TEACHING ARTIST ((IST)
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Handley Alternative School - Ft. Worth, TX
Full Time
TEACHING ARTIST ((IST)

JOB DESCRIPTION: TEACHING ARTIST (IST) 

Location: Metro Opportunity School at Handley Fort Worth

Reports to: Program Manager 

Department: Programs & Learning Systems 

Position Type: Full time/Exempt 

Supervision: No  

 

About the Role:   

Works in partnership with Program Manager and PBL (Project Based Learning) Instructors to deliver high quality instruction to Middle and/or High School students in an alternative education setting during in school time (IST).  

 

About Big Thought: 

Big Thought equips youth in marginalized communities to imagine and create their best lives and world. The secret that makes our work uniquely effective is the powerful combination of our social and emotional focus, experiential learning, community-centered partnerships, inclusion/equity lens and future focus. 

 

Throughout our 30+ year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out of school time systems, summer learning and juvenile justice intervention. Now, we’re one of six community partnerships in the U.S helping scale national best practices in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We take direct-to-youth programs and resources to communities with the greatest needs and share our evidence-based best practices with other nonprofits and organizations through a suite of consultation services including professional development, curriculum design and technical assistance. 

 

#Big Thought Way: 

Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to everything we do.  Our kids come first, and we use a collaborative, all hands-on deck approach to ensure that they are served well.   

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

About the Ideal Candidate:  

The ideal candidate is a practicing artist who is also skilled at creating authentic arts experiences for youth from marginalized populations for whom the traditional learning environment has not created successful learning outcomes. This person is patient, encouraging, attentive, and able to partner with other instructors to create innovative learning experiences designed to achieve multiple outcomes. Experience with Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Project Based Learning (PBL) a definite plus. 

 

What the Role Entails: 

  • Deliver high quality direct instruction to Middle and/or High School students in an alternative education setting, in alignment with Big Thought’s instructional framework of Six Dimensions of Quality (6DQ), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Project Based Learning (PBL). 

  • Use differentiated instruction and student-centered teaching methods that meet the needs of individual students in an innovative environment. 

  • Consult with and be coached by educators on aesthetic education practices as requested. 

  • Work in collaboration with Program Manager and PBL Instructors. 

  • Utilize basic classroom management skills. 

  • Perform administrative responsibilities, such as submission of written lesson plans, assessments, teaching schedules, managing supplies, including placing orders in a timely manner as requested. 

  • School district clearance of background screening. May be conducted annually. 

 

Special Knowledge/Skills: 

  • Demonstrated expertise working as a professional/experienced artist as specified by one’s craft, and/or as a practicing instructor, as well as curiosity about learning Big Thought’s philosophy and approach to education 

  • Ability to facilitate group decision making 

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously 

  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Strong oral/written communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; listening and relationship-building abilities, with ability to effectively interact with individuals of all levels and backgrounds 

  • Respond in a timely manner to various forms of communication 

 

Physical Work Expectations (not an exhaustive list): 

Big Thought jobs are hands on and can be physically demanding.  To perform the duties of these roles successfully, you may regularly be required to: sit, stand, or stare at computer screen for long periods of time; participate in external activities; use various office equipment, some manual; work in environment with loud sounds, multiple distractions and interruptions; be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures on occasion; maintain emotional control during stressful situations. 

 

BIG THOUGHT ASPIRES TO BE A WORKPLACE OF INCLUSION & EQUITY.  WE VISUALIZE A WORKPLACE THAT PROVIDES AN EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE.  WE BELIEVE A BASELINE REQUIREMENT TO ACHIEVE OUR VISION IS EVERYONE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT – REGARDLESS THE ISSUE AT HAND.  

Employees of Big Thought are expected to participate in mission driven activities, meetings, committees, etc. BT is based on a team environment and openness to always “lend a hand” as appropriate to another employee. 

All employees are required to adhere to BT policies and procedures.  All employees may expect to perform duties as assigned. In addition, all employees may be assigned “other” duties in the spirit of teamwork. 

Big Thought is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. 

NOTE: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  The CEO and/or designee has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.   

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