Westtown School, a Quaker, Pre-K -12th grade, co-ed, private, college preparatory day and boarding school, located in Chester County PA., offers a challenging and diverse curriculum that emphasizes action-based education, critical thinking, collaboration, service, and social action. Committed to character innovation since 1799, Westtown inspires and prepares graduates to become stewards and leaders of a better world.
Westtown seeks a dynamic part-time Upper and Middle School Dance Program Director to teach and direct a unique and diverse dance program currently rooted in contemporary modern dance and classical ballet. The successful candidate will join a team of experienced arts educators and implement a process-oriented curriculum built on teaching dance, dance history, context, technique, critique, and personal growth, rooted in our Quaker traditions. A teacher with an interest in pedagogy, an understanding of dance as a tool for understanding and social change, and a commitment to creating art that asks and solicits big questions will thrive in our program. This person will need to actively engage as a collaborative member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to be an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to and ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, which is evidenced in their personal and professional interactions, curriculum, and pedagogy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach the fall and winter seasons of the Upper School dance co-curricular and the spring season of Middle School dance co-curricular. Upper School co-curriculars run five days a week from 4:00-5:30 PM. Middle School co-curriculars run three days a week from 2:20-3:30 PM.
Collaborates with Music and Theater Department directors to produce annual Upper and Middle School musicals.
Choreograph the Upper and Middle School Musicals during co-curricular periods. The Middle School Musical occurs in the winter season, and the Upper School Musical occurs in the spring season.
Direct the Elements Dance Ensemble pre-season and three season program. Meets for two hours twice a week, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning.
Develops lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning and creating.
Creates dance curricula that empowers every dancer, and advances students’ understanding of dance analysis, history, technique, and choreographic elements.
Collaborates with students, production design faculty and lighting designers to produce seasonal dance performances.
Recruits and develops relationships with potential dance students to promote program growth and sustainability.
Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques
Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices
Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students
2 to 3 years experience teaching high school and middle school students
Bachelor’s degree or certificate in dance education and evidence of further professional work in dance (MFA preferred)
Ability to work with and teach students with a range of dance experiences and skills (novice to advanced) in a collaborative environment
Experience in multiple dance forms and styles
Willingness to examine the changing role of arts education for 21st century learners and an eagerness to be part of a growing arts program
A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community
Deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on culturally sustaining pedagogy, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.