The Fessenden School seeks qualified applicants for the joint position of Director of the Arts and Vocal Music Teacher.
The Fessenden School is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 510 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, educational technology, and differentiated instruction.
The arts play a major role in the educational program at The Fessenden School. Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, students are introduced to the performing and visual arts. Fessenden’s offerings include: vocal music, theatre, musical theatre, orchestra, world percussion, woodworking, studio arts, photography, and video production. The School is completing a $12 million dollar arts facility construction and renovation project.
The Director of the Arts should have an enthusiasm for the visual and performing arts and an ability to inspire students’ lifelong love and learning of the arts. The qualified applicant will possess leadership skills and demonstrate an ability to collaborate and inspire colleagues. The Director will be a member of the Head of School’s Administrative Council and will supervise the visual and performing arts faculty. The Director will collaborate with the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and members of the arts department to develop curriculum, select repertoire, and offer an innovative program in the performing and visual arts. The ability to integrate technology when appropriate and an understanding of arts integration are desired. Additional responsibilities include:
- Keeping up-to-date knowledge of arts pedagogy, research, and resources.
- Being an active member in professional organizations and the arts teaching community.
- Committing to continual professional development for the arts faculty.
- Incorporating educational technology and supporting technology use in the classroom.
The Director of the Arts will also be a Vocal Music Teacher and is expected to teach Middle School (Grades 5-6) and Upper School (Grades 7-9) vocal music classes and accompany musical productions and concerts on piano. The Vocal Music Teacher will demonstrate an understanding of musical concepts and be able to communicate those concepts effectively to students. Qualified applicants must have experience working with children and/or beginning musicians and vocalists.
- A bachelor’s degree in music is required.
- A master’s degree in music or music education or equivalent professional experience is preferred.
- Experience teaching music in an elementary-level classroom environment for a minimum of five years is strongly preferred.
- Highly effective communication skills, both interpersonally and in writing.
- Experienced performer (either solo or group).
- Demonstrate an appreciation for and understanding of multicultural education.
Salary and benefits package is competitive. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Lindy Gruen
, Director of Administrative and Strategic Affairs. No phone calls please.
The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.