Lower School Art Teacher

Background:
Presbyterian School is an independent, PK3-8th grade school located in the heart of the city’s vibrant museum district.  Our mission is essential and counter-cultural: “Family, School, and Church United in the Education and Support of Each Child.”  The Middle School program and faculty embrace both our unique location and powerful partnership as a compelling opportunity to elevate learning and instill confidence in every child.  Progressive strategic thinking along with creative marketing strategies are guiding the School into the position of strength while facilitating the exploration of one’s curiosity in a competitive educational marketplace.

The Opportunity:
Job Title: Lower School Art Teacher
Department: Lower School
Position Status: 10 month Full Time 
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To (Position Title): Director of Fine Arts
Travel Requirements: 0%
Date Updated: February 11, 2020

Position Summary
Presbyterian School is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to teach Lower School Art (grades 1-5) as a component of a comprehensive fine arts program located in the heart of Houston's Museum District. A qualified candidate will enjoy the lower school student, value collaboration with others (fine art faculty, classroom teachers, museum professionals and local artists) and commit to student centered learning that fosters independent thinking, expressiveness and problem-solving skills in the art classroom. The Lower School Art Teacher is encouraged to discuss with management, opportunities for professional and social involvement with school and student activities.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, evaluates and revises course curricula, content, materials and methods of instruction for art classes grades 1-5 in an engaging classroom that encourages observation, imagination, and expressiveness

  • Provides students comprehensive art education, using a variety of media (drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, mixed media) and exploring a variety of genres in global art history

  • Supervises students on school grounds, during snack/meal breaks, recess periods, assigned after school care dates and attends field trips

  • Facilitates student project exhibits, including exchange of regular displays, as well as, coordinating special exhibits

  • Engages with neighborhood museums for visits, meeting guest speakers and other programs in an effort to enhance the classroom curriculum 

  • Collaborates with classroom teachers and other faculty on cross-divisional or cross-curricular projects

  • Evaluates and assesses student growth and provides updates as necessary to other faculty 

  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records

  • Partners with families through meaningful communication: sharing course content and insightful comments on student work in report cards

  • Assists with discipline for students as required

  • Engages in appropriate professional associations and pursues opportunities for professional development

  • Performs various other duties as assigned by management

  • Embraces and embodies the unique and essential Mission of the School, demonstrating an understanding of the distinct principles of the school that reside at the heart of our mission statement “Family, School and Church united in the Support and Education of Each Child”

Qualifications

  • 3 plus years’ experience teaching in the art classroom, independent school preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, fine arts or art history required, Master’s degree preferred

  • Teachers Certificate preferred

  • Practicing artist  

  • Enjoys working in a high energy classroom and is skilled in facilitating an integrated curriculum

  • Willingness to embrace new paradigms of student learning

  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Gmail, Google Drive, Shared Docs and Sheets or Microsoft equivalent

  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions

  • Ability to work effectively with others

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to interact with a professional demeanor with staff, general public, and school personnel 

  • Effective prioritization and time management skills

  • Ability to meet strict deadlines under pressure

Non-Physical Demands:
Change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working with others as part of a team, and irregular schedule may be required at times.

Physical Requirements of the Job:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Conditions:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Secured site facility must adhere to school policy and procedures while on school property.

Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Laptop or iPad, phone, copier and fax.

Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required

If you're interested in the position, please submit resumes and letters of interest to Christy Heno, Head of Lower School, and complete an employment application online.

Presbyterian School seeks to attract qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff and student body who are able to support and further the mission of the school.  Accordingly, all positions on the faculty and administrative staff will be filled solely on the basis of merit and without reference to the applicant's age, sex, disability, ethnic or national origin. In light of the school's religious nature, it does reserve the right to consider an applicant's or employee's religious beliefs and practices in employment decisions. 

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