Introduction to Darkroom Instructor (Part-Time)

Faculty / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Intro to Darkroom Photography Instructor (.1 FTE)

The Writing, Film & Media Arts Department at Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks a part-time Introduction to Darkroom Photography instructor for spring semester.  This position will start the week of January 29, 2024.

The compensation for this position is $4,250 for the semester.


Teaching & Department Duties

  • Teach 12-14 students Intro to Darkroom one afternoon per week for three hours (Wednesdays or Thursdays preferred);
  • Instruct students in foundational camera skills, how to develop film, and production of contact sheets and prints in the darkroom;
  • Support  students as they explore, improve their technique, and discover their own strengths and style;
  • Support students in the development and preparation of work for portfolios and exhibitions.
  • In partnership with department heads and other faculty, share and maintain lab spaces, equipment, and supplies.

Administrative and Additional Responsibilities

  • Utilize Gmail, Google Drive, and the learning management system (LMS) to facilitate communication across the school community; take and record attendance,  maintain Class Pages for each academic class; maintain grades, comments, and progress reports as required and as needed;
  • Complete required paperwork, forms, surveys, employment documents, background checks, fingerprinting, online training programs, request and report absences, accidents, and injuries, and follow other school policy and legal requirements by established deadlines.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3+ years teaching or equivalent experience; experience working with high school students preferred;
  • BFA required, Master’s degree in Photography, Fine Arts, Film, Media or in Arts Education preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct students in the developmental and technical aspects of darkroom photography using wet lab/darkroom processes;
  • Ability  to evaluate and assess student photography and studio skills, and to facilitate mounting, display, and digital scanning of works for exhibition;
  • Innovative teaching practices and a focus on skills-centered learning;
  • Comfort with technology and willingness to adopt new technologies as needed; strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications required;
  • Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills;
  • Positive attitude and a passion for teaching and learning;
  • Ability to foster growth in students’ varied artistic backgrounds, from intro to more advanced levels;
  • Sensitivity to working with adolescents from a diverse, academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Active artistic practice, as demonstrated by current or previous projects;
  • Submission of recent art portfolio work encouraged;
  • Submission of student teaching artwork encouraged.

About us:

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theater, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.

Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include dexterity for tools, equipment, and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.  Ability to lift 25 lbs required.

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.

Deadline to apply is January 10, 2024. Application review will begin on January 3, 2024. 

Walnut Hill is also searching for a full-time Photography Instructor that is following a separate hiring timeline. Candidates interested in both positions will need to submit separate applications.

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Boarding, Day
All Gender