Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.
Job Summary and Scope of Responsibility:
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks a warm, talented educator who will serve as a full-time visual arts teacher. The ideal candidate will love working with Lower School students and have a deep understanding of Lower School developmental needs of students in Senior Kindergarten through 4th grade and the impact of those needs on curricular decisions and the studio environment. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills including strong written and oral communication, be committed to collaborative relationships with colleagues, and be excited about integrating arts throughout the Lower School and Senior Kindergarten. Additionally, the candidate should possess a strong academic and professional background in visual arts. A desire to instill students with a passion for learning through the arts and an appreciation for creativity and wonder are essential.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead Senior Kindergarten through 4th grade and participate as a member of the Lower School team.
Communicate effectively with the parent body.
Support and reflect school values.
Collaborate with colleagues to support the mission of the school.
Consult with teachers on pedagogical practice, communication with families, students.
Clearly articulate a vision for the Lower School arts program.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Masters in Visual Arts education or related field preferred.
Experience as a Visual Arts educator, preferably in a Lower School setting.
Teaching and supervisory experience necessary. Deep knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice.
Knowledge and mastery of the most up to date practices and pedagogies and a willingness to learn and grow as an educator.
Develop and teach a scaffolded curriculum for Senior Kindergarten through 4th graders, using such approaches as Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), Project Zero's Making Thinking Visible, to invite children into engaging, creative experiences.
Infuse visual arts throughout the school community and Lower School curriculum with an emphasis on Jewish and Israeli cultures.
Facilitate open-studio opportunities for 3rd and 4th grade students, and collaborate with Middle School visual arts to ensure appropriate flow/successful transition.
Serve as a resource for colleagues regarding questions about integrating arts into other academic (and non-academic) areas and regarding materials/resources.
Work collaboratively with artists-in-residence to build creative experiences for children.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to embed Jewish values, Bernard Zell’s mission, and Israel in the Visual Arts program.
Commitment to students’ creative growth through experiential learning and risk-taking while ensuring health and safety of all students at all times.
Strong organizational skills.
Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.
Strong technology skills.
Knowledge of Responsive Classroom practices.
Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Ability and interest in creating a constructivist classroom environment.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check.
Work is generally performed onsite; Bernard Zell does not offer a telecommuting option.
The general workday is 7:45 am - 3:45 pm but must be flexible to attend meetings beyond normal working hours.
Full-time employee benefits include employer-subsidized medical, dental, life and disability (short and long-term) insurances, 403b retirement plan, parking or public transportation, daily (kosher) breakfast and lunch, as well as optional insurances. Sick and flex (personal) days subject to length of tenure.
About Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.