Middle School Visual Arts Educator/Teaching Artist
The Berkeley School
September 10, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
4 Year Degree
Overview of Position
The Berkeley School, a progressive preschool through 8th grade independent school in the East Bay, seeks an (80%) full-time middle school visual arts teacher to join our multicultural, learning-centered community. The successful candidate will join a cohesive, collaborative faculty team in our middle school, and with their support, will be responsible for designing, reviewing, and implementing visual arts curriculum and participating in student life, including clubs, community building, travel, outdoor education, and service learning. Responsibilities will also include leading a team of students to design and create sets for middle school drama performances, and organizing students to create a middle school yearbook. We welcome candidates who have experience with integrated, multidisciplinary teaching and learning, have areas of expertise beyond visual art, and embrace opportunities to learn and grow as educators and leaders.
We are looking for an innovative Arts educator able to engage 6-8th grade students in meaningful visual Art experiences. The teaching artist will teach students in traditional and non-traditional forms of art making. Civic engagement is a core value of TBS. Students will be taught how to connect their own art to a larger culture.
We are committed to principles of equity and inclusion that promote responsive teaching practices and create optimal educational environments for each of our students. We value the skills, knowledge, and experiences that a diverse workforce brings to our school.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identification. Applicants need to be fully authorized to work in the United States.
Experience teaching visual art or related subjects at the 4th-12th grade level
Developmental understanding of teaching visual art at the middle school level
Proven classroom management skills
Ability to create and sustain an inclusive, responsive classroom environment that is conducive to creativity and self-expression
Ability to create learning environments that use current and emerging technologies as instructional tools
Experience teaching using a variety of strategies, including cooperative and student-driven learning
Expertise in Project Management with outstanding planning, organizing, and coordinating skills
Flexibility and an ability to connect positively with others to work collaboratively
Skill in partnering with a diverse set of families
Genuine appreciation for 11 to 14-year-old people
Strong studio skills in two- and three-dimensional art techniques
Knowledge about the cultural and historical contexts surrounding works of art and visual culture
Experience planning integrated or interdisciplinary units
Ability to create and implement process-based lessons based on the new California Visual and Performing Arts Learning Standards
Experience teaching in a progressive and collaborative environment
Experience in a school setting that utilizes positive discipline strategies
Developmental understanding of social-emotional learning for MS students
Ability to use multiple methods of assessment, both formal and informal, formative and summative
Strong organizational & communication skills
Additional Salary Information: This is an 80% Full Time Equivalency position.
About The Berkeley School
Founded in 1964 as Berkeley Montessori School, The Berkeley School is an intentionally small school of 270 students from early childhood through middle school. We focus on developing academic and life skills in joyful, rigorous learning environments deeply rooted in civic engagement. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at www.theberkeleyschool.org to learn more about our program.