In support of the mission of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the Director of Arts develops and maintains programs in Visual Art, Music, and Theater that offer opportunities for student and community growth and ways to foster the development of independent creative thought. The Director of Arts is responsible for overseeing the operations of an Arts department K-12 while developing community interest in the Arts through shows in the Crawford Art Gallery, liasoning with a broad network of alumni, scheduling of endowed performances, and implementing community-based programs that connect SCH to the wider art community of Philadelphia. In addition to teaching up to three classes in their area of expertise, the Director of Arts is responsible for the curriculum in all areas of the Arts and works in collaboration with the Lower, Middle, and Upper School division heads. The Director is also responsible for overseeing the operations of the large performing spaces in the school and working with External Affairs on fundraising for large expenditures of the department.
Encourages growth and innovation in Music, Visual Arts, and Theater programs.
Works collaboratively with the Development and Communications teams on fundraising and large-scale programming.
Oversees maintenance and upkeep of large performing spaces and art classrooms.
Project management of two events each year and liaison to stakeholders
Maintains all program budgets.
Oversees curator selection process for Crawford Art Gallery.
Conserve and steward the SCH Permanent Collection of Art
Seeks out opportunities for community-based art projects in Philadelphia communities for students and works collaboratively with Community Partners.
Works with the Communications Department on publications, press releases, and curriculum guides.
Oversees the work of an Associate Director of Arts
Grades K–12 Curriculum Leadership
Works collaboratively to establish a rigorous, sequential curriculum.
Articulates departmental strategies in achieving the mission and goals of the school by setting objectives, assessments, and policies in consultation with the members of the department.
Attends the department chairs’ meeting each week. Contributes agenda items and shares responses to school initiatives. Communicates topics from the department chairs’ meeting to department members when appropriate.
Models reflective practice, professional growth, and continued scholarship for department members.
Communicates information to department members relating to planning, curriculum development and assessment, resources, facilities, and activities.
Coordinates the teaching objectives, materials, methods, and means of assessment used by each teacher within the department.
Convenes regularly scheduled department meetings:
Plans, publicizes, and conducts the Arts Department meetings once per cycle; emails agenda to department members and division heads.
Shares agendas and minutes with the Head of Upper School and Middle School.
In collaboration with Division Heads, evaluates continuously and supports the performance of each teacher in the department, culminating in an annual evaluation conference with performance assessments and shared goals. Supervision includes, but it is not limited to regularly meeting with new teachers, visiting classrooms, and providing ongoing feedback.
Arranges for departmental long-term substitutes in accordance with the school’s substitute teacher policy.
Conducts job searches to fill vacancies within the department in collaboration with Division Heads.
Orders equipment, supplies, and educational technology needed for departmental classrooms and related space.
Supervises use and appearance of bulletin boards/gallery/common spaces related to the department.
General Program Support
Submits staffing and course offerings for the upcoming school year.
Represents the department at various school events, e.g., open houses, transition evenings, and award evenings.
Recommends summer projects and programs to students interested in the discipline.
Provide the Communications Department news items for the official school website, Chestnut Hill Local, and other publications.
Supports the school and its leadership.
Performs additional duties as assigned by the Head of School.
A passion for the Arts and experience advocating for Arts Education within a school.
Master’s degree or post-graduate work in subject matter and/or educational administration.
A minimum of five years of teaching and administration experience. Experience in an independent school setting is preferred.
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building.
Demonstrated deep understanding of cultural competency skills and enthusiasm for issues of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism.
Experience managing budgets.
Ability to see programs through from conception to completion.
Experience in upkeep and maintenance of large performing spaces.
In coordination with the Development Office, plans and executes events.
Ability to be proactive, take initiative, and creatively problem-solve
Confidence working independently
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills.
Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references to email@example.com.
About Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Pre-K–12 program is informed by what today’s students need to thrive in college and beyond and is supported by nearly 300 combined years of academic leadership in boys’ and girls’ education.
Through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum grounded in project- and passion-based learning, SCH students build resilience and a sense of agency while gaining an unparalleled intellectual foundation for lifelong learning and growth.
Students who attend SCH experience a robust, state-of-the-art academic program intently focused on preparing them for their future. The SCH experience is designed for those who are willing to be challenged, work hard, cultivate an independent mind, and exercise their creativity and curiosity will find the curriculum engaging and rewarding. At the same time, they will discover a nurturing and stimulating learning environment led by a dedicated, passionate, and highly educated faculty. At SCH, the community created by students and faculty is authentic and strong. It is a community in which each student’s unique gifts and capabilities are respected and valued and given just the right combination of challenge and support to... ensure that each student thrives.
SCH’s educational model is distinguished by single-sex education for the lower grades (Pre-K through 8) followed by a coed Upper School. This unique structure expresses SCH’s belief in the benefits of single-sex academic instruction in the lower and middle grades and recognition of the value of coeducation in a student’s final preparation for college and beyond.
Through this unique structure, SCH is able to offer age-appropriate learning environments for every stage of a child’s social and intellectual development. Faculty in the Lower and Middle Schools are experts in the different ways that boys and girls learn and have designed their curriculum to support these different learning styles. Beginning with the merging of gender cultures in Upper School, students are exposed to an ever-widening array of perspectives and opinions as part of their final preparation for becoming citizens of a global community.