Director of Arts

The Position

The Park School is seeking a Director of Arts for the 2019–2020 school year. This position involves overall responsibility for arts programs and faculty in grades K–12. Primary responsibilities include support and professional development of faculty, program development and coordination, and representation of the department and its work through advocacy, education, and dialogue with a variety of internal and external communities. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills as well as a deep understanding of how best practices in arts education align with progressive educational philosophies are essential. 

The role will involve some teaching in the appointee’s discipline but is primarily administrative. All initiatives will be implemented in consultation with division principals, the Associate Head of School, and Head of School. The Director will report to the Associate Head of School.

Context

The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, co-educational day school of 820 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The school is known regionally and nationally for its strong arts program. The Director of Arts would oversee a diverse department of 19 teachers in visual and performing arts and a 45,000 square foot Arts Center built in 2003. Facilities include a proscenium and black box theatre, a recording studio and keyboard lab, four multi-purpose music classrooms, eight practice rooms, a dance studio, nine art studios including two digital labs, a darkroom, a ceramics studio and maker space, and multiple exhibition spaces that bring contemporary art into the school. It’s notable that the department works closely together across divisions and disciplines and puts equal emphasis on the process and product of art-making.

Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

Qualifications

  • Orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in the arts
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in a variety of contexts
  • Familiarity with and curiosity about current best practices in visual art, theater, and music
  • Capacity for arts leadership in other areas of the school, including facilities, budget, and technology
  • Experience as part of a K–12 comprehensive arts program strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in the arts and arts education as a means for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society
  • Demonstrated experience with technologies that support current best practices in at least one area of the arts, and familiarity with best practices in technologies for all other areas of the arts that comprise the school’s curricula
  • Candidates of diverse backgrounds and/or experience in cultural competency work are encouraged to apply

Salary and Benefits

Park salaries and benefits are competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales. In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs: 

Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

A $5.6 million endowed program, established in 1989, supports summer professional development work by faculty. This program provides full salary and benefits for work on group or individual projects. Approximately 40% of Park faculty participate in FACA projects each summer. Projects are selected through a formal, competitive review process.

Tuition Remission

Under current policy, faculty who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. (Faculty children must meet the same standards for admission as all other applicants.) During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for financial assistance through Park’s need-based Tuition Assistance Program.

Application Process
(Applications Accepted Through Friday, DECEMBER 14)

Please send letter of interest, resume, personal statement, and recommendations via email or US mail to: 

Priscilla Morales
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone (410) 339-4159
FAX (410) 339-4125
academicresources@parkschool.net

The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.