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Poetry Instructor

Poetry Workshop

The Chicago High School for the Arts seeks a part-time Poetry instructor for the 2019-20 school year in the Creative Writing department.

We seek a Poetry Workshop Creative Writing Instructor who will teach on Mondays from 2:00-5:00. The Poetry Workshop is planned collaboratively with the Wednesday Workshop Instructor.

The Poetry Workshop combines intensive study of craft through reading with intensive practice of craft through writing and critique.

Position Summary:

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 and is experienced in working with high school age students. 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.


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 on a timely basis

+ Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.

+ 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, readings.)

+ Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.


Bachelor’s degree

Minimum (7) years professional experience in creative writing or course-related field

Minimum (4) years previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level preferably in the content area.

Prior experience teaching high school students is strongly preferred.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent curriculum development skills

Excellent classroom management ability


Part- time position


Qualified applicants should visit employment page of our website

Qualified applicants should upload the following:

(1) Cover Letter

(2) Resumes (teaching, writing, other related resumes)

(3) 3-5 Professional References: Name, position, telephone number, and email (upload as "other" document) and salary history/requirements

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago