Dance Teacher

Deadline July 05, 2022

Northwest Academy is seeking a Dance Teacher for the 2022-23 school year. Northwest Academy is a progressive, independent middle school and high school located in downtown Portland. We emphasize proficiency-based curriculum and assessment, high expectations, creativity, and student-centered classrooms. We value an inclusive, caring culture that supports and challenges students, that is sensitive to their developmental needs, and that ultimately guides students to celebrate their emerging independence and individual spirit. Teachers have significant independence when it comes to motivating students to meet proficiencies and to get excited about their subjects.

Northwest Academy teachers recognize that participating in a professional community and contributing to the school’s wellbeing is an important element of their relationship to our school. As a result, teachers are expected to take active roles in the school’s professional and student culture in a variety of ways in addition to their primary teaching.

Position Title: Dance Teacher
Department: Performing Arts
Reports To: Middle School Head
FTE: .8


The Dance Teacher is responsible for teaching middle and high school dance classes, including contemporary, jazz, and ballet. Experience in tap, theater dance, and yoga is also valuable. Classes may feature students at all levels, from beginning to more advanced, as daytime classes are determined by grade level, rather than ability level. The exception is the Advanced High School Dance Class, to which students are admitted by ability. Dance Teachers are members of the Performing Arts Department and are expected to participate in the development and activities of the Performing Arts program. This is a .8 FTE position with opportunities to extend to 1.0 FTE with classes outside of the department.


● Teach classes as assigned, providing effective and professional classroom instruction, assessment, and management;
● Design and implement curriculum and instruction consistent with the philosophy, values, and standards of the Performing Arts program;
● Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development and on enhancing instructional practices and strategies;
● Establish effective communication and relationships with students and parents;
● Support the mission, values, program, and goals of Northwest Academy and its respective divisions and programs;
● Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations;
● Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships;
● Exhibit a growth mindset about best practices and work toward professional goals and development;
● Actively participate in the school culture and community;
● Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy environment and school experience.
● Participate in required non-classroom activities, including Back to School Night(s), parent/student conferences, retreats, faculty and department meetings, field trips, special activity and performance events;
● Timely and professional completion of required reports and forms;
● Represent the school at community or public events; and
● Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned respective to faculty member’s courses or academic department.


● Earned Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education—equivalent educational or professional experiences in the arts also will be considered where applicable;
● Expertise and teaching experience in the subject area(s) to be taught;
● Classroom management skills with large groups of students in a dance studio environment;
● Contemporary, jazz, and ballet dance experience and skills are essential. Experience and skill with additional dance/fitness forms is strongly preferred.
● Demonstrates passion for and success working with young adolescent and adolescent students;
● Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and work as a team with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students;
● Proficiency in a Mac environment, as well as with Google Drive, Google Docs and Apps, word processing, database, electronic grading software, and other classroom and teaching technologies, including audio/visual equipment;
● The ability to create an effective learning environment and interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences;
● An awareness about difference and how it can expand teaching practices and student success; and
● An ability to learn from and build on varying cultural and community norms of students and their families.
● Up to date with Covid Vaccine.


● Advanced degrees in the subject area(s) to be taught and/or degrees in education;
● 3+ years of successful teaching experience in middle school and/or high school classrooms;
● Demonstrated success at developing curriculum and educational opportunities for students within and outside of the classroom environment;


Faculty members are at all times responsible for the supervision of students in their care during classes and for students generally at all times when on campus or off campus during school activities. Dance Teachers will be required to chaperone middle school students several blocks to and from the Studio Building between classes.

Dance Teachers will also be responsible for organizing and running dance performances outside of school hours a few times per year.


This is a 10-month faculty position that follows an academic year. Teachers are expected to be on-campus or actively involved in the school community during their scheduled classes and for an established percentage of their non-classroom hours. There are some required commitments outside of regular school hours as needed, including evening and weekend commitments, as well as accompanying students on various experiential activities throughout the year.

Northwest Academy staff recognize that participating in a professional community and contributing to the school’s wellbeing is an important element of their relationship to our school. As a result, staff members are expected to take active roles in the school’s professional and student culture in a variety of ways in addition to their essential responsibilities.


As this is a physical education position, candidates are required to be in good physical condition. The school is spread out across five buildings covering multiple blocks in downtown Portland, so teachers may have to move between buildings during five-minute passing periods or to attend meetings around campus. Middle school dance students must be chaperoned by the dance teacher to and from the Studio Building. The school does not provide parking for all staff members, so metered street or lot parking might be required.

Interested candidates can find instructions for applying for this position on the Northwest Academy Careers Page.

Northwest Academy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to welcoming and celebrating a diverse student and faculty population. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected under local, state or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s contribution and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity

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