Founded in 1883, Allen-Stevenson is a K-8 independent school for boys with an enrollment of just under 400 students. Located in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, the School is a joyful, inclusive community.
Studio art and woodworking at Allen-Stevenson comprise the core of our visual arts program, with students in Grades 1 - 5 taking both art and woodshop each year. In Grades 6 - 8, the art choices diversify with a broad range of art electives while retaining the core art program. Process-based art-making and experiential learning are emphasized in our art department.
The Art department seeks a passionate, dynamic, and dedicated art teacher who maintains their own art-making practice. The ideal candidate genuinely enjoys working with boys of different age groups and understands their developmental needs. Successful candidates will use creative and innovative art practices, engaging curious and active boys who thrive on imaginative and versatile pedagogy.
Interested candidates should understand how the visual arts foster the healthy development of children and demonstrate an interest in professional growth. The preferred candidate will be able to maintain and run an organized art studio and woodshop, teach both 2D and 3D art with experience in wood and have experience in incorporating technology into the art curriculum, have a working knowledge of current best practices, and interest in using contemporary art as a teaching tool. Formal training and skill as an artist are a must. Candidates should have an interest in and the ability to develop curriculum collaboratively within the art department and the wider school community.
Professional responsibilities include contributing to the life of the School outside of the art studio. Allen-Stevenson teachers are expected to communicate and interact with students, parents, staff, and the community in a manner that represents the mission and core values of the School. Additionally, the teaching candidate must possess an enthusiastic commitment to the importance of building and sustaining a diverse, just, inclusive, and equitable school environment.
This full-time position starts on August 24, 2022, and is eligible for a complete benefits package.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Building a classroom culture that is joyful, engaging, and rigorous, and in which students love art
- Building a classroom culture of self-expression in which students develop critical thinking skills through respectful discussion and critique
- Engaging students in the creative process and developing their artistic abilities
- Collaborating with colleagues to create a creative learning environment
- Communicate clearly, empathetically, and respectfully with all students
- Plan and implement lessons that meet the content and skills-related goals and objectives of the art curriculum
- Collaborate with colleagues around best practices in the classroom
- Develop, select and modify instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of all students
- Ensure the classroom, lessons, and materials foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging
- Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
- Foster a classroom environment that provides for student involvement in the learning process and enables each student to achieve learning objectives
- Maintain a positive and fair classroom environment for all students
- Collaborate with the art department and homeroom teachers or advisors to support both curricular goals as well as the social, emotional, and academic well-being of students
- Establish effective communications and relationships with students and parents
- Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional goals and development
- Attend faculty meetings and serve on committees
- Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy environment and school experience
- Complete required reports and tasks punctually and professionally
- Perform other duties as required
The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Master’s Degree in Art or related field
- Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience within the content area
- Ability to plan and implement effective lessons to engage various levels of students
- Have the ability to teach digital media and have a passion for learning new technologies and passing on knowledge to students
- Have a background in sculpture, including woodworking, clay, and plaster
- Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a diverse student body
- Strong classroom management skills and ability to present information in an engaging, interactive way
- Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education
- Ability to infuse contemporary art practices into the curriculum
- Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, students, parents, and community
- Excellent oral and written communication and human relation skills
To explore this exciting opportunity, please submit a current professional resume, including your exhibition record, samples of student work, and a cover letter that includes your teaching philosophy, to email@example.com
Selected candidates will complete a process that includes a telephone interview, some group interviews, and a visit to the School which will include a sample teaching lesson.
The Allen-Stevenson School actively seeks to forward its diversity goals through its process of hiring faculty and staff. We value diversity in our professional community.