An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.
The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings — their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.
Position: Technical theatre instructor/designer
Polytechnic School’s Performing Arts Department is currently looking for an experienced and collaborative teacher. The position’s responsibilities involve teaching (or co-teaching) technical theatre classes and/or design classes and supporting performing arts productions. The school is looking to showcase its strong and vibrant Performing Arts Department while increasing and modernizing production value. We are seeking a joyful, collaborative theatre designer whose past work experience shows strength in professional theatre and the private school culture. There is great opportunity in this position to grow the technical theatre program through both investments in equipment/infrastructure and creating student opportunities in the classroom and a variety of venues.
Reporting to the Upper School director, the successful candidate will take a student-centered approach to all school work and will use the school’s mission to design and support the academic, extracurricular, social, and emotional growth of students.
- Teaching two-three courses per academic semester/year. Classes may include Upper School Technical Theatre and Upper School Lighting/Set Design/Implementation.
- Support for Performing Arts events in areas of lighting, set design, and implementation and a variety of production week tasks. Productions may include:
- Lower School third and fifth grade plays;
- Middle School seventh and eighth grade performances (three per year);
- Upper School fall play, winter play, and spring musical;
- Occasional concerts or events, as needed.
- Planning, evaluation, and revision of curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
- Regular participation in professional development opportunities to maintain and grow expertise in the subject matter.
- Interest in fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice to promote a healthy learning environment.
- Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree(s) preferred, although professional theatre experience may substitute for academic degrees;
- Three to five years of teaching and/or professional theatre experience;
- Ability to manage competing demands and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes;
- Ability to work collaboratively and methodically with students, parents, faculty, and staff on a regular basis;
- Ability to use effective class management techniques;
- Experience with a variety of equipment, for example: digital ETC light console, digital sound console, intelligent lighting fixtures, mixing live sound, large equipment rentals, CAD rendering, Midi, Qlab, etc.
Physical requirements and work environment
- Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts;
- Work on ladders and lifts;
- Working with power tools;
- Work at a desk and computer;
- Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
- Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment.
Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Cheryl Flores via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
Polytechnic School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other consideration protected by law.