VISUAL ARTS TEACHER

(MIDDLE SCHOOL, GRADES 6-8)


Organization Background:

ICEF Public Schools is a nonprofit charter school management organization serving communities in the

South Los Angeles area. ICEF Public Schools operates high-quality, tuition-free, public charter

elementary, middle and high schools. ICEF’s vision is to transform South Los Angeles into a stable,

economically vibrant community by providing first-rate educational opportunities. ICEF’s mission is to

prepare all students to attend and compete at the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation.

The mission of the Visual Arts Department is to teach students to be culturally aware, individual, criticalthinkers

and creative problem-solvers through the arts so that they may compete in the nation’s top arts

colleges.

 

Position Description:

This is an 11-Month, full-time, salaried exempt position. Applicant will be able to provide Visual Arts to

middle school students, planning to meet the needs of the entire group as well as individual children.

Under the direction of the ICEF Arts Specialist and the ICEF Vista School Director, the Visual Arts

Instructor will create and lead weekly lessons and activities. The Instructor will demonstrate on a daily

basis a genuine care about students and a sincere belief that each student’s individual talents can be

developed. Outside of the regular in class days, it is highly desirable that the instructor facilitates

opportunities for students to showcase their skills, participate in contests, competitions, scholarship

opportunities, regional arts programs and other outside the class events. These often take place on the

weekends or after-school hours and volunteer time is highly desirable.

 

Schedule: Monday-Friday

 

Dates of Assignment: August 1 – June 2015

 

Campus: ICEF Vista Middle School

 

School hours: 7:30 am-4 pm

 

Classes: Intro to Art

 

Reporting:

This position reports to School Director.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Curriculum Development: The teacher is responsible for implementing an established curriculum

and at times developing curriculum in Visual Arts based on individual students developmental

capacities and needs. A commitment to diversity must be reflected in the curriculum developed for

students. The teacher is also responsible for collaborating with classroom teachers to help integrate

Visual Arts with other areas of study as part of our focus on arts integration. Assess student

learning on a regular basis. Teacher will submit weekly lesson plans to the Art Instructional

Specialist and school site directors every Monday.

 

Work with Environment and Materials: The teacher is responsible for designing, organizing and

maintaining the room they have been assigned. Arts standards, lesson plans descriptions, and

material related to the units covered must be displayed. The teacher is responsible for creating

displays of images from art exhibits and showcases throughout the campus including the

classroom, halls, and office, and keeping these displays current and labeled.

 

Staff: An interest in his/her own professional growth is expected including participation in

professional development opportunities either school provided or sought out independently. Each

teacher meets in bi-monthly staff meetings and monthly Parent Information Meetings (PIM) after

school. Each teacher must also make regular professional contact with the parents/guardians of

students in his/her classroom, so as to inform them of relevant matters regarding their child's

student achievement that can include parent/teacher conferences.

 

• Support the mission of ICEF in preparing our students to attend and compete at the top colleges

and universities in the nation

• Fosters a safe and nurturing learning environment

• Continuously builds professional knowledge

• Organizes classroom systems/procedures and manages student behavior to ensure all students are

fully engaged in learning

• Establishes an environment where students are excited about learning and preparing for college

• Develops and maintains lesson plans according to the California state standards

• Prepares lesson plans for substitutes

• Builds strong relationships with students and parents

• Communicates with parents/guardians on a weekly basis

• Identifies student's areas for improvement and is able to work with the student and family and

internal resources to suggest options for improvement

• Provides continual assessment of student progress, maintain student records and portfolios, and

complete assigned paperwork in provided timeframes.

• Conducts both student and teacher lead parent conferences

• Collaborates with the Special Ed Department Resource Specialist to meet the needs of all students

• Attends and participates in all VAPA and school staff meetings, Parent/Teacher meetings, and

other school-based meetings and activities

• Performs assigned duties

• Attends and implements professional development training throughout and beyond the school year

• Demonstrates support and knowledge of school's goals and mission

• Is detail oriented when tracking students' grades, attendance, and other student data

• Works with the Principal, Assistant Principal, and the ICEF Arts Department to ensure teaching

methods are directed towards meeting and surpassing the standards

• Special assignments as assigned throughout the year

 

Specific Qualifications:

• Education: BFA/BA in a specific Arts practice (i.e. Communication Arts, Fine Art, Visual Arts,

Digital Media) from an accredited college or university or BFA/BA in Arts Education from an

accredited college or university

• Current CLEAR California teaching credential with CSET/CTE single subject matter

authorization or ROP/LACOE single subject credential in Visual Arts a plus.

• Master's degree a plus

• Minimum 2 years teaching experience

• Be flexible and able to adapt lesson plans to a changing student population throughout the year.

• Demonstrated ability to successfully design, teach, and maintain curriculum, syllabi, and lesson

plans

• Demonstrated Visual Arts skillsets necessary

• Ability to work collaboratively and an interest in an interdisciplinary approach to education

• Solid knowledge of subject matter, including California State Standards and subject-specific

frameworks and assessments

• Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative student data

• Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written)

• Commitment to excellence and equity

• Desire to teach in an urban school environment

• Confident in managing student behavior, strong classroom management

• Able to take direction, work as part of a team, and be a strong advocate and champion of the arts at

assigned school site among parents, staff, administration, students, and community stakeholder

 

General Qualifications:

• Must believe in and live out ICEF's Core Values

• Must ensure achievement of ICEF’s mission

• Must have an unwavering belief that all students can learn and achieve success in school

• Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to foster positive

working relationships.

• Must be able to interact with stakeholders at all levels (including all staff, parents, students, and

community members) in a respectful manner and provide excellent customer service

• Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment

• Must have a working knowledge in using Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel,

PowerPoint (or pages, numbers, and keynote if using Apple/MAC products)

• Must have strong organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills

• Must attend and participate in ICEF staff meetings as required

• Must attend and participate in ICEF training programs as required

• Must have reliable and insured transportation

• Must be able to travel between schools and the home office as required as a condition of

employment

• Must have a valid California Driver's License.

• Must show proof and maintain a clear TB Clearance

• Must undergo and maintain a clear DOJ and FBI Clearance

• Must provide documentation of eligibility to work in US

 

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

 

Benefits

Full Health Benefits for this position

 

Contact Person

Please direct all applications and inquiries to Marie Morelock, Chief Academic Officer, at

[email protected]

 

ICEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer