Harvard-Westlake School, a preeminent independent school in Los Angeles, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full time, short term (maternity leave) teaching position in the Visual Arts department at the Upper School (grades 10-12). The position requires teaching, studio and darkroom maintenance, and a substantial background in photography. The potential candidate will be teaching four sections of Photography I, an introductory level class. The Photography I class is designed to teach the fundamentals of digital and analog photography including camera operation, 2d design, Photoshop image editing, as well as visual literacy through the evaluation of images. This class also offers an introduction to photography as a contemporary art and documentary practice, centering largely on contemporary artists.
The successful candidate will have prior high school teaching experience (highly desirable) and will also have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their studio practice through evidence of exhibitions, residencies, etc., as well as a solid knowledge of historical and contemporary art and artists.
As stated in our mission, Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community and that includes our hiring of faculty and staff. Harvard-Westlake enrolls about 1620 students, approximately 55% of whom are ethnic minorities. The School is also dedicated to the joyful pursuit of educational excellence while living and learning with integrity.
BA or BFA Visual Arts; MA or MFA degree in visual arts, photography or arts education preferred.
Teaching experience at the high school (strongly preferred) or college level
Ability to teach analog/digital photography, maintain darkroom facilities, photo studio and digital lab
Proficient with Mac and PC platform
Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and to foster an innovative, creative and collaborative learning environment.
Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues with an understanding and commitment to cultural competency and how to support a diverse community of learners
Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills
This position is full time, short term, starting at the end of August – Fall 2021.