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Brilla Public Charter Schools Fine and Applied Arts Music Teacher Elementary 2021-2022 School Year in Bronx, New York

Brilla Public Charter Schools Fine and Applied Arts

About Brilla Public Charter Schools

Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of elementary and middle schools that currently serve over 1,360 students from the Mott Haven and University Heights area and surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. We plan to grow our network from our five current campuses to eight over the next decade, reaching some 3,200 students in the Bronx. Brilla Public Charter Schools aims to empower their scholars and community through an innovative approach that combines co-teaching practices and blended learning, with core elements of a classical education - helping students know and appreciate Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Brilla Public Charter Schools focus on teaching the whole child, instilling a deep sense of character through the Core Virtues of courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while setting a high bar for academic performance and teaching content that has withstood the test of time. Brilla’s commitment to holistic child development is paralleled with its commitment to creating a joyful community for families and staff. In order to achieve results for students, Brilla staff model the intellectual and social competencies Brilla Public Charter Schools desire for all of their scholars to become young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond.

Position Overview

The primary responsibility of Fine and Applied Arts teachers is to lead instruction of a non-core instructional block, such as visual arts, music, or performing arts (dance, theater, martial arts, etc.) for students across all grade levels at a given campus. Supervised by the Assistant Principal, the primary responsibility of a Fine and Applied Arts teacher is to cultivate and lead a learning environment where every child feels safe and confident to strive for excellence as they express themselves in a non-academic way both daily and during quarterly showcases. Fine and Applied Arts teachers understand, plan, and execute key elements of innovative pedagogy, create a deep love of learning of their unique craft, and are committed to internalizing and teaching classical content in their artform. This position requires a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented, organized, and innovative educator who aims to challenge the status quo of the current educational landscape in urban areas. Brilla’s Fine and Applied Arts teachers must have a deep passion for student-engaged learning, a desire to accept, implement, and seek feedback, and a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities, while inspiring outstanding achievement in children in a fun and collaborative work environment.

Core Competencies & Responsibilities

Brilla Fine and Applied Arts Teachers Set the Standard.

  • Develop, internalize, and teach rigorous, engaging and fun classical curricula in their area of expertise that aligns to school’s vision

  • Cultivate students’ higher order thinking skills, including their ability to analyze, create, synthesize, and evaluate, through curriculum implementation and differentiated instruction

  • Set and uphold high academic and social expectations for all students through a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement and ongoing child development

  • Set and consistently achieve meaningful student achievement outcomes aligned to Brilla’s mission and goals for their area of expertise

  • Visibly live the Brilla Mission through consistent professional dress, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building

  • Create a joyful learning environment that honors the dignity of all scholars while still pushing them to achieve more than they think possible

    Brilla Fine and Applied Arts Teachers Honor the Team.

  • Design, lead, and execute quarterly, interdisciplinary showcases that demonstrate students’ understanding of non-core content and classical ideals of Beauty

  • Forge and maintain productive, collaborative, and collegial working relationships with leaders, other teachers, staff members, parents, and community members

  • Contribute to a positive classroom and school culture and environment through consistent implementation of behavior management strategies, attendance at Brilla-sponsored Culture Events, and regular, professional communication

  • Attend regular, mission-critical programming including summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops, parent-teacher conferences, and other opportunities

  • Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00pm each workday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by school)

  • Perform other duties as assigned

    Brilla Fine and Applied Arts Teachers Make it Count.

  • Establish and communicate standards-based (when possible) and content-based objectives and regularly evaluate student progress towards mastery

  • Reflect on and analyze student domain-specific and character achievement in order to inform and differentiate instruction

  • Maintain accurate and complete student files and academic records

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds

  • Organize and manage time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year

    Brilla Fine and Applied Arts Teachers know It Starts with Them.

  • Embody courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges

  • Reflect and seek to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous personal growth and professional development as an individual, teacher, mentor, and leader

  • Challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization

  • Seek to grow both professionally and personally as a classical educator by deepening content mastery, reading literary classics, and improving in classical pedagogy


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution in area of expertise, or 3+ years of relevant work experience in area of expertise

  • Portfolio of work to demonstrate competency in area of expertise

  • Relevant urban, elementary teaching experience with demonstrated student results preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Spanish language proficiency a plus

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