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 Lower School seeks a creative, energetic teaching artist who is eager to apply their expertise in all media including digital drawing and editing 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, teaching skills, introducing art history, and practicing creative/growth mindset.
The Lower School art curriculum introduces students to the elements and principles of design, observation and drawings skills, creative problem solving through studio practice, encourages personal visual expression and a love of art. The Lower School art curriculum also supports the Middle and Upper School by preparing students with the necessary skills and experience to succeed in Middle and Upper School visual arts.
Candidates will ideally have at a minimum a master’s degree or 2+ years teaching experience in early childhood / elementary level visual art. Capability to work with Middle and/or Upper School students should also be noted.
Key Skills and Qualities:
Curious, inspiring, positive, and collaborative.
Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum
Passion for creating a studio environment that motivates students and fosters a love of art.
Experience using leading technologies (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite, drawing tablet).
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Knowledge and enthusiasm for Design Thinking.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Teach Early Childhood-5th grade art including graphic design in grades 4 and 5.
Collaborate with colleagues including the Lower School performing arts faculty on musical set design and prop construction, collaborate with school personnel, parents and various community constituents - for purposes of planning curriculum, and enhancing overall student experience/education.
Curate and install exhibitions in multiple locations on campus throughout the year.
A full-time teaching assignment includes: participation in two sessions of an after school activity, set design w/students for LS stage productions, lunch, dismissal and other duties as assigned, attendance at division and department meetings, collaborative service on school-wide committees and in various supervisory roles as needed.
Please submit an application dossier compiled into one, single PDF file and emailed to Lower School Head, Dr. Andrea Danial (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 Lower School Visual Arts Application.” Please name the PDF file with the following format: “[Applicant Last Name] Ranney LS VA Application.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and priority will be given to applicants who apply before March 31, 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.