Date: March 9, 2020

Job Title: Art Teacher and Middle School Advisor

The Ancona School seeks a full-time art educator. The teacher will provide instruction in art to children in multi-age classrooms, as well as collaborating with the Middle School cohort, which includes the 5th/6th Grade Advisors, Student Support Team, and multilevel (special subjects) teachers for the grade level. This teacher works as an advisor with time dedicated each morning to building community and social and emotional learning. 

Specific Duties
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Function 

  • Prepares and delivers curriculum in various mediums that helps students process, analyze, and respond to sensory information through the arts. Incorporate the principles and elements of design and help students to understand and employ the use of technology and art techniques.
  • Manages the learning experiences for students to ensure the needs of the group and individual students are met.
  • Facilitates rotating shows of student work in the gallery.
  • Communicates regularly with parents, including weekly updates to the classroom web page and emails and phone calls to inform the child’s family of academic and social-emotional development. 
  • Writes narrative-based progress reports, leads and participates in parent-teacher conferences.
  • Leads class in advisory program, including daily advisory meetings.
  • Attends camp and supervises students.
  • Supervises lunch and/ or recess daily.
  • Partners with all adults responsible for students’ education and well-being; collaborates with colleagues to plan and execute Friday programming.
  • Prepares for and presents at school events, such as open houses and informational dinners.
  • Participates in professional activities designated by the Head of School, which may include workshops, curriculum retreats, meetings, grade reporting, planning, and other professional pursuits. 
  • Attends all pre-announced staff meetings and professional sessions, including staff, level, committee, and evening parent meetings. 
  • Follows the school’s policies and procedures for student evaluation and record-keeping, meeting all due dates as required.
  • Assesses the needs of the class and prepares requests for materials, furnishings, and classroom budget; updates inventory list and submits to Head of School on the last day of school. 
  • Other job duties as assigned. 

Pre-class preparation, including consultation with SST and Grade Level Team 

  • Track attendance and report to the school office students who are in/out
  • Receive and welcome students
  • Consult with other teachers for curriculum ideas, sharing materials, and scheduling common activities 

Teaching Expectations During Class

  • Uphold and reinforce positive behavior by modeling and reinforcing ground rules 
  • Remain in contact with the whole group and sense changing mood or activity
  • Conference with individual children about their work 
  • Treat children with unconditional positive regard and provide individualized care for needs 

Expectations After Dismissal

  • Refresh the environment 
  • Complete daily notes 
  • Reflect on individual children and group interaction 
  • Assemble materials for the following instructional day 
  • Communicate with SST and grade level team about any learning or social-emotional issues that surfaced during the day

Weekly Expectations  

  • Note needed janitorial services, work orders 
  • Restructure classroom routine as needed 
  • Place orders or go shopping 
  • Meet with co-workers, Division Head, and Head of School to share ideas, plan, and problem solve 
  • Perform the following selected duties as needed: 
    • Update long-range class and children’s records 
    • Organize special projects 
    • Read professional journals or articles 
    • Confer with Head of School as requested 

Occasional and Ongoing Expectations 

  • Prepare notes for conferences 
  • Participate in staff meetings 
  • Participate in parent education 
  • Participate in Board meetings, as requested
  • Participate in professional meetings outside of school 
  • Prepare for school’s community activities such as open houses, observations, and all general meetings or special events 

Reporting Relationships 

Reports to Division Head and Head of School

Work Area Assigned 

Classroom, Outdoor Learning Space, Hallway; must secure substitute or leave only at assigned breaks. 

Required Qualifications: Education and Experience 

  • Masters in Education or art-related field
  • Minimum of three years of teaching rooted in progressive education
  • Middle school or late elementary teaching experience
  • Experience integrating social justice themes into an art curriculum
  • Familiarity with Macintosh platform and Google suite of products


  • CPR/First Aid certification (preferred) 
  • Pass a background check
  • Have the physical capacity to work with children.
  • Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year.

Physical Demands

  • Reaching
  • Standing
  • Walking 
  • Lifting
  • Feeling
  • Talking
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sedentary work, light work, medium work
  • Close visual acuity

Work Environment

  • Inside and outside environmental conditions
  • Noise


  • Respect for children
  • Passion for education
  • Openness to growth and change

Expected Hours of Work

Monday-Friday, 7:50 am-3:30 pm

Wednesdays, 3:35-4:45 pm (Reserved for Staff Meetings) 


  • When supervising camp, travel is provided for 5 days, 4 nights, out of state outdoor education
  • Annual faculty retreat


  • Professional attire; no sweats, jeans, clothing with holes, etc. 
  • Be prepared to sit on the floor and avoid jewelry that can be a distraction to the children


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


EEO Statement 

It is the policy of Ancona School not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff, and termination.  

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit complete this form, and submit it along with a cover letter and resume, in one PDF, to: as soon as possible.