Architecture Teacher @ Phelps ACE HS

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $56,693
Maximum: $91,519



Start Date



District of Columbia
United States


The following school is looking to immediately fill a high school level Architecture teacher vacancy:

Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is a city-wide, comprehensive application high school with rigorous, innovative curricula. We aim to prepare students for higher education and careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Students will be prepared to succeed in college through a strong academic program with Honors and Advanced Placement courses. We have a modern, brand-new facility that gives our students the state-of-the-art tools they need to become college-ready with a CTE certificate of completion. Our new building also boasts computers in every classroom, a virtual heavy equipment simulation lab and Wi-Fi accessibility.

Our public school students need your expertise, passion and leadership.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees.

DCPS serves 49,000 students in the nation's capital through the efforts of approximately 4,000 educators in 116 schools. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest‐performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.

Position Overview

At DCPS, teachers are charged with ensuring the academic achievement of all our students regardless of background or circumstance. We are committed to our mission of providing all students with a world‐class education that prepares them for college, career, and life – and we know that building the most effective teaching force in the nation is critical to achieving this goal. This position is a safety‐sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.

Architecture is one of 19 Career and Technical Education pathways in DCPS. The architecture program exposes students to the fundamentals of architecture and design. Students learn drafting skills, how to create basic architectural drawings, presentations, and digital models. The complete architecture pathway consists of five courses which equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in the architecture industry and their postsecondary path be it college, career, or both. 

Architecture courses lay the foundation for technical drafting and digital 3D modeling using AutoDesk Revit, including some digital design and landscape architecture. The teacher must be proficient in using Autodesk Revit and graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and SketchUp Layout. Prior industry experience within a professional architectural setting is required. A LEED-accredited professional is preferred.

The Teacher will report to the Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Incorporates technology daily while teaching technical drafting and digital 3D modeling using Autodesk Revit.
  • Plans hands-on learning experiences for construction of physical and scaled models with an emphasis on safety.
  • Facilitates portfolio compilation for students’ college applications.
  • Highlights the pathways to becoming an architect and daily responsibilities in the architecture and design industries.
  • Arranges industry exposure opportunities for students such as field trips, guest presentations, job shadow experiences, internships, etc.
  • Establishes and maintains positive contact with multiple firms in the architecture and design industries.
  • Supports and encourages students to enter and compete in local and national architecture competitions.
  • Coordinates with the DCPS Career Education team to order equipment, maintain accurate inventory, and align curriculum to the appropriate standards.
  • Sets and reinforces clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school’s overall vision.
  • Develops and implements curricula and activities to meet academic standards.
  • Thoughtfully plans daily lessons and implements specific strategies to meet the needs of all students, providing extra support, enrichment, or variation of work when necessary.
  • Demonstrates strong content knowledge.
  • Designs and implements assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and diagnoses areas of student misunderstanding.
  • Uses assessment data to refine curriculum and informs instructional practices.
  • Be accountable for students’ academic growth and increase each individual student’s achievement. Creates a positive, achievement‐oriented learning environment.
  • Reflects on successes and areas of growth as a teacher, seeks to improve performance, and responds to feedback. Participates in collaborative curriculum development, grade‐level activities, and school‐wide functions.
  • Invests parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication.


  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Design, or related field.
  • Two or more years of architecture or related experience.
  • Enthusiasm for and demonstrated mastery of content area and Autodesk Revit.
  • LEED Accredited Professional, BC+D preferred.
  • Proficient in the use of professional printing and modeling equipment and technology: 3D printers, laser engravers, large format plotters preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching License.
  • Meets Highly Qualified status as defined by the NCLB mandates.
  • Strong instructional skills and classroom management.
  • Unrelenting commitment to students, self, and school’s constant learning and development.
  • Ability to self‐reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback.


Personal Qualities of Top Candidates

  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data‐Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains. Innovative Problem‐Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non‐routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders.


Please send your resume and contact information to with the subject line, “Architecture Teacher”.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send your resume and contact information to with the subject line, “Architecture Teacher”.