English Language Arts Teacher

English Language Arts Teacher BACK TO JOB BOARD




High School, Middle School




Rainier Valley Leadership Academy






Send Resume & Cover Letter to careers@myrvla.org

English Language Arts Teacher (MS, HS) 

Reports to: Principal

Classification: Certificated

Job Status: Full Time/Exempt

School Year

Start Date: August 2023

Location: Seattle, WA



Rainier Valley Leadership Academy  is a public, tuition-free, charter school, providing an anti-racist collaborative community and rigorous education, while providing access to civic leadership and college success for all scholars in Seattle. RVLA will serve grades  6-12 in the Seattle Community. We respect and celebrate the wealth and vitality of the ethnic and cultural traditions that thrive in our neighborhood. Our mission is to put every child on the path to success in college and career, leadership, and life.


We integrate college and career-ready and hands-on instruction to expose all scholars to a variety of authentic experiences. Our teachers use data driven collection to meet scholar needs and differentiation. We use common planning time and collaborative team time to analyze data to inform instruction. We provide a teacher mentor for every scholar, and focus on personalized learning.

RVLA boasts a highly-qualified and diverse faculty and staff that not only have excellent educational credentials, but also bring to the school community many years of dedication to scholar success and passion for our mission. Our small school community allows adults to know each other and every scholar by name, strength and need. We pride ourselves on building and maintaining close relationships with each other,  our community,  scholars and families.


We are seeking a mission aligned English Language Arts Teacher to join the growing team at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy to serve scholars in grades 6-12. Our ideal candidate is scholar focused and utilizes innovative, data driven, anti-racist  instructional practices to engage,  connect and build relationships with scholars and their families to foster educational success. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about having a long term commitment to joining the RVLA community and wants to help build a community-centered school driven to dismantle systemic oppression through the unit of the school. 

To learn more about what it’s like to work at RVLA, please visit: myrvla.org 



  • Report directly to the Principal with any issues, concerns or questions about job related duties
  • Arrive to the building no later than 8am in the morning
  • Participate in Circle Group activities and weekly Professional Development
  • Participate in Grade Level Meeting and Content Meetings
  • Effectively instruct scholars in their content area  as prescribed by college-ready, state, and RVLA academic content standards 
  • Utilize direct instruction, demonstration, audio-visual aids and other materials to supplement presentations with the overall goal of engaging scholar learning
  • Teach a mentor group focused on social/emotional skill-building, college and career 
  • Maintain effective supervision and discipline in the classroom
  • Set clear short-term and long-term academic goals to drive instruction
  • Develop and submit decolonized daily and weekly lesson plans, unit plans, and assessments containing standards, objectives, essential questions, and assessments; 
  • Assign, review, and provide feedback on scholar work  regularly
  • Update gradebook regularly using grading scale
  • Consistently administer assessments  to evaluate scholar progress, record results, and issue meaningful reports to inform parents of progress
  • Attend faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence
  • Serve on school pillar committees to forward the organizational mission 
  • Work as part of interdisciplinary team and within content areas planning and aligning curricula to ensure that instruction follows curriculum guidelines or requirements of state and school 
  • Maintain the school’s scholar management policies and procedures (i.e., attendance records, dress code, etc.) and report to the school administrators when necessary
  • Work with other teachers and administrators to address and resolve scholar issues
  • Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for growth and success of all scholars
  • Lead and participate in scholar activities such as: sponsoring scholar activities or organizations, coaching a team, working with parents and the community as part of a committee or group, providing morning or after school supervision, and chaperoning scholar events.  
  • Abide by all state and federal mandates in reporting sexual or physical abuse and neglect.
  • Special projects and duties outside of primary teaching responsibility as assigned.  
  • Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Rainier Valley Leadership Academy (i.e., scholar recruitment).


This employer strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate with content-area endorsement
  • Experience teaching or working within a Charter school setting 
  • Knowledge of and experience with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Data management expertise 
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a strong sense of personal responsibility towards achieving ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to RVLA’s mission and the Southeast Seattle community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment
  • Clear fingerprint & background check with Puget Sound Educational Service District
  • Official College Transcripts

RVLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants


Compensation and current Roles Available:


Title  Compensation Rate  Status  FTE Equivalent  Estimated Weekly Hours  Benefit Eligibility 
English Language Arts Teacher $60,323-$97,904 FT 1.0 40 hrs Yes



If interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to careers@myrvla.org. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted, and we interview and hire on a rolling basis. The start date for this position is late  August 2023.Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.