Fine Arts Teacher - High School

May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life, of thought and exploration, infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey, one of the great minds in education, established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees, people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email with their request.

Unit Job Summary: Reporting to their respective Principals, teachers establish a safe and secure work environment and set appropriate classroom standards for students through being attuned to the creative process. Continually assess student work and communicate to parents both informally and formally in biannual written progress reports. Maintain collegial relations with fellow teachers both within and outside of the department. Prepare student artwork for Lab School exhibitions. Attend regular department and faculty meetings and, as required, meet with the department chair, administrators, parents, and others in the Laboratory Schools' community. Work creatively with students who have a variety of learning styles and personal needs. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in art education, art or equivalent field required. Master's of Fine Arts degree or Master of Art Education degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Teaching experience in art field required. Experience working with high school strongly preferred Experience working with middle school aged students preferred Experience developing curriculum preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong knowledge of course subject matter required. including printmaking, mixed media, digital processes., and basic studio drawing practices. Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students. Knowledge of instructional methodologies required. Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required. Skills in a variety of media and thorough knowledge of all tools and materials to be employed required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Computational skills required. Creativity required. Flexibility required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of technology-based instruction preferred. Proficiency in displaying student artwork in an inclusive and tasteful manner preferred.

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