Beginners and Kindergarten Integrated Visual Arts Teacher
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Start Date: Fall 2022
Reporting to: Lower School Director
BB&N is seeking a Part-time (8-hours a week), one-year Beginners and Kindergarten Integrated Visual Arts Teacher.
The visual arts program aims to offer children opportunities for self-expression, creativity, innovative thinking, and the development of confidence and pleasure in the creative process. Central to the curriculum is the belief that students will develop visual arts literacy in a variety of media as well as have experiences with authentic connections across disciplines with the inclusion of STEM.
The Visual Arts teacher is responsible for teaching Visual Arts classes, creating and maintaining a positive classroom climate, involvement in curriculum development, evaluating each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings, planning and presenting art displays designed to exhibit students’ work for the school community, working closely with other teachers in developing interdisciplinary learning experiences, preparing progress reports and conference with families throughout the year. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, attendance at weekly faculty meetings, ordering of materials, tools, instructional aids, budget management, admissions work, Back to School Night presentation, and any other duties that may be assigned by the Administration.
In addition, the Visual Arts teacher is expected to be committed to the following practices:
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the curriculum and the community
- Social-emotional learning
- Using the visual arts to expand on the thoughts and ideas of the students
- Collaboration between adults in our community that evolves and advances the practice
- Documentation and assessment of learning in ways that make the learning visible
- Understanding of Inquiry based-interdisciplinary research projects and the development of authentic and meaningful experiences that results in exemplary work (a student’s best work) and lifelong learning
- Organization and use of materials within different disciplines in skilled and inventive ways to deepen learning
- Installation of organized and aesthetically pleasing learning environments
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the early childhood or elementary level, and an understanding of cognitive and social development for children at this age. The ideal candidate must also have knowledge and skills in 2D and 3D art, including but not limited to: drawing, painting, ceramics, and woodworking. In addition, candidates should be well-versed in interdisciplinary curriculum, project work, and anti-bias curriculum. A master’s degree within the field of education is preferred.
In addition, the candidate should demonstrate:
- Joy working with elementary-aged students, and an understanding of child development for this age group
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
- Knowledge and commitment around diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the classroom climate and curriculum
- A desire to continue seeking professional development
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the curriculum
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
- Curriculum design experience
- Ability to receive feedback
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school that engages students in grades Pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop those strengths to the fullest. The curriculum is challenging, forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible, designed to help qualified students, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of talents and interests, reach new levels of accomplishment. Co-curricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and other areas add important dimensions to students’ learning. Students learn on three age and developmentally appropriate campuses. At every grade, BB&N takes full advantage of the range of opportunities its locations afford.
BB&N is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. This commitment is integral to the mission and vision of the School. BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. At BB&N, we value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all. The different perspectives and experiences of our students define the fabric of our community and contribute to the growth of the individuals who call BB&N their alma mater and shape the classroom and extracurricular experiences. To have classmates and friends who are different from oneself, to come to truly know the background, experiences, and beliefs of a new friend is to learn more deeply about oneself and our world. There is no more important attribute in the preparation for global citizenship.
The vibrancy and vitality we feel in the classrooms, hallways, stages and playing fields of BB&N derive from the people who are here. At its root are the varied interests and experiences, the different backgrounds, cultures, religions, views, and perspectives that our students and faculty bring to their classes and families bring to myriad activities. Each of us adds to the richness of another’s experience. Working and playing together teaches us lifelong lessons about appreciating, knowing and understanding, and learning from each other.
Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, Personal Statement, and/or Teaching Philosophy and Reference List. Please include your connection to BB&N’s mission and values in your cover letter.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any non-job-related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols Schools takes the health and safety of its community members very seriously. Because we serve students, many of whom are not eligible for vaccination due to their age, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment. Documentation showing vaccination status will be required as part of the application process.