Exciting Opportunity at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California
Francis Parker School is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator who shares its core values: Students First, Academic Excellence, Global Perspective, Strength of Character, Inclusive Community, and No Limit to Better. Collegial and collaborative, Parker faculty create a learning environment that is dynamic and engaging. Parker faculty are content and pedagogical experts who invest in professional growth generously supported by the School. Importantly, Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community creates a culture of respect for all.
If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity.
About Francis Parker School:
Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
Francis Parker School seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate teacher to teach in our Art Department.
The Middle School, which includes grades 6-8 and enrolls 300+ students, is a lively and dynamic place. True to the vision of the school’s namesake, Colonel Francis W. Parker, the Middle School emphasizes the importance of learning through doing. A rigorous curriculum guided by a passionate and caring faculty nurtures in students a lifelong love of learning.
The Upper School, which includes grades 9-12 and enrolls 500+ students, is a rigorous and supportive academic environment focused on preparing students for intellectual engagement while in high school and in the years beyond. Building on the work of the Lower and Middle Schools, the Upper School emphasizes academic achievement, global citizenship, and strength of character in order to prepare students to make a meaningful difference in the world.
The preferred candidate will have a depth of content knowledge that equips her or him teach in both the Middle and Upper Schools, while also having the broad teaching repertoire required for a range of both learners and grade levels. For 2019-20, the open teaching assignment will most likely include, but may not be limited to, courses in both the Middle and Upper School. Applicants should have a broad ability to teach a variety of art courses in the 6-12 continuum including Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing and 2D Design. The exact teaching assignment is based on both the needs of the department and the particular experience and skill set of the teacher. As such, flexibility is a must!
Developing and executing studio classes; assigning relevant coursework; creating and administering thoughtful assessments; evaluating student performance.
Working with a wide range of age appropriate 2D art media and techniques.
Working collaboratively with the department and the assigned grade-level team.
Employing a variety of methodologies in facilitating student creative expression.
Planning and teaching a challenging course of study in a developmentally appropriate manner with experience in differentiated instruction.
Communicating and meeting with parents when necessary.
Advising and mentoring a group of students.
Meeting with students and colleagues as required.
Participating in the curricular improvement of the department.
Willingness to initiate or participate in co-curricular activities such as Global Education Trips/Discovery Week, Camp, Academic League, Scribe - our student magazine, or Coaching Athletics.
Participating in the daily life of the school and taking on additional and appropriate extracurricular responsibilities.
A BFA degree in a 2D Art specialism; preferably an MFA. Teaching certificate in 2D Art is desirable
Advanced Placement (AP) teaching experience preparing students for AP exam and portfolio preparation for Art School and College applicants
The ability to passionately and effectively teach both Middle and Upper School Art
The ability to serve as an advisor and mentor to Middle School or Upper School students
A strong and sincere commitment to professional development both in pedagogy and content area
High standards and high expectations for students
Commitment to being a positive and contributing member of the professional community
A love of children and teenagers/young adults, a passionate commitment to the study of Art and the creative process, and a desire to work with all types of learners
Extraordinary communication and presentation skills
A proficiency in the use of technology
A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
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