Upper School String Orchestra Director
South Shore Christian Academy, Weymouth, MA
Upper School String Orchestra Director (2022-23)
We are searching for a dynamic and passionate candidate to build and direct an upper school Orchestra program at a small Christian school with a vibrant music department! This position is 20 hours per week. For the employee seeking additional opportunities, private lessons and enrichment activities are options.
We are looking for someone passionate about recruiting and building relationships with students. Our current string program is small and only extends to 8th grade, and we are looking to dramatically increase the scope and depth of our instruction.
Job Details and Responsibilities:
- 20 hours per week
- HS Orchestra (Meets twice per week)
- MS Orchestra (Meets twice per week)
- 2 classes of Elementary Strings (Each meets once per week)
- Co-direct a Winter and Spring ensemble concert
- Develop High School students as peer mentors to younger students
- Foster a culture of excellence and joy in musicianship
- Develop competition-level ensembles
- Seek out ensemble performance opportunities outside of school
- Exhibit and instill Christian character in students
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- To support the Board of Trustees’ mission statements, statement of faith, teaching positions, and philosophy of the school, and to embody the religious positions of the school in all actions
- Ensure and maintain congruency between student-related and the classroom activities of the school and its missions statements and philosophy.
- Implement the Head of School’s (HOS) directives regarding the educational position and approach of the school.
- Observe professional ethics and confidentiality in dealing with administrators, faculty, parents, students and community.
- Fulfill the normal work expectations of a teacher which include, but are not limited to: effective teaching and supervision of students, grade or courses assigned; preparing/submitting lesson plans; varied assessments of students; being available to students and conferencing with students and parents; supervising student activities as requested by Administration.
- Be responsible for the musical growth of his/her students.
- Structure learning situations which produce positive effects on student achievement.
- Construct learning experiences designed to “stimulate spiritual growth and develop
- Christian character” in students, in keeping with the SSCA mission statement
- Integrate Biblical ideas and principles into lessons and classroom experiences
- Pray with and for students; mentor and disciple students in the Christian faith, formally and informally
- Provide appropriate feedback on student work.
- Communicate regularly with Lead Teacher, Principal, HOS regarding any concerns with students, faculty, staff, or other members of the SSCA community.
- Submit grades and reports, in a timely manner, as required for administrative purposes, parent notification and for student attendance.
- Prepare required reports on students and activities.
- Be responsible for the organization, order, discipline and supervision of the students in his/her class and be jointly responsible, with other staff members, for such supervision at school functions to which teachers are assigned.
- Maintain a classroom environment with high academic and behavioral expectations by leveraging positive interventions and student relationships.
- Consistently promote the importance of multiculturalism.
- Follow all expectations regarding the HOS’s understanding professionalism, including dress code, social media practices, communication protocols, and collegiality.
- Maintain frequent contact with SSCA parents / guardians.
- Cooperate with and participate fully in the school’s religious activities.
- Implement and publicly support SSCA policies and procedures.
- Maintain continual affirmation of SSCA faith statements and teaching positions.
- Support the Admissions and Development functions as instructed, including but not limited to: attendance at admissions events, hosting of “shadow students,” evaluation of prospective students, and active promotion of the school.
- Complete any professional development expectations required by HOS or Lead Teacher
- Encourage parent and community involvement.
- Obtain information for parents / guardians when requested and as appropriate, including promptly returning phone calls and answering emails.
- Advise and mentor students as directed (including formal and informal advising).
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings and training when requested.
- Read and be familiar with all policies and procedures.
- Perform and such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by HOS or Principal.
- Must affirm Statement of Faith and Teaching Positions.
- Bachelor’s degree in music education or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
- At least two years of teaching experience is preferred but not required.
- Must exhibit a high degree of cultural competency to contribute within a multi-racial, multi-denominational environment.
- Must exhibit competency in the use of technology in an educational context, including word and data processing, distance learning tools, student management platforms, and other applications useful for teaching and learning.
- Required to move about campus regularly, including navigating stairs.
- Regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear, see, and lift loads of 30 lbs.
- Some evenings and weekends may be required for concerts, festivals, etc.
- Must be able to perform all job functions, or modified functions, remotely if required or deemed necessary by the Head of School.
- Minimal travel requirements.
- SSCA conducts background checks and employment authorizations.