Harvard-Westlake School—a coed, independent day school in Los Angeles—is seeking a full-time, middle school visual arts teacher specializing in sculpture, ceramics, glass fusing and casting for a temporary maternity leave position beginning in January, 2019.
The ideal candidate has middle school (grades 7, 8, and 9) teaching experience and a deep knowledge of many sculptural modes of production. We seek an individual with enthusiasm for teaching sculpture within the media of clay and glass through the context of relevant art, historical and contemporary works, and critical theory. The successful candidate will inspire students to dig deep and think before they make art, weaving the conceptual and technical when presenting to our students. The position requires teaching three unique semester courses of Introduction to Clay and Glass, Introduction to Potter’s Wheel as well as a foundational studio art survey course to 7th graders. An ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of firing ceramics and glass with our existing Cress and Paragon electric kilns. Candidates should also have a strong interest in working collaboratively with art department colleagues. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a high-volume ceramics and sculpture studio, presenting gallery exhibitions of student work, and engaging in the broader community life of the school.
The Middle School Visual Arts Department is housed in Wang Hall, where the studio facilities include a drawing and painting studio, a digital photography lab and shooting studio, a video shooting studio, a ceramics and glass sculpture studio, two foundation art studios, as well as the Arlene Schnitzer Gallery.
Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
BA or BFA Visual Arts; MA or MFA degree in visual arts or arts education preferred.
Ability to teach clay (hand-building and throwing), glass, and sculpture is primary; flexibility to teach other disciplines in visual arts is also necessary.
Teaching experience at the middle or high school level is highly desirable.
Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to middle school students and to foster an innovative and creative learning environment.
Strong communication skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in creating, developing, and implementing visual arts curricula.
Available to begin working in January, 2019 with the flexibility to begin in late 2018 if the need arises. Additionally, the successful candidate will spend a few days shadowing current VA teachers ahead of their start date.