Visual Arts Teacher

Mayacamas Charter Middle School

Visual Arts Teacher (Certificated)

The Napa Foundation for Options in Education is seeking a part-time  experienced, dynamic, and passionate Visual Arts Teacher (Certificated) for our new charter school, Mayacamas Charter Middle School, targeted to open Fall 2022. The teacher reports to the Head of School and is responsible for the implementation of the Visual Arts curriculum and the individual art courses they instruct. The teacher fosters a collaborative and stimulating classroom environment for a diverse group of students, as well as fosters a strong collaboration between parents, faculty members, board members and community partners.

Because MCMS will be in its first year, we are not just looking for teachers, but for founding educators.  We need people who want to work, and can thrive, in a fast-paced, evolving setting, and who demonstrate flexibility, creativity and persistence. MCMS needs educators who want to play a significant role in evolving our model and curriculum, facilitating meetings, designing school systems, and helping to create a school culture that is focused on social-emotional health, high achievement and community. We are searching for educators committed to the love of teaching and building a long-term legacy for Napa families.


The primary roles and responsibilities of Teachers shall include/but are not limited to:

  • Foster a safe and nurturing learning environment in accordance with school policies and procedures focused on students’ social-emotional needs and development of positive character traits.

  • Organize classroom systems/procedures and manage student behavior to ensure that all students are fully engaged in learning with consistent practices across the school.

  • Establish an environment where students are excited about learning through engaging, dynamic learning activities such as project- and problem-based learning.

  • Develop and implement lesson plans according to identified frameworks for instructional design, collaboratively planning with fellow teachers to ensure interdisciplinary project-based learning across the curriculum and the incorporation of the Visual Arts into the overall curriculum.

  • Assist students in planning and coordination of Student Exhibitions; play a key role in preparing students to share their artwork with families and community members, and in assisting teachers in the execution and assessment of any Art-infused projects, that will be displayed at student-led conferences.

  • Liaise with the local art community to organize opportunities for students to have new cultural and artistic experiences, through field trips, guest speakers or other hands-on, engaging activities.

  • Build strong relationships with students and parents, engaging in student-led conferences, trimester report cards, online access to real-time data about student performance and progress and home-school communications as needed.

  • Be willing to be a flexible and positive contributor in a school where collaborative decision-making is practiced in developing project and problem-based activities.

  • Maintain positive relationships with students and colleagues.

  • Demonstrate communication skills that include the ability to employ active listening with depth of understanding and to share authentically for healthy relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.

  • Demonstrate openness and willingness to learn new strategies and mindsets to support the school’s  students.

  • Identify students’ areas for improvement and short- and long-term learning and behavioral goals in their ILPs and be able to work with students, families, and internal resources to suggest options for improvement.

  • Provide continual assessment of student progress and engage in collaborative data review on a weekly basis with peer teachers, Counselor, EL Coordinator and other staff.

  • Maintain student records, and complete assigned paperwork in provided timeframes.

  • Collaborate with Special Education Teacher(s), Counselor, SpEd therapists and consultants, and EL Coordinator (starting Y3, or earlier depending on funding) to meet the needs of all students.

  • Attend and implement Professional Development (PD) training throughout and beyond the school year, including two weeks of summer PD and weekly PD and collaboratively planning time with peer teachers, and to understand the school’s mission, philosophy, and goals.

  • Demonstrate support and knowledge of the school's goals and mission.

  • Attend and participate in school-based meetings and activities.

  • Additional duties as may be assigned by the Head of School.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications - Teacher

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; art major of BFA preferred.

  • Master’s degree in subject matter field or Education (strongly preferred).

  • Must possess, or be in the process of completing, a current California single subject teaching credential.

  • Ability to teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:

  • Strong knowledge of subject matter, including various media of Visual Arts.

  • Understanding of the influence of the various arts on history, and an ability to work with students to examine how art reflects and describes historical periods, cultures, and geographic regions.

  • Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative student data.

  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written).

  • Must be computer literate.

Application Process

We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff. Please send a resume and compelling letter of interest via email to info@napaoptionsforeducation.org

  • Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits

  • We are a non-profit public benefit 501(c)3 corporation

  • Principals only. No recruiters please.

Thank you for your interest in this position.