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Employment

Now Hiring: Summer 2024 Oxbow Teaching & Residential Life Fellow

03/05/24

NOW HIRING: OXBOW ADMISSIONS FELLOW

STIPEND: $3,500 + housing and meals

The Oxbow School seeks to hire a dynamic, collaborative, forward-thinking Teaching & Residential Life Fellow. The Oxbow School welcomes lifelong learners. Prospective colleagues should embrace working with administrative staff and students who possess a range of abilities, talents and learning styles.

THE OXBOW SCHOOL. The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and gap semester students from public and independent high schools nationwide. The school offers forty-two students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The Oxbow Summer Art Institute encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to art venues, and lectures with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art. Our goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills that are particularly valuable in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Teaching/Residential Life Fellow is a 6-week position in Summer 2024 for a recent college graduate interested in working with adolescents in a residential environment. The main responsibilities lie in general student supervision and the residential life experience on campus. Fellows have the opportunity to either design and teach their own short electives courses or alternatively assist in an existing elective course. The Fellow will live in an apartment adjacent to the dorms to assist in organizing community activities and being an additional adult presence on campus for student life issues that may arise. The person who best fits this role is someone who is mature, has strong interpersonal skills, is genuinely invested in the welfare of adolescents, and possesses an infectious enthusiasm for The Oxbow School program.

Fellow start date: 6/16/24

Fellow departure date: 8/9/24


RESPONSIBILITIES.

  • Work closely with the faculty on a daily basis

  • Drive students to and from campus for appointments and miscellaneous outings

  • Lead an elective activity

  • Lead and participate in community building activities throughout the summer

  • Participate in field trips and co-programming activities

  • Rotate through weekly studio and dorm duties

  • Assist students with daily dorm life issues

  • Provide social-emotional support for students

  • Lead and meet weekly with advisory cohort (write student review letters at the end of summer)

  • Other responsibilities as assigned


Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jules Johnston, Director of the Oxbow Summer Art Institute, at jjohnston@ebay126.com. No phone calls please.

The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Employment

    Now Hiring: Oxbow Humanities Teacher and Dorm Head

    03/01/24

    NOW HIRING: HUMANITIES TEACHER AND DORM HEAD

    The Oxbow School seeks to hire a dynamic, collaborative, forward-thinking educator to teach Humanities. The ideal candidate possesses experience teaching a wide range of topics in the Humanities, including both English and U.S. History. The Oxbow School welcomes lifelong learners willing to grow as teachers and mentors. Prospective colleagues should embrace working with students who possess a range of abilities, talents and learning styles.

    THE OXBOW SCHOOL. The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and gap semester students from public and independent high-schools nationwide. The school offers forty-two students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The four month program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with visiting artists in residence, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at Oxbow includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections. To learn more, please visit our website here.

    POSITION. This interdisciplinary teaching position is a full-time position (mid-August 2024 to June 2025) that integrates English with U.S. History and studio art. The residential nature of The Oxbow School requires that faculty live on campus and participate as full members of the Oxbow community while school is in session. This includes eating meals in the dining hall, acting as an important liaison between students and parents, and participating in elective opportunities. The interdisciplinary Humanities Teacher will engage and model Oxbow’s learner expectations: creative inquiry, effective communication, self-empowered learning, a collaborative mindset, and responsible citizenship.

    RESPONSIBILITIES.

    • Participate in ongoing curriculum collaboration with colleagues. The faculty work as a team to develop a curriculum based on the school’s unique mission. The Oxbow curriculum seeks to integrate artistic and academic disciplines through a system of co-teaching opportunities and thematic crossover between disciplines

    • Teach 1 section (up to 16) of students daily

    • Act as a Dorm Head, overseeing student affairs and dormitory needs

    • Evening studio/dorm duty 1-2x/week; weekend duty coverage roughly once per month

    • Lead a student advisory cohort of 6-8 students

    • Provide social-emotional support for students

    • Plan and participate in field trips

    • Lead an elective activity 1 session per week

    • Engage in ongoing professional development

    • Support student trajectory post Oxbow

    • Serve on various faculty/staff committees

    • Other assigned tasks as needed

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Vaughn Gessley, Academic Dean with the subject line “Oxbow Humanities Teacher Application”

    vgessley@ebay126.com

    Starting salary: $59,000 (additional salary depending on years of experience); compensation includes room and board paid by the school and professional benefits (health, dental, and vision insurance)

    The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Now Hiring: Oxbow Admissions Fellow

    03/01/24

    NOW HIRING: OXBOW ADMISSIONS FELLOW

    STIPEND: $10,000 + housing and meals

    The Oxbow School seeks to hire a dynamic, collaborative, forward-thinking Admissions Fellow. The Oxbow School welcomes lifelong learners. Prospective colleagues should embrace working with administrative staff and students who possess a range of abilities, talents and learning styles.

    THE OXBOW SCHOOL. The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and gap semester students from public and independent high schools nationwide. The school offers forty-two students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The four-month program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists but to empower students to see with clarity and engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with visiting artists in residence, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at Oxbow includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections. To learn more, please visit our website here.

    The Admissions Fellow is a 9-month position for a recent college graduate interested in promoting an equitable arts education. Beyond working with the admissions team, the primary responsibilities lie in general student supervision and the residential life experience on campus. The Fellow will live in an apartment adjacent to the dorms to assist in organizing community activities and being an additional adult presence on campus for student life issues that may arise. The person who best fits this role is someone who is mature, has strong interpersonal skills, is genuinely invested in the welfare of adolescents, and possesses an infectious enthusiasm for The Oxbow School program.

    RESPONSIBILITIES.

    • Local Admissions visits on the West Coast to schools, fairs, and after-school programs

    • Host tours on campus for prospective families

    • Manage basic data entry for Admissions

    • Weekly mailing to prospective students and families

    • Review applications with the Admissions team

    • Maintain CRM with applications and inquiries

    • Capture images of the program for social media and marketing purposes

    • Collaborate with Admissions Director to create content for recruitment

    • Assist with school events

    • Act as a Dorm Supervisor, overseeing student affairs and dormitory needs

    • Evening studio/dorm duty 1-2x/week; weekend duty coverage roughly once per month

    • Participate in community-building activities throughout the semester

    • Option to teach elective or workshop

    • Other responsibilities as assigned

    Please send a cover letter and resume to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions: jason@ebay126.com

    The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

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      OS50 Final Show exhibition and presentations

      02/21/24

      The Oxbow School is pleased to invite you to the OS50 Final Show on Saturday, May 11th. Please find details below. We look forward to seeing you there!

      The doors open for the Final Show at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 11th. Formal student introductions before the studios begin at 4 pm, followed by oral presentations until 6pm. Insider tip: The best shows have an active and participatory audience. Please ask questions of the student presenters; offer insights as you listen to the presentations and absorb the artwork. This is often the first time students are acknowledged as artists with complex ideas. Your very presence and participation validate their hard work and creative vision.

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      Employment

      Now Hiring: Assistant Director of Admissions

      02/01/24

      The Oxbow School

      Assistant Director of Admissions

      The Oxbow School seeks to hire a dynamic, collaborative, forward-thinking assistant admissions director. The ideal candidate possesses experience working in admissions, preferably at an arts focused organization.

      The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and gap semester students from public and independent high-schools nationwide. The school offers forty-two students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The four month program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with visiting artists in residence, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at Oxbow includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections. To learn more, please visit our website here.

      POSITION

      The Admissions Assistant Director is responsible for all administrative and support aspects of admissions activities. The Admissions Assistant Director provides support to the administrative team. Working alongside the Director of Admissions, the Assistant Director is expected to provide outstanding customer service to prospective applicant families and school community members via in-person, telephone, and electronic communications. The Assistant Director is expected to respond to frequently asked questions about the school and inquiries while maintaining data (applications, inquiries, enrolled student material, final transcripts, and social media posts). Working with the Director of Admissions, the Assistant Director will plan and execute recruitment trips and professionally represent the school at all times. Occasional off-hour attendance and assistance in support of admissions related events will be necessary.

      Start Date: July 1, 2024

      Job Classification: This is a full-time salaried position that includes: health insurance, dental, vision, and paid time off.

