Job Description: 10-month, full-time, Theatre Department Chair and Teacher
Starting Date: Late August 2019
The Cambridge School of Weston seeks a full-time, experienced teacher and chair of the Theatre Department. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, teaching a variety of theatre courses and directing productions for grades 9 through 12. Our ideal candidate is a gifted creative educator and director who values collaboration among colleagues and students within our vibrant and art-infused school, as well as understands the value of outreach to the greater Boston community. We seek a candidate with strong interpersonal skills who values progressive, student-centered education; has demonstrated the ability to make strong connections with students; and has the ability to teach to students with a variety of learning styles. CSW requires a teacher who can both support, as well as challenge, individual students to take meaningful risks.
The Theatre Department Chair must be skilled and comfortable managing the department budget and curriculum, working with other theatre faculty as both supervisor and supporter, and employing part-time specialists when appropriate. The Chair works closely with various departments, such as Admissions, Communications and the Academic Offices, and facilitates collaboration with other arts departments and academic disciplines when appropriate. The Department Chair will supervise and encourage the creation of new courses by faculty with specific areas of interest. CSW believes in theatre with a purpose and expects the head of the department to be experienced and invested in theatre with social justice and cross-cultural meaning.
Specific responsibilities include teaching 13 blocks in the Theatre and English Departments. Each “block” is a separate six-week course that meets for 90-minutes each day. This includes specific responsibilities such as:
Directing the Fall Dramatic Production (two blocks in two consecutive modules)
Directing the Intensive Dramatic Production (one block)
Teaching Theatre technique classes such as: “The Masks We Wear,” “Sketch Comedy,” and “Writing Plays for Production”
Teaching interdisciplinary Theatre/English courses such as: “Where WE ARE: Short Plays from Around the World,” “All the World’s A Stage,” “Social and Political Theatre,” and “Theatre of the Unusual/Everyday Life”
Full-time Faculty at The Cambridge School of Weston also:
Advise up to eight students
Support our co-curricular PACE programming. Through the PACE program (Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement), we dedicate time during the mod and the year for experiential classes, events, and activities that prepare our students to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and diverse world. A four-year co-curriculum, PACE has been designed to ensure that all CSW students develop self-awareness, social consciousness, healthy living habits, life skills, and leadership that will serve them into adulthood
Participate in up to two alliance/affinity groups, student clubs or committee
Offer two weekend activities each year.
Qualifications and Skills:
Minimum seven years teaching and directing experience required
Bachelor of arts or equivalent required; master's preferred
Administrative skills running a department or other arts organizations
Strong written and verbal communication skills
The ability to put in full days with additional rehearsals on weekends and evenings
Proficiency with technology
Ability to serve students with varying skills and from diverse backgrounds
Energetic, imaginative, empathetic leader with strong people skills
About The Cambridge School of Weston
A leader among America’s progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886. At this day and boarding high school located in Weston MA, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions — with curiosity and courage. Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, they find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community, and the world.
The Cambridge School of Weston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law. We are an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates wh...o will increase our diversity to apply.