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Job Summary Under the direction of the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at Geffen Academy at UCLA and the relevant division director(s), Geffen Academy Educators will be responsible for the design and delivery of an excellent Ceramics and or Sculpture program of secondary school instruction, including participation in the creation of a course of study, offering excellent instruction to Geffen Academy’s students in as many as five (5) courses each term, and participating in the life of Geffen Academy in a robust and fully engaged manner. This is a bargaining unit covered position.
Core Duties and Functions • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, collaborate with other Educators in creation of a Geffen Academy program that meets the need and interests of the school’s students • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, collaborate with relevant UCLA faculty in devising programs that enable the Geffen Academy’s students to take advantage of the school’s relationship with a research university operating at the cutting edge of knowledge creation • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, evaluate and choose books, digital materials, experiential opportunities and other academic resources. Participate in decisions related to the equipment and supplies necessary for ceramic and sculpture classes. • Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to Department Chairs, Dean of Students, Academic Advising and College Guidance staff, Registrar, and athletic team coaches • Participate in department representation at parent evenings and recruitment events • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, assess the continued relevance and success of course offerings within the department • Participate in committee work, whether the committee’s focus is solely within the department, or reaches to other parts of the Geffen Academy enterprise • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, participate in interdisciplinary instructional programs • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, serve as instructors/mentors/advisers of students’ independent projects • Consistent with Geffen Academy leadership’s direction, engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, orient new educators and establish appropriate mentoring relationships • Meet as needed and directed with the department • Consistent with department leadership’s direction, participate in continuing professional development and/or training activities • Be available to provide proper coverage of instructional work for both scheduled and unscheduled absences of colleagues • Adhere to Geffen Academy and the University of California applicable policies, procedures, and established protocols. Read and adhere to the school norms, protocols and requirements as outlined in the school Handbooks • This list of duties is not exhaustive. Department heads will be expected to assure that all aspects of the Geffen Academy program within the ambit of their disciplines is led by capable staff who are carefully supervised
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The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in Fine Arts/ Sculpture. Preferably they should be a practicing artist in the field of Three Dimensional Arts: Ceramics /Sculpture. The candidate should be broadly competent and able to teach a variety of courses in three dimensional arts and in a secondary school curriculum; should be comfortable with both formal and content-based approaches; and should possess a strong knowledge of the arts that is informed by current thinking on the field. The candidate should have a strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Geffen Academy’s mission, vision, and values. A record of outstanding success as a secondary or university educator. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families. Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption. Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with colleagues in the department and from other parts of UCLA and of the Geffen Academy staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern. Experience in a variety of instructional and co-curricular/extracurricular roles within a secondary school is a plus.