Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (SY 21-22)


Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (SY 21-22)

CATEGORY: Academic/Instructor

North Star Academy Lincoln Park Middle School
Newark, NJ 07102

Job Details


Uncommon Middle School Performing Arts Teachers foster a love for learning in every student. Our Performing Arts program is culturally-responsive, fast-paced, and fun—with plenty of acting, dancing, and singing in every lesson. Teachers cultivate communication skills and build student self-confidence by sharing their expertise in musical theater. We have built a community that encourages respect, hard work, and celebrates our students academic and nonacademic achievements.  Our performance based program goal is to train students to express their authentic unique selves with confidence.


1.     Instruction:

  • You'll create an environment where students feel empowered to express themselves through song, dance, and drama.

  • You'll help build students' confidence by teaching them enunciation, projecting voices, and public speaking.

  • You'll orchestrate culturally relevant in-class theatre activities. 

2.   Producing:

  • You'll direct annual productions that enhance and reflect school culture.

  • You'll review scripts annually.

  • You'll create or order costumes, production sets, and props when needed.

  • You'll craft production elements such as lights, sound, and set. 

3. School Culture and Daily School Activities:

  • You’ll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard. 

  • You’ll partner with students’ families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their child's learning needs.

  • You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions.  

  • You’ll support morning arrival, lunch duty, student assemblies, class transitions, and after-school dismissal.

  • A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization

  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting students’ social emotional and academic development

  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external partners in the best interest of students

  • A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of combined experience as a performer, producer, playwright, director, and/or technical support. 

  • Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or 2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a reasonable period after beginning employment.


April 6, 2021 -