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Chris Lin

AP Visual Communications Instructor

Job Identification:

Title: AP Visual Communications Instructor

Department: Visual Arts Conservatory

Classification: Part-time instructor

General Summary:

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts ®) develops the next generation of artistically gifted, diverse scholar artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. The school approaches the development of students through a whole-student approach and through a continuous learning environment for all staff to continuously develop their understanding of our scholar-artists. We strive to build upon, and improve our practices to make sure we are always serving all of our students to the best of our abilities.

The Chicago High School for the Arts seeks an instructor for the AP Visual Communications course for the 2021-2022 school year in the Visual Arts department.

AP Visual Communications (Junior/Senior Studio Course): 2 credit/6 hour studio class to take place every Monday and Wednesday from 2pm-5pm.

The AP Studio Art 2D Design: Visual Communications course is a two-year program designed around the creation of 3 final AP Portfolios: Concentration, Breadth & Quality. In the junior year students will work to master a variety of illustration and design skills and techniques by way of instructor defined assignments dealing with the principles of design (unit/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationships) which can be articulated through the visual elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space). At the end of the junior year AP, students will come away with a skillfully rendered, diverse portfolio of at least 12 design works for their AP Breadth Portfolio. In addition, they will be well versed in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. The AP Visual Communications instructor will help in the development of a compelling, complex and worthwhile concentration/thesis idea to explore in the senior year of AP.

In the second year of AP Visual Communications, students, for the most part, will be working on their own self defined, long term investigation and development of their Concentration. Each senior will create a work schedule, with the guidance of their instructor, which will ensure completion of at least 12 conceptually connected original pieces. While making the pictures, students will constantly investigate works by other designers who relate, on some level, to their own while engaging in continuous and related research, problem-solving and sketching. Throughout this course students will work toward developing mastery in concept, composition and execution of 2D design.

Job responsibilities:

Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values
  • Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.
  • Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.
  • Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.
  • Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.
  • Submit unit plans and lesson plans in Atlas on a timely basis
  • Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.
  • Manage studio material inventory and equipment: ordering and upkeep.
  • Manage studio set up and break down of equipment and furniture.
  • Document student work for digital portfolio files.
  • Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.
  • Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.
  • Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.
  • Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.
  • Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, exhibits.)
  • Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Attributes:

  • Minimum (7) years professional experience in the visual arts field
  • Minimum (4) years previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level, experience working with high school students is preferred but may not be required
  • Bachelor’s degree and Illinois State Teacher Certification is preferred, but may not be required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of ADOBE Suite: especially Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign.
  • Strong Graphic Design Portfolio

Working Conditions:

Job Hazards: This position requires a fingerprint and background check conducted by Chicago Public Schools.

Job Tasks: Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs.

Travel Requirements: This position does not require travel as part of the job responsibilities however travel may be required to attend professional development/conferences.

Salary and Benefits:

Part-time position.

Pay will commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process

Qualified applicants should apply online at and upload the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact Information for 3-5 Professional References; do not include letters of recommendation.

Applicants who do not follow the submission directions will not be considered. Please be aware that every item listed on a resume is subject to verification, and that any offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.

ChiArts has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our students.

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Contact Info:
Whitney Bradshaw
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL