Art Teacher

Colorado, USA, Denver
Mar 29, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver is an exemplary program designed for gifted children. We provide nationally recognized gifted education to approximately 205 students ranging from ages three years old through eighth grade, who demonstrate exceptional, differentiated abilities and learning.

Position Summary

The Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver invites applications for an Art Teacher. We seek a candidate with expertise in varied media and techniques. We desire a candidate who is adept at working with a diverse group of gifted students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. This position requires a dynamic individual who approaches Art as a holistic element of a child's education.

Essential Functions

Curriculum Planning, Teaching and Assessment

  • Plan, document, teach, and assess art units and lessons from Kindergarten to Grade 8, incorporating a range of media and techniques (including but not limited to mixed media, digital, classical, ceramics/clay, etc.)
  • Collaborate weekly with teachers and administration in developing integrated units at all grade levels
  • Plan and teach electives classes in the middle school as needed
  • Develop a digital art curriculum thread throughout the curriculum
  • Balance skills, concepts, and application in the art curriculum, allowing for student direction and interest in creating art works
  • Teach students to apply elements of design and modern principles of art
  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment and to maintain an orderly work space
  • Evaluate each students performance and growth according to grade-level standards
  • Complete report cards and other assessments as needed

Maintenance and Logistics

  • Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools to prevent loss or abuse, and to minimize time required for distribution and collection
  • Select and requisition books, instructional materials, tools, and instructional aids, and maintain supplies inventory
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students work in the school, DU, and larger community, and seek out collaborations with artists in the community
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Creative and detail-oriented
  • Able to differentiate and allow for students creative expression while teaching foundational skills and concepts
  • Strong sense of order and able to maintain a clutter-free work space

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Art Education
  • Certification in Art Education in Elementary or Middle School
  • Experience or training in Digital art
  • 2+ years teaching experience in Elementary or Middle School

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate hours in education of the gifted
  • Experience teaching gifted children

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Monday, April 10, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Anne Sweet,

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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