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] APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2023.

The Principal is the educational leader of the school and ensures that the school’s mission is achieved.   The Educational Leader is responsible for providing organizational leadership in the daily operations 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. The Educational Leader 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 Students to ensure leadership and practices are consistent and aligned with the school’s 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.

About Arizona School for the Arts (ASA)

Arizona School for the Arts, a non-profit public charter school in downtown Phoenix, provides an innovative concentration of rigorous college preparation informed by the performing arts to students in grades 5-12.  Established in 1995, ASA delivers a nationally recognized quality of education that inspires creative thinkers and leaders and attracts more than 840 students each year from over 100 zip codes across Maricopa County.

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 Students, 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 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 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’s 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 the 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.
  • Oversees Exceptional Student Services Department and evaluates school needs, funding, and appropriate allocation of resources. 
  • 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. 
  • Cultivates parent engagement by participating in planned events, town halls, and orientations that promote the school/parent partnership.

School Operations

  • Assumes ultimate responsibility for the management and operations of the school in accordance with the 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 a 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 school 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.
  • 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 Arizona State Retirement System.
  • Full benefit package available.

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

ASA is an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability or any individual by reason of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, or veteran status is prohibited.  Efforts will be made in recruitment and employment to ensure equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons.

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST [PDF]

The Business Administrative Specialist supports the school finance office in daily operations and compliance in both finance and human resources.  The position handles the fundamental aspects of the school’s financial and human resource recordkeeping.  The Business Administrative Specialist must be detailed and systems-oriented and enjoy working in a dynamic environment that is deadline-driven and serves the needs of the entire school community.  The ideal individual will be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality, exercise good judgment in various situations, have strong written and verbal communication, have administrative and organizational skills, and maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. 

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.

This position reports directly to the Business Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Accounting

  • Manages the accounts payable process according to established policies and procedures, including but not limited to:
    • purchase orders
    • processing invoices
    • bill payments
    • monthly credit card reconciliation for all departments
    • ACH management
    • contract payment compliance
    • supports ASRS process
  • Oversee the accounts receivable process according to established policies and procedures, including but not limited to:
    • processing and posting check payments
    • posting EFT, ACH, and Direct Deposits
    • maintaining facility contracts and invoicing customers
    • assists school office with student fees

Finance

    • A functional understanding of financial statements and cost accounting
    • Assists with the real-time maintenance of budgets
    • Maintain fixed asset posting and schedules
    • Assists with payroll processing, including but limited to:
      • maintains extra duty timecard entries
      • records substitute hours
      • produces all preliminary activity involving payroll
    • Manages school business-related contracts and insurance compliance 
    • Maintains department compliance calendars and tracks upcoming deadlines and completed projects 
    • Assists with grants maintenance and compliance 
  • Assists with any and all audits

Human Resources

  • Coordinates job postings, advertising, applications, and background checks
  • Oversees employee onboarding and offboarding process, including but not limited to:
    • paperwork
    • online entry and upkeep of employee data
    • maintains teacher resume book
    • maintains the Teacher Input Application 
  • Maintains fingerprint clearance card data and compliance for staff and vendors
  • Coordinates and records all policy acknowledgments
  • Responds to basic HR requests by current and former employees
  • Responsible for ongoing maintenance of employee files/records

Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of prior related work experience
  • Experience in accounting and HR
  • School finance and/or nonprofit organizational accounting experience preferred
  • Valid Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card 

Required Skills:

  • Proficient using the latest versions of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite, 10-key, and the Google platform. Additional acumen with 3rd party online software platforms is helpful. 
  • Must have experience in a professional office environment utilizing basic office protocols 
  • Ability to work professionally in a deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent time-management skills, with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to manage complex projects
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with E-Verify 
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality in all matters 

Salary and Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

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

MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST [PDF]

The Maintenance Specialist supports the school by providing maintenance and custodial services. The position will perform a wide variety of skilled maintenance activities and maintain the cleanliness of the facility and grounds.   The Maintenance Specialist must be well-versed in multiple skilled trades and comfortable with basic repairs of commercial buildings.  This position works closely with the Operations Director in order to keep the school running and prevent interruptions to the educational program.

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.

