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Visual Art ,
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Chris Lin

Drawing by Design instructor

Job Identification:

Title: Drawing by Design 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 Drawing by Design course for the 2022-2023 school year in the Visual Arts department.

Drawing by Design (First-Year Studio Course): 3-hour studio class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm-5 pm.

Drawing By Design is an introduction to two-dimensional art, design, and visual culture. Students will learn the fundamental elements and principles of design, using this language as a tool for visual analysis and intelligent decision-making in their own work. This course provides integral training that will help ground a student’s explorations in any visual arts field.

The ideal candidate will be a specialist in the field and will have the passion and skills to create a learning environment that will offer rigorous pre-professional arts training that challenges students to achieve at high levels. Instructors at ChiArts will be required to differentiate instruction; design lesson and unit plans that properly assess student achievement and encourage skill development and critical thinking. The ultimate goal is to help ChiArts visual students build a portfolio of finished and polished work. The candidate should be well versed in traditional and contemporary approaches to art-making.

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 valuesPrepare 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 basisManage 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 students' overall success at ChiArts. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Attributes:

Minimum (7) years of professional experience in the visual arts field Minimum (4) years of previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level, experience working with high school students is preferred but may not be requiredBachelor’s degree and Illinois State Teacher Certification are preferred, but not requiredExcellent written and verbal communication skillsExcellent interpersonal skillsStrong graphic design portfolioWorking 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 be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process

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

Cover Letter Resume 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:
Chris Lin Dao-Heng
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago