Visual Arts Instructor

New Mexico School for the Arts

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New Mexico School for the Arts’ Visual Arts Department (VAD) is seeking a full-time Visual Arts Instructor in New/Emergent Media, Digital Skills, Graphic Design, Photography, Sound Design, Video along with the skills and experience to teach Contemporary Art Theory and Junior Conceptual Concerns courses for the 2019-20 school year at the high school level. Areas of teaching experience and professional expertise could include, but are not limited to: Photography (analog and digital), Digital Skills (basic computer/device skills), Graphic Design, Media Arts (Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, etc.), Digital Animation, Video/Sound recording and editing, New/Emergent Media (VR, coding, game design, interactive media, etc.), 2-Dimensional Design (hand and digital), Independent Projects, Portfolio Development, Art Theory Studio Courses (Post-Modern/Contemporary Art Theory Projects) and exhibition installation. The course load is 3 courses per semester Monday – Friday. Hosting Open Studio is also required one night a week for two hours (5-7 pm). The teaching commitment extends beyond the classroom to being present on the NMSA campus and for the Visual Arts Department and NMSA community campus as needed M-F, with weekend and evening events additionally required with notice.


This Instructor works closely with the Visual Arts Chair and other Visual Arts Faculty in delivering a well rounded, 4-year college foundation in the Visual Arts that prepares 9-12th grade students for successful application to competitive higher education Arts Programs, as well as creative and critical aptitude applicable to any field of study and civic engagement. Students are admitted to the Visual Arts Department on promise, passion, and aptitude for the visual arts through an audition process.

Additional assistance with administration of the Visual Arts Department, create and develop communications/PR elements as needed, admission, auditions, outreach, assessment, field trips, securing new and maintaining current resources (equipment, paper, ink, projectors, drawing tablets, DSLR cameras, printers, scanners, etc), studio lab maintenance and development (clean and up to date digital lab and technology), maintain software updates as needed, organizing safe and accountable methods for student use of equipment and technology, exhibitions, supporting donations, student portfolio reviews, reflective teaching, developing student internships, assisting in NMSA VA Gallery maintenance and duties, curriculum development and reflection, materials/budget oversight and purchasing, end of year production and fundraising, guest artist recruitment and planning, attendance at all faculty and staff meetings and in-service dates, supporting student’s college application process, developing and promoting student opportunities in the arts including: Future Voices of New Mexico awards in video/photo, CURRENTS new media exhibition, NMSA’s VA biannual New Media Festival, and NMSA VA’s annual Eye on the Image Photography Competition is required. Ability to professionally, clearly, and compassionately communicate via phone, email, and in person in a timely manner with students, parents, and all NMSA staff/faculty, to collaborate, maintain strict standards of confidentiality, submit grades in a timely required manner, support minors in academic, artistic, and emotional growth, attend to learning differences (attention to 504/IEP), and overall flexibility and reflective practices in teaching methodology are required and supported in teaching mentorship.

  • Maintain professional and supportive relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community

  • 1-3 years teaching experience at the high school and college level in the arts

  • Ability to teach the course content listed with technical skills to operate and teach the Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, and Illustrator)

Ability to teach New Emergent Media: Virtual Reality, Game Design, Interactive Technologies, and other Electronic Arts as desired.

  • Professional record of engagement in the studio arts/studio practice

  • A satisfactory fingerprint-based background check is required prior to employment


  • BFA in Studio Art required (Art History minor a plus), MFA in Studio Art highly preferred.

Candidates DO NOT need to acquire New Mexico Public Education licensure.

NMSA seeks passionate educators who are eager to: teach within and instill in students the growth mindset; provide far-reaching advocacy for students; participate in data-driven instructional practices; and collaborate with faculty, administration, and staff to support a path to success for all students, regardless of educational background.

How to Apply

Please send a completed NMSA Employment Application Form, a 1 page Cover Letter, Resume/CV, 3 References with contact information, at least one related Visual Arts Course Syllabus and Project Assignment, Student Artwork Examples: Evidence of successful instruction in the Visual Arts (PDF, Power Point or URL web link to students’ documented artwork (20 images w/ detailed image list)), and Personal Artwork Examples: Evidence of personal professional engagement in the arts (PDF, Power Point or URL web link to documented artwork (20 images w/ detailed image list)) to our Human Resources Department, Only complete applications will be reviewed.

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is New Mexico’s only public, statewide charter high school that serves young artists with a rigorous, award-winning pre-professional arts and academics program.

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Posted on June 13