Lead Instructor of Writing & Critical Thinking

Minds Matter of San Francisco is looking for committed and motivated individuals seeking a meaningful volunteer opportunity to join our Program team as Lead Instructor of Writing & Critical Thinking. As Lead Instructor, you will be responsible for developing programs that prepare our high school mentees for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT Standardized Tests. In collaboration the rest of the Programs team, you will lead a team of tutors in setting and achieving measurable goals for improvements in our mentees’ standardized test scores. 


  • Design and instruct a semester-long course (for our Sophomores) covering foundational skills in your subject area.
  • Lead a team of volunteer tutors who will provide Test Prep tutoring in your subject area to our Junior and Senior mentees. 

  • Collect and track qualitative and quantitative data on our mentees’ performance on standardized tests

  • Collaborate with the SVP of Morning Programs on one or more of the following longer-term projects: Building an in-house archive of curricular resources, Developing strategies for leveraging educational technology, Designing and Implementing a training program for volunteer tutors.


  • Able to commit 4-6 hours/week, even throughout the year
  • Bachelor’s/Master's degree in a writing-intensive discipline

  • Prior experience in developing and instructing high-school or college-level courses

  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills

  • Ability to commit to at least 80% of our Saturday morning sessions (10AM - Noon) for the 2014-2015 academic year

  • Commitment to Minds Matter of San Francisco’s mission 

Reports to: SVP of Morning Programs

Start Date: Immediate

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter, introducing yourself and why you’re interested in joining Minds Matter SF, to

  • Rachel Cai (rachel.cai@mindsmattersf.org)
  • Dalglish Chew (dalglish.chew@mindsmattersf.org)

Minds Matter of San Francisco is a rapidly growing, completely volunteer-run organization. Successful applicants to the position of Lead Instructor will be proactive, self-starting, flexible in the face of change, and able to work independently with minimal supervision. The position will be most rewarding for volunteers looking to gain experience in teaching, curriculum design, and non-profit project management in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.