The Maine Coast Semester School at Chewonki is seeking a three-fifths Art Teacher starting August 2021. Responsibilities include teaching Maine Coast Semester’s trademark course—Art in the Natural World and advising a small group of students.
The Chewonki Foundation (Chewonki.org) is a year-round, nonprofit environmental education center based on a 400-acre peninsula in mid-coast Maine. Our mission is to inspire transformative growth, teach appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenge people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.
Candidates should have a high level of interest in teaching exceptionally motivated high school juniors in a semester school that is committed to promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as building strong relationships with students and colleagues. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is comfortable using a variety of instructional strategies and enjoys working creatively and collaboratively to develop and plan curricula with Maine Coast Semester colleagues. Successful candidates must have a proven record of engaging students in place-based learning, fostering critical reading and writing skills, and inspiring a love of learning.
The art teacher is responsible for developing curriculum and teaching Maine Coast Semester’s hallmark studio art course, Art and the Natural World. In keeping with the school’s focus on place-based, experiential education, this teacher engenders in students the habits of creative expression and the development of a robust art-making process while orchestrating experiences and assignments that focus on the natural world.
Position Title: Art Teacher Employment Category: Category B Permanent/Temporary: Permanent Reports to: Head of Semester School Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt Schedule (hours and weeks): 3/5 FTE Benefits Eligible: No
Teach 2 sections of a studio art class–Art in the Natural World
Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and an anti-racist mind-set in the interest of students, staff and faculty across the organization
Create opportunities for all semester students to use the art studios with appropriate skill and confidence
Document and evaluate student progress and achievement on learning goals throughout the course and provide timely feedback and support.
Enable students to create a functional portfolio of their art works.
Assist students with effective display and presentation of their works.
Plan, coordinate and prepare art displays and exhibitions for the Chewonki community.
Must hold an undergraduate degree in art or a relevant field
Must have 3-5 years of art teaching experience
Ability to constructively contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community.
Ability to develop close working relationships with all constituencies including students, families, faculty, and administration.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt your message to students, families, faculty, and administration.
Willingness to embrace the lifestyle of working in a semester school by being a team-player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence.
Commitment to active collaboration while also possessing the internal, self-starter motivation to learn independently.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is in-line with that of other small northern New England independent schools, and will be based largely on experience. This is a ? full time equivalent position on an August to mid-June schedule (~10 weeks vacation/year). This part time position includes access to professional development funds.
About Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves children ages 8-18 in summer, semester, and school-year programs; and provides training opportunities for educators and other outdoor professionals.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is comprised of approximately 42 students and 16 faculty members, and is a unique semester-length school program of the Chewonki Foundation. As a residential school, it is designed to offer high school juniors and seniors the chance to be part of a vibrant community located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula in Mid-coast Maine.
The Elementary and Middle School at Chewonki is an independent school for children in grades 1-8, modeling the best of innovative teaching, integrated academic practice, and experiential learning.