After-School Lead Instructor (Part-Time)

US-CA-Cupertino Union School District


Passionate about working with and having an impact on kids? Believe the world needs innovators? Have a love for teaching project-based learning, STEAM, and team-building?


Part-Time After-School Lead Instructors bring to life Galileo's curriculum, which is thoughtfully created by our year-round curriculum design team. We believe that our approach to learning isn’t merely a philosophy—it is a tool that will help shape the worldview of future innovators.


We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.


Who are you?


  • You are intrigued and inspired by Galileo’s mission and purpose. Innovation education, project-based learning, and working in a professional, welcoming, fun-inspired culture sound like things you’re ready to explore or sign up for.


  • You’re a visionary collaborator. You can confidently contribute to a creative vision and have the team-oriented mindset to effectively work with others to realize it.


  • You’re nimble and eager to grow. You’re excited to join a high-functioning team and continuously seek feedback to learn and develop. 


  • You care about people and the relationships you build with them. You communicate clearly and effectively while acting with a deep sense of empathy.


  • You love teaching, are equity-minded, and are passionate about providing exceptional learning opportunities to all students. A good day is one where you made students laugh or taught students to overcome an obstacle.


Who is Galileo Learning?


Galileo Learning brings best-in-class educational programs to tens of thousands of kids each year through in-person summer day camps across the country and after-school programs for low-income students in the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe the world needs innovators and that innovation can be taught. We think kids who learn to explore and who are willing to tackle challenges despite their fears are happier, more creative, and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. And we think kids with these skills are more likely to change our world and be masters of their own.


Here, values aren’t just lip service — we aim to be visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined, and reflective each day and back that effort up with structure to ensure our success. People who joyfully work hard together, feel accountable for their work, are mission-driven, and play well with others tend to thrive in our culture. We've been ranked #1 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area more than 10 times, have been named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies in America, and over 97% of our summer staff say they would recommend working for us. Joining Galileo means joining an organization that is a model of innovative learning, with a company-wide commitment to Inclusion and Diversity, broadening our impact, and a stellar staff experience

Position Description

What’s the job, really?

After-School Lead Instructors will be the drivers of their classroom - implementing Galileo’s curriculum and bringing joy and learning to kids in one of two age groups: 1st-3rd grade or 4th-5th grade. This position will report to the Program Coordinator onsite. After-School Lead Instructors will receive ~10 hours of paid virtual and in-person training, including safety and operational protocols, diversity, equity inclusion DEIB, student management, and learning our acclaimed educational pedagogy, The Galileo Innovation Approach, leading up to the program’s start. 

Instructors work an average of 10-25 hours each week throughout the school year. Essential responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with other staff, you’ll supervise and instruct a group of 20-30 students. You’ll prepare and teach the Galileo-provided curriculum in subjects such as STEAM, leadership, and teamwork, adapting each project as needed. 
  • You’ll flawlessly manage a safe environment for students and staff. You’ll set up and clean up daily, ensuring all spaces are ready for students to utilize. 
  • You’ll work collaboratively with all Galileo staff. After-School Lead Instructors will report to the After-School Program Coordinator and receive professional development and ongoing coaching. 


What are we looking for?


  • Must be at least 18 years old


  • College students pursuing work in education, college graduates, or equivalent work experience

  • Experience working in schools, after-school programs, supplementary learning programs, or with K-8th grade children in another capacity

  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Ability to work in-person (see below for Work Location information) and part-time now-June, between 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm, 2-5 days/week Monday-Friday.

  • Experience working with underserved and/or underrepresented youth is a plus, though not required

  • Readiness to stick around and commit to at least one full school year


  • Must be CPR/First Aid certified, TB tested, and fingerprinted before starting this role. Employees will receive reimbursement from Galileo for these requirements.

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and other underrepresented people tend only to apply when they match all criteria. Even if you don't necessarily meet every checkbox in the job description, but you think you have what it takes, we encourage you to still apply. 


Physical requirements

These requirements are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation:


  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Constantly operate a computer (including typing and reading)
  • Frequently remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time
  • Regularly move about the school sites, walking or standing for extended periods of time
  • Constantly communicate in person, virtually, and from a range of distances


Benefits & Compensation


  • Starting pay: $20/hour


  • Leadership training & professional development. You’ll receive unique and exceptional training, including regular check-ins with your manager throughout the school year, mentorship, and access to Galileo’s network of prominent educational leaders. 


  • Upward mobility. As Galileo grows, we’re often looking for Camp Directors, curriculum creators, and other full-time staff. Successful Instructors are likely candidates for such opportunities. We also have an extensive list of recruiting partners, which connect our staff with outstanding opportunities outside of Galileo.


  • Lasting positive impact on kids, staff, families, and communities. As a Galileo team member, you’ll develop meaningful relationships with staff members, students, and families. 


  • Community. You’ll become part of a current and former Galileo staff network of over 10,000 inspiring changemakers. Former Galileans stay connected and have even gone on to create successful non-profit organizations together! 


  • Free camp. As a Galileo employee, you will receive two free weeks of our summer camp to use for your child(ren) or to share with others. We also offer significant camp discounts to all Galileo staff.  


Work Location


You will be working at one of our three locations within the Cupertino Union School District (anticipated schools are Nimitz Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary). You will be able to specify your preference of locations on your application, and we’re always open to discussing it during your interview process. 




Galileo prioritizes the health and well-being of our staff, and vaccines are currently the best tools available to protect our staff. Therefore, for everyone's safety, as a condition of employment, all employees will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if their role requires them to be in person. Whether you require a reasonable accommodation or exemption will not impact the consideration of your candidacy.


As COVID-19 guidelines evolve, some dates may be shifted, and in-person work duties may be performed virtually. As always, we'll aim to be transparent and communicative throughout our process if your role will be impacted. 


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