Friends’ Central School is an independent, coeducational Quaker day school founded in 1845 and serving approximately 750 students in Nursery through grade 12. Located in the Philadelphia suburbs, the School has two campuses. The Middle & Upper Schools are located just outside of West Philadelphia in Wynnewood, and the Lower School is on our Old Gulph Road campus in the heart of Wynnewood.
The exceptional faculty at Friends’ Central offers a curriculum that cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical growth of our students. Our pedagogy is grounded in continuing revelation, reflection, integrity, and a willingness to accept responsibility. From Nursery to grade 12, our students participate in a process designed to foster creative, critical, and flexible thinking, along with compassion. As they transform from playful children to skilled, self-possessed teenagers, they are always intellectually curious and engaged thinkers. Friends’ Central prepares graduates to succeed in college and in life.
Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
Friends’ Central School seeks an experienced full-time Upper School Visual Arts Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Our Arts Department provides diverse courses and extracurricular activities encompassing the visual and applied arts. We seek candidates with both a passion for the subject matter and for teaching, ideally originating in their own creative practice. They should be able to provide technical instruction in an engaging manner while at the same time fostering creativity and problem solving. A successful candidate will be able to inspire students with a range of abilities and experiences to explore their individual artistic voice. This person should possess strong skills in, and the ability to teach, a variety of media ranging from traditional to digital approaches including but not limited to: drawing, observational painting, design and computer-based courses (for example architecture, graphic design or film). Additionally, this candidate should be comfortable teaching students not only to make art but also to view, appreciate, respond to and discuss art in thoughtful ways (some background in art history would be helpful). Experience teaching art to high school-aged students is required. Qualified candidates will hold either a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in visual arts or a BFA, although a Master’s degree is preferred.
We seek teachers who bring diverse skills and knowledge, a willingness to model lifelong learning, and an appreciation for collaboration with students as well as faculty from within and outside our department. Responsibilities for this position also include working with members of the department to create a vibrant gallery that showcases student work, participation in the annual inter-school art show, attending meetings, and working to continue to develop the curriculum. Other duties could also include: advising, assisting with student portfolio preparation, committee work, supervising a study hall, etc. The ideal candidate will be a welcoming, caring, energetic, enthusiastic, creative, innovative teacher with a passion for the arts, who sees the importance of nurturing the whole child with 21st century learning.
Teach studio classes including but not limited to: Foundations of 2D Design, Design Evolution, Concepts in Visual Art, Studio Art I & II, and possibly additional computer-based classes in the future
Build a technical foundation (skills, vocabulary, knowledge) while inspiring creativity and encouraging artistic, outside-the-box thinking and problem-solving in the students
Showcase student work in our gallery on campus and off campus at the Inter-School art show
Advise a homeroom and/or portfolio development for the college application process
Continuous curriculum development and mapping
Encourage collaboration within and across disciplines while developing a vibrant curriculum incorporating different media, styles, cultures, etc., and complementing and/or providing different perspectives to that of the existing department
Maintain a working studio, including ordering of art supplies, storing, and returning student work
Other duties as assigned
BA or BFA in related field required, MFA preferred
Experience teaching Upper School students
Strong personal and student work
References, resume, transcript
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, examples of personal and student work, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications without student work will not be considered.
Friends’ Central School seeks candidates with a commitment to fostering an inclusive learning community who will address issues of diversity, as well as enhance the Philosophy of Inclusivity and Awareness articulated in our Diversity Statement.
About Friends' Central School
Friends’ Central School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory, Quaker day school, founded in 1845, serving 800 students in Nursery through grade 12. Located on two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends’ Central blends a rigorous curriculum with enduring Quaker principles of kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit to create a solid foundation for a future of opportunity and success. Students at Friends’ Central School are taught to think critically and creatively, and they learn the value of good character and strong work ethic to develop into active and engaged citizens.
Friends’ Central seeks candidates who will enhance the philosophy of inclusivity and awareness articulated in our Diversity Statement.