The Upper School (grades 9-12) seeks candidates for a long-term substitute position in our Upper School Arts Department for approximately 14 weeks. The Arts Department offers rich opportunities for both general exploration and advanced learning in a wide variety of arts disciplines. Course curricula are designed to stimulate creativity, facilitate mastery of skills and techniques, expand communication and collaborative skills, and build confidence and community.
The ideal candidate will support the Arts Department’s mission statement. In acting they will be expected to teach topics such as script analysis, monologues, movement and vocal work, acting for the camera, improvisation, and theatre history. In Stagecraft they will teach topics such as drafting, lighting, sound, set, prop, costume design and construction. We seek an individual who is dynamic, professional, and comfortably implements student-centered, inquiry-based learning strategies in the classroom. Depending on the candidate’s interests and the needs of the School, the position may include additional opportunities such as Community Service Coordinator or managing our Performing Arts Center.
This position requires teaching face-to-face on campus daily unless future pandemic conditions require that remote teaching/learning is necessary.
Ideal candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in Theater, Theater Production or closely related field and a master’s degree is desirable. Candidates will have, at a minimum, two years of full-time high school teaching experience. The ability to teach all areas of Theater including Acting and Stagecraft is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a desire to work with Upper School students in a supportive college-preparatory environment. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes, strong interpersonal, and written communications skills. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School educates students for a global world and welcomes, without discrimination, faculty and staff representative of all backgrounds including race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.
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