Upper School Choir Teacher
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Position: Choir Director and Teacher
Reports to: Upper School Principal
Type: Regular, part-time 0.60 FTE, exempt, salary
Term: SY 2022-2023
Start Date: August 2022
At St. Andrew’s Schools, the Choir Director and teacher develops an inspiring, engaging, and challenging curriculum for middle and high school-aged students within a warm and nurturing learning environment. The successful candidate will have the capacity to develop a student's musical foundation, be skilled in personalizing instruction, create short and long term lesson plans, and actively engage, challenge, inspire and nurture a love for music.
The Choir Director will understand how to facilitate learning by developing meaningful curriculum objectives and establishing authentic relationships with students. The teacher is knowledgeable about the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional developmental stages of adolescent children and skillfully engages in developmentally appropriate practices. The teacher has the capacity to adapt instruction and day-to-day engagement with students to meet each child’s needs in a single-gender context.
The teacher is professional, collaborative, and supportive of the School through her/his contributions and participates actively in professional development opportunities and reflective teaching practices. S/he is committed to working with all students and celebrates the diversity of St. Andrew’s Schools as reflected in our students, faculty, staff, and extended ʻohana. Teachers at St. Andrew’s model flexibility, resilience, integrity and moral courage, a growth mindset, mindfulness, and technological competence to our students in and outside the classroom.
The Choir Director will embody St. Andrew’s Schools’ vision, mission, values, and professional behaviors.
- Teaches Chamber Choir to students in grades 9-12.
- Teaches Middle School Choir to students in grades 7 and 8.
- Teaches Choir to all upper school students during weekly activity periods.
- Has the potential to teach Lower School grades 4-6.
- Supports school weekly Chapel with high school choir students, senior events and annual school traditions.
- Plans, coordinates and implements winter and spring concerts; prepares students to participate in the
Commencement ceremony. Works occasional evenings and weekends.
- Works collaboratively with the school's Kumu Hula and leadership team to support May Day.
- Works with students at all levels of experience to develop a rich understanding of music.
- Works with the Upper School and Lower School Principals and Performing Arts Department Chair to set learning outcomes, and to ensure effective curriculum, instruction and assessment practices for student learning.
- Demonstrates knowledge of instructional methodologies; proven ability to modify and develop curricular materials to support learning objectives.
- Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of diverse learning abilities and styles.
- Creates a vibrant and engaging learning environment using research-based and developmentally appropriate teaching methodologies to engender critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, problem solving, and communication skills.
- Integrates meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum and maintains and updates classroom Canvas (website) on a weekly basis.
- Prepares and administers a variety of student assessments; records results, adjusts instruction and curriculum to address student learning needs, and provides timely feedback on students’ progress to students, parents, and colleagues.
- Creates a warm and welcoming learning environment by facilitating the creation of group agreements in the classroom and actively guiding and supporting student interactions and relationships, implements social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum.
- Communicates and collaborates with the principals, counselor, and team teachers when students face academic and/or behavioral challenges.
- Discusses students’ academic and behavioral progress and areas for growth with parents/guardians.
- Maintains all records pertaining to student learning, attendance, and records of students’ progress.
- Communicates (orally and in writing) with students, parents, administrators, and colleagues about curriculum, students, and child development issues.
- Prepares annual choir budget and submits it to Performing Arts Chair, prepares purchase requests and tracks expenses to budget.
- Maintains choir rehearsal room, choir music library, and choir uniforms.
- Plans and chaperones student choir tours on Oʻahu and off island.
- Communicates in a timely, professional, and friendly manner with parents, colleagues, supervisors, and external community members.
- Maintains order in the classroom and throughout common campus areas.
- Adheres to and promotes the mission, vision, and educational philosophy of St. Andrew’s Schools.
- Engages in regular academic activities including professional development and orientation days prior to the first day of school.
- Assumes other job-related duties assigned by the Upper School Principal.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in music or related subject area preferred.
- Experience: Proven years of experience working with adolescent children. Successful candidates will have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement curriculum, assessments, and utilize instructional best practices.
- Computer skills: MacOS, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Office Suite, Student Information Systems such as PowerSchool and Canvas. Must be knowledgeable about best practices in implementing educational technology in the classroom.
- Other qualifications: Demonstrates good judgment concerning sensitive information and maintains confidentiality when needed. Displays a sensitive, cooperative and flexible demeanor in interactions with others. Keeps current in contemporary pedagogical thinking, strategies and techniques by reading professional journals, and attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses. Demonstrates professionalism through reliability, punctuality, and participation in meetings and staff development opportunities.
- Mandatory COVID Vaccination: As a condition of employment for new hires, we require proof of your COVID vaccination with a date of full vaccination at least two weeks prior to the first day of employment.
- Mandatory Background Check: Employment is conditional until the successful completion of a background check which requires the employee to have their fingerprints scanned electronically.
- Online training to safeguard children required upon hire.
How to Apply
To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.
Letters may be addressed to “Members of the Search Committee.” Include
“St. Andrew’s Schools Choir Director and Teacher” in the subject line. All submissions will be received in confidence.
Deadline to apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
St. Andrew’s Schools is an equal employment opportunity employer. To learn more about our school, please visit www.standrewsschools.org.
About St. Andrew’s Schools
For more than 150 years, St. Andrew’s Schools has developed tomorrow’s courageous and compassionate leaders.
In 1867, the great royal Hawaiian leader, Queen Emma Kaleleonālani, a visionary and transformational thinker, established St. Andrew’s Priory, the oldest girls’ school in Hawaiʻi. An enduring testament to her towering vision to educate the Hawaiian people, St. Andrew’s Schools has grown to include The Prep, a K-6 boys’ school, and
Queen Emma Preschool (The Preschool), for boys and girls ages two to five.
Our personalized educational program allows students to uncover their unique strengths, passions, and interests through discovery, practice, creation, and self-reflection. Our emphasis on social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive learning sets the stage for children to cultivate healthy habits of mind, body and spirit that positions them to live a life of learning and good health.
Our education program in downtown Honolulu is the only coordinate school system in Hawaiʻi. We offer two single-sex schools on the same campus. Our girls (The Priory, K-12) and boys (The Prep, K-6) are educated separately in the classroom yet can socialize together on campus. Coordinate schools recognize that the social and emotional experiences that children have in schools shapes their learning – and ultimately affects how they think and act. By understanding and embracing the differences between boys and girls, we create the conditions for all students to learn and grow. Our students readily venture past societal expectations or stereotypes to reach their full promise. Students learn deeply, stay curious, are hopeful about the future, and understand how to lead themselves and others with a compassionate and courageous heart.
Job Type: Part-time
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability
Mandatory COVID Vaccination: As a condition of employment for new hires, we require proof of your COVID vaccination with a date of full vaccination at least two weeks prior to the first day of employment.
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Honolulu, HI 96813: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
- Teaching: 1 year (Preferred)
- Teaching Certification (Preferred)
Work Location: One location
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