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Contemporary Practices Senior Elective Instructor
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 a Contemporary Practices course for the 2019-2020 school year in the Visual Arts department. The Contemporary Practices instructor supports the mission of the school by fostering a safe, healthy, and inspiring learning community for students and teachers. Contemporary Practices (Senior Studio Major Course) is a 3 hour studio class that takes place Tuesdays from 2pm - 5pm. The Contemporary Practices senior elective course will orient students to the recent history of contemporary art practices. The instructor will provide tools that will help students develop an informed contemporary practice. Through exposure to a broad range of media and contemporary working methods, this course will prepare students for college-level thinking and art-making. Students will develop artworks and address key ideas in contemporary visual culture. Students will engage in unit projects, creative research, selected readings, group presentations and critical discussions to accomplish both individual and collaborative learning goals. Job responsibilities: 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 setup and breakdown 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. Skills & Qualifications: * 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 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. Personal Protective Equipment Needed: N/A Ergonomic Concerns: This position requires daily use of computers including typing. Travel Requirements: This position does not require travel as part of the job responsibilities however travel may be required to attend professional development/conferences. To Apply: Qualified applicants should upload the following documents: (1) Cover Letter (2) Resume (3) Salary History and Requirements (4) Contact Information for 3-5 Professional References; do not include letters of recommendation. Apply by visiting https://chiarts.org/about-chiarts/jobs/ 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.