Upper School or Middle School - Art Teacher

Instructional Richmond, California


Division:             Middle School (MS) or Upper School (US)

Location:            Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports To:        MS Director or US Director

Status:                Full-time, Exempt  


Position Summary

The role of the Art Teacher is to promote artistic expression and collaborate to assess student work, design curriculum, and improve their personal practice.  Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building, including but not limited to, classroom, lunch and hallway norm expectations. Teachers are also expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.


Primary Responsibilities



  • Create and revise culturally relevant, effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and lesson plans aligned with Common Core and California State curricular standards; these lesson plans and unit plans are differentiated and designed to engage and challenge MS and US students.
  • Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system.
  • Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system.
  • Integrate literacy and writing during instruction.



  • Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles and child cognitive and social development.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

  • Communicate with, teach and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community.
  • Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed.



  • Perform additional duties as assigned.




Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as art-related supplies, laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards and Chromebooks.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time, and lift items more than 10 lbs.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.





  • Teaching experience desirable, but related work experience may be considered
  • Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience to succeed in an urban public school
  • Familiarity with reading and analyzing data
  • Previous mentorship experience desirable
  • Understanding and ability to implement restorative justice practices



  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Skills in designing and revising authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for middle and/or high school students
  • Ability to adapt and align with school-related initiatives
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and focused on outcomes
  • Ability to design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides, and California state standards
  • Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, Khan Academy, Newsla, Zinc/Springboard, etc.)
  • Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • California Single Subject Teaching Credential or enrollment in a credential program required
  • Passing scores on CBEST and CSET required



  • Advanced Degree desirable
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required