Position Summary: The Hotchkiss school seeks a full-time theatre and humanities teacher. This position includes teaching two classes in the humanities program in one of the following areas: English, history, or philosophy and religion. The humanities program consists of interdisciplinary courses for 9th and 10th grade students. A long-standing academic tradition at Hotchkiss, the humanities program helps students sharpen their skills of critical thinking, research, and creative expression.
Instruction in theatre will focus on performance, including acting, theatre history, writing, and production. Candidates will collaboratively build and enact curricula with other theatre faculty members. The position will involve directing one Mainstage Hotchkiss Dramatic Association (HDA) production a year, often a musical. Directors work with a combination of faculty/guest artists/and student collaborators on each production. In addition, theatre faculty serve as advisors to HDA and supervise student-directed productions. Theatre faculty will manage spaces related to Walker Auditorium, the Black Box performance space, and the associated shop and storage spaces.
Through the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association (HDA), the theatre program generally stages three Mainstage productions in Walker Auditorium – our 600-seat proscenium theatre - and a collection of student-directed productions in our versatile Black Box.
The Hotchkiss theatre program cultivates theatre practitioners who are experienced and competent in all areas of the art. Each production should unite cast and crew in the development of theatrical and life skills. As an experientially based program, our educational theatre focuses on the process as much as the product.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have directing experience and should above all have a passion for theatre, have the ability to teach and contextualize it for high school students, and celebrate the diverse voices and experiences of students. Classroom teaching experience is required. A degree in theatre or related field, as well as experience in musical theatre, is preferred. This position requires weight lifting capacity of at least 25 pounds. The ideal candidate will be:
a student-centered educator, skilled in discussion facilitation,
a professional oral and written communicator,
eager to work collaboratively with colleagues,
committed to improving their practice through peer observation,
dedicated to making positive contributions to the student experience both inside and outside the classroom, including in dorms and on teams and clubs.
Duties & Responsibilities: Hotchkiss faculty participate actively in all aspects of community life through service in Hotchkiss’ residential, advising, and co-curricular programs. In addition to teaching two sections of humanities theatre and two sections in another discipline in the humanities program, the successful candidates will collaborate with theatre faculty to develop and execute the theatre curriculum. This will include directing at least one Mainstage production a year and supporting other productions. Full-time faculty members are generally expected to obtain a public service endorsement on their CT drivers license within the first year of employment, so that they may drive students in school vehicles.
Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education level. In addition to housing, Hotchkiss provides a comprehensive benefit package, which includes a variety of health insurance offerings, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability offerings, HSA/FSA options, and retirement benefits through TIAA-CREF. Ample funding exists to support participation in professional conferences, workshops, summer study, and travel, as well as advanced degree work. Faculty are encouraged to enjoy meals in our dining hall while school is in session.
Application Information: Through the online application process, located at Hotchkiss.org/careers, interested candidates should submit a cover letter that addresses interest in teaching at Hotchkiss with particular focus on the ability and interest in working in an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community. Applicants should also submit their résumé/CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, relevant college and graduate school transcripts, and contact information for three references. The School is committed to building and supporting a diverse community where all feel safe, seen, and supported. Successful applicants will address their ability to contribute to a warm, inclusive, and exciting learning environment.
The essential functions and basic skills have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities.Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination). In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
About The Hotchkiss School
Located in the scenic Berkshire-Taconic landscape in the quiet northwest corner of Connecticut, The Hotchkiss School is a community in which faculty and staff members build careers and grow as professionals. We seek to identify, recruit, and develop faculty and staff members who bring a diversity of experiences, perspectives, talents, and backgrounds. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of 600 students who come from around the country and the world.
In the 2020-2021 school year, 38 percent of Hotchkiss students are U.S. students of color, 13 percent are international, and 95 percent of students are boarders from 27 countries and 36 states in the U.S. The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm learning community for students from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.