Artistic Director of Ampersand and Theatre Teacher
St. Christopher's School
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 787595
Position Title: Artistic Director of Ampersand and Theatre Teacher
(Ampersand is the joint Upper School theatre program of St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's Schools.)
Position Classification: Full-time, 10-month, faculty, salaried exempt
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. with additional hours as needed to fulfill directing responsibilities as assigned
Reports to: Director of the Arts and Head of Upper School
St. Christopher's School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys' schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a visionary leader and enthusiastic educator to serve as the new Artistic Director of Ampersand and Theatre Teacher beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Ampersand, the joint Upper School theatre program of St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's Schools, stages three productions annually, emphasizes strong student leadership, and is supported by a full teaching staff of professionals including a production manager, technical director, costumer, choreographer, and musical director. Compelling candidates for this role will demonstrate a passion for working with students in a classroom setting, with an appreciation for the necessity of balancing process and product.
Serving approximately 1,000 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher's School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming and prides itself on bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning.
Directing or overseeing up to three after-school (3:45 - 5:45 pm) drama or musical productions each year
Teaching acting and directing courses in the Upper School with the possibility of working with Middle and Lower School students as well
Advising (six to eight students, generally two students from each grade level) and actively participating as a member of the School community
Attending department and faculty meetings and all-school professional development meetings, including the Curriculum Institute at the end of the school year occurring every four years
Attending chapel regularly
Offering an X-Term cohort (experiential learning program through the academic year that culminates in a one-week intensive at the end of the school year)
Handling other duties (e.g., study halls, chaperoning dances) as assigned
Creating a positive classroom environment in which all students feel known and valued
Collaborating with colleagues to design meaningful learning experiences
Assessing student progress using a variety of formal and informal data collection tools and methods and providing feedback in a timely manner
Managing student behavior in accordance with best practices
Communicating in a timely and efficient manner with parents, students, and colleagues
Engaging in continuing professional growth and development, including staying abreast of best practices
Participating in the life of the School through committee work and being a regular presence at major events as a means of supporting the students and the mission of the School
Commitment to St. Christopher's mission, policies, and initiatives
Hold at least a bachelor's degree in the subject area or a closely related field of study; a masters degree preferred; teaching certificate is not mandatory
Possess a thorough knowledge of and passion for theatrical performance and education
Demonstrate familiarity, ease, and openness with integrating technology into the classroom
Effectively collaborate with members of the Arts and general teaching faculty from St. Christopher's and St. Catherine's
Possess excellent problem-solving, communication, and analytic skills
Exhibit a growth mindset, creativity and flexibility, and a sense of humor
Accept constructive feedback as part of professional growth and development
Model professionalism and integrity at all times
Enjoy working with young people
Must be able to circulate among students in a classroom setting for a minimum of three class periods per day
Must be able to move from classroom to classroom and from building to building as assigned or required by classroom assignment and activity of the day
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds
Effective October 22, 2021, School policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The School offers an interactive process to assess whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to individuals seeking a medical and/or religious exemption. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be submitted via e-mail to Laura Dick, Human Resources Manager, at email@example.com.
Established in 1911, St. Christopher's School is a JK-12 all-boys day school in Richmond, VA. The School's single-campus location consists of 43 contiguous acres and 23 buildings with over 300,000 square feet. With over a century of rich history in the education of boys, St. Christopher's has a reputation as a national and international leader in the education of boys. Our work with the International Boys' Schools Coalition and our very own Center for the Study of Boys, supports our new strategic plan, Momentum 2025, setting a bold path forward for the entire St. Christopher's community.
St. Christopher's School is committed to fostering, in broad and meaningful ways, an inclusive school community in which all members feel respected, welcomed, and valued. As such, St. Christopher's School is an equal opportunity employer. St. Christopher's School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
St. Christopher's School knows, loves, and celebrates boys, promotes their pursuit of excellence, and prepares them for lives of honor and integrity, service, and leadership.
Among peer independent schools nationally, St. Christopher's offers one of the most generous, comprehensive and competitive employee benefits packages available.
Summary of Employee Benefits for Full-Time Employees
Full-time employees work a minimum of 1,000 hours per year.
The School contributes 7.5% of the employee's contract salary each year to a 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan for employees at least 21 years of age who have completed one year of full-time employment with St. Christopher's School or similar experience at another institution. In addition, the School will provide a matching contribution equal to 1.5% of contract salary if the employee makes an elective deferral equal to or greater than 1.5% of contract salary to their 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, for a potential School contribution of 9.0%.
