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Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is seeking a full-time Music Director for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.  The Music Director is a committed educator who will challenge students to perform at their best. Woodlands Academy believes that a multicultural perspective is an essential element of a 21st Century education and values diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. 

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is one of 24 Sacred Heart schools in the United States and Canada.  Sacred Heart education at Woodlands Academy is distinctive and emphasizes best practices for the education of girls and innovative practices for academic excellence.  Established in 1858, the school forms global citizens and transforms young women within a dynamic of relationships that responds to the dignity of each member of the school community.

The teacher will report to the Principal, and join a highly collaborative, innovative, and experienced faculty.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain Woodlands’ award-winning high school music program by leading three choirs and instructing 2 credit courses
  • Experience serving as musical director for musical theater production and serving as an accompanist in various capacities
  • Coordinate the teachers of private instrumental and voice lessons
  • Support, implement, and model the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools
  • Demonstrate appropriate planning and preparation for instruction and assessment
  • Develop and maintain a classroom atmosphere that inspires learning
  • Motivate students to develop an interest in and an appreciation for the art of music 
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and talents of students in the field of music, including sight-singing, score reading, vocal production, harmonization, and diction skills
  • Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, discretion, punctuality, and clear, direct, open communication
  • Engage in the life of the school (presence at assemblies, meeting, events, etc.) 
  • Participate in school-wide, departmental, and mentor team meetings.

Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to, supporting the professional development of faculty in differentiated instruction and curriculum designed for learning, and other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education or a related subject matter; master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum two years’ choral experience with high school students, preferably in a single-gender setting
  • Experience teaching vocal performance is preferred
  • Experience with music technology
  • Able to be flexible, helpful, patient, and creative
  • Direct a repertoire of age-appropriate and challenging music, allowing students to engage in active music making while acquiring the skills necessary for performance
  • A sound knowledge of current pedagogical theory and practice, and eagerness to continue learning
  • The ability to develop and implement an effective and engaging curriculum as a highly competent teacher
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and effective classroom practice for the high school classroom
  • The ability to build positive relationships with high school students and be a powerful student mentor 
  • The ability to draw people in for collaboration, curriculum development, and problem solving and be a trusted and sought-after colleague 
  • A high-level of familiarity and competence across cultures and multiple perspectives
  • A genuine understanding or willingness to learn/understand the culture, community, and the demands students feel on a daily basis
  • The ability to differentiate classroom instruction for students with varied learning styles or specific learning challenges
  • A familiarity and competence in music technology skills; should be proficient with current educational technology and willing to develop skills in technology areas as needed
  • Superb communication skills, including excellent verbal/written skills, in order to collaborate with Student Support Team, parents, students, and faculty
  • Strong people skills in order to be empathetic to the needs of the students and their parents
  • A willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the WA community
  • Completion of Virtus: Protecting God’s Children Training
  • Successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks

Why you should join our community:

  • We offer generous health/dental/vision plans, 403(b) with matching benefits, and flexible spending accounts; 
  • Special holiday breaks, including five days off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off for Christmas, and two weeks off for Spring Break;
  • Opportunities to volunteer;
  • Get to make an impact on the lives of young women.

How to apply:

Please complete the Faculty& Coaching Positions application and materials listed on the Employment web page of the school’s website at https://www.woodlandsacademy.org/about/employment.  All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, three written references, and a Faculty & Coaching Position Application.

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-girls, Catholic, college preparatory day and boarding school in Lake Forest, IL.  Visit the school’s website at www.woodlandsacademy.org and the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools at www.sacredheartusc.education to learn more.

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion*, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification under state of federal law.

*The School reserves the right to use religion as a hiring criterion for selected positions and nature of a school as a faith-based institution as permitted by law.