Westridge is seeking an experienced and dynamic Middle and Upper School Orchestra Teacher to join our team of dedicated faculty members. This teacher will have the opportunity to build upon a strong foundation already in place to develop an innovative and creative program. Responsibilities will include teaching and conducting the Upper School Chamber Orchestra (an auditioned strings and woodwinds ensemble), teaching and directing Upper School Intermediate Orchestra (a non-auditioned ensemble), and teaching and directing the Middle School Orchestra (an ensemble of various skill levels). In addition, this teacher will maintain the school’s instrument library.
Specific Qualities Desired Include:
Dedication to teaching young women and to employing effective pedagogical processes
Ability to build and grow students’ musical abilities in an empowering and uplifting manner
Ability to teach and build the technical skills of strings and woodwind players
Familiarity with and enthusiasm for a wide range of musical genres
Ability to select appropriately challenging pieces within a wide range of genres
Ability to arrange music appropriate for each ensemble
Ability to manage a classroom and direct effective rehearsals
Enthusiastic about the subject and able to share that enthusiasm
Willingness and ability to collaborate effectively with students, teachers, and parents
Participate regularly in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter
Participate in ongoing skill development in diversity and equity to promote a culture of community and inclusion
Build skills and provide opportunities that help recognize, respect and embrace diversity of all kinds, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
Participate in the greater life of the division and school
Serve as an advisor
Take on other duties as needed
Bachelor’s Degree required (music preferred); advanced degree, e.g. MA in Music Education preferred
String player (violin, viola, cello or bass) preferred
3 years’ teaching experience preferred
Proficiency with music notation technology (e.g., Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, etc.)
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated experience and skill in the effective use of technology and integrating technological applications in the classroom
Collaborative and collegial
Diligent and well-organized
Possess a strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
Ability to work both indoors and outdoors as required (i.e. field trips, overnight trips).
Move chairs, stands, instruments as needed
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous retirement plan. Office hours are 7:50am-3:30pm; with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter, resume, and references to Jobs@Westridge.org. Include “Middle and Upper School Orchestra Teacher” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. For more information: www.Westridge.org.
About Westridge School for Girls
Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is located 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Southern California region is home to several world-class museums and restaurants, and includes ...excellent outdoor opportunities for the biking, swimming, surfing, and hiking enthusiast.
Salaries are competitive. Full-time employees are eligible for health benefits which include full medical, dental, and vision coverage and participation in an ample retirement plan with TIAA-CREF. Employees who contribute a minimum of 2 percent of their salary to retirement, receive an additional 7 percent of salary contributed by Westridge to their retirement account.
Other benefits include a generous holiday schedule, disability insurance, group life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, a flexible spending plan, and a rideshare/public transit/bike-walk incentive program. In addition, technology is an integral part of daily life at Westridge. Employees have access to the latest, state-of-the-art computing systems including SMART Boards, Podcasting software, and desk-top publishing programs.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or handicap.