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Creative Writing Instructor

Employer
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
Location
Greenville, South Carolina
Salary
Commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Jan 16, 2024

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Job Description: Instructor of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.

  • Applications Open: January 9, 2024
  • Applications Close: March 1, 2024 

Greenville County School District:

Greenville County Schools, located in beautiful Upstate South Carolina, is a great place to learn, work and live.  Recognized as a school system of excellence, Greenville County Schools was awarded district-wide National Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

We are the State leader in school choice, featuring schools of various sizes in urban, suburban and rural settings, and magnet academies offering specialized studies in areas such as communications arts, languages, the arts, and science and mathematics. About 15% of our 78,000 students take advantage of school choice to match their needs and interests.  The district is comprised of 51 elementary, 21 middle and 15 high schools.

Our schools have positive relationships with their communities. PTAs and local businesses are active and involved, providing hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year, as well as millions of dollars in financial support.

 

Fine Arts Center:

The Fine Arts Center, South Carolina’s first public arts high school, provides a world-class arts education to students in Greenville County, SC.  An Arts Schools Network Exemplary School, the Fine Arts Center’s award-winning programs provide the highest level of artistic preparation to students in the areas of Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Digital Filmmaking, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.  Students at the Fine Arts Center are identified as artistically gifted and experience a rigorous, pre-professional arts education taught by teaching artists in an inclusive, collaborative learning community.  Class sizes are small so that students can get individualized attention in a focused environment.  Graduates go on to top colleges and universities in their arts field of study and regularly receive sizable scholarships.  The faculty of the Fine Arts Center are practicing professional teaching artists who are highly skilled in their craft and are capable of effectively passing their craft to highly motivated students.  

The school is organized so that students attend their home high school for core academic classes and then spend the other half of their school day receiving highly specialized instruction in their arts area at the Fine Arts Center.  Students must audition to gain admittance to the program. 

The Fine Arts Center has strong parent volunteer support and strong community partnerships with arts organizations in Greenville and across SC.  

 

The FAC Creative Writing Program:

Artistically gifted and talented students are selected to attend by a process of application, teacher recommendation, transcript, and audition/portfolio review. Highly motivated students are placed into classes with an average of twelve to fifteen students. Students annually earn recognition in the Regional and National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Students have also been successful in the national YoungArts competition, earning both the Winner and Winner with Distinction awards.  

Creative Writing students attend class for two hours a day, in morning or afternoon periods, five days a week during a 190-day school year.  The students edit, design and publish the internationally recognized online journal Crashtest (www.crashtestmag.com ), manage the Momentum Guest Artist Series featuring poets like Geoffrey Davis and Danez Smith, among others, and run the student-led Impact Reading Series. 

 

Qualifications:

  • MFA or MA in Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction or Creative Nonfiction)
  • Ongoing record of publication in nationally recognized and independently edited journals and presses
  • Preferred 3 years of successful teaching experience with advanced level students
  • Experience auditioning and ranking students based on their potential in the field using rubrics.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other faculty at the Fine Arts Center
  • Ability to effectively recruit and retain students in the program for the duration of their high school career
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Optional, but preferred: experience in publication as an editor, genre editor, managing editor or reader

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Teaching gifted and talented students (two classes per day) in a well-established creative writing program with a dynamic and varied curriculum that includes a significant workshop component and requires timely grading and response
  • Preparing student work for submission to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, YoungArts; the Princeton Young Poets Award, and others over the course of the year
  • Preparing students for post-secondary study in creative writing
  • Curating the student lending library with examples of contemporaneous literature and current issues of nationally recognized magazines
  • Curriculum development in conjunction with creative writing colleagues in the Fine Arts Center; curriculum input/advising for the creative writing gifted and talented program at the elementary and middle school level (A.R.M.E.S.)
  • Audition proctoring, oversight and admission decisions
  • An Instructor of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center should be able to provide solid instruction in writing craft techniques, literary history (with special emphasis on late 20th century and 21st century writing), revision and editing techniques, publishing and post-secondary education and job placement counseling.
  • School administrative responsibilities including finance requests, attendance and grade reporting
  • Possess knowledge of grade level curriculum, subject content knowledge and developmental needs of students to provide relevant learning experiences
  • Plan instructionally to include appropriate curricula, instructional strategies and resources to address the needs of all students
  • Promote student learning by addressing individual learning differences and using effective instructional strategies
  • Systematically gather, analyze and use data to measure student progress, guide instruction and provide timely feedback
  • Provide a well-managed, safe, student-centered environment that is academically challenging and respectful
  • Communicate effectively with students, school personnel, families and the community
  • Maintain a professional demeanor, participate in professional growth opportunities and positively contribute to the profession
  • Provide work (learning experiences, student activities and formative/summative assessment) which results in acceptable, measurable, progress-based results on established standards.

 

Teaching Artist Expectations

Fine Arts Center Teaching Artists are expected to advance their practice as both a working artist and an educator.  Candidates for this position must:

  • Balance their professional development in both the educational and creative fields
  • Maintain an active career in their art form while holding to their daily teaching responsibilities
  • Foster connections with local, national and international artists that can enhance the educational experience of the students
  • Work with the FAC Director to bring in guest artists that enhance the educational experience of the students
  • Exercise best practices in education - classroom management, effective grading strategies, timely completion of school and district tasks
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate through and grow within the K-12 school district setting, meeting all school and school district professional expectations

     

Greenville County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, disability, religion, or national origin in its dealings with employees, students, the general public, applicants for employment, educational programs, activities, or access to its facilities.

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