CAREERS AT ASA

Arizona School for the Arts is actively seeking job applicants for the 2022-23 School Year.

Come join our dynamic team at a school like no other. ASA is a 5th – 12th grade, non-profit public charter school providing a unique curriculum that interweaves rigorous academics and the performing arts.

PRINCIPAL [PDF]

The Principal is the educational leader of the school and ensures that the school’s mission is achieved.   S/he is responsible for providing organizational leadership in the daily operation of the school and in areas impacting student life, achievement, and parent satisfaction.  The Principal leads the educational team responsible for recruiting and retaining qualified faculty as well as their training and professional development.   S/he oversees and maintains the content, rigor, and quality of the school’s curriculum according to standards set by the State and by the school.  The Principal works closely with the Deans of Arts, Academics and Student Life to ensure leadership and practices are consistent and aligned with the schools mission and values.  The Principal keeps the Head of School informed and  works cooperatively to set and meet goals for the betterment of the school and coordinate Equity Initiatives internally and with external consultants.

ASA is devoted to fostering an inclusive environment where the enjoyment and benefits of a college preparatory and performing arts education are accessible to the entire community, and where all voices are listened to and valued, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Reporting to this position are the Deans of Academics, Arts and Student Life, the Director of Operations and the Office Administrator.

This position reports directly to the Head of School/CEO.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Communicates and models the ASA mission and values to faculty, staff, students and parents.
  • Promotes effective communication among all members of the community.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with the school community and promotes a cooperative spirit among the school’s personnel and parents to enhance the educational and social climate of the school.  
  • Leads the Senior Leadership Team in coordinating school operations, communications, leadership development and accomplishing school wide initiatives and goals.
  • Selects and recommends for hiring school personnel who demonstrate professional and educational background and alignment with ASA’s mission and values.
  • Leads the Core Equity Team.

Curriculum and Instruction 

  • Understands the elements of ASA pedagogy and ensures its consistent implementation across the curriculum.
  • Sets and oversees the implementation of schoolwide strategies aligned with the school mission.
  • Supervises the effective and efficient implementation of the educational, artistic, and instructional programs in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Provides for the professional development of the faculty.
  • Stimulates and participates in the dialog about teaching and learning at the school.
  • Approves the selection of curricula, class schedule, assessments, graduation requirements and all aspects of the school academic and arts programs.
  • Ensures that all instructional staff have access to appropriate curricula and instructional materials and are provided with the training necessary to effectively implement curriculum.
  • Evaluates curriculum and instructional programs and makes modifications as needed to ensure continuous school improvement and adherence to college preparatory academic standards and artistic development.
  • Oversees Deans in employing a supervision model that focuses on professional development, self-reflection, improvement and goal setting, and ensures that all teachers are evaluated and rated under the Educator Effectiveness Framework adopted by the Board of Directors and required by the State.
  • Makes decisions related to faculty selection, performance evaluation, discipline and salary. recommendations according to ASA’s Compensation Framework.
  • Leads changes in systems to improve learning and teaching and uses standard operating procedures.
  • Hires and retains high quality faculty through effective recruitment and retention practices.
  • Leads the Deans in the budgeting process for school operations, arts and academic departments,  
  • Attend and present at Board meetings when requested.

School Climate

  • Promotes a healthy and equitable school culture in and out of school.
  • Promotes a cooperative spirit and shared decision-making among and between administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents to enhance the educational and social climate of the school.
  • Empowers Deans by providing direction, delegation, expertise and accountability while retaining overall responsibility and accountability for results.
  • Leads initiatives that build an equitable and inclusive school environment for faculty, staff, students, and parents.
  • Maintains high standards of student safety and conduct, and enforces discipline as necessary.
  • Maintains an efficient office system to support the administrative functions of the school. 

School Operations

  • Assumes ultimate responsibility for the management and operations of the school in accordance with law, administrative code, policies, and regulations.
  • Exercises authority over the behavior and conduct of pupils, faculty and staff, visitors and any other persons using the school.  
  • Prepares and/or supervises the creation of all reports, master teaching schedules, records and other paperwork as required by the State Department of Education, Charter School Board and the Federal Government, or paperwork that may be appropriate to the school’s administration.
  • Oversees the school safety programs including building security, emergency procedures, and safety drills.

