Job Details

Upper School Digital Arts Teacher

Catlin Gabel School, 8825 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225

Job - Education

Close Date: 11/29/2019

At Catlin Gabel School, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, and we know our school's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.

Catlin Gabel's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our curriculum and in our mission. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Applications are welcome from anyone and everyone.

Catlin Gabel believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Department: UPPER SCHOOL
FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)

Catlin Gabel seeks a dynamic educator to teach high school Digital Media Arts beginning in our 2020-2021 school year. The ideal candidate will be creative, collaborative and a master in their artistic craft. The scope of the practice includes designing and teaching courses related to digital media such as photography, film production, illustration, time-based arts, and new and blended media platforms. We seek teachers who can inspire students to find novel and meaningful ways to apply their skills in digital media production. We are looking for experienced teachers who engage in backward design processes, who can define the success criteria for their student’s work, and who are eager to refine their practice and grow professionally. Ideal candidates will be excited to collaborate with colleagues within the arts and in the rest of the school. Our instructors have the possibility to develop exciting courses across disciplines; for example, bringing together physics and art through design and engineering, or blending history with digital storytelling

The ideal candidate is proficient in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Aftereffects or equivalent, has experience with digital photography as well as film, video and audio production.

Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school’s life outside the classroom. Faculty members also serve as guidance counselors for a cohort of student advisees. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be demanding at times, we feel it is necessary and rewarding.

Work individually and collaboratively in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction of four classes within the art department.
Plan, teach and assess challenging courses of study in a developmentally appropriate and culturally inclusive manner, with an eye towards differentiating instruction.
Pursue professional growth opportunities, and be accountable and responsible for individual professional development.
Actively support the school through participation in the variety of activities that make the Catlin Gabel School a vibrant community.
Act as Upper School advisor.
Other duties as assigned by Upper School Head.

Work is performed largely independently, in consultation with the Arts department and Upper School Head. There is considerable autonomy in designing courses, choosing materials and running classrooms.


Interactions occur most routinely with students in the classroom and during other activities. Many informal interactions with students for whom the teacher has no direct supervision or responsibility occur. Daily contact ranges from direct teaching of curriculum to informal exchanges of a personal or social nature. Regular contact with Upper School colleagues, particularly those working in the same discipline or on a joint project is expected. Frequent contact with parents either for scheduled conferences or casual conversation is a community norm. Responsible and active collaboration with colleagues, in all divisions, is expected. Important personal qualities include interest in and demonstrated ability to teach and support teenagers, ability to work effectively with a team, a sense of humor, flexibility, organizational ability, energy, and collegiality.

MFA in a digital media field or MA or an education-related discipline; a BA in education is preferred. Experience with new media including VR, 360 film production. Familiarity with community-based opportunities to showcase student work (festivals, competitions, galleries, etc.) and have them apply their skills in authentic environments. Demonstrated experience with adolescents or young adults is essential. At least two years demonstrated effective teaching experience is required.

This is a faculty position with an academic year schedule. Teachers are expected to be on campus at least between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other functions as designated. Full-time faculty are expected to travel to retreats, conferences, and workshops as well as accompany students on various experiential activities throughout the year. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.

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