Dexter Southfield, Brookline, MA
Accredited by NEASC
About Dexter Southfield
Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just miles from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”
About Our Team
Our Visual Arts team is made up of highly talented and practicing artists who are actively engaged in their profession and who demonstrate exceptional commitment to sharing their knowledge, excitement, and appreciation for the practice of making art with students of all ages. If your passion is sculpting, ceramics, mural-making, and other visual art, this full-time studio art position may be your next career opportunity.
You are an experienced and practicing artist who, through structured and open-ended studio activities, engages students in honing their skills to express themselves through their artwork. You encourage students to take pride in their work through careful craftsmanship and respectful classroom practices that explore the relationship between artist and viewer to enrich our community. You are a flexible and resilient team player, able to adapt to an ever-changing landscape, and you pitch in whenever and wherever needed. A sharp attention to detail and creativity are your trademark. You have a proven yourself as someone who can manage competing priorities with integrity, humor, and sound judgment.
To be successful in this role, you must be able to:
- Provide instruction to students in general art and sculpture classes
- Create public speaking murals by collaborating with faculty to research and select suitable imagery for murals and directing the collaborative painting of the mural
- Assume responsibility for ceramic projects, including kiln and project management
- Label, mount, and hang artwork for gallery and hallway displays
- Complete quarterly grade reports and comments
- Communicate student concerns with classroom teachers and advisors
- Provide backup support, teaching and/or classroom monitoring for art department faculty
- Participate in weekly departmental meetings and monthly faculty meetings
- Participate in open houses, back-to-school nights, parent-teacher conferences, and other events
- Attend school plays and other student performances
- Advise and support faculty on matters related to studio art, including projects, supplies, etc.
- Maintain a clean and organized studio, inclusive of supplies, furniture, equipment, and projects
- Other duties as assigned (including, but not limited to, classroom and lunchroom assistance)
- Bachelor's degree in subject area from an accredited college or university required; advanced degree preferred
- Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, and methods of studio art, classroom management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
- At least three years full-time experience working with middle and lower school students
- Effective interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written, and non-verbal)
- Ability to establish and nurture effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
- Understand the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of students of all abilities and ages
- Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
- Demonstrated ability to provide a motivating and engaging learning environment
- Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments
- History of continued education or professional development in general education or assigned subject area(s) through in-service training programs or independent studies
- A sense of humor and interest in working with children of all ages, particularly middle and lower school
At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued, respected, and are rewarded with a generous employee benefit package.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Urbonas, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.