Website fwparker Francis W. Parker School

Art Teacher (Begins Late August 2019)

Job Summary:

Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”

We are currently seeking an experienced, engaging, and progressive art teacher to join our faculty. The position currently includes teaching fourth grade (drawing, 3-D art, crafts), sixth and seventh grades (sculpture, architectural projects, ceramics, coil pots, paper mache’), eighth grade (drawing and painting) and high school (drawing and ceramics). However, the school values flexibility and professional growth in faculty, and class assignments within the Art Department can change from year-to-year as curriculum evolves.

The Art Teacher must be comfortable with developing and refining classroom curriculum that is rich and stimulating. Parker’s progressive culture requires a high degree of collaboration as well as strong self-direction.  This position is a great opportunity for a talented teacher to work with a large Art Department at a school that places a high value on the Arts.

Required Qualifications:

  B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A., or M.A.E. required

  At least 2-3 years full-time teaching experience required

  Progressive teaching experience

  Demonstrated understanding of the stages of human development from childhood and early adolescence to adolescence

  Exceptional background in 3-D design, with strong competency in drawing, painting, and 2D  design required

  Experience in a broad range of materials & techniques, including printmaking, fiber arts, metals, and ceramics

  Experience in and a commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency and seeking, continually, greater levels of diversity, equity and inclusion in practices and in curricula


Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter with resume by mail, email, or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):

Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources

Francis W. Parker School

330 W. Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

fax: 773.549.4430

The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School’s community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School’s mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.

Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world. Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.


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