Akiva Community Day School located in Nashville, Tennessee has an opening for an energetic, creative, and skillful art educator to join an incredible team of dynamic teachers. The successful candidate will have a strong background in the visual arts, elementary teaching experience, and a passion to teach children. In addition, the candidate will be comfortable teaching students with multiple learning profiles, and plan accordingly using instructional grouping so that all children’s needs can be met. Experience and interest in working with special needs students is a plus.
The primary mission of Akiva’s art educator is to help our students learn to think and work like artists, and to connect to Art and artists in a meaningful way. This educator will facilitate Akiva students’ learning to look and talk about artwork and the world around them. He/she will help students learn how to step back from a process/product to reflect and adjust. In addition, the art educator will help students learn how (and why) to share, help one another, collaborate, and lead in the context of the art studio.
- Research, develop, and implement an annual visual arts curriculum that incorporates active making, looking, reflecting, and collaborating.
- Contribute to the design and planning of student projects to show the links to visual arts.
- Teach a weekly art class for each grade K-6 each quarter. (COVID protocol dependent)
- Teach one art elective per quarter. (COVID protocol dependent)
- Facilitate a weekly “Art Recess” option for students to work/play in art during recess. This time provides an opportunity for students to collaborate on larger projects across grades, catch up on art class projects, or explore quicker make-and-take crafty projects that would not normally fall within the art classes’ curricula. (COVID protocol dependent)
- Lead a weekly 5-minute “Art Assembly” to facilitate whole-school active looking and discussion of an artwork or artist, highlight student artwork, engage students in a brief making activity, draw inspiration from the world around us, lead a demo, etc.
- Hang and install student artwork throughout the school to showcase students’ creative process/products as well as engage students, faculty, and visitors in active looking and discussion about what students have been doing and learning in Art.
- Oversee student participation in a major national art competition.
- Serve in a leadership role on a committee for the national art competition held at Akiva.
- Plan and implement exhibitions of student artwork outside of Akiva each year (i.e., at the GJCC or a local gallery, Art Crawl, bookstore, shop, or other institution).
- Assess student performance formally (through semi-annual report card narratives) and informally for progress towards meeting the art program’s goals and communicate this to the HOS and to parents when applicable.
- Provide semi-annual in-service training to the faculty and serve as a resource to strategize ideas and techniques that faculty can implement in their own art-based projects within their respective curricula and classrooms.
- Focus on integration with all faculty to enhance students’ art exposure and education on an ongoing basis.
- Attend in-service days when applicable to job performance/growth. Attend applicable faculty meetings, required training, and after-school events.
- Attend occasional evening or weekend events including the back-to-school picnic, curriculum night and student art receptions.
- Support the family-centered environment that Akiva works to provide.
- Respect and learn about all forms of Jewish observance and maintain the open environment so coveted by our teachers, families, and students.
- Keep up with the discipline of best practices, and work to help identify key artists, ideas, materials and tools that work to reflect the school’s mission of academic excellence.
- Communicate with students, teachers, support staff, and families to ensure the highest quality educational experience for our students, including parent nights when necessary.
- Share in duties outside of the classroom, including lunch, recess, and end of the day.
We are looking for someone with a passion for what they do and a commitment to strong communication with teachers, students, and parents. We look forward to meeting and speaking with any qualified candidate. We encourage interested applicants to visit our website at www.akivanashville.net.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with Art Educator in the heading.