Orchestra Teacher

Clarke County School District (GA) | Athens, GA, United States

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Posted Date 4/29/2021

Specific Purpose

The successful candidate will be an accomplished musician who is an energetic, innovative educator with excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated organizational ability, and a passion for working with adolescents and supporting their discovery and creative potential through music. In addition to having a degree with teaching experience at the secondary level, preferred qualifications include a background in diversified music, composition, and arranging, and experience using established and emergent technology resources. Strong candidates will have experience supporting diverse groups of students through inclusive curriculum and culturally relevant pedagogical practices.

Overall Purpose

The job of Teacher is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional process by serving as a teacher with specific responsibility for supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas; developing lesson plans, and delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines; collaborating with other teachers, other professional staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues; and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students' parents or guardians regarding the instructional program and student progress.

Direct Supervisor

Building Principal

Essential Functions

Essential Functions License and Certification Qualifications: Meets Georgia certification requirements in the appropriate field of education. Education Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in applicable field of education from a Professional Standards Commission (PSC) approved college or university required. Experience Qualifications: Previous teaching experience preferred. Skills Qualifications: Knowledge of Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and curriculum with in-depth knowledge of content in the field of certification; knowledge of techniques for integrating curriculum, CCSD policies, and effective instructional practices; ability to understand the teaching/learning process; ability to infuse technology into instruction to increase student learning; ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office, and school-based staff, students, parents, and community; excellent oral and written communication skills; and effective human relations skills. Primary Responsibilities: Plan for appropriate learning experiences for students based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) curriculum and provide an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of students.

1. Demonstrate command of the school subjects being taught

2. Develop and prioritize short and long-term instructional objectives based on the GSE curriculum. Identify specific prerequisite skills and/or knowledge necessary for students to learn the GSE. Plan instruction as needed to promote student mastery of prerequisite skills and knowledge. Analyze student work and assessments to determine instructional needs. Prepare written lesson plans to support the instructional objectives of the GSE for all students. Plan appropriate assessment of student learning.

3. Evaluate, select, and modify resources and activities. Review resources, including district core materials. Select core materials and other resources that match the GSE. Select resources that match the learner(s)needs. Select resources that reflect scientifically-based research on effective instruction

4. Provide an initial focus for the lesson. Communicate specific learning objectives to students. Link lesson content to students’ prior knowledge, background experience, and/or real-world content application. Capture student attention through active involvement.

5. Organize content for the presentation of the lesson—present information in a logical sequence. ]Organize the presentation of content into blocks or steps based on the students’ needs and the complexity of the material. Follow a research-based organizational plan for content organization, such as anticipatory set, acquisition lesson, guided practice, independent practice, and summarizing.

6. Utilize scientifically researched effective instructional strategies and provide information for students to acquire the learning. Assess students’ learning of the GSE and provide specific feedback to students and parents. Provide collaborative learning opportunities to enhance student achievement. Provide multiple opportunities for distributed guided practice followed by independent practice. Teach essential content-related vocabulary. Utilize a variety of nonverbal/visual representations of content and skills. Teach students to summarize their learning. Teach skills for improving reading and writing proficiency/literacy across content areas. Access and/or build students’ background knowledge and experience. Utilize and teach questioning and cuing/prompting techniques. Utilize technology effectively to plan, teach, and assess. Utilize inquiry-based problem-solving learning strategies with students in all content areas. Teach and require students to set personal goals for improving their academic achievement. Teach students to compare and contrast knowledge, concepts, and content.

7. Provide formative assessments that measure student progress toward GSE objectives. Monitor students’ progress in learning through a variety of techniques. Adjust instructional plans based on formative assessment results. Provide criteria that allow students to measure their own progress toward an objective.

8. Provide summative assessments that measure student achievement of objectives. Assess students' learning of the GSE. Provide assessments that are appropriate for the learner(s). Maintain assessment records for each student. Communicate assessment results to the student. Utilize assessment results to plan for subsequent instruction.

9. Organize a learning environment to maximize student time on task. Organize and arrange the classroom to facilitate learning. Ensure smooth transitions from one activity to another. Maintain an orderly system for housekeeping duties, including attendance, passes, announcements, distributing and collecting materials, and homework assignments.

