Lower School Visual Art Teacher

North Shore Country Day School, a JK‐12 independent school near Chicago, seeks candidates for a Lower School Visual Art Teacher opening beginning at the start of the 2020-2021 Academic Year.  While a bachelor’s degree is required, a MAT, MFA, or MAAE is preferred.  North Shore is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
We seek candidates with three or more years of relevant teaching experience, a demonstrable talent and passion for teaching visual art to students from Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade, and a commitment to making their classroom a joyful and expressive space for students. A strong understanding of current trends in aesthetic education, global art history, and diverse expressions of visual culture is desired.  Additionally, candidates must have a current, active practice as a visual artist.
 
Ideal candidates will be believers and cultivators of the ‘growth mindset,’ excellent written and oral communicators, collaborative and valued colleagues, and life-long learners who are committed to ongoing professional development. We seek candidates who have invested in growing their intercultural competencies and whose teaching practice – inside and outside the classroom - reflect those competencies. Candidates should nurture students’ abilities to express personal narrative in individuated ways, experiment with unfamiliar ideas and materials, and connect artmaking to their developing understanding of the world in which they live. The Lower School Art curriculum centers on developing contemporary skills through the exploration of traditional materials such as clay, paint, and mixed-media. Candidates should be skilled integrators of educational technology into their teaching practice.  
North Shore offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience. Additionally, North Shore provides an excellent employee benefits program, including health and retirement benefits. For more information about North Shore Country Day School and the opportunities available for members of our faculty, please go to www.nscds.org/careers. We are fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. 
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter specific to the role at North Shore Country Day School, a resume, a written statement detailing their philosophy/approach to their work, access to an electronic portfolio of their artwork, and a list of professional references (it is helpful to know the context in which the reference worked with the candidate and have both email and phone contact information for each reference) to careers@nscds.org. 
North Shore Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. North Shore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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