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Employment

Now Hiring: Environmental Science Teacher

07/26/21

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEACHER

The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for high school juniors and seniors from public and independent schools nationwide. The School offers 40-48 students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. This semester program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to art venues, and lectures/projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art. Our goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills that are particularly valuable in today's increasingly complex global community.

POSITION

The Environmental Science Teacher at Oxbow is a full-time teaching and residential position. This position focuses on co-teaching an inquiry-based project with a studio art teacher. The course integrates topics in environmental science (including pertinent subjects like food justice, climate change, and place-based research/observations) with printmaking skills and tools taught by the art teacher. The course emphasizes the process of inquiry over the end product. Using essential questions as an entry-point for creative inquiry, the Oxbow pedagogy is student centered and project based. The residential nature of The Oxbow School also requires that faculty participate as full members of the Oxbow community. This includes participating in community-building activities, acting as an important liaison between students and parents, participating in co-curricular programming and elective opportunities, and assuming a supervisory role for students in a variety of settings. All teachers at Oxbow engage and model Oxbow’s learner expectations: creative inquiry, effective communication, self-empowered learning, a collaborative mindset, and responsible citizenship. The ideal candidate for this position will have wilderness expedition experience as well as farming/gardening experience. * See a more detailed description of the current course below.

Start date: September 1, 2021

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Actively participate in all components of the community and residential life of the program
  • Actively collaborate with faculty peers in ongoing integrated curriculum design and instruction
  • Manage the campus gardens; maintain tools and equipment and supplies
  • Lead students on outdoor nature expeditions in Northern California
  • Differentiate curriculum for different types of learners
  • Supervise students during evening studio/dorm duty
  • Lead a student advisory group
  • Provide social-emotional support for students
  • Facilitate conflict mediation and resolution
  • Plan and participate in co-curricular programming and enrichment activities
  • Lead an elective activity
  • Support student trajectory post Oxbow
  • Serve on faculty and staff committees dedicated to school improvement
  • Engage in professional development to support evolving student needs
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice leadership in the community
  • Participate in weekly meetings (staff, department, committee, etc.)
  • Engage in student behavioral redirection and disciplinary proceedings
  • Respond effectively and immediately to emergencies and high stress situations
  • Communicate regularly with parents and, when pertinent, sending schools
  • Serve as a role model to students
  • Provide leadership on faculty
  • Participate in and/or facilitate professional conferences

CORE QUALITIES

  • Demonstrate a passion for working with adolescents to improve their lives
  • Dedication to a residential boarding program
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity, inclusion, equity, and differences
  • Possess a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
  • Interest in staying abreast of trends in progressive education and familiarity with student-centered and project-based pedagogies
  • Committed to life-long learning and modeling growth mindsets
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and flexible thinking
  • Sensitive and responsive to student needs, concerns, and passions
  • Devoted to making oneself available for the safety and security of students
  • Skilled in conflict resolution and mediation
  • Ability to address student socio-emotional needs and mental health concerns
  • Thrives on creative problem-solving and collaboration
  • Interest in building a dynamic and innovative school culture
  • Strong work ethic
  • Desire to provide thought leadership and incorporate best practices in education
  • An understanding that this is a 24/7 commitment while school is in session

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position. Compensation includes salary (as determined by a faculty step scale and experience) and a benefits package that includes: health insurance, dental, vision, and housing with utilities paid by the school.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at: jjordan@oxbowschool.org

