Merion Mercy Academy, a leading independent Catholic girls’ school outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and student-centered educator beginning in January 2021, versed in current trends, research, and emerging ideas in education to serve as a part-time art teacher and teach Principles of Design and Digital Design.
The ideal candidate will embrace the school’s Mercy mission to promote a holistic education that is student-centered and encourages both academic and personal excellence. He or she will be enthusiastic about teaching girls, be able to teach students both at school and online, and enjoy working within a team setting of shared ideas and constructive feedback in a collaborative manner. The candidates will demonstrate skills in cross-cultural teaching and leadership practices, and be dedicated to working in a diverse community. He or she will contribute to and be committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices.
Candidates should be committed to encourage creativity and self-expression among students and fostering an interest in the fine arts. He or she must be a team player with initiative, judgment, and problem-solving skills. Personal characteristics necessary for the position include positivity and enthusiasm for all aspects of school life; warmth and a good sense of humor; patience and persistence; and excellent communication skills.
Reporting directly to the Assistant Head of School for Academics, the Art teacher:
Creates and delivers engaging curricula in a secondary school context.
Reflects the school’s mission and core values as a Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Mercy.
Establishes a culture of positive communication with students, colleagues, and parents.
Teaches Studio Arts: 2D and 3D design - drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture
Provides instruction in computer graphics, concept design, and layout in digital design.
Has the ability to meet the needs of students both place-based and virtual.
Communicates effectively with a diverse student population and is committed to developing inclusive teaching and leadership practices.
Demonstrates a willingness to respond to individual learning needs.
Develops varied assessment tools (both formative and summative) to consistently and effectively provide feedback and evaluate student progress.
Practices a positive approach to classroom management.
Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, department and staffulty meetings and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
Uses a range of instructional techniques and media consistent with available resources and student needs and capabilities.
Incorporates new technologies and tools in the creative process.
Teaches students how to identify elements and techniques used to create concepts.
Teaches students to apply elements of design and modern principles of art.
Furthers the students' knowledge of visual arts and media through art theory and history.
Develops an aesthetic understanding and appreciation that allows students to make qualitative judgments about art.
Enables students to create a functional portfolio of their art works.
Plans, coordinates and prepares art displays and exhibitions for the school and community.
Assists students with effective display and presentation of their works.
Selects and maintains required inventory of materials, tools, instructional aids and equipment.
Instructs students in the proper use and maintenance of materials, equipment and tools.
Monitors proper use and storage of materials, tools and equipment to ensure good housekeeping.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and statement of educational philosophy along with three professional references to Valerie Prucnal, Assistant Head of School for Academics, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.
A bachelor’s degree in Fine arts or related subject, master’s degree preferred.
5+ years of teaching.
Skilled in the use of computer technology to enhance learning and to deliver content online.
Demonstrated knowledge of subject content, curriculum, and methodology of effective teaching.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with students, peers, administrators, and parents.
Independent school/girls’ school experience preferred.
About Merion Mercy Academy
An independent, Catholic, all-girls' college preparatory high school for grades 9-12 located in Merion Station, PA.