Visual Art Teacher at Boston Day & Evening Academy


Position: Visual Art Teacher

Start Date: Immediate Start

Day & Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays (Sculpture) 10:13am -11:20am and

Fridays (Drawing) 10:35am-12:05pm

Class Size: 6-12 students

Type of employment: Stipend Position

Supervisor: Enrichment Program Coordinator

School: Boston Day and Evening Academy

Location: 20 Kearsarge Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119 (Walking distance from the Dudley Station)

Pay: $20-25/hourly (plus stipend for planning)


BDEA is Horace Mann charter public school serving its mission to prepare students who have dropped out of high school, and/or who are between the ages of 16 and 23 and at least two years behind traditional grade level, for success in college or career. Working with experienced faculty in an environment that blends strong academics with social and emotional supports, students are given the opportunity to earn their diploma using a competency-based curriculum that inspires critical and creative thinking, independent learning, and active citizenship. Competency education is a system that allows students to progress in classes based on demonstration of knowledge; to always be challenged but not overwhelmed by material; and to move at a pace that suits their individual learning style and life circumstances. BDEA does not have grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, nor do we use Carnegie Units (A, B, C, D, F) to measure knowledge of content. Instead, students are assessed on the material they have learned by meeting benchmarks (the rungs on the ladder leading to each of 300 competencies), all of which are aligned to the Common Core Standards. Our extended program, beginning at nine a.m. and running until six p.m., serves students with a variety of academic and personal challenges, including those who are being promoted from middle school without being academically prepared for high school; those who have dropped out of high school and have decided to return to earn a diploma, and those who are unable to attend regular school hours due to a variety of outside issues and obligations. The school employs 50 full and part-time staff to work with 380 students and runs on a trimester system.

We are looking for teachers who are committed to working with our students, who understand the lives of urban youth and who have a track record of working successfully with students who face academic and personal challenges.


Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) seeks a creative Visual Art Teacher to work in our Enrichment Program. The teacher must be dependable, trustworthy, positive, culturally competent, flexible, interested in working with students between the ages of 16 and 23 years of age, and willing to follow all guidelines and policies pertaining to staff while interacting with young people on school property. Understanding of the art discipline and industry and ability to teach wood sculpture/carving, printmaking, painting, and drawing is required.


Through project-based learning, teacher will help students…

· Learn visual art theory and techniques

· Learn concepts of art making and composition

· Incorporate Habits of Success and Mind, and gain new or expanded technical, social, and emotional skills

· Improve their writing and reading skills through creative and engaging activities

· Explore career and education opportunities through fieldtrips and guest speakers

· Appreciate a variety of visual art genres and encourage the making of art by all students.

· Prepare for collaborative presentation that will be presented during the Student Showcase

· Produce a product for the Student Showcase demonstrating skills gained


General Duties & Responsibilities

1. Provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

2. Maintain control of class environment while identifying individual needs.

3. Focus on student learning and student success.

4. Maximize community, school, and classroom resources

5. Develop and implement project based learning curriculum with the support of the Enrichment Program Coordinator.

6. Effectively communicate with students, parent/guardians, teachers, and school administrators. Answer questions effectively and appropriately.

7. Set-up and take down of needed equipment as required prior to and after classes.

8. Inspect equipment and facilities used on a regular basis to ensure safety and cleanliness and report discrepancies to the Department. Maintain equipment inventory.

9. Enforce all general BDEA policies relative to the program, facility, and equipment.

10. Maintain current and accurate attendance records, SAYOs (SAYO Youth and SAYO Staff), student ratings, and update on a daily basis or as needed. (SAYO is an assessment system and this will be explained.)

11. Communicate effectively with the Enrichment Coordinator regarding safety as well as improvements to efficiencies and services provided and any related student concerns.

12. Help organize E-Program teacher and student showcases.

13. Attend professional development trainings, peer mentoring, graduation, department and school meetings and retreats.

14. Creative problem solver.

15. Sense of humor.


· Best practices in teaching and risk management as related to visual art programs and facilities.

· Teaching methods and techniques specific to the program of instruction.

· Techniques for dealing effectively with co-workers, participants, parent/guardians and the public.


· Using art techniques and materials.

· Ensuring safe and proper use of facilities and equipment.

· Working without close supervision in standard work situations.

· Demonstrating and teaching proper techniques specific to the program of instruction.

· Planning, organizing, and instructing participants in the program.

· Handling sensitive and/or confidential information.

· Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers, the Department, participants, parent/guardians, and the public.

· Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus.

Minimum Job Requirements

Training and certifications specific to visual arts programming are preferred. Prior experience teaching, instructing, or mentoring preferred. Student art teachers are welcome to apply!

Background Investigation
Position is contingent upon the results of a criminal history record check.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected of this position. This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive listing or description of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of incumbents in the position.


Email resume and cover letter by September 18, 2015 to: Julio Cesar Roman at:

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