Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a competitive, college-preparatory boarding school for students in grades 9-12. Located in Lakeville, Connecticut, the School sits on 827 acres of woods, fields, and farmland in the midst of the scenic Berkshire-Taconic region - a place the Nature Conservancy calls "one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Northeast."
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them, at the highest standards of excellence, imagination and intellect, openness and personal integrity, and empathy and responsible citizenship, that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world. In the 2017-2018 school year, 15% of students are international, 33% are U.S. students of color, and 93% of students are boarders.
Position Summary: The Arts Department is seeking, for the 2018-2019 school year, a highly-qualified and dynamic teacher who combines significant knowledge in Dance and pedagogy to teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced dance classes - modern and ballet. As a part time position, specific workload will be based on student demand.
The Hotchkiss dance program is part of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, comprised of a team of highly talented music, visual arts, and theatre faculty. The dance program utilizes state-of-the-art facilities, including a dance studio, a black box theatre, and a 550-seat auditorium. Dance instruction is offered both for academic credit, as part of a student’s course load, or as a Dance Company - a non-credit co-curricular activity held throughout the year. Credit students are expected to demonstrate steady progress, follow specific curriculum and assessment criteria established by the department, and offer a minimum number of public performances.
The School is eager to consider applications from those who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
Qualifications: The candidate will be an accomplished dancer and experienced teacher, with 5 years minimum teaching experience. A bachelor’s degree in dance is required, while a M.F.A. in dance or dance education is strongly preferred. Ability to teach dance embracing a variety of dance methodologies (Cechetti, Vaganova, French school, Horton, Limon, Graham, Cunningham) is required. A passion for teaching young students, in addition to the ability to work well within an institutional setting, is essential. The ideal candidate will be:
a student-centered educator, skilled in discussion facilitation;
a professional oral and written communicator;
eager to work collaboratively with colleagues;
committed to improving their practice through peer observation.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Teach dance classes - modern and ballet - to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Follow specific departmental guidelines regarding repertoire choice, teaching methods, assessment and grading rubrics. Keep a teaching syllabus for every student, and provide parents with clear and comprehensive written comments throughout the year. Communicate effectively with students and faculty using the school’s available platforms: email, calendar, google documents, and Canvas. Manage dance studio facilities, and coordinate performances with the department head and the technical director.
Compensation: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and education level, and meals when school is in session. Hotchkiss provides a comprehensive benefit package, which includes a variety of health insurance offerings, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability offerings, HSA/FSA options, and retirement benefits through TIAA-CREF. Ample funding exists to support participation in professional conferences, workshops, summer study, and travel.
Application Information: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with résumé/CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, relevant college and graduate school transcripts, and three references online at: Instructor in Dance, link to online application
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
The Hotchkiss School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other School-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.
The Hotchkiss School is a tobacco-free environment.
About The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school provides an education of academic distinction to 613 students in grades 9 through 12, and to a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and around the world. Graduates attend many of the most selective universities and colleges.