Exciting Opportunity at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California
Francis Parker School is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator who shares its core values: Students First, Academic Excellence, Global Perspective, Strength of Character, Inclusive Community, and No Limit to Better. Collegial and collaborative, Parker faculty create a learning environment that is dynamic and engaging. Parker faculty are content and pedagogical experts who invest in professional growth generously supported by the School. Importantly, Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community creates a culture of respect for all.
If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity.
About Francis Parker School:
Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
Francis Parker School seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate teacher to teach in our Art Department.
The Middle School, which includes grades 6-8 and enrolls 300+ students, is a lively and dynamic place. True to the vision of the school’s namesake, Colonel Francis W. Parker, the Middle School emphasizes the importance of learning through doing. A rigorous curriculum guided by a passionate and caring faculty nurtures in students a lifelong love of learning.
The Upper School, which includes grades 9-12 and enrolls 500+ students, is a rigorous and supportive academic environment focused on preparing students for intellectual engagement while in high school and in the years beyond. Building on the work of the Lower and Middle Schools, the Upper School emphasizes academic achievement, global citizenship, and strength of character in order to prepare students to make a meaningful difference in the world.
The preferred candidate will have a depth of content knowledge that equips her or him teach in both the Middle and Upper Schools, while also having the broad teaching repertoire required for a range of both learners and grade levels. For 2019-20, the open teaching assignment will most likely include, but may not be limited to, courses in both the Middle and Upper School. Applicants should have a broad ability to teach a variety of art courses in the 6-12 continuum including Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing and 2D Design. The exact teaching assignment is based on both the needs of the department and the particular experience and skill set of the teacher. As such, flexibility is a must!
Developing and executing studio classes; assigning relevant coursework; creating and administering thoughtful assessments; evaluating student performance.
Working with a wide range of age appropriate 2D art media and techniques.
Working collaboratively with the department and the assigned grade-level team.
Employing a variety of methodologies in facilitating student creative expression.
Planning and teaching a challenging course of study in a developmentally appropriate manner with experience in differentiated instruction.
Communicating and meeting with parents when necessary.
Advising and mentoring a group of students.
Meeting with students and colleagues as required.
Participating in the curricular improvement of the department.
Willingness to initiate or participate in co-curricular activities such as Global Education Trips/Discovery Week, Camp, Academic League, Scribe - our student magazine, or Coaching Athletics.
Participating in the daily life of the school and taking on additional and appropriate extracurricular responsibilities.
A BFA degree in a 2D Art specialism; preferably an MFA. Teaching certificate in 2D Art is desirable
Advanced Placement (AP) teaching experience preparing students for AP exam and portfolio preparation for Art School and College applicants
The ability to passionately and effectively teach both Middle and Upper School Art
The ability to serve as an advisor and mentor to Middle School or Upper School students
A strong and sincere commitment to professional development both in pedagogy and content area
High standards and high expectations for students
Commitment to being a positive and contributing member of the professional community
A love of children and teenagers/young adults, a passionate commitment to the study of Art and the creative process, and a desire to work with all types of learners
Extraordinary communication and presentation skills
A proficiency in the use of technology
A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment
Statement of Department Chair Position:
Department chairs work with the Head and Associate Head of Upper School and Head of Middle School to facilitate the smooth functioning of their academic department in support of student learning. This position has oversight of the Grades 6 - 12 curriculum in their department. A primary duty of this role is to ensure alignment of curriculum with the vision, mission and strategic plan of the School and to support the growth of the faculty in their departments. This position also involves responsibility for the departmental budget as well as personnel management responsibilities.
Essential Department Chair Duties and Responsibilities:
A strong preference that the department chair teaches class (es) in middle and upper school.
Department chairs will:
Foster and facilitate academic development among department members by:
Designing and reviewing curriculum
Serving as a source of pedagogical, scholarly, and technological knowledge
Establishing and monitoring standards for grading and professional practice
Prioritizing and examining inclusive curricula, teaching practice and environment
Ensuring appropriate alignment of curriculum between grade levels and divisions
Regularly observing faculty members
Observes faculty in classrooms at least once per year for a full class period. This formal visit must include a pre and post observation meeting and documentation of these using the template provided. In addition, the Department Chair observes informally at least two times per trimester (15 minute visit). Provides individual written assessment of faculty performance as part of school-wide professional growth and development process
Delivering ongoing professional development for their team and assisting with professional learning for all faculty
Mentoring new faculty department members
Providing coaching and support for department team members as needed
Engaging in professional growth and training to be fully equipped to coach
Address personnel needs by:
Coaching and mentoring department members
Alerting Division Heads to personnel performance concerns as needed
Collaborating with Middle and Upper School Head, and the Associate Head of Upper School for Academics in the recruitment and hiring of new faculty, including interviewing and recommendation of new personnel
Making teaching assignments within the department, with the endorsement of the division head
Reviewing student performance and course selection in department course offerings
Be responsible for operation and management, including
Equipment and supplies
Planning special programs
Calling weekly department meetings with agendas distributed ahead of time and minutes following in a timely manner
Providing teaching resources
Overseeing placement for all students and criteria for all courses
Effectively communicate the department’s program
With parents and students
With other divisions
Across disciplines within the division
With teachers and departments at other institutions of learning
Department chairs will also
Develop a culture of excellence and collegiality within the department and between departments.
Work to maintain continuity and consistency of philosophy, standards, and product throughout the school.
From time, due to special projects or initiatives, department chairs may be requested to undertake other duties by the Division Head(s)
Supervise any support staff assigned to the department
Oversee, facilitate and support extracurricular departmental activities
Department Chair Specific Qualifications:
A graduate degree in a relevant content area is preferred
Minimum of five years successful classroom teaching experience and evidence of successful student supervision experience
Demonstrated leadership skills
Strong interpersonal and cultural competency skills when working with students parents, faculty, and School leadership
High degree of knowledge and application of proven best practices in the appropriate and relevant content area(s)
Culturally responsive teaching experience is preferred
Proven ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, leadership, and support staff
Willing and able to commit to a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the job, including willingness to work outside of “regular” school hours including during the summer as needed.
Strong written and oral communication skills
Robust knowledge of technology platforms and software applicable to classroom instruction and personal productivity
Desire to engage in and lead professional learning experiences and workshops so as to grow skill sets and foster innovative practice within the School
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.