10. Maintain behavior that is conducive to learning. Define and communicate behavior expectations to students. Monitor behavior and provide appropriate feedback to students. Manage inappropriate behavior effectively. Focus on student behavior rather than personality. Treat sensitive situations with discretion. Encourage participation from all students. Establish mutual respect between teachers and students. Convey warmth, friendliness, and enthusiasm. 11. Participate in professional growth and professional learning activities. Apply new knowledge and skills acquired in the planning and delivery of student instruction. Demonstrate evidence of progress toward individual goals plan.

12. Maintain professional responsibilities and act as a role model. Utilize standard written expression and acceptable oral expression. Demonstrate punctuality to class, to assigned duties, and other school activities. Submit records, reports, and forms accurately and promptly. Provide clear plans for substitute teachers. Maintain regular attendance. Demonstrate a willingness to share ideas, methods, and materials. Cooperate with staff and support the development of activities and goals of the school. Encourage positive school and home communications.

13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Essential Functions

• Adapts classroom work to provide students with instructional materials that address individualized learning plans within established lesson plans.

  • Administers developmental testing programs and/or subject-specific assessments to assess student competency levels and/or develop individual learning plans.
  • Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress to communicate expectations, student achievements, developing methods for improvement, and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.

• Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals to provide feedback to students, parents, and administration.

• Collaborates with instructional staff, other school personnel, parents or guardians, and a variety of community resources (special support personnel, etc.) to improve the overall quality of student outcomes, achieving established classroom objectives in support of the school improvement plan.

• Demonstrates methods required to perform classroom and/or subject-specific assignments to provide an effective program that addresses individual student requirements.

• Directs others working with and/or helping the teacher in the learning environment (assistant teachers, student teachers, instructional assistants, volunteers and/or student workers, etc.) to provide an effective classroom program and address the needs of individual students.

• Instructs students for the purpose of improving their success in academics through a defined course of study.

• Manages student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment.

  • Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (classroom, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
  • Participates in various meetings (Professional Learning Communities, etc.) to convey and/or gather information required to perform functions.

• Prepares a variety of written materials (grades, attendance, anecdotal records, meeting minutes, etc.) to document student progress and meet mandated requirements.

• Reports suspected child or substance abuse to the assigned site administrator for the purpose of maintaining student personal safety, a positive learning environment, and adhering to regulatory requirements and established guidelines.

• Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (other teachers, parents, administrators, industry-specific organizations, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or direction.

• Responds to emergencies (student behavior problems, health emergencies, security threats, etc.) to resolve immediate safety concerns and/or direct to appropriate personnel for resolution.

Marginal Functions

• Performs other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


• Skills-based Competencies Required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks requiring upgrading skills to meet changing job conditions occasionally. Specific skill-based competencies required to perform the functions of the job satisfactorily include: applying assessment instruments; operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records; adhering to safety practices and procedures; administering first aid; analyzing data; applying physical restraint practices; planning and managing projects; promoting activities and/or events, and using curriculum and instructional techniques.

• Knowledge-based Competencies Required to perform algebra and/or geometry; read technical information; compose various documents; and/or facilitate group discussions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to perform the functions of the job satisfactorily include appropriate codes, policies, regulations, and/or laws; age-appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; stages of child development; behavioral management strategies; assessment instruments and techniques; classroom instructional media and technology; cultural differences of the student population; current and emerging curricula; health standards and hazards; community resources; methods of instruction and training; office equipment and technology; and school safety and security practices.

• Ability-based Competencies Required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data. Flexibility is required to work with others in various circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes, and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with various data, and utilize job-related equipment. Problem-solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem-solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines, and problem-solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to perform the job's functions satisfactorily include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships, adapting to changing work priorities, maintaining confidentiality, exhibiting tact and patience, working flexible hours.; communicating with persons of diverse backgrounds; dealing with frequent interruptions; meeting deadlines and schedules; organizing tasks; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working extended hours; and working with detailed information/data; working with frequent interruptions.


Valid teaching certificate in the assigned teaching field

Physical Requirements

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling, and significant fine finger dexterity.

Generally, the job requires 20% sitting, 40% walking, and 40% standing.

Continuing Education/Training

Maintains all licenses and certifications


Criminal Justice Fingerprint

Background Clearance Fair

Labor Standards Act


Salary $37,514.42 - $40,702.77 / Per Year

Employment Type
Part time
Education | Teaching
Classroom Teacher

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