Dynamic, creative, interdisciplinary and thoughtful, the La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) performing arts program is an integral part of each student’s liberal arts education. Whether acting in a play, singing a chorale, dancing a pas de deux or marching in a drum line, students are encouraged to use their imaginations while simultaneously building discipline-specific skills through intensive training with our dedicated faculty of professional, working artists.
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) seeks a drama/performing arts educator to work with students in our middle and upper school with a focus on building and sustaining strong relationships with students in grade 6 through 12. A focus on and attention to student-centered work is at the core of the teaching and learning community at LJCDS. In addition, building healthy relationships with one’s colleagues and the parent community is key.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to design, direct, implement and execute musical theater and dramatic arts curricula. Direct performances, and exhibitions both during school and after school. The candidate will report directly to the director of the visual and performing arts department and be on a pre-K through grade 12 team. In addition, the candidate will be a co-advisor to the International Thespian Society and support students in the pursuit of theater outside of what is offered at LJCDS.
Essential duties include:
Enthusiasm for working with students of all ages and abilities;
Continuous communication and collaboration with and across a team;
Daily Classroom instruction;
Runing rehearsals and attending performances that take place after school on evenings and weekends;
Ongoing communication and conference with parents;
Advising and mentoring groups of students;
Conferencing with students and colleagues as required;
Active participation in the curricular improvement of the department; and
Willingness to initiate or participate in the Outdoor Education Program with students.
The candidate must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and must have professional theatrical experience. Prior teaching experience is expected. Candidates with an understanding and knowledge of filmmaking are preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Google Workspace and Microsoft Office, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Blackbaud, Apple TV, On Record, Seesaw, Zoom, etc.). Expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction and manage daily expectations as a team member is also needed.
The ideal candidate is committed to leading and learning with dignity, with a high level of engagement in anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered, please submit your current resume/CV and a cover letter sharing your experience for this role and your interest in joining our community. Additional submission of work samples is optional.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.