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9/16-time Position: Upper School Visual Art Teacher (3D Focus)
Athenian School

Danville, CA

9/16-time Position: Upper School Visual Art Teacher (3D Focus)

Danville, CA 

Expected Beginning Date: August 2017

Position Description: 

The Visual Art teacher will teach 1 UC-approved, year-long 3D Art class, and 5 quarters of a 9th grade introductory visual art class that includes drawing and ceramics. Depending on future departmental needs and changes, the teacher may also be asked to design and teach additional visual art and/or interdisciplinary courses. 

The equipment in the 3D classroom includes: electric kiln, 8 potter’s wheels and a good selection of glazes/underglazes, power wood shop equipment, small metal soldering equipment, casting materials, stained glass equipment and a wide selection of glass. Equipment in other locations includes: welding equipment, 3D printers, laser cutter printer, metal mill and metal lathe.

This 9/16-time FTE position qualifies for partial benefits and requires some co-curricular duties.

The Art Department is also hiring for a Theater Tech position. There is some potential overlap and flexibility with these two positions. We are open to hiring one full-time qualified Theater Production Teacher/3D Art teacher. Please see job description for 3D Visual Art teacher, and indicate your interest in both positions when you contact the school.

Core Qualifications:

 BA with emphasis or coursework in one of the following areas: sculpture, intermedia, installation, metal art, fiber art, ceramics, etc.

  • Experience working with high school-age students
  • Ability to collaborate with a small art department
  • Comfort working in a digital educational environment
  • Basic skills in ceramics
  • Demonstrated commitment to education for democracy, justice, equity, inclusion, community service, and environmental stewardship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of recent experience teaching visual art
  • Professional experience as an artist
  • Experience with 3D media: ceramics, woodworking, metalsmithing
  • Experience with Maker tools including 3D printers, arduinos, and 3D modeling programs
  • BFA, MFA, or teaching credential in art
  • Ability and interest in teaching art courses outside of 3D media
  • Understanding of independent schools

 School Description:

The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community.  Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 440 students, including 42 boarding students, 30 of

whom are international students.  For more information about Athenian’s unique educational program, applicants are encouraged to visit our website:         

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status.  The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

We ask that all candidates take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: newspaper, website, referral organization, etc.

Please send letter of interest, current resume, link to your digital portfolio, and three references via email to:

Address letter of interest to Dick Bradford, Head of Upper School.

Deadline: 03-24-2017

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