Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS), a K-12 College Prep Quaker School for students with learning disabilities, invites applications for the position of Vocal Director beginning August 2018.
The Vocal Director position is a full-time position. The goals are to;
Build a cohesive vocal music program throughout the school that provides students with opportunities to develop their passion for singing as well as promotes Quaker values through music.
Oversee the safety and wellbeing of the students in content area classes, core classrooms and homeroom classes.
Monitor and stimulate the educational and social-emotional growth within the framework of the school’s mission
Design a challenging, creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum and teach students with learning disabilities
Integrate the Quaker beliefs, testimonies and practice in all your work with students, colleagues, families, and professionals.
Bring your best self to work so that you may bring out the best in others.
Duties & Responsibilities
Teach vocal music and chamber chorus at the Upper School and chamber chorus at the Middle School, collaborate with the director of Upper School musical, serve as the Musical Director and to identify trips, performance opportunities and festivals in which students can participate.
Collaborate with elementary music teachers in the development of a vocal music program, which is integrated into the general music classes.
Partner with elementary music teachers to select appropriate music for elementary choruses
Observe chorus and other classes as needed
Help plan elementary music performances as needed
Oversee the creation of a vocal music scope and sequence throughout the school and partner with MMFS music teachers to develop an ongoing music curriculum for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Work in conjunction with the three divisions to support the scheduling of vocal music classes and chamber chorus.
Oversee the vocal performances for all school events such as winter performance, end of year performances and graduations as well as music performances.
Provide support for performances during the day such as grandparents day or special school events.
Communicate in a timely manner with music teachers and division heads to plan rehearsals.
Meet regularly with Music teachers
Meet regularly with the US Academic Dean
Maintain communication with all appropriate school administrators (Associate Head, Division Heads)
Represent MMFS at all appropriate music teacher workshops/ functions
Working with the Academic Dean, manage vocal music budgets
Communicate with all members of our community in a polite, thoughtful and honest manner.
Write, edit and submit semester and quarterly trimester reports and grades according to stated guidelines.
Communicate with parents and guardians to discuss student's needs and progress. This may be through email, written notes, phone calls and to face to face meetings.
Communicate with outside therapists, tutors and other professionals working with our students.
Complete and submit recommendations, evaluations and other requests for information about students.
Work to ensure clear communication with families, psychologists, therapists and other outside providers. Seek support when necessary.
Plan for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
Act with integrity and address all conflicts in a professional manner.
Additional information outlining specific job requirements related to specific student needs, curriculum, division specific duties, and schedules will be made available during meetings with Division Directors or the Academic Dean.
Teachers are required to familiarize themselves with faculty handbook and employment manuals and meet the expectations outlined within each.
A sense of fun, adventure and humor is a plus.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
We offer a rewarding work experience at our upper school in Brooklyn, NY. The school has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's administration and faculty. To apply, please upload a letter of interest and resume here as a .pdf (preferable) or word document. For a full list of vacancies, please visit our website. Inquiries about this position can be directed to Tina Moreno, HR Manager. You will receive an acknowledgment when we receive your résumé. If your background and experience are appropriate to the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our staff. Visit http://marymcdowell.org/live/about-us for more information on our schools. Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment at Mary McDowell Friends School is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, nationality, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, familial status, or any other category protected by the law. Mary McDowell Friends School's policy of non-discrimination extends to all employment practices including but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, and termination.
Required Education & Experience
MA in content area specialization required, NYS Special Education certification a plus. Three to five years teaching experience; Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, problem-solving and achieve results. Willingness to learn and adapt to a new environment.
Preferred Education & Experience
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and G Suite applications. Experience in the special education, private sector, or Independent School system a plus.