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Math Specialist (Upper School)

Mountain View, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Math Specialist  (Upper School) 

Khan Lab School (KLS) seeks an innovative, passionate Math Specialist who is excited about shaping the future of learning. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to redefine what schooling looks like, in line with Sal Khan's vision, as articulated in "The One World Schoolhouse."

The Math Specialist has all the roles and responsibilities that a specialist teacher staff member has, such as writing progress reports; meeting with parents; attending school-wide, department, and team meetings; and supervising students during times designated by administration.


About Khan Lab School

Khan Lab School (KLS) is a non-profit, mastery-based school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to extend Khan Academy’s student-centered philosophy into a physical school environment. Furthering his vision for Khan Academy, Khan wrote and published The One World Schoolhouse, in which he argues for mastery-based, blended, and mixed-age learning coupled with a departure from traditional letter grades. Today, the KLS community is bringing that vision to life and also sharing knowledge within education more broadly.

In each academic area at KLS, there is a minimum pace our students must meet, but learning is decoupled from age; the time it takes a student to finish a course will vary but the depth of mastery is constant. We believe that students cannot “master” a course by performing well on one assessment. Instead, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of all skills and content before they can obtain foundational credit, thereby removing “gaps” in their education.   

The quality of learning remains high, but as a lab school, instructional methods are constantly being reimagined and tested. Learning is supported through weekly advising, real-world application, and a culture that fosters student agency. Faculty and students do not simply adhere to the status quo in education. As a lab school, KLS is a model for innovation in education. 


We have found that professional educators who are adept at serving as learners, demonstrating skills of observation and inquiry, and who love to teach and guide children as they learn and play, are well suited for teaching at Khan Lab School. All educator staff are regularly expected to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of their teaching duties. This position reports to the Upper School Director and includes partnering with a teaching team and wider school community in support of the school’s mission and vision.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Teach three sections of a mixed grade level Pre-Algebra/Algebra I course to seventh and eighth graders. 
  • Knowledge and experience using Khan Academy for math instruction is a plus. 
  • Design and implement differentiated and developmentally appropriate instructional activities
  • Plan, prepare for, and execute daily lessons at designated times
  • Identify, select, and modify instructional resources to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles, and learning needs.
  • Appropriately and effectively coach and advise students, supporting them to find their voice and pace
  • Work with students on social emotional and executive function skills and build authentic relationships with students
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with students, families, teachers, and other professionals on a regular basis about student progress 
  • Maintain effective and efficient documentation
  • Use assessment data effectively to inform and guide learning and to provide ongoing feedback to students and complete progress reports
  • Build a positive, safe, inclusive, and fun classroom community
  • Model professional and ethical standards when working with students, parents, peers, and community
  • Invest in the life of the school by participating in professional development, team meetings, school events, and any and all aspects that support student growth.

The ideal candidates should possess many of the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree; ideal candidates will have an academic background in math
  • Prior high school or community college teaching experience
  • Understanding and support of Khan Lab School’s core values, mission, and vision 


Skills, Capabilities, and Mindset: 

Successful candidates will have the following skills, capabilities, and mindset:

  • Expertise in teaching mathematics from an introductory level to advanced concepts 
  • Commitment to experiential, project-based learning, and other progressive pedagogies
  • A passion for working with middle and high school students and a keen understanding of where they are developmentally
  • Prior experience analyzing student data and using a variety of assessment techniques
  • Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Eagerness to partner closely with teaching teams
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents  
  • Flexibility to shift and take on a variety of tasks as the lab school continues to be in the early stages of development and implementation
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and service orientation  


Khan Lab School is a community of learners empowering every student to navigate their own path. We get things done and believe that in our highly collaborative environment that anything is possible. All of our decisions are made through the lens of what is best for our students. We tackle tough questions without ego, are results oriented, and have high expectations for school and our students.


Khan Lab School offers a stimulating and unique working environment. We seek team members who possess a unique skill set because this is a multi-faceted teaching and leadership position. To learn more about Khan Lab School or Khan Academy, please visit our websites. 


Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Free on-campus lunch and snacks  

Start Date: October 2022 

Location: Mountain View CA. This position is not remote.

Number of Positions to be Filled: 1

Employment: Full-time



To qualify, please provide a resume and a letter of interest using the job link on our school’s Careers webpage. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated familiarity with the Sal Khan’s school model outlined in his book The One World Schoolhouse. 

Khan Lab School is an EOE and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, place of national origin, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or physical handicap in its employment practice.


All Khan Lab School employees must undergo criminal background checks and TB risk assessments as mandated by California state law prior to their start dates at Khan Lab School. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that your employment with Khan Lab School would be conditioned on satisfactory background check and completion of the TB risk assessment.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
  • Size 25 - 50
  • Founded 2014
  • Type
  • Revenue <$5M
  • Industry Edu., Gov't. & Nonprofit
  • About khan lab school
  • Our purpose is to develop new, personalized practices that center around the student. We believe that young people are capable of far more than society currently recognizes, and we create and test learning experiences to share with the world. In keeping with Sal Khan's "One World Schoolhouse" philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Our academic experience is coordinated by a team of Advisors, Content Specialists, and Associate Teachers who guide students through gradually increasing levels of independence.