Mounds Park Academy seeks a part-time (.60%) Middle School teacher to join our Visual Arts faculty. Specifically, this candidate will teach seventh and eighth-grade art which includes instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay work. There may be additional elective teaching opportunities, as scheduling permits, and as aligned with the candidate’s skill and expertise. All visual arts teachers at MPA are responsible for providing a classroom instructional program that supports the individual needs of all students by the school’s mission and values. We seek individuals passionate about teaching middle school-age students with degrees in art, art education, or related fields, with practicing artist experience also considered.
The Visual Art Department believes that art is an essential element in the growth and development of every student. As such, the department provides authentic learning experiences for students to create and produce solutions to visual problems, thus gaining insight into the elements that make up our visual language. Through a variety of methods and media, students develop skills in self-expression and realize an appreciation of the world around them.
It is expected that a successful candidate would:
Design lessons and develop curriculum
Inspire and lead students to enter the creative process
Supervise, encourage, counsel, and evaluate students
Challenge and engage students artistically
Foster and sustain an effective classroom environment
Communicate and meet with students and parents as necessary
Participate in the Fine Arts Department and staff development activities, as possible
Show a willingness to contribute to the life of the school outside of the classroom
Have demonstrated experience in the visual arts, particularly drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.
In addition, a candidate should possess the following personal qualities:
Have experience in art education with middle school students
A passion and commitment to art education and personal growth as an artist
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills
Admirable and compassionate leadership skills
Strong collaboration skills and a commitment to shared decision-making
Exceptional personal and professional organization skills
Flexibility and collegiality
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply as Mounds Park Academy is dedicated to better reflecting our student body and the Twin Cities area through this addition to our exceptional faculty and staff. Information about our school can be found at www.moundsparkacademy.org.
Submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a list of three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is selected.
Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent school in Saint Paul, MN that serves approximately 575 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. Since 1982, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose, and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.
MPA is committed to embracing diversity, seeking equity, and continually striving to be truly inclusive. As a community, MPA is focused on fostering a safe and inclusive space for all, aspiring to be cognizant of gender-identity and equality, religious understanding, socio-economic diversity, and racial justice.