The Park School of Buffalo, a PreK-12 independent school with a progressive educational tradition, is seeking an experienced Visual Arts Teacher to teach courses in our lower, middle, and upper school. Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s in a field of art with a minimum of two years teaching experience.
The Park School offers a wide range of programming in visual and performing arts. Visual art courses include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, digital arts, and woodshop. This opening is more than a job. It's an opportunity to join a community of educators and families with the goal of helping children and young adults experience excellence in learning through hands-on, experiential instruction in the arts.
Park School embraces an inclusive and diverse approach to our hiring efforts. We are committed to recruiting highly-qualified candidates that are as representatively diverse as our wonderful student body. As such, we strongly encourage candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in teaching to apply.
Roles and Responsibilities The Park School of Buffalo engages the whole student in a diverse and creative community that nurtures the joy and responsibility of active learning in all, from our youngest learners to our graduates, who leave with the skills essential to college success and the confidence to serve and lead. And, it all starts with faculty such as our Visual Arts Teacher.
Teach art courses in lower (PreK-4), middle (5-8) and upper (9-12) school.
Develop and implement curriculum and lesson plans that will foster knowledge and skills essential to effectively teach students in each grade level.
Create hands-on, inquiry-based, project-based lessons that build excitement for art.
Collaborate with faculty across content areas to create cross-curricular opportunities.
Evaluate each student’s progress in their artistic skills.
Communicate with parents to discuss the individual student’s progress.
Conduct assessment of student learning styles and use results to plan instructional activities.
Be a positive role model for students, and support the mission of the school.
Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required.
Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Visual Art field
Additional experience in woodshop, photography, and digital arts preferred
Minimum of 2 years of teaching experience
Experience teaching lower school students
Love of the outdoors
Ability to contribute to school community outside of the classroom as an athletic coach, student advisor, student club leader, and/or otherwise preferred
Geographic flexibility is preferred
Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Moderate amount of walking across campus is required
Able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts required; Master’s Degree preferred
About The Park School of Buffalo
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds) lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park School’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Park faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer a...nd welcomes applications from all qualified professionals regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.
Additional information about The Park School can be found at www.theparkschool.org