Ranney School is an Age 3-Grade 12 independent, college preparatory school based in Tinton Falls, NJ. Our school serves a diverse body of approximately 700 students from across Monmouth & Ocean Counties on the northern New Jersey shore. A secular, college-preparatory day school, Ranney is guided by a strong Board of Trustees, an experienced Head of School, Dr. John Griffith, and most notably, by a powerful mission and vision. Our mission is “To nurture intellectual curiosity and confidence to inspire students to lead honorably, think creatively and contribute meaningfully to society.” We envision Ranney School as a nurturing learning community, in which families, faculty, alumni and all of Ranney’s constituents collaborate to distinguish and value every child, foster individual talents, sustain powerful connections between children and adults, and graduate resilient, globally-minded citizens. We continue to foster an inclusive community that supports a spectrum of cultures, beliefs and talents to promote the intellectual growth and moral development of all members of our community. We are inspired by an awareness and appreciation for diversity, human dignity and interpersonal acceptance.
The Upper School seeks a creative, energetic teaching artist who is eager to apply their expertise in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and photography to teaching students at all levels of experience. The successful candidate joins a passionate team of educators in a dynamic and robust Visual Arts program. At Ranney, studio courses celebrate the art making processes. Emphasis is placed on exploring materials and ideas, facilitating artistic development, encouraging the unique voice of each student, building sustainable art studio practice, and practicing a creative/growth mindset. Ranney’s Visual Arts program is a major draw, with over 50% of the student body participating in semester and year-long art classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, digital and darkroom photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, glass, architecture, and art history. The ability to support the school's recent STEAM efforts would be ideal.
Candidates will ideally have a master’s degree and 3+ years teaching experience in a high school and/or university setting.
Key Skills and Qualities:
Curious, inspiring, positive, and collaborative.
Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum that includes formative critiques, written reflections/self-assessments, and sketchbook work.
Passion for creating a studio environment that motivates students and fosters a love of art.
Experience using leading technologies (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, 3D software/printer, drawing tablet).
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Knowledge and enthusiasm for Design Thinking.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Teach Foundations of Art and Design, Drawing|Painting|Printmaking at all levels, 2D & 3D Design. Ideally, candidates will also be able to teach in other artistic media and support our STEAM program.
Collaborate with colleagues, school personnel, parents and various community constituents for purposes of planning curriculum, securing exhibition opportunities, and enhancing overall student experience/education.
Curate and install exhibitions in multiple locations on campus throughout the year.
In addition to a full-time teaching schedule faculty serve as advisors, mentor students in co-curricular activities (coaching athletics, if possible), participate in division and department meetings, serve on school-wide committees and in various supervisory roles. Developing strong relationships with students and colleagues is critical for one’s success at Ranney and for the school’s successful accomplishment of its mission.
Please submit an application dossier compiled into one, single PDF file and emailed to Upper School Head, Dr. Greg Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Visual Arts Chair, Ms. Kate Greenberg (email@example.com). The dossier must include a cover letter, a CV/resume, a statement of educational philosophy, and a list of three to five professional references. References will not be checked without first notifying candidates. The subject line of the email should read “Ranney School Upper School Visual Arts Application.” Please name the PDF file with the following format: “[Applicant Last Name] Ranney US VA Application.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and priority will be given to applicants who apply before March 16, 2018.
About Ranney School
Ranney School is dedicated to engaging its students in an exemplary, well-rounded education, one that promotes the development of every child’s intellectual, personal, creative, and moral promise. By serving a diverse community that values a rigorous, wide-ranging program of study, Ranney students are inspired to reach their full potential. Guided by dedicated and compassionate professionals, the Ranney experience is distinguished by the heartfelt bond between student and teacher — the hallowed principle celebrating the unique nature of every child. In an environment with contemporary learning resources, students learn the value of contributing to their local and global communities through leadership and service. The school’s motto — Knowledge, Vision, Honor — is as much an inspiration as it is a social imperative, one that informs the thinking and actions of our students. Awakening students’ intellectual potential and encouraging them to communicate with confidence in their own unique voice remains fundamental to the Ranney experience. The ultimate success of our students is the result of a simple yet powerful mission-promise…every child will be known and valued.