Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
THEATER ARTS TEACHER & THEATRICAL DIRECTOR
The Theater Arts teacher and Director for Middle and Upper School theatrical productions is a full-time and exempt position that requires teaching Upper School Theater Arts classes (2 sections per term); teaching Middle School Theater Arts (3 sections per term); directing three productions per year - one Upper School play in the fall, a Middle School play in the Winter, and a Middle and Upper School musical in the Spring. This position is the primary designee in supporting all theater-related activities at Westmark School. (POSITION IS FULL TIME, EXEMPT)
Direct Supervisor: Director of Upper School
Group Affiliations: Upper School Faculty, Arts Department
GENERAL WESTMARK FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES
Teach Theater arts classes to students with language-based learning differences;
*In the event of remote learning, all theater arts classes must be taught synchronously
Have a high-level of understanding of special education terminology and research-based instruction.
Submit weekly lesson plans;
Integrate technology into the curriculum;
Maintain the digital class LMS pages;
Regularly update the grade book;
Provide quick grading turn-arounds for all students;
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences;
Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning;
Communicate on a regular basis with division directors, department chair, and advisors to discuss student progress;
Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers, and the community;
Cultivate positive family partnerships.
Participate fully in the life of the school which includes collaborating effectively and collegially with a teaching team, grade-level, and department;
Engage regularly in formal, ongoing professional development beyond school-based in-service;
Support colleagues and the school by substituting for absent teachers (when needed);
Participate in meetings, committees, and community gatherings;
Know, understand, and uphold the mission, philosophy and values of the school. All teachers contribute to the school mission and community with activities such as supporting student social-emotional learning, interest groups (clubs), social events, and grade level trips.
THEATER ARTS INSTRUCTION
Teach five sections of Theater arts to middle and/or upper school students;
Oversee the development of the Theater program for Westmark;
Plan and implement fine arts curriculum;
Coordinate curricula with other department and grade level teachers;
Be a consummate professional that strives to bring the highest quality Theater direction and instruction for Westmark families.
Participation in and attendance at all arts-based events including the Arts Showcase.
Additional responsibilities as assigned.
AFTER SCHOOL THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
Direct three productions during the school year for Middle and Upper School;
Produce and direct all shows;
Oversee: Costumes, Sets, Props, Lights, Sound, Music, and Choreography;
Oversee any additional personnel that is brought in to help with the productions.
Bachelor’s in education, Theater, or related field preferred
Minimum of 2 - 5 years of classroom teaching experience, preferably in teaching Theater to high school students
Strong desire to teach students with language-based learning differences
Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
Knowledge of Theater teaching methodologies
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Strong organization and time-management skills
Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
High level of interest in neuroscience research
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.