* Core Course: Environmental Science/Printmaking. Who is responsible for climate change? In what ways can artists respond to the climate crisis and positively engage in the conversation? How can we adopt resilient climate responses? How does the practice of printmaking support modes of critical thinking? This interdisciplinary course, “Field Guide,” situates students at the crossroads of environmental literacy and impactful, responsible artmaking. The academic content explores climate justice and environmental citizenship while posing questions about the ecological effects of traditional art materials. Students consider the importance of artmaking in the age of the climate crisis while gaining knowledge on global realities and potentialities. Throughout the course, students read and write about scholarly articles, pose philosophical questions, and debate strategies about climate impacts and solutions. Students utilize art practices to synthesize, comprehend, and shed light on the psychic weight of global ecological catastrophes. Camping trips to scenic natural spaces in the Bay Area provide students an opportunity to build landscape literacy which, in turn, is translated into maps and visual representations of nature. As students analyze both contemporary artwork and traditional craft, they hone their ideas and experiment with materials to produce a print series inspired by the natural world. Available printmaking techniques include: ink and watercolor monotypes, ink and watercolor relief printing, and experimental etching processes. Students consult with experts in the field -- from environmentalists to naturalists and artists -- who work in radical practices as a way to inform their own ideology and environmental stewardship. Core texts written by international environmental organizations, and Black and Indigenous peoples include: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Tending The Wild by Kat Anderson, Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calve and Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, Farming While Black by Leah Penniman, and assorted essays by Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Linda Hogan, and Robert Macfarlane.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Extractive and exploitative colonial economic models have driven, and benefitted from, climate change.
  • There is no singular solution to the problem of climate change. The fundamental changes required to solve climate change range from individual to systemic action.
  • Indigenous knowledge presents a variety of responsible and sensible models of resource management and should be prioritized information for young climate workers.
  • Printmaking helps students to work fluidly and quickly through creative risks, build confidence in decision-making, and develop the skills for a considered and comprehensive artistic process.
  • Making art involves the whole person. Artists translate their emotions, experiences, interests and knowledge into works of art; therefore each person’s artwork is as unique as they are.

*This course earns credits towards Environmental Science and Studio Art.

News + Notes

Annual Report 2020 - 2021

07/26/21

We are truly grateful for the generous support of our many donors from across the globe and the significant impact their contributions make on the lives of Oxbow students. Our commitment to creating opportunities for all students to create, grow, and thrive would not be possible without them.

See full FY2021 Annual Report HERE

News + Notes

Sundays in the Studios

03/17/21

The Oxbow School is now accepting registrations for Sundays in the Studios, a limited series of Spring on-campus workshops!


This is an exciting opportunity for Bay Area residents to have access to our well-equipped studios overlooking the Napa river. For those interested in receiving individualized art instruction, technique workshops will be led by experienced arts educator and working artist, Annie Duncan. Participating artists will have the chance to work alongside like-minded peers while working uninterrupted in a scenic location in downtown Napa. For safety reasons, space is limited. Course descriptions are listed below. Register early to reserve your spot!

  • Textile Design: March 28th, April 4th, April 11th
  • Relief Printing: April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd

Cost: $250 per person/per Sunday, sign up for as many as you'd like! Membership includes technique workshops and access to the Oxbow studios from 11:00am - 6:00pm. Art supplies will be made available, but artists will be responsible for providing their own meals.
(100% net proceeds from this initiative will go to the Oxbow School Scholarship Fund)

Ages: 14+ (Oxbow Semester and Summer alumni & families are welcome to join us!)

Time: 11:00am - 6pm each Sunday

Skill level: All levels welcome!

Space limitation: 5 artists per session

COVID-19 info: All state guidelines apply during the pandemic. Studio doors will remain open for ample air circulation. Artists must wear masks on campus, abide by a 6-foot distancing policy, and sign a liability waiver upon arriving to Oxbow's campus.

REGISTER NOW BY EMAILING ADMISSIONS@OXBOWSCHOOL.ORG

After we receive your email, we will follow up with further information. Please be sure to mention the date(s) you are interested in attending!

News + Notes

Spring 2021 Cancellation + Oxbow Summer Arts Institute

12/15/20

Dear Oxbow Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our Spring 2021 semester. Despite our valiant efforts and tremendous support from local politicians and the Napa public health officer, we were not able to override the California state guidelines or receive an exemption in our favor to reopen. Given the recent surges across the state, and Napa county in particular, we understand that the safety of the community comes first and that we must do our part as stewards in the community to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

We want to express our gratitude to the Oxbow faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to develop a thoughtful reopening plan that best suits our unique campus and community. We remain optimistic and look forward to implementing it for our Summer Art Institute, a new initiative that will provide students with the same innovative semester experience during the summer months.

The Oxbow team remains devoted to our shared belief in the mission of the school. We have proudly delivered an arts-focused program for twenty-two years, positively transforming the lives of over 1500 students. While this has been an incredibly challenging year for The Oxbow School, our legacy as a preeminent thought leader in arts education remains strong and we are committed to welcoming future students and friends of the school to our campus. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters and registration is open for our Summer Art Institute.

