High School Visual Arts/Film Teacher

Job Type

Part Time




755 Ocean Ave.
San Francisco
United States


Position Overview

Lick-Wilmerding High School seeks a new visual arts team member to teach the following courses:

  • Contemporary Media and Arts
  • Film: Cinematic Storytelling
  • Bay Area Cinema & Filmmaking

This is a 60% position, with the potential to be 80% (benefit eligible) with the addition of leading a student advisory of about twelve students. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working with a diverse group of high school students, and ideally will have a working knowledge of basic drawing and painting techniques, architectural model making, digital photography, Photos, Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, experience with DSLR cinematography, sound and lighting equipment.


1. As a teacher of two sections of a yearlong, ninth grade required class titled Contemporary Media and Art the candidate will:

  • Teach knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, architecture, and video.
  • Teach knowledge of Photos, Photoshop, iMovie.
  • Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciation, as well as the ability to make qualitative judgments about art.

2. As a teacher of a one semester long elective Film: Cinematic Storytelling the candidate will:

  • Teach knowledge of video pre-production, photographic principles and post-production processes.
  • Teach knowledge of editing software including iMovie, Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Teach use and care for DSLR cameras, sound and lighting equipment.
  • Teach the phases of production and lead students to create their own creative work in teams and individually.
  • Help students create a successful public purpose project serving the community.

3. As a teacher of a one semester long class of Bay Area Cinema & Filmmaking in the innovative BlendEd consortium:

  • Teach students from five Bay Area schools in a format combining online and in-person instruction.
  • Teach about the history of the moving image and its cultural impact in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Help students create their own imaginative responses to ideas and concepts in the course.

4. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Teach and manage a diverse group of students in working creatively during both class and tutorial time periods.
  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools, materials, and equipment.
  • Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understanding, and prepare progress reports.
  • Communicate with parents and school counselors about student progress.
  • Provide individual and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying learning and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities.
  • Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the school and/or in self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Work with the department chair as well as other instructors to build curriculum that meets the long-term vision of the department.
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community.
  • Assist in the maintenance and organization of the studios
  • Attend department meetings
  • Hold open house and back-to-school night events
  • Hold parent/teacher conferences


The ideal candidate will have:

  • BFA or higher in film, fine arts, animation, architecture, or related field
  • Demonstrate experience with a variety of manual and digital art related techniques
  • Love of collaboration
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion for students from all walks of life

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please visit lwhs.org/employment to apply for the position. Please include—all in PDF format—a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, describe how your experience prepares you for the role outlined in the job description and how your interests and experience align with the LWHS mission statement.

No calls, emails, or faxes, please.


Lick-Wilmerding High School has an institutional commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Located in San Francisco, LWHS is a college preparatory, co-educational day school serving 500 students from grades 9-12. Founded in 1895 as a technical arts school and tuition free until 1972, LWHS has a long history of welcoming and supporting students from all walks of life and prides itself on being a private school with public purpose. At LWHS, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff in all its forms is central to what we believe constitutes an excellent education, and we are institutionally committed to ongoing reflective work in order to further define and articulate this complex and worthwhile vision.

The average full-time teacher workload is 62 students, the students are motivated, and the compensation is generous. Lunch is included in the comprehensive benefits package for faculty and staff.

Successful teaching candidates will have developed a thoughtful teaching practice, have three years of teaching experience at a minimum, have earned a teaching credential, masters degree, or equivalent experience, and know that teachers at the high school level serve as role models and educators both inside and outside the classroom. A love of high school students, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.