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Sarah Bowden

Part-Time Visual Arts Teacher

The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois’ premier visual and performing arts high school, seeks a part-time visual arts teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. The Academy’s educational model is co-curricular: students engage in rigorous academic classes for five hours each day before immersing themselves in 3-5 hours of professional-level training in dance, filmmaking, animation, writing, music, musical theatre, theatre, or visual arts. (Note: The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a different school than “ChiArts”, a CPS school.)

Students at The Academy are characterized by an extraordinary sense of purpose and community. Most continue with the arts after high school: alums include hit songwriters, Grammy Award nominees and winners, Broadway stars, internationally acclaimed dancers and visual artists, and award-winning filmmakers and writers. Students also pursue degrees and careers outside of the arts: many alums are successful professionals in the fields of science, mathematics, technology, business, law, healthcare, and many more.

Reporting to the Visual Arts Department chair, the visual arts instructor teaches between 1:30 - 4:30 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and attends exhibitions and other activities associated with The Academy's visual arts program.

This position is an extraordinary opportunity for an ambitious teacher/mentor to play an important role in a school that routinely transforms the lives of its students. Simply put: this work matters.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Professional experience in the visual arts
  • Experience teaching high-performing adolescents
  • The skills and desire to teach beginning through advanced students
  • Expertise to teach foundation to advanced techniques in a range of mediums and processes e.g. drawing, design, sculpture, printmaking, digital mediums, etc.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to art making and curriculum development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with and maintain communication with fellow teachers, administration, and parents/guardians
  • An advanced degree in the arts
Successful teachers at The Academy are passionate about their subject area and its pedagogy, believers in the ethos of independent schools, committed to ongoing communication with colleagues and families, and have the interest and energy to uphold a rigorous curriculum while having a greater degree of autonomy than is typical at a larger high school.

The salary range for this part-time position is commensurate with professional and teaching experience; the working environment is inspired and authentically mission driven.

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume via email to Margy Stover, Visual Arts Department Chair:

The Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, and all qualified applicants — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law — are strongly encouraged to apply.
Contact Info:
Margy Stover
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL