Crystal Springs Uplands School


Crystal seeks a temporary, full-time exempt (1.0 FTE, 10-month) Upper School Drama Teacher starting August 2024. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience, a general knowledge of curriculum instruction practices, some high school classroom teaching experience  and the ability to instruct students and apply effective classroom management.The purpose of the Drama Teacher in Upper School is to help students develop a passion for performing through creating, exploring, and improvisation.

Provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual development through general education. Enable students to maximize their competencies and skills to function successfully in society. Help build equity and inclusion, and a sense of belonging. Lay the foundation for positive self-assessment and emotional intelligence amongst students. Teach them a sense of responsibility as well as their academic curriculum.


Key Job Competencies  

Developing Others: Ability to effectively support the growth and development of students/adults across all levels of the organization.
Communication: Exceptional ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as deep listening skills to gain understanding.
Cultural Competence: Possesses and applies the skills, values, and principles that acknowledge, respect, contribute, and work effectively across cultural differences. Recognizes the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to the Crystal community.
Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates high levels of self/social awareness, self-management, empathy, and curiosity.
Personal Growth: Demonstrates commitment and curiosity to ongoing learning and development.
Relationship Management: Positively collaborates and builds/maintains authentic and trusting relationships. Demonstrates high levels of discretion and confidentiality.
Project Management: Ability to lead and execute complex projects to achieve goal attainment by prioritizing activities, assigning responsibilities in accordance with capabilities, monitoring progress, and evaluating impact.
Collaboration: the interpersonal and intrapersonal qualities one will leverage to collectively solve a problem or make progress toward a common goal. The ability to work with others to complete a project or task or develop ideas or processes.
Instructional Delivery: Effectively implements essential practices for effectively instructing students to maximize knowledge and skill acquisition
Classroom Management: Maximizes administration of rules and procedures, proactive management, effective and stimulating instruction, and reduction of disruptive and inappropriate student conduct to ensure high quality learning, and emotionally safe, equitable environments.
Formative Assessment: Supports competency-based education by ensuring understanding of students’ needs and modifies instruction as it is happening to guide and assess student learning.

Essential Functions 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Teach acting principles to students, and provide formalized instruction on performance
Design and implement creative pedagogy with instruction that values a hands-on, collaborative, project-based curriculum & methodology
Crystal’s core values and allows the diverse student body to grow and thrive
Set and maintain acceptable standards of classroom behavior to establish a positive and appropriate learning environment
Collaborate with colleagues to develop innovative and meaningful curriculum with vertical alignment
Integrate technology in effective ways that enhance students’ learning experiences and growth
Participate in professional development opportunities that promote growth and leadership
Record and report on students’ progress. assign and grade projects and examinations
Serve as an advisor who is committed to the social and emotional development of students
Attend meetings as required
Uphold Crystal’s core values
Foster an inclusive school environment
Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree
At least three years of classroom teaching experience
General knowledge of curriculum instruction practices
Some high school classroom teaching experience
Ability to instruct students and apply effective classroom management
Experience working in a Independent School environment
Travel Required

Light travel between the Middle School and Upper School campuses, as needed

Physical demands and work environment

Able to lift up to 20 pounds
Able to climb stairs
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods
Able to work in a dynamic environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and  diverse array of contacts
Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

Crystal Springs Uplands School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Salary and Benefits

This is a temporary exempt full-time (40 hours/week), 10-month Faculty position, and the annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $70,000 – $150,000.

The recruitment period will remain open until sufficient resumes have been received and may close at any time a sufficient pool of highly qualified candidates has been established.   First consideration will be given to individuals that apply between March 13, 2024 through March 27, 2024. Second consideration will be given to individuals that apply between March 28, 2024 through April 11, 2024.  The ideal start date for this position is August 1, 2024.


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