[School Year 2024-2025] High School Visual Arts Teacher

New York, NY: Dream Charter High School
DREAM Charter Schools – Teachers /
Full-Time /
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Academic Dean, the High School Visual Arts Teacher will be responsible for building meaningful relationships with students, designing and implementing curriculum, and working with their grade team to analyze data to drive instruction. This is an exciting opportunity for an educator who is passionate about improving student outcomes by leading excellent instruction and building a positive school culture. 


    • Create and foster a culture where all students can achieve at high levels;
    • Create and implement curriculum that teaches multiple visual artistic mediums at various levels through backwards mapping and lesson planning;
    • Coach and support students on the creation of artistic portfolios as needed;
    • Follow school-wide protocols for developing and documenting syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and rubrics;
    • Actively participate in all meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute;
    • Track, monitor, and assume responsibility for academic progress of students;
    • Analyze assessment data, and daily data including exit tickets and do now’s to inform instruction;
    • Set and maintain high expectations by building meaningful relationships;
    • Work with Student Culture Team to create individual behavior plans for students, as needed;
    • Build a warm and inclusive classroom environment and abide by school-wide practices for classroom management and individual behavior plans;
    • Work with grade team to analyze data, revise practices, norm on team-wide initiatives, and discuss individual scholars with a solutions-oriented mindset;
    • Establish and maintain strong relationships and regularly communicate scholars’ progress towards goals and with families;
    • Additional duties related to the running of the school as assigned.


    • Associate’s degree required;  Bachelor’s degree preferred;
    • Master’s of Fine Arts Degree preferred, or higher and two years of professional experience related to the discipline, OR any Bachelor's degree or higher, and four years of professional experience related to the discipline, preferred;
    • New York State certification in subject area preferred;
    • Background and professional experience in digital media arts;
    • Strong background in traditional fine arts, digital and print based illustration.
    • Strong visual communication, storytelling, character development and animation skills;
    • Production experience in related industries;
    • Professional experience with industry standard Digital Media Art and Animation Software;
    • At least two years of teaching experience with record of improving student achievement preferred;
    • Knowledge of instructional strategies, including project-based learning, that utilize students' life experiences in the achievement of learning objectives in community college Digital Media Art courses;
    • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families and community;
    • Desire and ability to receive and implement feedback;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with various audiences (including colleagues, students, families); 
    • A commitment to working with diverse populations of families and students;
    • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred;
    • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.

Benefits and Paid Time Off

    • We offer comprehensive benefits including:
    • Flexible Medical Health Plans,  subsidizing the majority of costs for the employee, their spouse/domestic partner and children;
    • The ability to select between a variety of medical plans according to what best suits the employee’s needs;
    • Dental and vision plans;
    • Disability benefits;
    • Life insurance;
    • Up to 12 weeks fully paid of Parental Leave; 
    • Flexible spending account options;
    • Pre-tax commuter benefits (parking and transit);
    • Fitness and entertainment discounts;
    • A variety of support through our employee assistance program (EAP);
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching up to 4% after one year of employment;
    • Referral bonuses;
    • School-based 10-month employees have approximately 40 days off throughout the school year, including holidays, school breaks, personal days and wellness days, in addition to summer break;
    • Benefits are subject to change.


    • The salary range for incoming teachers with a Masters is $76,000 to $93,000 per year. The salary range for incoming teachers with a Bachelors is $67,000 to $87,000 per year.
    • New teacher salaries are determined based on their number of years of experience as a lead teacher, level of education (associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree), and internal equity. Teachers are eligible for annual performance-based salary increases based on our Teacher Career Pathways. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. 

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.

DREAM Maxims 

All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.

Applying to DREAM

We know applying for a new job can be a daunting process. In addition, studies have shown that historically underrepresented individuals often only apply to roles if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We encourage all applications! You may be just the person we need. If you have any questions about your application or interview process, do not hesitate to ask your recruiter; we are here to help!

DREAM provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact your recruiter.