Job Title: Middle School (Grades 5-8) Performing Arts Teacher & Advisor
Date Available: August 2019
Reports To: Head of Middle School
Middle School (Grades 5-8) Performing Arts Teacher and Advisor
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent, community Jewish day school that combines the best of Jewish learning and traditions with innovative educational practices in a rigorous and nurturing learning environment. We are currently seeking a warm, talented educator who will serve as a full-time performing arts teacher and middle school advisor beginning in the fall of 2019.
The ideal candidate will love working with fifth through eighth-grade students and understand the unique developmental needs of each grade level of students. They will have strong interpersonal skills inclusive of written and oral communication skills, be a collaborative team player, and be excited about integrating the arts and technology both in the performing arts classroom and throughout the middle school curriculum. Additionally, the candidate should possess a strong academic and/or professional background in the performing arts and middle-level education. A desire to instill students with a passion for learning is essential. The candidate must be able to cultivate creativity, foster a strong sense of community, and encourage a high level of personal responsibility and appropriate risk-taking, while supporting students' creative thinking and fundamental theatrical skills, including performance abilities and stage presence.
Bernard Zell seeks an individual whom, as an advisor, understands the importance of supporting and advocating for students both with grade level faculty and with parents. The ability to be a good listener, set goals and make plans with students and their families is a key to success. Seeing children as individuals and appreciating diversity in learning styles is essential to this role. In addition, the collaboration with a grade level team of advisors to plan the learning, as well as set routines and expectations, is essential.
In Fall 2019, Bernard Zell will open a brand new performing arts space. In addition to a new stage and green room space, performing arts, vocal music, and instrumental music classes, will all benefit from new classrooms.
Develop curriculum and teach all performing arts courses, grades five through eight
Coordinate all aspects of two major stage productions (seventh-grade play & eighth-grade Operetta), including:
Taking on roles of artistic, vocal and producer. Experience as a technical director welcome.
Working with students and collaborating with faculty from pre-planning through auditions to post-production
Ensuring productions align with our school’s mission and values
Coordinating the Sibling Cast alongside other arts’ team members for the Operetta
Communicating with outside vendors to arrange such items as stage and lighting rentals, videography, choreography, costuming, and anything else needed.
Working with internal facilities manager before technical weeks or performances.
Assist other Arts Department faculty with a variety of productions, including the Hanukkah Festival, Special Friends' Day Music Festival, the One Voice Cabaret, and Music Awards Banquet
Embrace the advisor role and understand the collaborative nature of working with a grade level advisory team
Work together with the 8th-grade team to plan and prepare for graduation
Qualifications & Skills
Advanced theatrical and musical background including experience in directing, vocal music, acting, producing, and management. Experience in choreography or technical theatre welcomed.
Experience as a middle school educator
Ability to passionately embed in the Performing Arts program the Jewish values and mission of the school
Strong technology skills, inclusive of integrating technology (iPad, Chromebook, Google Apps, etc.) into the art experience
Strive to unleash a student’s creative potential and support creative risk-taking
Demonstrate strong organizational skills
Model high flexibility and collaboration skills
As a condition of employment, all applicants must successfully pass a criminal background screening.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has a long-standing policy of equal employment opportunity for every person regardless of age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or citizenship.
Bernard Zell recruits, hires and promotes individuals without regard to these characteristics, and all staffing decisions are based solely on the qualifications of each individual and the legitimate educational needs of our students.
The school does not discriminate in working conditions, physical facilities or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, including transfer, compensation, training, promotion, demotion or separation based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, and harassment based on any of these or other characteristics.
About Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.