Position

GMS seeks passionate educators who love the middle school age and are experts in their subject areas. The ideal candidate understands the unique gifts and challenges of this age group and appreciates the incredible opportunities of a progressive, girls’ education. GMS teachers are highly collaborative and teach the whole child. 


Teaching at GMS

At the core of GMS is our extraordinary faculty. Every teacher at GMS has a passion for working with middle school girls and believes in the fundamental value of the middle school experience. They are attentive to, value, and support every girl in the school. The GMS teachers are middle school specialists and subject matter experts, bringing passion to their work and sharing it with the students. Whatever interests a GMS girl – from physics to programming, sculpture to skateboarding, musical theatre to metal shop – there is an adult ready to help her advance that interest as far as she can go.

Teaching at GMS means participating in a joyful, inclusive, and respectful community of students and adults. You will be surrounded by passionate, mission-driven faculty who appreciate autonomy in creating learning experiences while thriving in a collaborative environment. Our teachers enjoy opportunities to create multi-faceted, interdisciplinary projects and participate in fun field trips and travel experiences. 


Key Qualifications

● Teaching experience with middle school students preferred

● Undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study 


Skills & Qualities

● Commitment to experiential, project-based learning, narrative assessment, and other progressive pedagogies

● Enthusiasm for the values and mission of The Girls’ Middle School

● Demonstrated skill in designing equitable and inclusive educational experiences and learning environments that incorporate themes of diversity and belonging

● Openness to feedback and a growth mindset

● Eagerness and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment

● Passion for supporting girls in discovering their strengths and finding their voice

● A sense of humor and love for the middle-school age

● Excellent organizational and communication skills


Equity, inclusion, and belonging are at the heart of our mission. The Girls’ Middle School was founded on the core belief that diverse and inclusive communities are strong communities. We are committed to creating a school culture that welcomes all aspects of each individual’s identity. We welcome applications from those with experience outside the educational field. We are actively seeking individuals who value equitable education and are committed to fostering an environment of belonging for our diverse student body. 

The Girls’ Middle School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. 


Compensation and Benefits:

Comprehensive Health Benefits (full medical, dental & vision coverage)

Retirement matching

Access to engaging and personalized professional development

The Girls’ Middle School uses a competitive salary scale. The salary is commensurate with experience. 

Please send resume/CV and letter of interest to the Assistant Head of School, Megan Gilbuena, at employment@girlsms.org.