Middle and Upper School Graphic Design Teacher (Part Time)

THE POSITION

The Park School of Baltimore has an opening for a part-time member of the visual arts faculty. The successful candidate will teach one section of 8th grade digital art all year and one section of Upper School as needed. Courses take place in a well-equipped 18 station digital lab with access to large format scanners and printers, as well as plotting cutters and other equipment. Courses emphasize good visual communication and include an introduction to graphic design, basic digital photography, and digital illustration for 8th grade. Responsibilities may include advising yearbook.

Context

Park’s arts courses emphasize the process of making art, including design thinking and the studio habits of mind. The knowledge of a multi-cultural approach to art education is essential. All art classes at Park include critique, self-assessment, and exhibition opportunities. Park’s art department is designed to align our K-12 program in a cohesive way. Conversations across divisions are frequent and valued.

Qualifications

  • BA or MA in Graphic Design or Art Education, or relevant experience
  • Significant training and experience in graphic design with emphasis on the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience in digital photography preferred
  • Teaching experience at the Middle or Upper School level preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students and materials in a safe manner
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with long term projects
  • Orientation to progressive education and pedagogy

Additional considerations

  • The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of the history of graphic design and digital art and their influence in the arts and culture
  • Interest in developing new course electives based on instructor and student interest
  • Interest in collaboration with classroom teachers and with members of the K-12 arts faculty
  • Ability to work in collaboration with students
  • Understanding of the print production process and Adobe In Design is desirable

Responsibilities

All arts courses include formal and informal assessments and written reports. In addition to a part-time teaching schedule, the new faculty member will attend weekly department meetings. The art teacher participates fully in the life of a coordinated K-12 arts department. Yearbook advisors are responsible for leading students through the construction of the yearbook but are also the final editor of the book. Proofreading, working with various constituencies in the school, content and image editing, constructing and sticking to a schedule, working with the printer, and distribution are the key responsibilities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Park salaries and benefits are highly 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 program:

Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

This program supports summer professional development work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.9 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods.

Application Process

Send letter of interest, personal statement, résumé, and list of references.

Contact Person
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 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.