Classification: Full Time, Salaried, Exempt (10 Months)
Reports to: Fine Arts Department Chair and Academic Dean
Foxcroft School seeks a full time Digital Arts Instructor. This newly created position is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative teacher who is eager to help Foxcroft advance strategic goals to enhance photography and digital arts offerings, to move from STEM to STEAM, and to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among our students.
Candidates should have energy, enthusiasm, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, candidates should be versed in instructional strategies for teaching girls and demonstrate an understanding of the developmental needs of adolescents in and outside of the classroom. Candidate should demonstrate success with integrating new technologies in the curriculum.
This position will include teaching digital photography and graphic arts classes, including our Yearbook class, and overseeing Foxcroft’s new maker space, Space to Innovate. There will be opportunities to develop course curriculum for the Visual Arts department and to work collaboratively with other teachers to integrate the new Space to Innovate, into their curriculum. Working closely with the Director of Academic Technology and the STEM department chair, this position will provide professional development for use of equipment in the maker space and create a welcoming space for students and faculty to create and explore both in and out of the classroom.
No job description can anticipate all responsibilities as such; there may be other assigned duties.
A Masters’ in Fine Arts, or related field is preferred. Current practicing artist at a professional level also preferred.
Classroom teaching experience, preferably within independent schools.
Yearbook/Desktop publishing experience preferred
Familiarity/experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software, particularly Photoshop and InDesign
Familiarity/experience with maker spaces and with equipment such as 3-D printing and laser cutters.
Strong history of collaboration and teamwork with colleagues and the ability to build relationships with multiple constituencies including students, parents, alumnae and the greater community.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.
Physical Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent is required to regularly remain sedentary for long periods of time while processing information and paperwork both manually and on a computer. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The employee uses hands and arms to reach and must be able to use fingers and hands to type and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse. The requirements of the job include repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
The employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. Additionally, this position must be able to converse clearly in both written and oral communications, over a telephone and in person. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
Occasionally the employee must exert up to 10 pounds of force and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move object, including the human body.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (typical office or administrative work).
Work hours may vary and include days, nights, and weekends.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, graduation and other events.
Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The school is located on 500 acres in Middleburg, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Student Body
Foxcroft is, by design, a small, resident...ial school. The 2015-16 student body is 70 percent boarding students with a total of 167 girls from 18 states, Washington D.C., and 14 countries. Seventeen percent are U.S. students of color, 25 percent international students and more than 30 percent receive financial aid. More than 15 percent of the students are related to alumnae -- an impressive testament to the relationship between the School and its graduates.
Foxcroft curriculum offerings number 83 courses and 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as academic support through the Learning Center and the Math and English Labs. In 2015, 21 students -- including 10 members of the (then) Junior Class, earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board. Seven girls earned AP Scholar with Distinction Award status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of five) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more tests. Nationwide, only 22 percent of students who take AP Exams earn such recognition. (AP Scholars must earn a grade of three or higher on three or more AP Exams.)
The student:faculty ratio is 6:1 and 83 percent of the teaching faculty have advanced degrees. About 85 percent of the faculty live on campus and all are available outside of class for extra help, review, and additional work. A diverse group, 16 percent of our classroom teachers are people of color/multiracial, and individual members have lived and worked all over the world, including Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
Above and Beyond
Foxcroft is at the forefront of STEM education and inspiring girls to pursue these vital fields of study: More than 35 percent of its 2014 graduates chose STEM fields as their majors in college -- compared to 20 percent nationally. Science and Math faculty incorporate new teaching strategies, technologies, projects, and service learning into students’ lives and School facilities include STEM lab, an engineering workshop, an Animal Room and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. In addition, the Read Observatory houses a Newtonian-Cassegrain reflecting telescope, two 8-inch Celestron telescopes, and astrophotography and solar-observing accessories.
Members of the Class of 2015 received 128 acceptances to 85 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. See a full list of acceptances in the College Counseling section of our website.