Work for ASA

Want to work with Arizona School for the Arts? Below you will find some of our current open positions.

Transitional Leader to Arts Director and Vice Principal of Student Services

This is a part-time transition position for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, including June. This person assumes the responsibilities below in the mornings, while remaining in the classroom in the afternoon.   Beginning in June this person assumes the full responsibilities of the Arts Director and Vice Principal of Student Services. This person will be on both the senior leadership and school operations team.

This position reports directly to the Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides student discipline support through student meetings and classroom interventions. Develops innovative strategies, preventative approaches, and proactive plans for students with referrals.
  • Plans and implements arts faculty trainings developing professional development for Power Wednesdays and leads teaching artists in areas of school-wide initiatives and effective teaching practices.
  • Ensures master arts schedule to reflects departmental goals and student needs.
  • Maintains systems for returning student arts class selection and possible class changes during the school year. Provides support to admissions as needed to ensure new students are appropriately placed.
  • Supervises leadership of Thespians, all arts honor societies, and performance related clubs.
  • Collaborates with Arts Director to recruit and hire high quality teaching artists.
  • Collaborates with Arts Director to facilitate requests for ASA performances in the outside community.
  • Participates in training and collaboration as need in order to fully assume this position in June 2020.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Principal or Head of School.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an arts content area from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Valid fingerprint card
  • Minimum of 3 years highly effective teaching in arts field
  • Minimum of 3 years proven leadership in school setting with a proven track record in building and maintaining long-term relationships with teaching artists.
  • Minimum of 3 years as a professional artist and experience in other performance strands beyond degree.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Power Point, Excel, and web-based software.
  • Must have the flexibility to work hours outside the standard 8-5 timeframe and to travel, if necessary.

 Required knowledge, skills and personal characteristics:

  • A mission-driven individual with a strong belief in ASA’s vision, mission, and purpose.
  • Exceptional ability to manage complex projects.
  • A good listener and strategist; is comfortable receiving input from many sources; able to act on information to develop increased support.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse people and communities, contribute to a collaborative team, and build productive relationships.
  • Ability to work well independently and within a multi-disciplinary team environment, manage multiple projects and priorities, and work cooperatively to meet internal and external requests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and respond to concerns, engage with professional advisors, philanthropic partners, ASA staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to maintain confidentiality; be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

Application Deadline:  October 13, 2019

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

Interested candidates should submit the following via e-mail to

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

Part-Time Choral Teaching Artist

Summary of position
This faculty member will teach choir to middle school and high school students enrolled in the program, approximately 40 students per class, with a total of 2 classes, one content area. The curriculum includes learning the skills of rehearsal etiquette, vocal pedagogy, sight-singing in solfege (moveable DO), diction, and theory as applicable for content of class. Knowledge of the adolescent boys’ changing voice is essential.

An ideal candidate would feel comfortable and have the skill set to teach students that have no to limited experience to those who have been articulated through the ASA program.  All classes offer studies in proper vocal technique, music reading skills, and work within an ensemble.  Choral studies include music in one to three plus part-singing in a variety of languages and in various genres of music.  Repertoire includes a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the current century.

This Position reports directly to Arts Director

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 ASA standards and department 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 department level teams
  • Uphold the school’s philosophy, mission, vision, and values
  • Perform duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education, choral 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 all levels of choral repertoire.
  • Proven experience working with student musicians of varying ages and experience.  3-4 years of classroom teaching experience required.
  • Piano proficiency to guide classroom instruction required.  Piano performance skills preferred.
  • Experience in conducting choral ensembles
  • Highly qualified
  • Valid fingerprint card

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics

  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Ability to sing and demonstrate
  • Utilization of constructivist teaching strategies
  • Experience with authentic assessment and rubrics
  • Experience with current technology
  • A life-long learner interested in acquire new skills and knowledge
  • Passion, persistence and determination
  • Impeccable organization
  • Punctual and reliable, highly accountable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Passionate about content area and about teaching
  • Concerned about holistic development of the individual
  • Flexible, creative, and has the capacity to innovate

Salary and Benefits:  Commensurate with experience. 

Interested candidates should submit the following via email to Laura Apperson, ASA Arts Director, .

  • Cover letter, Resume, three letters of reference, and the ASA Application for Employment found on our website.