Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: UPPER SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER
Department: UPPER SCHOOL
Reports to: UPPER SCHOOL HEAD
Catlin Gabel seeks a full time Upper School teacher responsible for teaching four classes through the school year. These classes serve students with different skills and interests, across grade levels. We are seeking an experienced, dynamic music instructor who can lead choral and instrumental ensembles and who can build on our diverse ensemble offerings such as chamber choir, musical theatre, songwriting, electronic music composition, and rock band. We are open to new course offerings that suit our students’ skills and interests. The ideal candidate will have experience using a variety of teaching methods to support different learning styles and will be interested in teaching the whole spectrum of students. The candidate should be excited to help students build self-confidence through successful exploration and discovery in music; we hope that the person we hire will collaborate with the rest of the arts department and the middle school music teacher to build a program that serves students from 6 to 12 grade.
Catlin Gabel is a community where collaboration and relationships are pivotal to learning. As such, the personal qualities of this candidate are vital. These include being a supportive, engaged, and flexible role model who demonstrates the qualities of a life-long learner, a sense of humor, and an infectious enthusiasm for working with high school students. This teacher must be culturally competent and eager to create an inclusive environment. We are looking for someone able to work effectively with others in a spirit of collegiality. Ideally, this individual would be interested in envisioning a 6-12 grade music program as well as assisting students with clubs & activities in the Upper School.
Teach upper school music classes as described above
Engage in culturally responsive ways
Create a safe, inclusive classroom environment
Work with students to help them develop mindsets and skills like: curiosity, creativity, teamwork, resilience, empathy, independence, time management, and responsible decision making
Regularly attend, actively listen, and contribute to team meetings and activities
Develop, plan, and lead or co-lead experiential learning courses with colleagues
Communicate in a clear and timely fashion with parents, students, and colleagues
Integrate the use of technology to enhance student learning
Support and follow the Faculty Handbook for Policies, Procedures, and Professional Expectations
Act as an Upper School advisor
Other duties as assigned by Upper School Head
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MFA in a music-related field or MA or MEd.in an education-related discipline, alongside a BA in music is preferred. Demonstrated experience with adolescents or young adults is a must. At least two years demonstrated effective teaching experience is required.
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.