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Drawing and Painting/Printmaking Teacher

Drawing and Painting/Printmaking Teacher

Commonwealth School in Boston seeks an artist and art teacher to teach Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. Beginning in August 2018, this part-time position is perfect for a practicing artist who enjoys working with bright and engaged teenagers and would like to contribute to the life of a vibrant school community. In Commonwealth’s small classes, students are given freedom to work independently, develop their creative side, and build skills. The art teachers facilitate an active, collaborative environment, working closely with their students to expand technical skills and knowledge through demonstrations, participation in critical discourse, and our collection of art books comprising artists’ catalogs, art history, art theory, and technical manuals.

Drawing and painting classes include beginning and advanced classes in drawing and painting as well as figure drawing, all with an emphasis on learning and refining skills—both observational and technical—in a variety of media in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Printmaking classes include beginning and advanced classes and introduce students to numerous printmaking techniques, including relief, dry points, etching/intaglio, collagraph, and more. Students are encouraged to create drawings and find inspiration from multiple sources, including direct observation, as well as their imaginations.

Commonwealth is a small independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston's Back Bay. Known for its strong program in the arts, academic rigor, and extensive use of the city of Boston, it attracts bright, motivated students from all over the Boston metropolitan area and, with the help of an unusually strong financial aid program, draws young people from a variety of backgrounds. Commonwealth particularly seeks teachers who will add to the diversity of our community. Detailed information about the school is available on its website at www.commschool.org.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a cv, an electronic portfolio/sample of work or link to a website, and references to Mara Dale, Director of Faculty Hiring and Support, at mdale@commschool.org.

Photography Teacher

Commonwealth School in Boston seeks an artist and photography teacher to teach darkroom, digital and video photography. Beginning in August 2018, this part-time position is perfect for a working and exhibiting photographer/artist who enjoys teenagers and would enjoy contributing to the life of a vibrant school community.

Classes could include:

1. Beginning photography. The first semester, students work with film cameras, learn to develop their own film, and strive to produce well-crafted prints in the darkroom. The second semester is devoted to learning how to tone SGP prints, building and using pinhole cameras, and, toward the end of the year, being introduced to Photoshop and Lightroom through working with scanned pinhole negatives.

2. Advanced photography. Students work with digital cameras and learn to refine and manipulate their images working with Photoshop and Lightroom. Students are also encouraged to investigate alternative media such as cyanotype, Vandyke brown, and Solarplate, and with medium- and large-format film cameras.

3. Introductory video/film class.

The teacher should put emphasis on learning and refining skills—both observational and technical—in a stimulating and supportive environment. Young photographers are encouraged to ask questions, to take chances, and to try nontraditional approaches, to think outside the box. Beginning photographers are encouraged to explore a variety of subject matter of their choosing and discover a personal vision through closely investigating the world around them. Advanced photographers are encouraged to work with images from their imagination and from life. The teacher works closely with students to help them explore, improve their technique, and discover their own strengths and style.

The primary goal of the photography classes is to encourage students to constantly explore the world with their cameras, to peel away layers of photographic clichés and move closer a personal vision, developing a style along the way, discovering images that are unique and particular to them selves.

Commonwealth is a small independent day school that occupies two brownstones in Boston's Back Bay. Known for its strong program in the arts, academic rigor, and extensive use of the city of Boston, it attracts bright, motivated students from all over the Boston metropolitan area and, with the help of an unusually strong financial aid program, draws young people from a variety of backgrounds. Commonwealth particularly seeks teachers who will add to the diversity of the community. Detailed information about the school is available on its website at www.commschool.org.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a CV, a digital portfolio/sample of work or link to a website, and references to Mara Dale, Director of Faculty, at mdale@commschool.org.

Development Assistant

The Development Assistant plays a critical role in supporting Commonwealth School’s Development team and executing the School’s many events. As the primary administrator of the School’s development database, the Development Assistant is responsible for the accurate and timely entry, processing, and acknowledgement of gifts; generating mailings lists; coding event attendance and constituent interactions; and pulling relevant reports. She/he works to maintain database integrity and to use the database to its full potential to support the Development team.

The Development Assistant plans, oversees, and directs all event logistics for development, alumni/ae, parent, and Board of Trustees events. She/he coordinates digital communications for the Development department and works closely with the Director of Development, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Director of Strategic Marketing, and Communications Assistant to ensure all Development communications needs are appropriately and efficiently addressed. She/he supports the Development team by performing administrative tasks as needed.

Job Status

This is a non-exempt, full-time position. Some evening and weekend work required during the academic year.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports directly to the Director of Annual Giving and Alumni/ae Relations.

Database Management

●Ensure timely and accurate entry of gift and constituent information

●Manage and execute gift acknowledgement process within the Development Team and with the Headmaster

●Ensure database integrity by documenting, implementing, and maintaining best practices and policies and procedures for database

●Produce mailing and distribution lists for appeals, invitations, and other communications

●Update and maintain solicitation and moves management data for annual fund and campaign efforts

●Run weekly, monthly, and annual financial reports for the Business Office

●Run reports for Development team as needed

●Participate in professional development and regular training on database platform to ensure Commonwealth’s Development team uses the tool to its full potential

Events Management

●Manage logistics for all events including but not limited to Parents Committee and Alumni/ae Association meetings, Merrill Series (Alumni/ae Panel event), arts events, Board receptions and dinners, parent forums, reunions, regional gatherings, capital campaign events

●Manage all aspects of event on-site for all local events

●Work closely with Commonwealth’s Chef Manager and Kitchen Team for all relevant events

●Research, identify, secure, and coordinate all venues, catering, rentals, and vendors

●Identify, manage, and coordinate students, faculty, and staff needed for event(s)

●Create and follow detailed event plans, budgets, timelines and checklists

●Collaborate with colleagues in Development and Communications teams to devise and maintain event theme, branding, and look and feel as appropriate

●Coordinate and execute event communications, materials, invitations, and follow-up with

●Manage and maintain event RSVPs in a timely and accurate manner

Administrative Support

●Create and manage content for Development emails and e-newsletters

●Prepare materials for donor meetings and events

●Adhere to timelines, manage correspondence with outside vendors, and collect and submit invoices for Development projects

●Support the Director of Development and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni/ae Relations as needed

●Provide occasional support in other areas of school life as needed

Qualifications

●Bachelor’s Degree

●1-2 years’ experience in administrative role, preferably in a non-profit or educational environment

●Excellent attention to detail

●Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

●Resourceful self-starter with an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

●Expressed interest in learning and growing as a professional in the development and/or non-profit field

●Effective team member with strong organizational skills

●High level of professionalism, flexibility, diplomacy, and responsiveness

●Familiarity with independent schools a plus

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Carly Renshaw, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni/ae Relations, at crenshaw@commschool.org.