Art can be a very powerful medium for our students. We are currently looking for a full-time, 12-month Art Teacher to join our special education Early Childhood through Elementary School Program starting July 1, 2021. We are accepting and reviewing resumes and hope to quickly fill this role with a creative, thoughtful, and dynamic Art Teacher willing to continue developing our art program for all students. Gillen Brewer School is a private, special education school on the Upper East Side dedicated to the education of children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities, including language-based and nonverbal learning disabilities. All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters.
Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.
Early Childhood/Pre-K through Elementary School
Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Calendar to Follow:
July 1, 2021
The Art Teacher, a Head Teacher position, is a critical part of a child’s learning experience at Gillen Brewer. The primary responsibility of an Art Teacher is to cultivate and lead a learning environment in which students feel safe and confident as they express themselves artistically. The Art Teacher understands, plans, and executes key elements of innovative pedagogy that engender a deep love of art in students, prioritizing process over product. The Art Teacher reports to the Program Director who reports to the Assistant Head of School. The school expects the Art Teacher to act in a professional manner with regard to attire, attitude, participation, communication, and interactions with staff, children, and parents. The Art Teacher is expected to understand the school’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as set in the staff handbook, located on the school’s shared Google Drive. As a part of the school community, the Art Teacher is encouraged to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Duties and Responsibilities
Follow and implement a curriculum based on the Common Core Learning Standards and New York State Core Curriculum and for New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards
Know and apply elements of design and modern principles of art
Understand process over product and developmental needs of students
Develop a curriculum that addresses the special education needs of diverse learners
Plan, prepare, and showcase student work exhibitions for the school and within the community
Individually address the students’ physical, emotional, sensory, academic, and language needs
Collaborate with team members
Provide lesson plans/unit plans to the Program Director
Implement programs and strategies recommended by therapists
Maintain parent communication and seek way to include parents in classroom activities
Manage purchasing and maintenance of required program resources and materials
Assist in other schoolwide initiatives, such as bussing, arrival, dismissal, and coverage when needed
Lead yearbook committee and gather photos for the yearbook, working closely with yearbook designer
Planning and Recordkeeping
Informal/Formal assessment of children: collect evidence of outcome-based curriculum assessment throughout the school year.
Write Mid-Year and End-of-Year Integrative Reports collaboratively with team
The school is a community of learners. In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops. Teachers are required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.
Supervision & Support
The Program Director will oversee and analyze all aspects of the program through the use of observation cycles, in-office sessions, team meetings, conversations with support staff, lesson planning, curriculum development, student progress, and report writing. Staff development and support through modeling and coaching will be provided which will include in-house and outside professional opportunities. Frequency of observations and feedback sessions will be determined by the Program Director, Assistant Head of School, and Head of School. The Program Director will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description and the Teacher Evaluation checklist as a guide. Evidence of effectiveness will be collected through observations, discussions, and products.
You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances, including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, and other background checks.
To be considered, interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, and two reference letters. Please submit materials directly via email to HR@gillenbrewer.com. Please include your name and the position of interest in the subject line of your email (i.e., Agnes Tewper - Art Teacher).
No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.
Master’s degree in Art Education, Childhood Special Education, or Early Childhood Special Education (required)
Experience teaching Students With Disabilities (required)
New York State Teaching Certification
Required Skills / Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Thorough understanding of classroom procedures and management
Ability to develop trusting and supportive relationships with students
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to collaborate with the therapeutic team members
Team-oriented approach with a positive work attitude
Proficient with Google Drive and SMART Board technology
Employees must have the physical capacity to navigate the classroom and school environments in order to effectively meet the needs of our students. Such physical requirements include but are not limited to: walking, standing, sitting, climbing up and down stairs, kneeling, stooping, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting. Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats. Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.
Additional Salary Information: Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.
About Gillen Brewer School
The Gillen Brewer School is a reputable special needs school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan dedicated to transforming the lives of young children with a wide variety of language, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities. The school specializes in educating children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities including language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities.