Arts, Music and Movement Specialist (K-5), Phoenix Modern

Arts, Music and Movement Specialist (K-5)


Job ID:

Southwest Maricopa

June 04, 2019

Contact Information:
Phoenix Modern
200 E Mitchell Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85012
District Website

Jessica Taylor
Phone: 781-330-2943
District Email

Job Description:
This is a part-time position (5 hrs/day at $25/hr) with the possibility of becoming full time. Arts, Music, and Movement Specialist (Part-Time: K-5th Grade) We are seeking to hire an Arts, Music, and Movement Specialist to support children in our Primary and Elementary Studios. The Specialist will guide children in a variety of special areas, including visual and performing arts, music, and movement. Phoenix Modern is reimagining the design and approach of school. We are an innovative, next-generation learning community for Kindergarten through 8th grade students that values wonder, love, joy, and growth for children. Our purpose is to support a diverse community of learners in developing the skills, mindset, and character that best prepare them for positive, healthy and productive engagement in the world. Our instructional approach at Phoenix Modern provides students significant opportunities to play an active role in their own learning and shape the community. In a typical day, students engage in self-paced core skill development using a variety of tools and resources, participate in guided discussions, and immerse themselves in multi-week projects and writing workshops. Beginning in fall 2019, we will work with students aged 5 through 11 years old in multi-age learning studios. Our Primary Studios are prepared for up to 20 learners between the ages of 5 and 8 (kindergarten to second grade). Our Elementary Studios are prepared for up to 25 children ages 8 through 11 (third to fifth grade). The children prove what they can do and “level up” by earning badges based on the completion of mastery-based programs and completing individual and team-based challenges and discussions that focus on academic skills, meaningful application, and the formation of character. In 2020, Phoenix Modern will launch middle school studios to support children in sixth to eighth grade. What is an Arts, Music, and Movement Specialist? At Phoenix Modern, our Arts, Music and Movement Specialist is responsible for supporting a community of learners as they explore a variety of specialized content areas. Like our Learning Guides, our Specialist is first and foremost a curious learner. At best, they are a world-class, inquiry-based educator who cares deeply about children. They are a game maker, facilitator, coach, and mentor. They inspire, ask probing questions, present challenges, and help students to reflect and hold themselves accountable for their learning. Additionally, our Specialist actively documents and reflects on children’s learning in order to design enriching, engaging and relevant learning experiences. Our Specialist may be inspired by approaches seen in Montessori or Reggio Emilia classrooms and some of the best project-based programs, in addition to the latest research on child development and neuroscience. On a day to day basis, the Arts, Music, and Movement Specialist has the following roles and responsibilities: Inspire and shepherd the energy of students Curate or create engaging activities and projects in the areas of arts, music, and movement Collaborate with Primary and Elementary Learning Guides to design interdisciplinary learning experiences Ask thought-provoking questions Document student learning Provide challenges, frameworks, processes, tools and world-class examples to support learning Facilitate and model discussions Monitor and support student progress in arts, music, and movement Directly support students through one-on-one or small group conferencing Communicate with parents including a student portfolio review twice a year Position Competencies: Genuine love and care for the well-being and growth of children Empathy and student-centered focus Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit Proven excellence in written and oral communication A passion for visual and performing arts, music, and movement Training and practice in project-based and/or experiential learning Experience or a willingness to learn about online instructional programs (when applicable) A strong commitment to creating and embracing different types of diversity Ability to approach situations with optimism and perseverance Willingness to take personal responsibility; open to and interested in feedback; eagerness to continue to improve in effectiveness; and steady determination to pursue excellence regardless of the situation Follow through and strong work ethic Demonstrated curiosity in life Preferred Experience/Skills: Experience in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, music, and movement Montessori Reggio Emilia Project Approach Playful inquiry Curating an emergent curriculum Spanish speaking This is a part-time, hourly position at $25 per hour for five hours per day. The Specialist will work with each of our four learning studios for one hour each day, with an additional hour included for planning and lunch. The proposed start date is August 1st, 2019 with some additional training opportunities available earlier in the summer. E-mail with a cover letter and a resume to move forward in the application process.