New England Innovation Academy seeks an inspiring middle and high school art teacher who develops students’ passions and curiosities and helps them think deeply about the world through various lenses of instructing students in the basic principles of art, art history, and artistic behaviors in art mediums such as paint, pencil, charcoal, pastels, block-printing, clay and possibly fabric and photography.
The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to a small cohort of students, and actively supporting various student life activities. We seek a dynamic teacher who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. Candidates should be passionate about teaching middle and high school students and have a love for art.
Teachers at NEIA encourage collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems. Teachers invest in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, residential life when we include boarding students, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Under the general supervision and guidance of the Dean of Faculty, teachers are responsible for preparing lesson plans, educating students, and collaborating with colleagues. Their duties include assessing student work and performance, providing feedback, documenting student progress, and assigning homework if relevant. Teachers must be able to command their classroom and reach students with an engaging project-based curriculum. Teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential and accomplish the learning goals of NEIA.
Embodying NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions;
Planning, preparing, and delivering instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences;
Incorporating goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to the student’s life
Achieving school and course-wide performance goals for every student in the class;
Identifying students struggling with learning, emotional problems, or situations at home and finding them the resources they need.
Hosting and collaborating with colleagues to work in partnership on curriculum planning and implementation
Implementing an arts curriculum that includes a full range of art activities appropriate to the age and experience level of the students
Planning and executing at least one art exhibition during the school year
Engaging students in a beautification project
Displaying student work throughout the school in a way that educates and informs the school community about work that is happening in a thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing manner.
Providing instructional support to help scaffold language and content domains to deliver rich, authentic instruction for all students
Communicating with families regularly to discuss student performance, attendance, progress, etc. via phone calls, emails, written correspondence.
The ideal candidate possesses the following competencies:
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times;
Proficient knowledge of teaching strategies and methods;
Ability to incorporate goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to student’s lives;
Critical thinking skills;
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Exceptional administrative and organization skills;
Uses technology effectively in teaching, learning, and administrative functions;
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Understand the theory and practice of human-centered design
Proficient knowledge of art history and different art genres in order to teach a range of art styles
Ability to communicate concrete and abstract concepts to students
Ability to spot and cultivate creativity
Teach a variety of art classes, possibly including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and/ or technology
This 12-month, full-time faculty position begins in August 2021. The founding faculty will also be compensated additionally for fleshing out the curriculum and program for up to two weeks in July.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to Ayla Gavins, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, at email@example.com. Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including two or three on-demand short written responses to prompts; a recording of a lesson taught this past year or, if this is not available, teaching a sample lesson on Zoom to members of the NEIA team; and in the final stage of the process the contact information for three professional references.
About New England innovation Academy
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.