Clarification: Administrator license not required for consideration.
Clarification: Adjudication certification is included in the job description to ensure one’s ability to distinguish the quality of musical elements within a complex texture – a skill critical for the evaluation and vetting of staff. Traditionally, certification has been required of this position in the areas of band or orchestra. Both of these are conferred by the Oregon Band Directors Association. Excluding this technical mention of “band”, the post is inclusive of all content areas. Those with non-instrumental backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) - a district long recognized for excellence in music education - envisions every student, every teacher, and every school succeeding. We are actively seeking talented leaders who are driven to provide high quality experiences to all students.
Ours is the second-largest school district in Oregon, serving 42,000 students in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The school district encompasses the cities of Salem and Keizer, a combined community of 210,000 that is home to a variety of arts organizations.
The SKPS Music and Drama program has benefited from decades of highly-skilled supervisors and widespread community support. Though success in competition is not the purpose of our program, it is an indicator of pedagogical skill and program coherence. Thus, we are proud to note that SKPS students have earned more state championships in ensemble performance than all other Oregon districts combined. Our program coherence can be attributed to our efforts to attract excellent pedagogues, our model of staffing vertically to ensure teachers are instructing within their area of specialty, and the collaborative opportunities we provide staff. More information is available on our program website, including performance samplings, information about our faculty, and program-related news.
Master’s degree, or equivalent training in curriculum, instruction, and leadership in music.
Ten years of successful classroom teaching and demonstrated leadership.
Must have a valid Oregon Professional Administrator License or be able to obtain a suitable license from the Oregon Teacher Standards Practices Commission.
Within the first year of employment, must qualify for adjudication certification at the 6A level, as administered by the Oregon Band Directors Association.
Candidates must demonstrate:
Outstanding musical achievement and skill as a master teacher.
Effectiveness in evaluating music performance and instruction at all levels.
Commitment to maintaining a program of excellence in student performance, with particular attention to participation and achievement gaps across all demographics.
Commitment to maintaining a presence at district music and theatre events, particularly state-qualifying festivals and Oregon Student Activities Association large ensemble championships.
Ability to recruit highly-skilled candidates at all instructional levels.
Ability to develop district relationships with teacher preparation programs.
Ability to maintain effective and productive relationships with community partners.
Ability to work with district and building administrators to promote music and drama within the district.
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