Admissions and Student Life

  • Optimizes all-school gatherings including assemblies, social events and performances.
  • Oversees the admissions functions of the school, including recruitment programs, internal marketing, external outreach, and information dissemination.
  • Oversees programs to provide supportive transition for new students through formal programs, activities, and peer support.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Educational Leadership, or related field .
  • Experience working or leading in an artistic or arts infused setting.
  • 4 Years of proven and successful experience as a school Principal.
  • 4 years of proven and successful classroom teaching.
  • Active Arizona Department of Public Safety issues IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven educational leadership in a similar environment.
  • Experience as a performing artist or active patron of the arts. 
  • Leadership in curriculum development, program evaluation, staff development, school improvement and staff supervision and evaluation.
  • Strategic thinking and effective problem-solving skills.
  • Exhibits history of a strong work ethic and personal integrity.
  • Reflective learner who consistently assesses his/her own work with an analytical eye in order to continuously improve.

Salary and Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

Science 6th Grade [PDF]

This faculty member teaches 6th grade students to participate in a hands-on, integrated science curriculum that focuses on the development of experimental design and engineering practices. The students will apply these skills in their investigation of Life, Earth, and Physical Science. Students study traits of scientists, matter and its interactions, forces, motion and energy, animal adaptations, the solar system, and space exploration.

Class sizes are approximately 28 students. Academic teachers have 2.5 hours of prep time for curriculum planning, meeting, integrating, and assessing. The teacher will be responsible for writing their own curriculum to align with the state standards. They will also be asked to differentiate their curriculum using additional resources as needed to support student growth and achievement. This teacher works closely with the Science Department. 

This position reports directly to the School Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create a respectful, stimulating, purposeful, and student-centered classroom.
  • Cultivate critical thinking and active participation in the classroom.
  • Utilize current curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards, ASA standards, and ASA’s scope and sequence.
  • Communicate clear objectives to students for all learning.
  • Communicate progress/achievement to students and parents.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues in a team setting for curriculum design, assessment, and implementation.
  • Participate actively in grade level and department teams. 
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values.
  • Perform duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in his/ her content area from an accredited four-year college or university 
  • Highly qualified 
  • Valid IVP fingerprint card
  • Teaching experience or certification preferred but not required

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • A life-long learner interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Passionate about students, content area, and teaching
  • Concerned about the holistic development of the individual
  • Flexible, creative, and has the capacity to innovate 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills 
  • Experience with or a commitment to learning:  
  • Socratic methodology
  • Inquiry-based discussion
  • Constructivist teaching strategies
  • Project-based learning
  • Authentic assessment and rubrics

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

A cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and the ASA Application for Employment are found on the website.

Math 8th Grade [PDF]

This faculty member teaches 8th grade math and Algebra to middle school students in a blended learning environment.  Blended learning is a program that combines face-to-face learning with technology-based, digital instruction. Learning takes place using a combination of online work, classroom work, and teacher instruction. Students will have increased control over the learning pace and activities to master the grade appropriate curriculum and beyond.  This teacher works closely with the other middle school math teachers.

The class sizes are approximately 28 students. Academic teachers have 2.5 hours of prep time for curriculum planning, meeting, integrating, and assessing.  ASA uses  “Into Math” curriculum by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  The teacher will differentiate using additional resources as needed to support student growth and achievement.

This position reports directly to the School Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create a respectful, stimulating, purposeful, and student-centered classroom.
  • Cultivate critical thinking and active participation in the classroom.
  • Utilize current curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards, ASA standards, and ASA’s scope and sequence.
  • Communicate clear objectives to students for all learning.
  • Communicate progress/achievement to students and parents.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues in a team setting for curriculum design, assessment, and implementation.
  • Participate actively in grade level and department teams. 
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values.
  • Perform duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in his/ her content area from an accredited four-year college or university 
  • Highly qualified 
  • Valid IVP fingerprint card
  • Teaching experience or certification preferred but not required

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • A life-long learner interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Passionate about students, content area, and teaching
  • Concerned about the holistic development of the individual
  • Flexible, creative, and has the capacity to innovate 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills 
  • Experience with or a commitment to learning:  
    • Socratic methodology
    • Inquiry-based discussion
    • Constructivist teaching strategies
    • Project-based learning
    • Authentic assessment and rubrics

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

Foreign Language Teacher – Spanish II & III

This faculty member teaches Spanish II and Spanish III to high school students who take four consecutive years of one language; this person must be highly proficient/fluent in all four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. This instructor plans and implements a challenging and relevant curriculum for each respective level of Spanish. The class sizes are approximately 28 students. Academic teachers have 2.5 hours of prep time for curriculum planning, meeting, integrating, and assessing. ASA does not use textbooks; therefore, this content teacher must be well versed in using primary and secondary resources appropriate for this grade level.

