Employment

Employment Opportunities: Semester Program

02/20/20

INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES TEACHER

The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students from public and independent schools nationwide. 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 engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with visiting artists-in-residence, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the rich 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. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at The Oxbow School includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections.

POSITION

The interdisciplinary teaching position is a full-time position (1-Year agreement with possibility for annual renewal based on performance). The Interdisciplinary Humanities Teacher integrates English with U.S. History and studio art. The residential nature of The Oxbow School requires that faculty live on campus and participate as full members of the Oxbow community while school is in session. This includes participating in community-building activities, acting as an important liaison between students and parents, and participating in elective opportunities. The Interdisciplinary Humanities Teacher will engage and model Oxbow’s learner expectations: creative inquiry, effective communication, self-empowered learning, a collaborative mindset, and responsible citizenship.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: FACILITATION OF LEARNING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE

  • Full participation in all components of the community and residential life of the program
  • Participate in ongoing integrated curriculum design and instruction in collaboration with academic colleagues and art faculty
  • Evening studio/dorm duty twice per week; weekend duty roughly twice per month
  • Lead a student Advisory group multiple times per week
  • Provide social-emotional support for students
  • Plan and participate in field trips and/or co-curricular programming
  • Lead an elective activity 2-4 sessions per week
  • Support student trajectory post-Oxbow
  • Serve on various faculty and staff committees dedicated to school improvement
  • Engage in professional development per dynamic and evolving student needs
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice leadership in the community
  • Participate in weekly meetings (staff, department, committee, etc.)
  • Lead enrichment activities
  • Engage in student behavioral redirection and disciplinary proceedings
  • Respond effectively to emergencies and high stress situations
  • Communicate regularly with parents and home schools

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Experience and dedication to a residential boarding program
  • Passionate about improving the lives of young adults and adolescents
  • Familiar with multiple 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
  • Dedicated to and familiar with addressing issues of equity and inclusion
  • Serve as a role model to students and provide leadership on faculty
  • 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
  • Track record of strong work ethic
  • Desire to provide thought leadership and incorporate educational best practices
  • An understanding that this is a 24/7 commitment while school is in session

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field
  • Experience working with young adults and adolescents
  • At least 2 years teaching experience
  • Dedication to working in a lively, progressive school environment
  • Current driver license with good driving record
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

The Oxbow School is dedicated to equity and inclusion in its admissions and employment process. Women, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume/CV (including three professional references) to The Head of School, Jennifer Jordan at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls, please. This position will remain open until the right candidate applies!

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