Department Chairperson of Fine Arts (Ref #2013-057)
The Department Chairperson of Fine Arts is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and instruction in Fine Arts and reading for grades kindergarten through twelve.
The primary goal of the Department Chairperson of Fine Arts is to ensure that the instruction and subject matter in Fine Arts meets the academic and social needs of each pupil as well as the curricular needs as established by the Scituate Public Schools and Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks for Fine Arts. To accomplish this goal, the Department Chairperson of Fine Arts shall work cooperatively with the other department chairpersons, teachers in his/her department, Principals, Central Office administrators and the system-wide curriculum committee.
Responsibilities and Duties
1. Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate designated curriculum areas.
2. Develop long-range plans for curriculum evaluation (formative and summative) and revision.
3. Conduct a year-long formal and intensive curriculum evaluation for designated areas using quantitative and qualitative measures. Said evaluation will be done once every five years with a written report submitted to the Superintendent and School Committee.
4. Interview teacher candidates and make appropriate recommendations to the principal.
5. Investigate interdisciplinary relationships and cooperate with other department chairpersons in their implementation.
6. Visit classes to keep informed about curriculum and instructional activities and provide assistance in the teaching process.
7. Assist the administration in the process of evaluating teachers.
8. Confer with other department chairpersons and curriculum leaders to assure systemwide program coordination.
9. Conduct regular department meetings with teachers.
10. Involve teachers in curriculum revisions.
11. Oversee the textbook review process and propose textbooks for adoption as needed.
12. Meet regularly as a member of a systemwide curriculum committee, chaired by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development to:
a. evaluate present programs;
b. discuss new materials and programs;
c. review progress of new programs in each school;
d. discuss budgetary needs of existing and future programs;
e. plan for in-service workshops; and
f. assure system-wide program coordination.
13. Investigate, evaluate and implement new teaching techniques, strategies and methods of learning.
14. Attend pertinent meetings and conferences.
15. Share with teachers new developments and technologies in the designated subject areas.
16. Prepare program-related budget requests with teachers; work with principals to establish priorities; consult with principals to determine specific items and programs to be purchased.
17. Channel to teachers complaints, directives, requests and suggestions.
18. Manage the department supplies, textbooks, equipment and supplementary materials along with maintaining an up-to-date inventory of same.
19. Plan in-service workshops and demonstrations for department and, where appropriate, non-department members in conjunction with the system-wide in-service committee.
20. This position will have a supervisory and teaching component. Percentage of split will be identified in the contract.
Perform other related duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee
1. Master’s Degree.
2. A minimum of three years successful teaching experience or its equivalent.
3. Specialized knowledge; ability to secure cooperation and participation of teachers; skill as a classroom teacher; and demonstrated leadership and initiative.
4. Administrative ability to organize and assign tasks.
5. Massachusetts Educator License in Visual Arts.
6. Massachusetts Educator License as Supervisor/Director Core (Arts) Principal/Asst Principal Pre-K-6, 5-8 or 9-12
7. Employment based on successful completion of a CORI background check.
1. Reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development.
2. Provides leadership, service and advice to teachers in his/her department.
3. Work year and salary is outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Scituate School Committee and Scituate Teachers’ Association, Inc.
Date approved: 4.10.90