This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.
JOB TITLE: K-8 Art Teacher
REPORTS TO: Lower & Upper School Division Heads
FLSA: Exempt, Full Time
The Art Teacher is an energetic, creative and skillful visual arts educator who is responsible for developing students’ understanding, skills, and appreciation of art. Additionally, this person nurtures each student’s passions, talents, and boundless potential in the visual arts.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Art Teacher is responsible for ensuring the success of the K-8 art program and integration throughout the school year, and teaching K-8 students the joy of art as connected to each grade level’s curricular themes. The essential job responsibilities shall include but not be limited to the following:
● Oversee and develop an K-8 visual art program
● Develop students’ art knowledge and skills as connected to each grade level’s curricular themes such as composition, color, perspective, drawing, painting, clay, and paper
● Develops the knowledge of Upper School students in the elements of painting, design, photography, three-dimensional media, Photoshop and other digital software.
● Develops and expands students’ knowledge of art history, introducing a variety of historic art movements and cultures
● Lead students to appreciate and enjoy art
● Guide and develop students to become confident and risk takers through their artistic expressions
● Employ effective teaching methods and student management skills; employ adequate supervision to ensure student safety
● Lead and supervise students during field trips
● Develop the students’ understanding of a diverse range of artistic forms
● Communicate student progress with parents in a timely manner
● Plan and teach all classes as assigned
● Evaluate the learning experience of students in curricular and social-emotional work
● Collaborate with teachers in planning and execution across disciplines and divisions to ensure curricular integration
● Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Division Heads
● Utilize best instructional practices, methods, materials and technology
● Cultivate and model a respectful, safe, creative, inclusive, and invigorating environment
● Evaluate student work through both formative and summative assessments, benchmarks and other tools to guide instructional planning and promote student success
● Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other teachers and assistant teachers throughout all grade levels on campus to strengthen community and student experience
● Ability to relate and communicate well with students, parents, and colleagues
● Prepares students for art shows and competitions
Other Qualifications and Responsibilities:
● Strong understanding of independent school methods and ability to effectively integrate best practices of NAIS and CAIS
● Ability to work effectively with Head of Lower School, Head of Upper School and other Faculty and Staff members.
● Demonstrate effective and respectful management of classroom culture
● Demonstrate ability to establish connections and rapport with children of all ages
● Exhibit enthusiasm and commitment to the vision, mission and guiding principles of the school, including a commitment to inclusivity and equity
● Exhibit the ability to work as part of a team
● Excellent communications, team-building and collaborative skills
● Demonstrated ability to work with differentiated abilities and employ teaching methods
● 3-5 years’ experience with teaching art, preferably in K-8 schools
● B.A. or Master’s Degree in Art Education or related field, or equivalent experience
● Able to pass state and federal background checks
● Clear TB and criminal background check upon hire
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
● Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, hear and read during the course of normal and teaching activities
● Able to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time, and to perform teaching responsibilities with patience and professionalism required to effectively work with children
● In-person attendance necessary to perform essential job functions in the classroom
● Normal exposure to interior heat/air conditioning and interior dust
● May be exposed to childhood illnesses
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