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Visual Arts Instructor

United World College - USA
Phoenix, Arizona, West, USA
Start August 2021
1 year
  • High School
  • Licensed Teacher, College/University Faculty
  • Bachelor
  • Visual Arts

United World College-USA is seeking a full-time Visual Arts Instructor for the 2021-22 academic year beginning in August 2021. The teacher will be responsible for teaching IB Visual Arts. The ideal applicant will hold a Master’s degree in Visual Arts or a related subject, and have at least three (3) years’ experience teaching visual arts. 

Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with experience in residential school settings and all applicants should be willing to be engaged in residential life and experiential education. Experience and knowledge of the UWC movement is a plus.


Instructional Responsibilities

  • Visual Arts Instructor A full-time Visual Arts Instructor is responsible for teaching four classes of visual arts. Higher Level and Standard Level are in the same classes, and the course content is identical in the first year, with differentiation of instruction, if necessary, in the second year.
  • Course Content and Assessment The teacher is responsible for covering the required course content and assessing student performance based upon a standard set of requirements and criteria provided by the IB. 
  • Extended Essays All teachers are expected to supervise Extended Essays (EE). The EEs are research topics developed by students which result in an essay of approximately 4,000 words and involving four to six hours of work for the supervisor. There are three mandatory reflection sessions that must be completed. Teachers may be asked to supervise Extended Essays in subjects that they do not teach if there are not any in their given subject. 
  • Grades and Reports The teacher will compile grades and write a narrative report for each student in their classes at designated times of the year. Teachers are to track attendance in the approved school platforms. 
  • Invigilation During trial examinations teachers are expected to invigilate their own exams and, during the IB examinations in May, full-time teachers are expected to invigilate approximately 12 hours of exams. 
  • References and Recommendations All faculty are to write letters of recommendation to colleges and universities on behalf of their students, at the student’s request. 


General Responsibilities

  • Advising Full-time faculty serve as official advisors to a group of 10-12 students. 
  • Experiential Education (ExEd) All faculty members each year sponsor activities that fulfill the ExEd requirements of UWC-USA.
  • At the end of each session all faculty are responsible for writing a narrative report that explains the activity and, where appropriate, the contributions of individual students. Faculty also assist with student generation of digital portfolios. In addition, all faculty are expected to participate in experiential activities listed in the school calendar on the first day of school, amounting to approximately 4 days in which classes are not in session.
  • Driving All faculty members shall assist in transporting students as needed. All faculty are expected to follow UWC-USA’s Vehicle Safety Policy. 
  • Residential Life All faculty members are involved in residential life during their tenure at UWC-USA. All faculty who have been provided with school-supplied housing will be expected to accept appointments serving as a Resident Tutor or Assistant Resident Tutor for two (2) consecutive years on a rotating cycle or as needed. 
  • Weekend Duty All faculty and staff who have school-provided housing (regardless of the location of that housing) are expected to assist with weekend duty up to five weekends per year. 
  • Meetings All full-time faculty are to attend all faculty meetings, department meetings, and the weekly assembly (Forum). 
  • Orientation and Post-Graduation Faculty participation in Orientation in August is critical to the success of the program. All faculty participate in several aspects of orientation. 
  • Additionally, all faculty are expected to remain on campus after Graduation to participate in any faculty professional development or culminating activities. 
  • Southwest Studies and Project Week Southwest Studies and Project Week are week-long educational excursions that take place in the fall and spring, respectively.  All faculty are to participate in one or both of these trips.


UWC-USA is an international boarding school. It enrolls 240 students in grades 11 and 12. All students follow the IB Diploma Program. Roughly twenty percent of the students come from the U.S.; the remainder represent more than 90 different countries. Students are admitted on the basis of merit, potential, and promise.

To apply, complete an application form through our website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. UWC-USA is an equal opportunity employer.

UWC-USA does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or admission and employment practices based on race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, or any other legally protected class.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

The 18 UWC schools and colleges make up a movement that includes more than 60,000 alumni around the world. While each campus is distinct, the commitment to the mission is shared across the movement. Indeed, the UWC mission and philosophy is more relevant now than ever: given the tensions and crises that exist, the world truly needs the compassionate citizens, committed activists, and thoughtful leaders who graduate from UWCs.

Students who attend UWC-USA are typically in the last two years of what in the U.S. we call high school. The academic program is rigorous but manageable for most students who apply. Students at UWC-USA start working to become agents for change the minute they set foot on campus. Building bridges to understanding with students of radically diverse nationalities, races, beliefs and economic backgrounds. Partnering with a local homeless shelter, tutoring children, and renovating a community center. Learning to respect nature as they test their endurance in the wilderness. And completing a rigorous IB diploma program at the same time. Our students learn lessons in practical idealism that equip them to become changemakers for life.

Students and faculty conduct over 17,000 hours of community service every year — putting into practice the values fundamental to the UWC mission. 85% of students attend UWC-USA on full or significant scholarships. We build a strong community on campus so our students learn how to build strong, just, and positive communities wherever they end up. We believe our diversity is our strength. Many UWC-USA alumni attend prestigious universities after graduation and go on to careers serving others.
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

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