Instructor of Visual Arts

Academics Department -- Full Time
January 7, 2023
Job Type


Instructor of Visual Arts

Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country.  The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.

Saint Mary’s School is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for an Instructor of Visual Arts to work on a beautiful historic campus for the 2023-24 year with the possibility of starting as soon as second semester, January 2023. This benefited position possibly offers campus housing provided by the School where Residential Faculty members can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security.

Saint Mary’s School faculty members are designers of learning who bring the mission of the school to life, creating classrooms that embody and nurture intellectual engagement and facilitate the Saint Mary’s School competencies. Saint Mary’s School seeks a creative, collaborative, and enthusiastic art teacher who will support and promote a strong visual arts program within a robust academic and after-school program. An ability to promote and implement best practices in visual art education for grades 9-12, design curriculum that prioritizes the importance of all-girls education, and contribute to an environment that fosters inclusion, community and belonging is essential.

Faculty members report to the Dean of Academic Innovation through their academic leaders.  Faculty members are responsible for all aspects of the classes they teach, for participation in various departmental and school groups and endeavors, and for participating as chaperone or sponsor or in some other capacity in aspects of the student life program.

This position has the possibility to be residential and as such there is an opportunity to be a part of a close-knit residential faculty community where one lives on campus and works with students who board at the school. Residential Faculty members report to the Director of Residential Life and are responsible for duty of the girls at least one night a week and one weekend a month, including participating as a chaperone/sponsor or in some other capacity in aspects of the student life program.


  • Design learning to engage and inspire students.
  • When relevant, imbed key competencies into the learning environment.
  • Enthusiastic and contributing member of the academic team.
  • Using formative and summative assessment, report on students’ progress regularly.
  • Teach a full load of classes.
  • Understand and utilize technology as a teaching tool and also to maximize student learning.
  • Serve as an advisor.
  • Provide differentiated instruction for all students and in particular students who require it.
  • Evaluate and update course materials annually.
  • Write recommendations for college applications and for awards, scholarships, and honors.
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders through regularly scheduled progress reports.
  • Assist with monitoring and proctoring students in a variety of academic settings, including but not limited to standardized testing and Learning Labs.
  • Help with co- and extra-curricular programs.
  • Offer independent studies when feasible and desirable.
  • Aspire to continuous professional growth by engaging in regular professional learning opportunities, which may include activities for licensing and for maintaining accreditation.
  • Develop and maintain a professional growth plan.
  • Engage with academic leadership to a mindset of continuous improvement, and provides feedback, and self-evaluation.
  • Adopt and practice Saint Mary’s School Learning Principles and Principles of Professionalism.
  • Be familiar with and follow policies in the Employee Handbook.
  • Support the school and its mission.
  • Perform other duties as necessary or as assigned.
  • Perform weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required by your position or requested by your manager/supervisor.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee in this position. Employees are required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by those authorized to give instructions or assignments.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the teaching field, Masters degree preferred.
  • 5 years experience teaching adolescent students.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaboration with colleagues and academic leaders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to use applicable technology tools.
  • Commitment to student learning and continued professional development.
  • As a designer of learning the ability to engage students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences.
  • Enthusiasm for the field of study and working with adolescents.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Qualifications that meet SACS/SAIS requirements or willingness to acquire them in a specified time.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • May deal with stressful situations in the normal course of duties, including a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of times.
  • Standing, bending, reaching, and moving about to coordinate work.
  • Regularly sit, talk, hear, and interact with students, parents, staff, and visitors.
  • May work at a desk on the phone and in front of a computer screen.
  • Ability to walk up and down three (3) flights of stairs daily.
  • Be able to drive and/or ride in school-owned vehicles, including a 14-passenger bus.

Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package.

We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application.  Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.

Saint Mary’s School is a drug-free workplace.  A background check satisfactory to the school is required.






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