Job Details

High School Arts Teacher

Oregon Episcopal School, SW Portland

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/27/2020

Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.

OES seeks a curious, creative, and self-reflective educator to teach Visual Art in its Upper School. The teacher will provide studio-based instruction to students across grade levels (9-12) and bring a breadth of experience designing curriculum and learning activities as well as the ability to recognize and respond to the needs of high school learners.

The arts program emphasizes inquiry and active learning through engagement with a broad range of mediums and artistic styles. The ideal candidate will recognize the teaching of art as a way to develop in high school students essential skills including critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, awareness of self, cultural competency, and purpose. The PK-12 Arts Department (which includes Visual, Performing, and Musical Arts) works collaboratively to inspire students in and through the creation of art as a way to engage with the community and develop as learners and citizens. Working artists are encouraged to apply, though candidates are asked to recognize that in a community where student development is the priority, teachers are expected to fully participate in the vibrant life of the school; commitments outside of the classroom/art studio include advising, going on off-campus trips, and developing co-curricular programming.

The Arts department continually refines its practices of inclusive teaching, and the ideal new colleague will contribute substantially to that effort, in terms of both curriculum and pedagogy. Strong candidates, furthermore, will bring an innovative, energetic spirit, constantly seeking ways to make artistic expression essential to adolescents. They will bring a strong facility with technology and demonstrate a flexible mindset that enriches collaboration and design thinking. Most importantly, they will see students as budding creators, scholars, and engaged human beings. Teachers are guided by the Learning and Teaching at OES faculty growth model.

This is a full-time, exempt, academic year position that starts in August 2020. It comes with a competitive salary and benefits package including employer paid health insurance, retirement plan with a generous employer matching contribution, tuition remission for up to two admissions eligible children, and an excellent free lunch daily. See the OES Benefits Guide at for details.

● Support the creative development of students across a wide range of artistic mediums
● Develop students’ agency and creative voice
● Create, communicate and maintain clear, consistent, and appropriate learning objectives and expectations that are aligned with the department’s goals.
● Design assessments and projects as tools for student learning and growth.
● Provide frequent, constructive, objective, and prompt feedback.
● Seek to understand, value, and respond to each student.
● Differentiate instruction.
● Believe in each person’s potential for growth.
● Experiment with teaching strategies.
● Maintain high standards for student behavior in and out of the classroom.
● Recognize, respect and promote the cultural difference and diversity of the individuals in the classroom and community.
● Work to connect artmaking practices with other domains, departments, and divisions
● Communicate responsibly and professionally with colleagues, families, and students.
● Establish and maintain relationships with students and families that promote learning.
● Integrate technology in teaching and assessment.
● Collaborate with colleagues
● Seek and constructively use professional feedback.
● Serve as an advisor to a small group of students.
● Participate fully in the life of the school by attending school activities, events, meetings, and conferences.

● BFA or BA or equivalent in an arts related field
● Two years of experience teaching visual art
● A wide range of visual art skills and abilities including but not limited to or by:
○ Traditional drawing and painting (representational and abstract)
○ Sculpture (additive and subtractive techniques)
○ Graphic design and animation (traditional and technical tools)
○ Proficient with Adobe suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom)
○ Photography (darkroom and digital)
○ Videography (visual storytelling, digital video, and audio recording processes)
○ Performing arts/technical theater
○ Interactive design (website design, installation)
○ Coding and maker practices, engineering, and robotics,
○ History of art/ cultural exploration strategies
● IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced Google Suite, MS Office Suite, database, web applications, video conferencing, etc. as appropriate to job duties, experience with applicable educational technology
● Demonstrated experience with and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
● Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen

● MFA or equivalent in Visual Art or related field
● Experience teaching courses from 9th through 11th grade; independent school experience a plus
● Demonstrated and successful history with innovation in the teaching of art, technology integration, curriculum design and inquiry-based learning
● Experience collaborating with other fields/domains in maker spaces (arts integration, research, design thinking)

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Ability to contribute to strong and positive connections with high school students and to maintain collegial relationships with colleagues
● Ability to collaborate and work effectively on teams
● Knowledge of educational technology, with an openness to innovation and willingness to learn as tools evolve

● Primarily classroom environment, ability to stand or sit to deliver curriculum
● Ability to sit at computer and keyboard for moderate periods
● Ability to lift up to 20 pound on an occasional basis
● Ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, parents, and the public
● Mobility sufficient to move about the campus

COMPENSATION: Faculty salary scale based on education and teaching experience

APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete the OES online application, link below, and attach a cover letter and resume. Open until filled.

Follow the link below to set up a login and password that will allow you to save and return to your application:

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.

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