Thaden School offers an integrative educational program that provides students with a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities, enabling them to move across disciplines and explore their dynamic connections, inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer three signature programs — Wheels, Reels, and Meals — that allow students to combine multiple fields of study and engage with our community in ways that foster a sense of civic and global responsibility. Thaden’s Reels program carries students deep into the region’s extraordinary resources for the study and creation of film, photography, and other forms of visual media. This program engages not only the humanities and creative arts, but also the scientific, commercial, and cultural forces that set pictures into motion. While creating film and other forms of visual media, Thaden students learn how to bring critical distance to the consumption and production of the images and visual stories that saturate our world. Our campus will also include a soundstage, post-production lab, as well as indoor and outdoor screening spaces for the presentation of student-made work.
To support the continuing development of the Reels program, we invite applications for a full- or part-time Film Faculty Member. Reporting to the Director of Campus Life, this Faculty Member will work closely with Thaden’s Film Education Specialist to develop curriculum for post-production, screen-writing and other forms of new media.
About the School and the Region A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases. Responsibilities
• Collaborating with faculty on the integration of the Reels program into the curriculum and other signature programs • Developing related programs and projects that promote community engagement • Helping to maintain the physical infrastructure needed to support the program • Offering specialty classes that give students opportunities to experiment with film and photography and other forms of visual media • Offering film-based programs and activities that advance the school’s mission and values • Helping with post-production education in all reels classes while building the infrastructure to have a professional post-production lab within Thaden • Formal screenwriting education
Experience and Qualifications • Expertise in post-production and screenwriting • Optional areas of expertise desired: post-fx, graphic design, video game design • Ability to share this expertise (and passion) with students in grades 6-12 • Ability to design and implement age-appropriate programs for students in grades 6-12 • Ability to work effectively with educators in a wide range of academic disciplines • Commitment to civic engagement and community service
Applications Applications should include a resume and a vision statement (about 500 words) that explains how the candidate would approach the development of Thaden’s Reels Program, including illustrative examples of potential programs, projects, and activities. The cover letter should also address salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to Marcus Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but must be no later than July 1. The school will cover travel and related expenses for those who are invited to travel to the region for interviews.
Salary and benefits will be competitive within the independent school sector. Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.