Art Teacher- Photography - High School

United States, North America
Mar 28, 2014
About The Unit: The Laboratory Schools is among the largest independent schools in the country with a history dating to 1896 under the auspices of John Dewey and the University of Chicago. Located on the U of C campus, the Schools serve children (N-12) from metropolitan Chicago with approximately 60% of the students coming from families affiliated with the University. The University environment attracts a rich and diverse student body and parents who value and support a quality educational program. The Laboratory Schools' Fine Arts Department is responsible for the visual and theater arts education of students in first through twelfth grades. Courses taught by the Fine Arts Department include a variety of Studio Art courses, Art History, Photography, Drama and Technical Theater.

Unit Job Summary: Art Teacher: Report to their respective Principals, as well as the Art Department Chair. 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. 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. Responsibilities include: Teach knowledge and skills in art, including analog and digital camera skills with different formats (e.g., 35 mm, pinhole, medium, and large format). Darkroom and digital Lab experience (with Adobe Suite software) Knowledge of Photo History, early and contemporary Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art Understand a variety of "masters" techniques Knows and can 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 intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment 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 Evaluate each student's performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings, and prepare progress reports Select and requisition books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students' work for the school and the community May sponsor exhibits from outside the school Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the school and/or in self-selected professional growth activities Communicate with parents and school counselors on student progress Participate in curriculum and other developmental programs Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration 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 9/1/2014. This position may close on or before April 30, 2014.

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

Unit Experience: Minimum two years High School (HS) teaching experience in art required. Three to five years HS teaching experience preferred. Practicing artist preferred. Digital video/ film experience preferred. Experience with photojournalism in the HS environment preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong knowledge of course subject matter required. 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.