Middle School or Upper School - On-Call Substitute Teacher

Instructional Richmond, California


Location:            Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to:        Substitute Coordinator

Status:                Exempt (Per Diem) – Pay Rate: $160.00/day


Position Summary

The role of the On-Call Substitute Teacher, under the direction of the Substitute Coordinator, is to ensure that students receive high quality instruction in the absence of their classroom teachers. On-call substitute teachers will work in the Upper School (Grades 9-12).


This is an on-call position; number of days worked weekly will vary since the number of absent teachers will vary. Candidates must be able to commit to working consistently, including Mondays and Fridays.


Primary Responsibilities


Classroom Management

  • Implement Teacher lesson plans and ensure students are engaged in learning at all times.
  • Communicate student progress to Substitute Coordinator and Instructor.
  • Employ classroom management techniques in alignment with Making Waves Academy culture, policies, and expectations.
  • Maintain a safe, secure, and healthy educational environment.
  • Communicate student behaviors to the Substitute Coordinator for Leadership support and resolution.
  • Adhere to all protocols related to adult and student safety and reporting, including mandated reporting.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Collaborate and be a positive “team player” with colleagues, parents and community members to affect the best outcomes for students



  • Additional duties as assigned by Substitute Coordinator or designee.


Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards and Chromebooks.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift items more than 10 lbs.








  • Teaching experience highly preferred
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities in an educational setting



  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Ability to teach effectively within an ethnically and culturally diverse, student-oriented setting
  • Ability to complete tasks and meet deadlines independently
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit from California Commission on Teacher Credentialing



  • CLEAR Credentials
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred