Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, has an opening in its visual arts department for a part-time teacher of drawing and sculpture, to begin July 1, 2021. Chartered in 1922, the school currently enrolls approximately 400 boarding and day students from ten countries and territories and fifteen states.
Students are engaged in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust. Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, musicians, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices. The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
We actively seek applicants who reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitable school community. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience with inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to advancing the core tenets of the school’s mission.
Concord Academy Mission Statement
We are a community animated by love of learning,
diverse and striving for equity,
with common trust as our foundation.
Honoring each individual, we challenge and expand
our understanding of ourselves and the world
through purposeful collaboration and creative engagement.
We cultivate empathy, integrity, and responsibility
to build a more just and sustainable future.
The school seeks to appoint an experienced teacher in support of a strong and well-established visual arts program. The successful candidate will value and seek out opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and engage with a diverse community. They will bring a creative and innovative interest to curriculum design and experimentation and a keen commitment to their own development as a teacher. We are looking for candidates with genuine enthusiasm for working with adolescents, curiosity about learning, and commitment to professional and personal growth.
The ideal candidate will be a practicing artist and an innovative educator with excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational ability; a passion for working with high school students; and experience with engaging inclusive and equitable practices in order to build community in a diverse environment. Preferred qualifications include an MFA or equivalent experience demonstrated through relevant depth of studio practice and previous teaching experience. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach three levels of drawing totaling five class sections over two semesters that will expose students to a wide range of material and techniques. They will also teach one introductory section of sculpture each year that introduces students to hands-on fabrication techniques in a modestly equipped shop. All courses are designed to engage students in both technical facility and conceptual problem-solving. A comprehensive knowledge of work and artists in both fields is required, and an understanding of the roles history, diversity, and representation play in promoting a comprehensive understanding of visual arts is essential.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, the candidate will be expected to maintain a spacious drawing studio that incorporates a sculpture facility, manage the ordering of supplies, and maintain budgets. As a core faculty member in a vibrant, collaborative visual arts department, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop and implement innovative curriculum and work on interdisciplinary projects within the department, as well as with other departments throughout the school. The current course catalog can be viewed here. Visual Arts Department members are expected to continue working within their own media of choice and are afforded at least one studio day a week to support these efforts.
The school anticipates being open for in-person learning for the school year 2021-2022 and may need its faculty to be willing and able to adapt to remote or Hyflex (some students in the classroom and some remote) conditions.
The school provides a competitive benefits package subject to the terms and conditions of those programs, and salary is commensurate with experience. All faculty members at Concord Academy participate fully in the life of the school; responsibilities include advising, serving on committees and/or clubs, and periodically providing an adult presence at school events. Coaching an athletic team is welcomed but not required and is remunerated separately. On-campus housing may be available, but it is limited, and faculty members are not required to live at the school.
Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter; 15-20 images of their own portfolio uploaded into a digital format (with preference for objects and illustrations created by hand); 10-20 images made by their students, if possible; current resume; and teaching philosophy that speaks to art making to:
Interim Dean of Faculty