TEACHER - VISUAL ART, GR. 9-12 (SY20-21)

Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital ( learn more )

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3249820
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : March 19, 2020

Job Description

***BAA Job Posting For School Year 2020-2021***



Job Description: Visual Arts/Studio Art and Design Teacher


Reports to:  Headmaster


BPS Submission:


The Boston Arts Academy is looking for a Visual Arts/Studio Art and Design Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. Key Responsibilities: Teach full inclusion Studio Art and Design: painting, drawing, and graphic design classes; Design and implement student exhibitions; Develop and facilitate partnerships with arts partners and colleges; Write and implement ELL and Individualized Education Plan goals and objectives and provide timely and regular progress reports on student development.


Key qualifications: Visual Arts Certification; Professional experience in the Visual Arts field with demonstrated strong studio practice.





The Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the visual and performing

arts, is starting its 22nd year in September 2019 with over 470 students in Grades 9

- 12. It is a joint project of the Professional Arts Consortium, Inc.,

(comprising the Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory, Boston Architectural Center, New England Conservatory, Emerson College,  Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts) and the Boston Public Schools. The Boston Arts Academy is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and  academic innovation. The Boston Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of

aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional

careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society.


This innovative school features a college preparatory curriculum supporting

integrated and interdisciplinary teaching and learning among arts and academic

disciplines. Students explore the arts in both traditional and new media forms.

The Academy’s program is enriched by the involvement of the six members of the

Professional Arts Consortium. Both the program and the student body at the

Academy reflect the culture, ethnic and linguistic diversity of Boston.


The Academy is a Pilot School and a member of the Boston Pilot Schools Network,

a group of Boston Public Schools that, by union contract, have been granted

increased autonomy and flexibility to be laboratories of educational innovation.

This includes the right to extend the school day and year for both faculty and



Teachers at the Academy have a number of special responsibilities. The

Academy offers academic classes as well as classes in the visual and performing

arts. Often classes integrate artistic and academic subjects. Faculty members

work together to develop curriculum in all areas. The school day

has been scheduled to run from approximately 7:55 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through

Thursday, and 7:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Two times a month, there are

scheduled meetings for teachers until 5 p.m.


The school year for students will be similar to the Boston Public Schools, but

the actual school calendar may differ in terms of professional days for teachers

and other aspects. All students will be members of an Advisory Group and most

faculty serve as Advisors. (Advisory is a small group of students who come

together periodically to provide academic, social and emotional support to all

students.) Many teachers also teach a grade-level writing course to students.


Students are assessed through a variety of measures: Traditional tests,

performances, exhibitions, and portfolios. More comprehensive material about the

approach to teaching and learning is available upon request, as well as on the




  1. Teach visual art classes in different media including studio and digital media and exhibitions.
  2. Participate in the creation of an integrated interdisciplinary arts-infused curriculum including producing exhibitions.
  3. Lead an advisory group of 8-12 students, providing advice, support and evaluation for assigned students..
  4. Along with other core visual arts faculty, participate in strategic planning and department management.  Areas include but are not limited to assessment, recruitment and outreach, implementing technology, student case management, and exhibition/competition/partnership participation.
  5. Have experience or familiarity with the Chapter 74 Career and Technical Education’s Design programming.
  6. Communicate regularly with parents/caregivers about student progress.
  7. Arrange and attend evening meetings with families of students in Advisory Group (and other students as appropriate) as least twice a year, and be generally accessible to families.
  8. Teach or co-teach a writing seminar class.
  9. Accept flexible assignments, such as team and interdisciplinary teaching, working with different age groups and ability levels, etc.
  10. Work with university, college and community collaborators.
  11. Perform general administrative tasks to teaching and advising.
  12. Work for two days after the end of school year in June reviewing and evaluating year and completing activities.
  13. Participate in one annual retreat which could fall on a weekend.--?
  14. Work an extended day of eight hours, with occasional additional time as required for student performance and presentation activities.
  15. Take part in curriculum workshops, generally scheduled for the end of August.





  1. Possession of (or eligibility to receive) a Massachusetts preliminary license in Visual Art-All Levels.  For more information on teacher licensure, call the Massachusetts Department of Education at 781-338-6600.
  2. Bachelors Degree (copy of transcript required).
  3. Commitment to the arts as an important element in a complete education.
  4. Commitment to cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity as an element in a complete education.
  5. Experience and/or willingness to be trained in integrated or theme-based

curriculum and performance, or portfolio-based assessment, as well as Career and Technical Education.

  1. Commitment to and demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction in the classroom.
  2. Ability to take on responsibilities and prioritize quickly.
  3. Flexible working hours.
  4. Ability to work within a complex bureaucracy.
  5. Excellent communication skills.
  6. Meets/will meet all state and federal guidelines in order to be fully licensed..
  7. Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.




  1. Three years teaching experience, preferably in an urban high school setting.
  2. Masters Degree or equivalent thereof.
  3. Ability and/or certification to teach in multiple subject areas, such as graphic design or costume design.
  4. Fluency in languages in addition to English.
  5. Experience as an artist.
  6. Interest or experience in more than one discipline.
  7. Experience working with local cultural institutions.
  8. Experience with new technology relating to arts and education.
  9. Experience working in a heterogeneous classroom.
  10. Experience with portfolio assessment.



To Apply:  Send a resume, cover letter and (3) references to:

Kathleen Marsh, Artistic Dean, Boston Arts Academy, 11 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA  02122. Any questions contact Kathleen Marsh by email at kmarsh@bostonartsacademy.org.  All applicants must apply online at the Boston Public Schools website www.bostonpublicschools.org.



Terms:  BTU, Group I


Please refer to www.bostonpublicschools.org/ohc (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation.  Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.


Next year, many BPS schools will have a longer school day through the "Schedule A" Extended Learning Time (ELT) agreement. To learn more about ELT at BPS and whether or not this school is a "Schedule A" ELT school, check here: bostonpublicschools.org/elt.


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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Art
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