The School will pay 100% of the Consumer Directed Health Plan (also known as the High Deductible Health Plan), including vision coverage, for the employee. Employees may choose to add dependents or upgrade to a more traditional PPO Plan by applying the School's contribution to the monthly premium cost.
Employees may choose from the plans currently offered and are responsible for 100% of the premium.
LONG TERM DISABILITY & PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Long term disability and professional liability insurance are provided at no cost to the employee.
LIFE AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance are provided at no cost to the employee equal to 1x's the employee's contract salary. Additional supplemental coverage for the employee and their dependents is available to employees at their own expense.
FLEXIBLE BENEFITS PLAN/HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT
Employees have the opportunity to participate in pre-tax savings accounts through either a medical flexible spending account or a health savings account.
Employees who work a minimum of 1,500 hours per contract year (July 1 to June 30) and have completed three years of prior full-time employment, either with St. Christopher's School or another institution in a similar role, will be eligible to receive JK-12 tuition grants for eligible children enrolled in St. Christopher's School or St. Catherine's Schools. The three years of prior full time employment must immediately precede the awarding of this tuition grant. For purposes of this benefit, full-time employment is defined as: a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for faculty employees and a minimum of 1,800 hours per year for all other employees. Employees with a full-time start date before July 1, 2020, who have met the eligibility criteria as stated above and have worked a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for the school prior to this date, will receive a tuition grant of 90%. Employees with a full-time start date on or after July 1, 2020, will receive a tuition grant of 75% upon completion of the eligibility criteria as stated above. Grants do not include non-tuition expenses such as fees, books, supplies, etc. The School will provide tuition grants for up to four eligible children and will support one year in JK. Eligible children are defined as the biological, adoptive or legal ward of the eligible employee.
Employees receive full tuition remission for Extended Day services for the period of time up until the end of their regular workday.
Employees are eligible to receive discounts on Summer Programs offered by St. Christopher's School. Discounts are also available for summer Extended Day offerings.
Employees receive lunch at no expense while School is in session. In order to perform normal mealtime duties, all full-time employees, as well as their immediate families, may receive breakfast five days a week and dinner two days a week at no expense when breakfast or dinner is served. Additionally, lunch fees are waived for full-time employees' sons enrolled at St. Christopher's School.
Full-time employees receive ten (10) paid wellness leave days per fiscal year and may accumulate and carry forward any unused wellness leave days to a maximum of sixty (60) days. Included in the 10 wellness days are two (2) personal days that may be converted and used. Part-time employees will receive and may accumulate and carry forward a prorated amount of wellness leave days based upon the amount of time worked. Employees should provide as much notice as possible when requesting wellness leave and must have a supervisor's approval.
Vacation days are available to 12-month employees based on their job classification and continuous length of service. Please contact the Business Office for additional information.
Leave Employees may take up to five (5) days of paid bereavement leave for an immediate family member. Employees may also take one day off per year with pay to attend the funeral of a relative outside the immediate family.
Additional Leave of no more than five business days beyond those listed above may be granted subject to the discretion of the employee's Division Head or the Headmaster.
The School is committed to supporting the professional growth of employees and will cover costs associated with job-related courses, workshops, conferences, professional associations and graduate degrees. Coverage of costs is budget dependent year to year and subject to the approval of both the employee's Division Head and the Headmaster.
Little Saints, an on-site daycare facility, is available to employees on a voluntary basis and at the employee's expense.
ATHLETIC AND FITNESS CENTER
Kemper Athletic and Fitness Center is open to employees subject to Athletic Department Rules and Guidelines.
St. Christopher's may provide an employee with on-campus or School-owned housing as a condition of employment to better accommodate student access to faculty and administrators outside of the normal School day.
RELOCATION / MOVING EXPENSE POLICY
St. Christopher's School will provide reimbursement to new full-time employees who are relocating to the Richmond area as a result of their new position with the School. Consistent with IRS guidelines, the School's reimbursement support applies only to required moves for new employees whose primary residence is located in excess of 50 miles from the St. Christopher's School campus. The maximum gross amount paid to an employee or on behalf of the employee to a moving company shall not exceed $7,500.00.
St. Christopher's School is committed to fostering, in broad and meaningful ways, an inclusive school community in which all members feel respected, welcomed, and valued. As such, St. Christopher's School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
Not only does Richmond's appealing climate and location make it an enjoyable and exciting city in which to work and live, but it is ideally situated for a short road trip to the mountains of Charlottesville, to beaches in the Hampton Roads area, or to our nation's capital, Washington, DC.
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St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.