We will get through this turbulent chapter together. We are so grateful for your generous support, kindness, and understanding. We look forward to a healthy, safe, and celebratory year in 2021 and truly wish you the best during this difficult time.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan, Head of School

Beth Karpfinger, Oxbow Board Chairperson

Employment

Residential Intern/Dorm Parent - Job Description

10/22/20

THE OXBOW SCHOOL

Residential Intern/Dorm Parent - Job Description

POSITION: Residential Intern

HOURS: 40+ hours/week

STIPEND: $5,000 + housing and meals per semester

The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors from public and independent schools nation-wide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Oxbow School is located at the oxbow of the Napa River in historic Napa, California. The Oxbow pedagogical approach includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches that lead to more effective learning. Oxbow students are encouraged to explore the interconnections that form our web of knowledge by working with real materials in authentic settings.

The Oxbow Residential Intern is a 1 - 2 semester position for a recent college graduate interested in working with adolescents in a residential environment. The main responsibilities lie in general student supervision and the residential life experience on campus. The intern will collaborate closely with the Dean of Students to identify professional goals for 1-2 semesters. The dorm parent will live in the dorms to assist in organizing community activities and being an additional adult presence on campus for student life issues that may arise. The person who best fits this role is someone who is mature, has strong interpersonal skills, is genuinely invested in the welfare of adolescents, and possesses an infectious enthusiasm for The Oxbow School program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with Dean of Students and Dorm Head on a daily basis
  • Drive students to and from campus for appointments and miscellaneous outings
  • Lead physical exercise sessions 4x/week
  • Lead and participate in community building activities throughout the semester
  • Participate in field trips and co-programming activities
  • Rotate through weekly studio and dorm duties with faculty
  • Assist faculty with daily dorm life issues
  • Provide social-emotional support for students
  • Lead and meet weekly with advisory cohort (write advisee review letters at the end of semester)

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls please.

The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment

Dining Services Intern/Dorm Head

10/22/20

THE OXBOW SCHOOL

POSITION: Dining Services Intern/Dorm Head

HOURS: 40+ hours/week

STIPEND: $5,000 + housing and meals per semester

The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors from public and independent schools nation-wide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Oxbow School is located at the oxbow of the Napa River in historic Napa, California. The Oxbow pedagogical approach includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches that lead to more effective learning. Oxbow students are encouraged to explore the interconnections that form our web of knowledge by working with real materials in authentic settings.

The Oxbow Dining Services Intern is a one-semester position in Spring 2021 for a recent college graduate interested in working with adolescents in a residential environment and learning culinary skills from professional chefs. The main responsibilities lie in general student supervision, the residential life experience on campus, and assisting with food preparation and service. The dining services intern will collaborate closely with the Dean of Students and Head Chef to identify professional goals for the semester. The dorm head will live in the dorms to assist in organizing community activities and being an additional adult presence on campus for student life issues that may arise. The person who best fits this role is someone who is mature, has strong interpersonal skills, is genuinely invested in the welfare of adolescents, and possesses an infectious enthusiasm for The Oxbow School program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with Dean of Students, Dorm Head, and Head Chef on a daily basis
  • Drive students to and from campus for appointments and miscellaneous outings
  • Help with food preparation and service on a daily basis
  • Lead and participate in community building activities throughout the semester
  • Participate in field trips and co-programming activities
  • Rotate through weekly studio and dorm duties with faculty
  • Assist faculty with daily dorm life issues
  • Provide social-emotional support for students
  • Lead and meet weekly with advisory cohort (write advisee review letters at the end of semester)

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls please.

The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.



Employment

Head Chef

10/22/20

THE OXBOW SCHOOL

POSITION: Head Chef

HOURS: 40 hours/week

PAY: $24-$28/hour depending on experience (Spring semester approximate dates: early January 2021-mid-May)

The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors from public and independent schools nation-wide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Oxbow School is located at the oxbow of the Napa River in historic Napa, California. The Oxbow pedagogical approach includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches that lead to more effective learning. Oxbow students are encouraged to explore the interconnections that form our web of knowledge, by working with real materials in authentic settings.

