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Instrumental Music Teacher (Middle School)

Instrumental Music Teacher (Middle School)
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Collegiate Charter School opened to 81 fifth graders in August 2007 and now serves 350 students in grades 5 through 8. Following 8th grade, Kings students will attend the Uncommon Charter High School to continue their preparation for college.
We are seeking an incredibly dedicated and talented Music educator interested in launching our inaugural instrumental music program. This person will help to shape the vision and build a sustainable instrumental music program for years to come.
The music program for the 2017-2018 school year will include at minimum, a program for 180 students (5th and 6th grade), focused on the foundations of music.  The music teacher will work with the school leaders to implement the vision for future years and grow this program to serve all grades (5-8) in the 2018-2019 school year.
We are looking for an imaginative, resourceful, self-motivated and results-oriented music teacher who possesses the skill and desire to develop musical intelligence with middle school students, expects high quality, and believes they can change lives through music.

  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of school.
  • Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness.
  • Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
  • Participate in the collaborative curriculum development process.
  • Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards.
  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
  • Be accountable for students’ mastery of academic standards.
  • Share responsibility for grade-level and school-wide activities.
  • Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities.
  • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs.
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Engage families in their children’s education.
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings.
  • Participate in an annual three-week staff orientation and training.

  • Is looking to, and has the proven ability to, build and grow a middle school instrumental music program from the bottom-up.
  • The desire to plan and work together with the Principal and Director of Operations in creating a strong music program.
  • The passion to engage a middle school community outstanding musical opportunities.
  • The potential to promote ways in which classic and contemporary music selections can engage the entire student body.
  • Experience with teaching middle school students the foundations of music.
  • Experience with teaching middle school students in instrumental music.
  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • At least two years successful teaching at an urban school preferred, though not required
  • Valid NYS Certification is helpful but not required.
  • Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

We offer a competitive compensation package, including a salary significantly above the district scale and comprehensive health benefits.  In addition to extensive professional development, all our staff are equipped with a laptop computer, phone, and other equipment required for success.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.
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