This position reports directly to the School Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create a respectful, stimulating, purposeful, and student-centered classroom.
  • Cultivate critical thinking and active participation in the classroom.
  • Develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards, ASA standards, and ASA’s scope and sequence.
  • Communicate clear objectives to students for all learning.
  • Communicate progress/achievement to students and parents.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues in a team setting for curriculum design, assessment, and implementation.
  • Participate actively in grade level and department teams.
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values.
  • Perform duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in content area from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Highly qualified
  • Valid IVP fingerprint card
  • Teaching experience or certification preferred but not required

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • A life-long learner interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Passionate about students, content area, and teaching
  • Concerned about holistic development of the individual
  • Flexible, creative, and has the capacity to innovate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills
  • Experience with or a commitment to learn:
    • Socratic methodology
    • Inquiry-based discussion
    • Constructivist teaching strategies
    • Project-based learning
    • Authentic assessment and rubrics

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

A cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and the ASA Application for Employment are found on the website. 

Special Education Teacher [PDF]

As a member of ASA’s ESS (Exceptional Student Services) Department, this special education teacher serves as the case manager for students in multiple grade levels.  ASA serves students in 5th-12th grades; the special education teachers collaborate with the grade level teaching teams and families to meet needs and support students’ growth.   As a case manager, this teacher ensures appropriate and effective services and supports are in place for each student on their caseload.  This teacher assists in the educational and social development of students, writes and implements IEPs, and monitors progress. This person will collaborate with the educators in the special education department as well as classroom teachers. 

This position reports directly to the Principal and works closely with the other members of the ESS department. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Create a respectful, stimulating, purposeful, and student-centered classroom
  • Accommodate and modify activities and assessments in collaboration with the general education teacher to meet individual student needs
  • Prepare teaching materials as directed by special education department chair for the purpose of implementing and documenting student progress (IEP Progress Reports)
  • Collaborate with general education teachers to meet individual learning needs of students
  • Implement, monitor, evaluate, and revise IEPs (including present levels of performance, goals, accommodations, modifications, and transition plans)
  • Maintain effective communication with students, parents, and faculty
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s in Special Education Preferred. 
  • Certified Special Education Teacher
  • Valid IVP fingerprint clearance card
  • Familiar with IEP-pro (preferred)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • A life-long learner interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Passionate about working with middle school and high school students and teaching
  • Collaborative and strengths focused team player 
  • Concerned about holistic development of the individual
  • Flexible, creative, and has the capacity to innovate 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills 
  • Experience with or a commitment to specifically designed instruction and ensuring access to the general education curriculum for student who receive special education services 

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

Front Office / Administrative Assistant [PDF]

The Front Desk Administrative Assistant position provides support to the school operations team by working closely with the front office staff in areas of student health, internal communication, student records, and external messaging.  This full-time position serves as an integral member of the office support staff.  This person must demonstrate the ability to prioritize tasks and adapt to the meet the needs of a fast-paced environment.  

This position reports directly to the Office Administrator.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Maintains accurate internal and external calendars which includes performances, extra-curricular activities, and community events
    • Responsible for communication to parents using School Messenger email system
    • Responsible for front desk:
      • Phones
      • Greeting the parents/students/community members
      • Determining the urgency of phone/in person assistance
      • Monitoring the main gate and allowing entry onto campus
      • Student check in/out
    • Provides standardized testing support to Vice Principal during state testing
    • Posts daily announcements in Synergy/Canvas
    • Comfortable using Synergy (SIS) 
      • Pulling reports
      • Demographic information
    • Supports registrar with annual student enrollment
    • Supports health aide by administering 1st aid/ medications and contacting parents
    • Supports attendance clerk to ensure accurate attendance
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Office Administrator to support efficient office operations

Minimum Qualifications

    • High School diploma
    • Minimum of 2 years college
      • 1-2 years of prior related work experience 
      • Knowledge of:
        • Office practices, procedures, equipment, computers, telephone etiquette, and letter writing
      • Proficient in computer skills (word, excel, Microsoft Office, & SIS)
      • Have a valid IVP Fingerprint clearance card
      • Bilingual – Spanish (preferred, but not required)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

      • Performs routine-to-moderately complex clerical work to ensure the efficient and effective office operations
      • Maintains confidentiality
      • Focuses on solutions and works well in team environment
      • Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills
      • Demonstrates ability to remain professional in an environment with frequent interruptions
      • Exhibits strong and ability to handle multiple projects to meet deadlines 

Salary and Benefits:  Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org

A cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and the ASA Application for Employment are found on the website.

