Upper School Art Teacher
South Shore Christian Academy, Weymouth, MA
Upper School Art Teacher Job Summary
South Shore Christian Academy is a Christian, Preschool – Grade 12, college-preparatory, richly diverse day school south of Boston, Massachusetts. We are on a mission to “glorify Jesus Christ by revealing truth, imparting knowledge, stimulating spiritual growth, and developing Christian character in young men and women through a college preparatory curriculum taught by Christian teachers,” so that students can be well-equipped to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” in our world.
The Upper School Art Teacher engages high school students in the meaningful study of the visual arts in support of the school’s mission. This teacher, therefore, conducts students into ever-deepening skill and sophistication in the creation of art in various media, reflecting their identities as people created in the image of a creative God; in a journey of discovery about the history of art and the ways that that history intersects with theological and philosophical ideas and with other subject areas; and in a process of reflection, expression, and communication that the language of art enables. Along the way, this teacher invites students to consider how appreciating and making art can inform and enrich their faith, shape their character, and fuel their calling to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” in every sphere.
Our preferred candidate will be an avid learner, an eager collaborator, and an effective communicator, skilled in developing a productive rapport with students and finding ways to help them succeed. Making art is an important part of his or her life. This person will also have the professional confidence to establish curricular goals and develop courses of study. This teacher will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the theater teacher on set design and decoration, and to participate over the coming years in our accreditation and curriculum review process, helping to shape and improve our school.
This is a full-time, salaried teaching position with generous health benefits and standard school vacations.
- Must be a Christian and affirm SSCA Statement of Faith and Teaching Positions.
- Must exhibit a high degree of cultural competency to contribute within a multi-racial, multi-denominational environment.
- Bachelor’s degree in art or related field required; Master’s degree in arts education or a related field preferred.
- Should model in his/her life, in some meaningful way, the practice of art
- At least two years of teaching experience is preferred but not required.
- Must exhibit competency in the use of technology in an educational context, including learning management platforms, word and data processing, distance learning tools, and other applications useful for teaching and learning.
- Required to move about campus regularly, including navigating stairs; to sit, stand, talk, hear, see; and to lift loads of 30 lbs.
- Must be able to perform all job functions, or modified functions, remotely if required or deemed necessary by the Head of School.
- SSCA conducts background checks and employment authorizations.
- Planning and curriculum design: maintain understanding-based learning goals for students; develop assessments that measure student learning relative to those goals; develop units, lessons, and activities that help students to learn and grow accordingly.
- Instruction: systematically guide students in daily learning activities, including direct instruction, application and practice, exploratory activities, hands-on projects, and public exhibitions of learning. Provide formative and summative feedback to help students grow in their understanding; engage students in metacognitive activities to help them monitor their own goals and progress.
- Mission alignment: Construct learning experiences designed to “stimulate spiritual growth and develop Christian character” in students, in keeping with the SSCA mission statement. Conform to the school’s philosophy of education and stated Characteristics of Professional Excellence.
- Integrated approach: Construct learning experiences that help students to see the relevance of Biblical principles and the cross-disciplinary interconnectedness of knowledge.
- Student support: find ways to help students succeed when they encounter difficulties; make productive use of technology and differentiate instruction to meet various students’ needs and interests.
- Classroom management: maintain clear, high expectations for student behavior, and cultivate a classroom culture that is orderly, productive, respectful, supportive, and joyful.
- Discipleship: cultivate the spiritual growth of students through prayer, Bible study, and spiritual conversations.
- Collegiality: actively support colleagues in their own journeys as educators, and participate enthusiastically in collaborative ventures.
- Institutional support: demonstrate support for the school’s mission, board, administration, and school-wide improvement efforts such as accreditation.
- Communication: keep parents informed of students’ progress; maintain up-to-date academic records and submit reports in a timely manner. Provide timely and helpful feedback to students about their work.
- Multiculturalism: consistently promote understanding, respect, and humility among students of various cultural and racial backgrounds, affirming the image of God in each student.
- Professionalism: Follow all expectations regarding the HOS’s understanding of professionalism, including social media practices, student relations, communication protocols, and collegiality.
- Fulfill assigned duties during and outside of school hours. This may include supervising students, conducting field trips, overseeing special activities, advising student organizations, and other duties.
- Support Admissions and Development functions, including but not limited to: participating in admissions events, hosting “shadow students,” and evaluating prospective students.
- Collaboratively set individual and school-wide professional development goals; participate in on and off-campus professional development activities.
- Attend and participate in all faculty meetings and trainings.
- Read and be familiar with all policies and procedures.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time by HOS.
This position will begin in August 2023.
Please go to www.southshorechristian.org/careers/ to further apply for this position.