Debate Coach
Job Details
Upper School - Oakland, CA
Part Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 50%
Debate Coach (US/MS)


(Part-time .5 FTE beginning August, 2021)

Head-Royce School is seeking a culturally responsive, flexible, and enthusiastic educator to join us as a speech and debate coach, instructor, and administrative-lead for the Head-Royce Debate program. Ideally, the candidate will have substantial experience teaching and coaching policy debate, experience in the other high school speech and debate events, and experience coordinating tournament entry and logistics.  While this is a part-time Debate position, we have opportunities for it to be a full-time position by supplementing it with teaching in either the History or English department (please see job announcement; your cover letter should indicate your interest in either the part- or full-time role).

We seek teachers who are not only excited by the content they teach, but who are also actively engaged in evolving their classroom pedagogy to reflect the needs of 21st Century learners.  We want teachers who are excited to join our community of learners and collaborate with us on meeting our Strategic Plan Goals. 

Head-Royce teachers serve as advisors, club sponsors and participate in the life of the community.  We seeks applicants who have a strong academic background, experience in anti-racist pedagogy, an awareness of ecological literacy, an understanding of adolescents, and a genuine fondness for working with students at this specific age level.


  • Leadership skills and extensive experience with NSDA policy debate to spearhead and strengthen our increasingly competitive program; deep, nuanced knowledge of policy debate on-case and off-case constructions and strategies
  • Familiarity with other high-school speech and debate events like Parliamentary, Student Congress, Extemporaneous Speaking, Interpretations, and SpAr
  • Strong willingness and organizational skills to schedule, coordinate, travel and participate in 8-10 multi-day invitational tournaments
  • Collaborative, collegial, flexible colleague 
  • Clear communicator with students, colleagues and parents.  
  • Demonstrated understanding of and curiosity regarding curriculum design, varied pedagogical approaches as well as different styles and types of assessment 
  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Knowledge of appropriate use of technology to enhance the learning experience

  • 3-5 years experience in high-school debate

  • Demonstrated genuine fondness for working with MS and HS students in grades


Additional Qualifications we hope to find, but not required:  

  • Advanced degrees/certification in a related field or in Education 


Head-Royce School Overview 

Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 134-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.


Head-Royce enrolls 900 students in the three separate divisions — Lower, Middle and Upper Schools — and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the school’s current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being and carefully stewarding our resources. 


Other Considerations

Compensation: Competitive among comparable schools
Location: Oakland, California
Education: Bachelor’s degree required
Start Date: August 2021


To Apply

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a current resume. Please do note your interest and qualification for teaching Humanities if you are interested in a full-time position.   If you have an experience or desire to work with a particular age group, please indicate that in your applications materials.  Application materials should be submitted through our website.  


Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Head-Royce School seeks to be a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity, courtesy and respect.