The Park School of Baltimore has an opening for a full time member of the Visual Art faculty. The successful candidate will teach sixth through eighth grade art in a well-equipped dedicated art room. The successful candidate will design and teach a well-rounded curriculum that includes fine art, design, and fabrication in two and three dimensions.
Park’s art courses emphasize the process of making art, including design thinking and the studio habits of mind. The knowledge of a multi-cultural approach to art education is essential. All art classes at Park include critique, self-assessment, and exhibition opportunities. Park’s Art Department is designed to align our program K-12 in a cohesive way. Conversations across divisions are frequent and valued.
Park’s Middle School has 209 students in grades six through eight. Each grade level in the Middle School has a theme: the sixth grade theme is community, seventh grade explores identity, and the eighth grade theme is advocacy. Thematic connections are made across disciplines at all grade levels. The Middle School faculty has engaged in significant professional development work in differentiating instruction, adolescent cognitive development, and diversity and inclusivity.
All art courses include formal and informal assessments and written reports. In addition to a full-time teaching schedule, the new faculty member is responsible for advising 6-9 students each year, will attend weekly faculty and department meetings, serve on school-wide committees, and share in regularly assigned duties. The Middle School Art Teacher participates fully in the life of Park’s Middle School as well as a coordinated K-12 Art Department.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.
In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:
Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program: This program supports summer professional development work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.9 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods.
Tuition Remission: Under current policy, all employees who have been at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. During the first two years of employment, employees can apply for support through the need-based financial assistance program.
Send letter of interest, personal statement, and resume. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.
The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identify and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.
Undergraduate degree Art or Art Education, graduate work a plus
Teaching experience at the Middle School level
Demonstrated ability to work with students and materials in a safe manner
Orientation to progressive education and pedagogy
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply
Experience in multiple mediums as appropriate to a Middle School
In-depth knowledge of the history of visual art and contemporary practices in art and culture
Active participation with Middle School Arts and Visual Art faculty K-12
Comfort with integrating technology into the classroom is a plus
Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 830 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. The school’s core values, rooted in progressive educational philosophy, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.