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Performing Arts Teacher Fulltime in Newark NJ just outside NYC

Uncommon Schools North Star Academy
Post Date: Jun 8, 2021

Elementary Performing Arts Teacher in Newark NJ for 21-22 School Year

Looking to relocate to New Jersey right near New York City and teach musical theatre?  Read below!

  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities.  We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.  Performing Arts is a part of all of our K-8th grade students school day!

Job Description

Uncommon Elementary Performing Arts Teachers foster a love for learning in every student. Our Performing Arts program is culturally-responsive, fast-paced, and fun—with plenty of acting, dancing, and singing in every lesson. Teachers cultivate communication skills and build student self-confidence by sharing their expertise in musical theater. We have built a community that encourages respect and hard work and celebrates our students’ academic and nonacademic achievements.  Our performance-based program goal is to train students to express their authentic unique selves with confidence.

Start Date:  First week of August 2021, school year ending in mid-June 2022


1. Teaching:

  • You'll create an environment where students feel empowered to express themselves through musical theatre: song, dance, and acting.
  • You'll teach enunciation, projection, acting, singing, and movement through our culturally relevant performance-based program.
  • You'll teach already created curriculum and collaborate with fellow performing arts teachers to further develop a network-wide curriculum. 
  • You'll teach already crafted Uncommon Schools performing arts curriculum which involves music, acting and movement.
  • You'll design, direct, and produce multiple school productions annually.

2. Producing:

  • You'll direct our annual productions that enhance and reflect school culture.
  • You'll create or order costumes, production sets, and props when needed.
  • You'll craft production elements such as lights, sound, and set. 

3. School Culture: 

  • You’ll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard.
  • You’ll partner with students’ families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their children’s learning needs.
  • You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions. 
  • You’ll support morning arrival, lunch duty, student assemblies, class transitions, and after-school dismissal. 
  • You’ll support weekly morning circles and community meetings to celebrate student accomplishments and increase school spirit.
  • You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic goals and practice instructional strategies.


  • A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting students’ social emotional and academic development
  • An enthusiasm for working with families in the best interest of students 
  • A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives
  • A strong background in musical theatre (singing, acting, and dancing) and an ability to provide individual and small group instruction
  • Required Experience:
    • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a performer. Helpful but not required experience: producer, playwright, director, and/or technical support.
    • Prior to the start of employment, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Teacher certification is not a prerequisite for consideration at Uncommon Schools in the state of NJ, but you do need to meet NJ state certification eligibility requirements (a final undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates on or after 9/1/16, or 2.75 if you graduated prior to 9/1/16). All instructional staff are required to become certified in the state of New Jersey within a reasonable period after beginning employment.


Salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.

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How to Apply

Please send resume and letter of interest to Connie Graham, Director Performing Arts Uncommon Schools at: