Art Teacher

Art Teacher

Education for Change is looking for dynamic and visionary teachers who will engage students, parents, and other members of our learning community to ensure high student achievement. The teacher provides instructional leadership to students and actively participates in and contributes to a collaborative, results-oriented professional learning community. (S)he engages community partners and families in serving the whole child and ensuring ALL children achieve at high levels prepared to succeed in any setting. (S)he will know how to successfully work in an urban elementary school with a high English Learner and low-income population.

About Education for Change Public Schools

Education for Change Public Schools (EFCPS) believes it is the right for every child to have access to a high-quality, 21st-century education. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children by creating a system of schools that focus relentlessly on our students’ academic achievement. EFCPS is a charter management organization that manages a diverse portfolio of TK-8 schools, growing to a portfolio of TK-12 schools in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Oakland, currently serving 3,000 children.  Additional information about Education for Change can be found at


  • Work with students in grades TK-5 to help them to develop an understanding and appreciation for art history, artists, and artistic techniques while engaging in the production in their own works
  • Develop and implement effective, inspiring art education program aligned with student needs, California State standards, and EFC and school instructions, goals, and objectives
  • Plan and direct art contests and art exhibits
  • Provide a classroom climate and learning experiences that further our students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic development
  • Establish and maintain a positive, safe, and supportive classroom and school environment that values learning and achievement
  • Demonstrate respect and understanding of students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Assess students regularly
  • Use assessment results and student needs to inform and differentiate instruction
  • Identify unique student needs and collaborate with team members to effectively address those needs; when necessary, refer to appropriate resources, such as health and psychological services
  • Involve students’ families as partners
  • Collaborate with colleagues and work as a team to achieve shared goals
  • Communicate regularly with students and families about student learning
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities
  • Maintain accurate student records, including attendance
  • Support the mission, vision, and core values of Education for Change
  • Actively participate in key student events
  • Attend a mandatory new hire training

Required Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience
  • Content expertise in Art Education instruction to elementary school-aged students
  • At least two years of experience

Other Qualifications 

  • Able to build immediate and caring rapport with children of all ages and from diverse backgrounds; some understanding of child growth and development
  • Passion for teaching and working with students from urban communities, with specific knowledge and understanding of the needs of students from different experiences, languages and backgrounds
  • Excellent organization, time management and followup skills; high sense of commitment; ability to work  as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  • Must posses a growth mindset and be able to use feedback to refine practice
  • Able to work in a creative and demanding learning environment, including the ability to problem   solve and manage ambiguity and adversity
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and guiding principles of the school
  • Sense of humor, high ethical professional standards, equity perspective
  • Computer literate and comfortable with acquiring new technology skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from four-year college or university
  • Have a strong foundation in art theory and history (art specific)
  • Spanish language proficiency

EFC Core Values - required by all EFC staff

  • We collaborate. We are a team. We plan together, observe and analyze each other’s work, collaborate with our coaches and site leaders, partner with our families, and together make decisions about our programming.
  • We are a learning organization. We approach or practice with an inquiry stance and a growth mindset; we analyze, innovate, and iterate every single day so that we continually improve. We believe in coaching and developing people at every level of experience, at every level of the organization.
  • We are solutions-oriented. We approach every challenge with a problem-solving orientation. We listen to and encourage each other. We are resilient in the face of adversity.
  • We are accountable. Our mission is to provide a superior public education to Oakland’s most underserved children. We assume personal accountability for student growth; we analyze multiple forms of data, and that analysis drives our instruction.
  • We are student-focused. We form close relationships, utilize personalized learning, differentiate instruction, make learning culturally relevant, engage families, and provide individualized interventions to meet the needs of every child.
  • We listen. We are a small, responsive organization that values students, family, and employee voice and input.
  • We are rooted in community. Ours is a place-based strategy that works deeply with neighborhood leaders and partners to serve our children. We understand that the cultures, values, traditions, and assets that our families bring must be leveraged and honored to reach and teach our children.

Compensation & Benefits

EFC offers a competitive salary and benefits package; 90% of Medical/Dental/Vision plan costs paid by EFC; STRS. For more info, please email