Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences seeks a dynamic educator to join its innovative upper school Publications department beginning in the 2019-20 school year in the role of Design, Multimedia & Journalism teacher for the school news magazine - Crossfire. Crossroads seeks to instill in students an ability and willingness to reason thoughtfully and question soundly, engage creatively, embrace growth and challenge, and practice ethical citizenship. The Publications department seeks to empower students with the ability to investigate and represent their experience as a member of the Crossroads community through print and online media.
Crossfire is an award-winning publication that has been in print since 1981. Three to four issues with page counts ranging from 50-60 pages are produced annually. As a bedrock of the school community, the publication is entirely student run, with an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of journalism. Crossfire won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Award as one of the top 50 magazines in the country, for high school and college publications. Additionally, Crossfire’s online presence, “OnFire,” seeks to become a more robust “daily newspaper” incorporating multimedia storytelling on a daily basis. Crossfire students have published Op/Eds for USA Today, CNN.com and the Santa Monica Daily Press, in addition to our publication.
The Crossfire Design, Multimedia & Journalism Teacher will collaborate with our current Journalism Teacher to develop curriculum and lead concurrent sections of our Journalism class. In addition, the position will require working closely with the Crossfire student staff Editorial Staff and Art Directors to create and activate the look and feel of the publication, both in print and online. An ideal candidate possesses skills in both journalistic writing/AP style and print publication design, and multi-media production/web design.
Production is a fundamental component of the teacher’s job, and will require after school commitment, usually five days a week, four times per year to complete each print issue.
The publication is entirely student-run with a staff of 30 and the teacher’s role requires strong interpersonal skills and ability to connect with members of the Crossroads community with a keen understanding of the students’ voice.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications: • Minimum B.A. in English, Journalism, creative writing, or related field; graduate degree preferred; relevant professional experience a plus. • Experience in a high school teaching in the realm of publications, design and journalistic writing across various grade levels. • Experience planning student-centered, innovative lessons and collaborating with colleagues across grade levels. • Knowledge of trends in magazine design and online news presence, including reading and writing, and in the teaching of the discipline. • Knowledge / fluency in InDesign, Photoshop, Wordpress & other Multimedia applications. • Excellent communication skills that allow various stakeholders (from students to advisers and administrators) to work together to create student-centered curricula. • The ability to question thoughtfully and problem-solve effectively. • Value interdisciplinary thinking. • Expertly guide students as they develop a deeper understanding of the role of informed readers and writers in society today. • Supervising and monitoring the performance of students both in and out of the classroom.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, application and resume. Position should be noted in subject line with letter and email addressed to Roxanne Zazzaro, US Director.