Harlem Children’s Zone

Art Teacher, Promise Academy

3+ months agoNew York, NY



HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.



We are seeking an Art Teacher. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission of HCZ Promise Academy, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and a desire for working in a school setting that fosters a love for children.

When students enter HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools, we make a promise to help each and every one get to and through college. Everything we give our students—from world-class instruction and exceptional extracurricular activities to social emotional support and healthy meals—is aimed at fulfilling that promise. Our schools have a longer school day and year, helping us keep our kids safe and engaged, ensure their success in core subject areas, and give them an immersive, well-balanced education that includes exposure to the arts, daily physical activity, and field trips to museums, performances, sporting events and, of course, college campuses.

To support our teachers, we provide them with bi-weekly professional development, access to top-of-the-line technology, including a personal laptop, and Smartboards and tablets in the classroom. Additionally, our teachers are surrounded by colleagues and professionals—ranging from academic and instructional coaches and deans of students, to guidance counselors and social workers—all committed to ensuring the success for every child. As a teacher at Promise Academy, you will take your place in a team that seamlessly surrounds children in a safe, enriching environment, making sure they reach their full potential.


Art Teacher Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach knowledge and skills in art, including drawing, painting and art history
  • Demonstrate techniques in activities such as drawing and painting
  • Facilitate small group targeted instruction in different subjects as needed
  • Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn
  • Follow the school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline, and refuse to tolerate classroom disruptions
  • Develop clear evaluation criteria and distribute to students prior to assignments
  • Develop and use a variety of assessments (e.g., exams, written work, and public performances) that frequently measure student progress
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Share responsibility for grade level and school-wide activities

Art Teacher Qualification, Skill and Knowledge Requirements
  • A dedication and commitment to the mission of HCZ Promise Academy
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years teaching experience is required
  • 2 – 5 years teaching experience in an urban school setting is desired
  • New York State certification in Art Education K-12 required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

We offer a $6,000 signing bonus (after 60 days of employment) and highly competitive salaries with generous performance-based bonuses, a comprehensive benefits package, and a low student-teacher ratio. For Lead Teacher positions, we also offer eligibility for up to $30K in student loan forgiveness after 12 months of employment. To be considered, interested applicants must apply online or submit a cover letter and resume to promisecareers@hcz.org. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

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Job ID: Harlem-ARTTE01423

Perks and Benefits

  • Professional Development
    • Promote From Within
  • Vacation and Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Family Leave
  • Office Life and Perks
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Health and Wellness
    • Wellness Program
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Financial and Retirement
    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)