Position Overview: The Technical Arts Department is looking for a collaborative and creative maker and teacher, with a background in computer programming and 3D design, to fill in for our instructor’s one year leave. The ideal candidate should be excited about working with a team to deliver accessible curriculum for students from all walks of life in a part-shop, part-lab, part-makerspace environment filled with loads of amazing tools. You should see computer science as a living and flexible medium that can guide students to be more creative, confident, and crafty. You will be working collaboratively in a department with five other instructors whose strengths include: object design, woodworking, metalworking, jewelry, digital fabrication, sewing, electronics, and kinetics. We need you to be the coding element! As a teacher at Lick-Wilmerding you should value and listen to diverse student experience, embrace individualized learning, and see value in nurturing an equitable learning environment.
Responsibilities: We are looking for an instructor to teach at least four classes (two preps per semester) as well as attend meetings and occasional school events. You would begin in August of 2020 by teaching two sections of “Graphics and Game Design” each semester and two sections of the 9th grade “Design and Technology” year long course. Curriculum currently exists for all these courses so you wouldn’t have to start from scratch. For candidates interested in 100% employment (as opposed to 85%), it may be possible to increase the position to by taking on a student advising group.
- Experience programming and working with computational algorithms. (This position’s classes primarily use: P5.js, and Python)
- Some familiarity with 3D modeling (Preferably Rhino) or open to learning the basics before starting.
- Some familiarity or commitment to learn laser and vinyl cutting.
- Experience with computational design, a design process and design thinking.
- Positive, optimistic and friendly
- Love of collaboration
- Commitment to equity and inclusion with students and teachers of varying racial, gender, socioeconomic, and other core identifiers
- A persistent - “we can figure this out” - attitude toward challenges
- Flexible, disciplined, and patient when working with students aged 14-18 years
Applicants should be able to comfortably lift a minimum of 20 lbs of class supplies and materials, be on your feet for 2–3 hours on a concrete floor, and be able to sit and work at a computer for 2–3 hours at a time. At times, students and machines make the shop environment noisy—tolerance of medium to loud noise is recommended. General shop and wood dust are common—applicants with allergies to these particles would likely find them challenging to manage.
How to Apply: Please apply through this site https://www.lwhs.org/about/employment and submit—all in PDF format—a cover letter including links to a few projects you’ve worked on, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. In a cover letter, describe how your experience prepares you for the role outlined in the job description and how your interests and experience align with the Lick-Wilmerding mission statement. No calls or emails, please. Apply here