Post Date: 01/19/2018
Close Date: 03/31/2018
Among the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of the hills of Southwest Portland lies the unique educational experience that is Oregon Episcopal School. The school occupies a 59 acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, a college preparatory curriculum, and a strong sense of community.
Oregon Episcopal is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic educator to be a “pied piper” for its instrumental music program. The instrumental music teacher will play a role in musical instruction in all three divisions at OES. Primarily instructional in nature, with a particular focus in the Middle School, the position also requires close collaboration with other members of the arts faculty—both performing and visual. The role is also responsible for encouraging students to participate in statewide competitions, and to increase enrollment numbers in the program. He or she should possess a willingness to teach all ages and levels of students; using student-led rehearsals and other inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning as opposed to focusing solely on performances, competitions and festivals. Finally, the successful candidate will have experience working with students and families from diverse backgrounds, an enlightened approach to difference, empathy for the experience of non-dominant culture students, and an ability to support the OES educational mission.
This is a full-time, academic year, exempt position that starts August 20, 2018. It comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including 95 percent employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, 403(b) retirement plan with generous employer match, abundant professional development opportunities, tuition remission for up to two admissions qualified children, and one excellent free meal daily. Access the OES Benefits Guide to learn more.
• Teach Middle School (MS) bands: 6th beginning, 6th advanced; and two sections each of 7th and 8th grade, all of which meet every other day.
• Teach Upper School Instrumental music (meets five of six days).
• Lead Middle School Jazz Band and/or Upper School Jazz Band (after school/ activity)
• Teach beginning and advanced band in the Lower School (one afternoon / week)
*These opportunities are dependent on student interest / scheduling.*
• Maintain inventory of music library.
• Maintain inventory of school-owned instruments.
• Encourage participation of and manage registration of students to attend the OMEA all-state ensembles and solo and ensemble festivals.
• Recruit/ encourage student participation for each level of the program. Serve as an “ambassador” for the Instrumental Music program throughout the entire OES community.
Liaison / Other Duties
The role requires the Instructor to work with the following:
o Chaplaincy (groups should perform in chapel often)
o St. John the Baptist music director and chaplain (joint events, concerts)
o Choral teachers on campus
o LS general music teachers on campus and after-school lessons teachers
o Director of the Extension program (after-school activities)
o Maintenance (set up requests for concerts and events)
o Assist with or conduct the pit band for musicals.
• BA/BS or equivalent in relevant discipline
• Five years of successful teaching experience in a K-12 setting
• Strength as an instrumentalist
• Intercultural competence, ability to interact appropriately with a diverse array of students, coworkers, family members; ability to teach diverse groups of students effectively
• IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Docs, Zoom or Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties
• Ability to pass a background check and drug screen
• MA/MS in relevant discipline
• Experience recruiting and retaining students in music programs, starting students on band instruments (beginning band); teaching jazz band; incorporating strings into middle and upper school programs.
• Experience teaching traditional notation as well as by ear; teaching music in a wide variety of styles; teaching all beginning fundamental skills as well as advanced rehearsal and practice techniques to more experienced players
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team setting using team-based and collaborative approaches; ability to exercise patience, good humor, tact, discretion, and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive circumstances, ability to maintain collegial relations with colleagues
• Organizational skills, ability to effectively manage multiple tasks as well as the flexibility to meet job requirements beyond the school day and the school year
• Flexibility, ability to employ a balanced approach to assisting students and their parents and establishing and maintaining a rapport with students and families
• Knowledge of educational technology; openness to innovation, willingness to learn as digital tools evolve, ability to integrate evolving IT into curriculum
• Primarily classroom environment, ability to sit at computer and keyboard for moderate periods
• Ability to lift up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis
• Mobility sufficient to move about the campus
• Ability to see, hear, and speak to interact with students, parents, and groups of individuals
COMPENSATION: Faculty salary scale based on degree and years of experience, generous
APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested candidates should complete the OES Application here: https://fs18.formsite.com/OES_Form/form84/index.html and attach cover letter and resume. Open until filled.
Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.