The kitchen of the Oxbow School will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day, for an average number of 60 resident students and faculty. In keeping with the Oxbow philosophy of community, student work teams will participate in the daily activities of the kitchen. The experience will provide students with an increased awareness and appreciation of simply prepared, sustainably produced, food. When school is not in session there might be other programs that involve providing meals and special event cooking. The job is a full time position with benefits for the spring semester season (with the option to extend based on state guidance for opening).

Responsibilities include collaborating with the Sous Chef to:

  • Prepare and serve 3 meals a day/7 days a week for an average of 60 people during regular semester and other cooking responsibilities during the remainder of the year
  • Create schedule; plan menu; order food and supplies
  • Participate in the development of sustainable resources, especially organic ingredients
  • Be actively involved in the creation of “community” at Oxbow
  • Assist in teaching students with basic kitchen skills, food preparation, and kitchen upkeep
  • Plan and prepare for occasional special event meals
  • Supervise the kitchen
  • Monitor use of supplies and maintenance of equipment
  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness and order

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities: organized, team-player, flexible, open-minded, agile, enjoys working with adolescents, optimistic, hard-working, creative thinker, and community-minded. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls please.



The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.



Employment

Sous Chef

10/22/20

THE OXBOW SCHOOL

POSITION: Sous Chef

HOURS: 40 hours/week

PAY: $20-$24/hour depending on experience (Spring semester approximate dates: early January 2021-mid-May)

The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors from public and independent schools nation-wide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Oxbow School is located at the oxbow of the Napa River in historic Napa, California. The Oxbow pedagogical approach includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches that lead to more effective learning. Oxbow students are encouraged to explore the interconnections that form our web of knowledge, by working with real materials in authentic settings.

The kitchen of the Oxbow School will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day, for an average number of 60 resident students and faculty. In keeping with the Oxbow philosophy of community, student work teams will participate in the daily activities of the kitchen. The experience will provide students with an increased awareness and appreciation of simply prepared, sustainably produced, food. When school is not in session there might be other programs that involve providing meals and special event cooking. The job is a full time position with benefits for the spring semester season (with the option to extend based on state guidance for opening).

Responsibilities include collaborating with the Head Chef to:

  • Prepare and serve 3 meals a day/7 days a week for an average of 60 people during regular semester and other cooking responsibilities during the remainder of the year
  • Plan menu; order food and supplies
  • Participate in the development of sustainable resources, especially organic ingredients
  • Be actively involved in the creation of “community” at Oxbow
  • Assist in teaching students with basic kitchen skills, food preparation, and kitchen upkeep
  • Plan and prepare for occasional special event meals
  • Supervise the kitchen when the Head Chef is unavailable
  • Monitor use of supplies and maintenance of equipment
  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness and order

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities: organized, team-player, flexible, open-minded, agile, enjoys working with adolescents, optimistic, hard-working, creative thinker, and community-minded. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls please.



The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

News + Notes

Reopening

08/11/20

Dear Oxbow community members,

We are very excited to welcome our next student community onto our campus in the spring! The Oxbow community has always been marked by resilience, and we look forward to responsibly reopening with you and your children and our team during this pandemic.

As we continue to monitor the conditions of COVID-19 in our community and across the country, please keep in mind that our reopening plan may shift accordingly, especially as we get closer to reopening for in-person instruction for our spring 2021 semester cohort. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our utmost priority and at the forefront for establishing thorough safety precautions that will enable all of us to have a successful semester. Despite these efforts to implement strict protocols to keep us healthy, please be aware that the virus could still make its way onto our campus. To prevent this from happening, we must have support from all community members prior to arrival and throughout the semester. There are obvious risks associated with running a school during a pandemic. It is important that all staff and parents work together as a team to ensure the safety of the entire Oxbow community, as well as the local Napa community. While The Oxbow School is in very close proximity to state of the art hospitals and medical services, it is our goal to maintain a “prevention mindset” so that local members of the community can still easily access much-needed medical attention if necessary. We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you during these unprecedented times!

Please find the Oxbow Spring 2021 Reopening Plan below and reach out to us at any time with questions.

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan

Head of School

COVID-19 School Safety Plan

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