Located on Maine’s rugged coastline, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki offers a small group of diverse and academically ambitious high school juniors the opportunity to develop the habits of independent learning, an appreciation for the natural world, and the chance to practice the art of building a sustainable community. Students live in free-standing cabins with classmates for an entire semester. They start most days before 7:00 a.m. with chores; eat all meals communally; as well as managing a rigorous course load. This only begins to describe the interconnected nature of teaching and learning at Maine Coast Semester.
The Maine Coast Semester School at Chewonki is seeking a three-fifths Art Teacher starting August 2021. Responsibilities include teaching Maine Coast Semester’s trademark course—Art in the Natural World and advising a small group of students.
Candidates should have a high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that is committed to promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as building strong relationships with students and colleagues. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of instructional strategies and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively to develop and plan curricula with Maine Coast Semester colleagues. Successful candidates must have a proven record of engaging students in place-based learning, fostering critical reading and writing skills, and inspiring a love of learning.
The art teacher is responsible for developing curriculum and teaching Maine Coast Semester’s hallmark studio art course, Art and the Natural World. In keeping with the school’s focus on place-based, experiential education, this teacher engenders in students the habits of creative expression and the development of a robust art-making process while orchestrating experiences and assignments that focus on the natural world.
Position Title: Art Teacher
Employment Category: Category B
Reports to: Head of Semester School
Schedule (hours and weeks): ⅗ FTE
Benefits Eligible: No
- Teach 2 sections of a studio art class–Art in the Natural World
- Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and an anti-racist mind-set in the interest of students, staff and faculty across the organization
- Create opportunities for all semester students to use the art studios with appropriate skill and confidence
- Document and evaluate student progress and achievement on learning goals throughout the course and provide timely feedback and support.
- Enable students to create a functional portfolio of their art works.
- Assist students with effective display and presentation of their works.
- Plan, coordinate and prepare art displays and exhibitions for the Chewonki community.
- Serve as an advisor for 2-3 students
- Work to build purposeful, value-added collaborations with the Elementary and Middle School Art Teacher
- Take on other semester school responsibilities based on skills and interests
- Share meals with the community
- Contribute to the Chewonki community through participation in work program, committees, and Foundation wide events.
- Complete trainings, including Mandated Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens
- Minimum of First Aid and CPR certification
- Must complete fingerprinting requirements of Maine Department of Education
- Driver’s License approved by Chewonki’s insurance carrier to drive participants
- Attend Chewonki driver training
- Attend annual trainings conducted by the Chewonki health center
- Must hold an undergraduate degree in art or a relevant field
- Must have 3-5 years of art teaching experience
- Ability to constructively contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community.
- Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
- Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working in a semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence.
- Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently. The ideal candidate will be able to:
- Develop a visual arts program to meet the needs, abilities and interests of students at all levels.
- Design a range of place-based instructional techniques and studio experiences using essential elements from The Studio Habits of Mind.
- Expand the students’ use of individual and collaborative methods to generate their own concepts and problem-solving strategies.
- Incorporate a variety of technologies and tools that foster a rich learning process.
- Teach students to recognize and apply the elements of art and principles of design to strengthen their visual communication skills.
- Enrich the students’ understanding of the historical and contemporary art world through the work of local and global artists whose work is relevant to themes within the course.
- Guide students in developing appreciation and critical thinking as they observe how artists and art communities express and shape their work.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England independent schools, and will be based largely on experience. This is a ⅗ full time equivalent position on an August to mid-June schedule (~10 weeks vacation/year). This part time position includes access to professional development funds.
To Apply – Open until position filled
Please see www.mainecoastsemester.org for more information about Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.
Please complete the following information and upload
- A cover letter explaining your interest
- One-page statement of educational philosophy