Art Teacher

Posted on: February 13, 2023 |

Position Title: K-8th Grade Art Teacher

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: 2245 N McVicker Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Reports To: School Principal

Start Date: Immediately

Salary: Teachers start at $55,000+ based off of years of experience, licensure and highest degree obtained.

The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Description:

A Distinctive Schools Art Teacher is the creative mastermind behind the campus art program.  This person will:

Plan lessons that expose students to a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, lettering, and art history

Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations as well as the ability to make qualitative judgments about art

Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment

Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities

Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings

Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community

Has a mindset of using restorative justice approach with discipline

Create a developmentally appropriate, positive, inclusive and safe learning environment

Monitor progress to ensure all students are demonstrating high rates of growth

Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development

Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse social-emotional, cultural, economic and ability backgrounds

Work closely with team members and parents to best meet the needs to students


Bachelor’s Degree

Illinois Professional Educators License

Endorsement in the content area

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students

We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way

Distinctive Schools was named one of Crain’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Chicago; culture is at the heart of what we do

We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city

25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)

12 weeks family paid leave

Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)

403b match

Fully match up to 3%

50% match up to 5%

Professional development including tuition reimbursement

Gym and wellness discounts

4% pension contribution

Salaries starting at $55,000 for licensed teachers

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.