This position reports directly to the Operations Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Facilities

  • Prioritizes maintenance operations on a daily basis. 
  • Inspects facilities, systems, and their component machinery requiring maintenance (e.g. electrical, HVAC, plumbing, security, etc.) for the purpose of repairing and/or identifying potential repairs, and providing an ongoing program of preventative maintenance. 
  • Designs systems and/or projects for the purpose of meeting various maintenance and facility needs:
    • Attends meetings as assigned for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
    • Coordinates with other staff for the purpose of completing projects/work orders efficiently.
    • Investigates and recommends vendors/contractors to perform maintenance and repair services outside of the general maintenance of the facility, using established school procedures.
    • Assists in coordination, supervision, and inspection of work performed by vendors/contractors and recommends payment upon satisfactory timely completion of the work.
    • Tracks and communicates the status of project requests to requestors and other interested parties to ensure timely feedback and accountability.
  • Works with the Operations Director to establish, formulate, schedule, and implement effective summer and non-school day procedures for maintenance and custodial activities for specialized cleaning and repairs.
  • Works with hand and power tools to perform general maintenance duties, including, but not limited to:
    • Repairs tables, walls, doors, etc.
    • Repairs doors and jambs
    • Installs whiteboards and bulletin boards
    • Repairs restroom partitions and installs fixtures
    • Makes alterations where necessary
    • Electrical work
    • AC maintenance
    • Plumbing repairs
  • Assures efficient and economical utilization of materials, improvement of methods, and elimination of wasteful practices within the department, including monitoring of school inventory supplies:
    • Maintains documents and information related to preventive equipment maintenance and the master vendor files for repair and maintenance services.
    • Responsible for maintaining facility consumables inventories.
    • Supports Operations Director in the life cycle of fixed assets.
    • Maintains effective communications with staff to elicit support and seek perceptions and ideas for improving facilities.
  • Assists the Operations Director in preparing and executing a detailed, whole campus preventive maintenance plan and coordinating work accordingly.
  • Assists with traffic management and parking.
  • Responsible for all school fire and security systems.
  • Assists Operations Director in maintaining a safe campus through consistent monitoring of perimeter and the surrounding grounds. 
  • Coordinates appropriate facilities set-up and arrangements for various activities during or after school hours.  
  • Serves as back-up driver for rental vans and trucks.

Custodial and Grounds Maintenance

  • Prioritizes custodial and grounds operations on a daily basis. 
  • Inspects the school grounds throughout the day ensuring campus cleanliness:
    • Picking up and disposing of trash.
    • Maintains sprinklers.
    • Provides school day support for emergency cleanup of spills and bio materials.
    • Monitors bathrooms for cleanliness, supply inventory, and general maintenance.
    • Performs other work as needed.
  • Assists the vendor custodians to ensure they can successfully complete their work through effective communication of supply needs and possible repairs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of two (2) years prior experience in maintenance and/or construction services
  • Custodial service experience preferred
  • Reliable transportation
  • Available after hours and on weekends, if needed
  • Valid Arizona Fingerprint IVP Clearance Card
  • Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record

Salary and Benefits

  • Commensurate with experience. Member of ASRS.

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

 

Required Knowledge, Skills & Personal Characteristics

  • Working knowledge of basic building operations, materials, methods, services, terminology, equipment, tools and activities of a building maintenance, repair and custodial services programs.
  • Knowledge of the uses and purposes of common hand and power tools.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
  • Use of software programs for email, word processing, spreadsheets, data management, and work orders.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

 

Physical Demands

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Requirements of this position include:
      • Regularly stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, use hand-strength to grasp tools, and climb onto ladders.  
      • Frequently required to reach with hands and arms, squat, stoop or kneel, reach above the head and reach forward bend or twist at the neck and trunk.
      • Must be able to lift and/or move up to fifty 50 pounds such as cleaning supplies, tables, equipment and other school related items.  
      • Occasional lifting and/or moving up to ninety (90) pounds such as copy paper and bulk furniture.  
  • May be subjected to odors, chemicals, blood and other body fluids, extreme temperatures, work space restrictions, intense noises, and heights. 

 

Salary and Benefits 

  • Full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.  Member of ASRS

Interested candidates should submit the following via email to employment@goasa.org:

Cover letter, Resume, three letters of reference, and the ASA Application for Employment found on School’s website.

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