New Media Studio Art Teacher | BAVC

New Media Studio Art Teacher

The Oxbow School

530 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

Full-time
Local (Bay Area)
Deadline: 
April 17

NEW MEDIA STUDIO ART TEACHER


The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors and seniors from public and independent schools nationwide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. This immersive program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to art venues, and lectures/projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art. Our goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills that are particularly valuable in today's increasingly complex global community.

POSITION
The New Media Studio Art Teacher at Oxbow is a full-time teaching and residential position. This position focuses on running a project with a humanities teacher that integrates content and skills using a range of new media tools (digital photography, darkroom photography, filmmaking, animation, mixed media). The course should emphasize the process of inquiry over the end product. Using essential questions as an entry-point for creative inquiry, the Oxbow pedagogy is student centered and project based. The residential nature of The Oxbow School also requires that faculty participate as full members of the Oxbow community. This includes participating in community-building activities, acting as an important liaison between students and parents, participating in co-curricular programming and elective opportunities, and assuming a supervisory role for students in a variety of settings. All teachers at Oxbow engage and model Oxbow’s learner expectations: creative inquiry, effective communication, self-empowered learning, a collaborative mindset, and responsible citizenship.

Start date: June 2021 (for the 8-week Summer Art Institute, followed by the 2021-2022 school year)

Responsibilities 

Actively participate in all components of the community and residential life of the program
Actively collaborate with faculty peers in ongoing integrated curriculum design and instruction
Manage the digital studio and darkroom; maintain tools and equipment and supplies
Differentiate curriculum for different types of learners
Supervise students during evening studio/dorm duty
Lead a student advisory group
Provide social-emotional support for students
Facilitate conflict mediation and resolution
Plan and participate in co-curricular programming and enrichment activities
Lead an elective activity
Support student trajectory post Oxbow
Serve on faculty and staff committees dedicated to school improvement
Engage in professional development to support evolving student needs
Provide opportunities for students to practice leadership in the community
Participate in weekly meetings (staff, department, committee, etc.)
Engage in student behavioral redirection and disciplinary proceedings
Respond effectively and immediately to emergencies and high stress situations
Communicate regularly with parents and, when pertinent, sending schools
Serve as a role model to students
Provide leadership on faculty
Participate in and/or facilitate professional conferences

Qualifications 

 

Demonstrate a passion for working with adolescents to improve their lives
Dedication to a residential boarding program
Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity, inclusion, equity, and differences
Possess a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
Interest in staying abreast of trends in progressive education and familiarity with student-centered and project-based pedagogies
Committed to life-long learning and modeling growth mindsets
Comfortable with ambiguity and flexible thinking
Sensitive and responsive to student needs, concerns, and passions
Devoted to making oneself available for the safety and security of students
Skilled in conflict resolution and mediation
Ability to address student socio-emotional needs and mental health concerns
Thrives on creative problem-solving and collaboration
Interest in building a dynamic and innovative school culture
Strong work ethic
Desire to provide thought leadership and incorporate best practices in education
An understanding that this is a 24/7 commitment while school is in session