High School Low Strings Faculty (Part-Time) [PDF]

The ASA High School string program is a collaborative teaching position with a team of four faculty working with four orchestras. There are 3 technique teachers that work with their respective instruments and 1 orchestra director. Each faculty member teaches their courses as assigned, but they collaborate extensively on all performing events, department retreats, and overall curricular continuity. 

The High School Low Strings faculty teaches 4 high school technique classes of different levels ranging from beginners to advanced high school cello and double bass students. These classes rotate through the week so the faculty member will see 2 of the 4 levels each day over 2 periods. When students are not in low strings technique class, they will be in full orchestra rehearsals led by the orchestra director. The string program focuses extensively on the specific pedagogy needed for success in playing. This teacher must be experienced in providing feedback to help students develop their performance skills. The curriculum includes learning the skills of posture, instrument set up, left hand technique, intonation, bowing, articulation, music theory, small and large ensemble, and practice techniques. Students are divided into levels all based upon playing ability. 

This is a part-time, salaried position that follows the faculty school calendar (August 1- June 5). Classes are held on the ASA Campus in the afternoon between 12:30-3:30. The instructor will also be required to attend new teacher training and in-service, attend weekly department meetings, and participate in evening department performance events. 

The String Department at ASA is devoted to fostering an inclusive environment where the enjoyment and benefits of the string art form are accessible to the entire community, and where all voices are listened to and valued, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. 

This Position reports directly to Arts Director 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the ASA standards and department scope and sequence 
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues in a team setting for curriculum design, assessment, and implementation 
  • Communicate progress/achievement to students and parents 
  • Collaborate and participate with the string department faculty in team meetings, developing the department newsletter, establishing department culture and norms, problem solving, and coordinating the 2 Department Series High School Concerts and 1 Signature Series Concerts (Masterworks) 
  • Collaborate and participate with the full arts faculty in the school’s annual Showcase ● Create a respectful, stimulating, purposeful, and student-centered classroom 
  • Cultivate critical thinking and active participation in the classroom 
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values 
  • Perform duties as assigned 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics 

  • Effective classroom management skills 

High School Low Strings Faculty (Part-Time) 

  • Ability to sing and demonstrate 
  • Utilization of constructivist teaching strategies 
  • Experience with authentic assessment and rubrics 
  • Experience with Google Workplace and Notation Software preferred 
  • A life-long learner interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge 
  • Passion, persistence, and determination 
  • Punctual and reliable, highly accountable, and organized 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Passionate about content area about teaching 
  • Concerned about holistic development of the individual 
  • Flexible, creative, and the capacity to innovate 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education, cello and/or bass emphasis/expertise preferred, from an accredited four-year college or university (Masters of Music preferred) ● Proven musicianship and pedagogical skills as a performer and teacher with an extensive knowledge of low string technique 
  • Proven experience working with student musicians of varying ages and experience (3-4 years of classroom teaching experience preferred) 
  • Valid fingerprint clearance card upon start of position 

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience 

Interested candidates should submit the following via email to Monica Sauer Anthony, ASA Arts Director, anthony@goasa.org 

Substitute Teacher

Interested in subbing for ASA? Your time is now! Substitute teachers are an essential part of the continued growth, learning and development of our children.

Arizona School for the Arts is seeking to create a substitute teacher pool for our community for all classes. Substitutes at ASA provide supervision of the classroom while students complete work assigned by the teacher of record. Substitutes need to enjoy students, be comfortable with getting coverage details the same morning/afternoon, and able to facilitate both small group and individual work.

To be a substitute at ASA, you need to do/ have the following:

  • Complete an ASA Application (download and complete the fillable PDF and ensure your first and last name is included in the filename once you’ve completed and saved the PDF)
  • Possess a valid IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card. Visit the listing register and the Arizona DPS website for more details
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certificate – if you have one/not required College degree preferred

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to employment@goasa.org