Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (SY 21-22)

  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: August 2021 Start

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. With more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as people of color, Uncommon staff reflect the diversity of our student population. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than 21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond. 

North Star Academy currently manages fourteen schools in Newark, NJ serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. North Star Academy is NJ's #1 highest performing public charter school and has served Newark families for over 20 years.

Job Description

Uncommon Middle School Performing Arts Teachers foster a love for learning in every student. Our Performing Arts program is culturally-responsive, fast-paced, and fun—with plenty of acting, dancing, and singing in every lesson. Teachers cultivate communication skills and build student self-confidence by sharing their expertise in musical theater. We have built a community that encourages respect, hard work, and celebrates our students academic and nonacademic achievements.  Our performance based program goal is to train students to express their authentic unique selves with confidence.

Responsibilities

1.     Instruction:

  • You'll create an environment where students feel empowered to express themselves through song, dance, and drama.

  • You'll help build students' confidence by teaching them enunciation, projecting voices, and public speaking.

  • You'll orchestrate culturally relevant in-class theatre activities. 

2.   Producing:

  • You'll direct annual productions that enhance and reflect school culture.

  • You'll review scripts annually.

  • You'll create or order costumes, production sets, and props when needed.

  • You'll craft production elements such as lights, sound, and set. 

3. School Culture and Daily School Activities:

  • You’ll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard. 

  • You’ll partner with students’ families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their child's learning needs.

  • You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions.  

  • You’ll support morning arrival, lunch duty, student assemblies, class transitions, and after-school dismissal.

Qualifications

  • A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization

  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting students’ social emotional and academic development

  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external partners in the best interest of students

  • A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of combined experience as a performer, producer, playwright, director, and/or technical support. 

  • Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or 2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a reasonable period after beginning employment.

Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions.

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