      Reporting structure: This position reports to the Director of Admissions and Head of School

      CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

      Communications and Data Entry

      • Responds to internal and external stakeholders by email, phone, and newsletters
      • Make database notes in recruitment including: inquiries, applicants, contacts, and schools/organizations
      • Track summer and semester inquiries
      • Update “Target List” of yearly visits and contacts
      • Working knowledge of Salesforce or database entry a plus
      • Manage the school’s social media accounts (oversee weekly postings to Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok 2x/week minimum); partner with the Director of Advancement and Communications re: marketing + recruitment
      • Collaborate with Director of Admissions to write a byline for quarterly edition of OxTales (promote admissions + student and alumni features)
      • Update database from email blasts and returns

      Travel

      • Schedule appointments with teachers and administrators at schools, colleges, and other like-minded organizations; maintain a dynamic relationship and reestablish former relationships when necessary
      • Find new contacts; identify new organizations/schools to partner with (Example: Utilize “Teacher Recommenders” from the admissions application to foster new relationships)
      • Plan and execute local + national recruitment travel; book all necessary hotels and flights
      • Complete event evaluations for each site visit; follow up with students/ educators who expressed interest during the visit
      • Research new events and programs to visit; target youth centers, LGBTQIA+ programs, afterschool programs, teen centers at art museums

      Admissions Files

      • Build files for all incoming applicants
      • Create list of scholarship candidates for Development Director
      • Process, organize, and make digital files for admissions and administrative materials; remind applicants where they are in the admissions process
      • Process, organize, and review “Welcome Packet” forms for enrolled students
      • Make database notes to track contact and actions
      • Manage mailing materials to prospective students and schools
      • Email and archive digital “Accept Packets”
      • Email and archive digital final transcripts
      • Maintain correspondence with enrolled students’ recommenders + school administrators
      • Scan archived materials into digital files (ongoing project during “downtime”)

      Campus Tours

      • Provides campus tours to the public and prospective students/families

      Miscellaneous

      • Assist with events and office tasks as needed
      • Process incoming mail
      • Monitor the main office telephone line

      CORE QUALITIES

      • Demonstrate a passion for providing an equitable arts education for adolescents
      • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity, inclusion, equity, and differences
      • Possess a positive outlook on the world
      • Desire to contribute to something larger than oneself and have a deep-seated belief in the power of teamwork
      • Committed to life-long learning and modeling growth mindsets
      • Comfortable with ambiguity and flexible thinking
      • Sensitive and responsive to community needs, concerns, and passions
      • Thrives on creative problem-solving and collaboration
      • Interest in building authentic relationships with external constituencies
      • Strong work ethic
      • Attention to detail and highly organized
      • Comfortable speaking with a range of stakeholders (trustees, staff, faculty, parents, students, administrators, etc.)

      Salary range: $60,000-$70,000 depending on experience

      Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions, at: jason@ebay126.com. No phone calls please.

      The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

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      OS49 Final Show exhibition and presentations

      12/15/23

      The Oxbow School is pleased to invite you to the OS49 Final Show on Saturday, December 16th. Please find details below. We look forward to seeing you there!

      The doors open for the Final Show at 3:45 PM on Saturday, December 16th. Formal student introductions before the studios begin at 4 pm, followed by oral presentations. Insider tip: The best shows have an active and participatory audience. Please ask questions of the student presenters; offer insights as you listen to the presentations and absorb the artwork. This is often the first time students are acknowledged as artists with complex ideas. Your very presence and participation validate their hard work and creative vision.

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      Oxbow Fall Portfolio Day 2023 - RSVP HERE!

      09/19/23

      The Oxbow School
      Fall Portfolio Day 2023

      On Thursday, November 16, 2023, some of the nation's top art and design schools will be reviewing student artwork and answering questions about their individual programs on Oxbow's campus in Napa, CA. This event is open to Fall 2023 students, Oxbow alumni, and high school/gap year students from the local Bay Area. Please find a partial list of participating schools below, additional programs will register in the coming months.

      In order to participate, please RSVP HERE. We hope you can join us for this event!

      California College of the Arts

      California Institute of the Arts

      Carnegie Mellon School of Art

      Cornish College of the Arts

      Laguna College of Art + Design

      Lesley Art + Design

      Maryland Institute College of Art

      Massachusetts College of Art and Design

      Montserrat College of Art

      Pacific Northwest College of Art

      Pratt Institute

      Ringling College of Art and Design

      The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

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