The International School
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Depending on experience on Faculty Scale
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Short term Disability, Long term Disability, 403B, Flex health cafeteria plans, Paid Time Off, Tuition discount for qualifying children

Title: Elementary Art Specialist Teacher

Department: Faculty
Reports to: Head of Elementary Grades 1-5th grade) and/or
Head of Early Childhood (grades Pre-k Low-K, Aides)
Status: Exempt (salary)
Duration: 10 months August -June
Schedule: Follows the class and school schedule

The International School (TIS) is an independent, coeducational, language immersion IB day school for 350 students, Pre-K (3-year-olds) -Grade 5. The mission of the School is to inspire children to become global citizens through an inquiry-based learning environment of total immersion in multiple languages and cultures. It is located just south of downtown Portland, Oregon on the edge of the Waterfront District, making this close-knit campus with outdoor playground areas attractive to families on both sides of the river.

The centrally located campus provides an urban environment where students benefit from easy access to the Oregon Ballet, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum, and so much more! The School itself functions in five buildings, the most recent being Learners' Hall, which houses classrooms, a faculty lounge, and some offices.

For 30 years, TIS has provided a warm, multicultural environment where children experience full language immersion from preschool through Grade 5 in three language tracks: Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

Small classes and an inquiry-based, International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum enable the students to acquire language fluency and cultural competence as they learn to knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life. The engaging and robust academic program is taught primarily by native speakers from around the world.

Today, our school is actively recruiting for the position opening of Elementary Art Specialist Teacher (K-5). Ideally, this position will begin immediately for the 2021-2022 school term.

General Summary:

All operations at The International School are based on the school's mission, core values and vision as well as the philosophies of the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Program (PYP). As a faculty member of The International School you are expected to read, promote, support and act in accordance with these elements. It is also expected that faculty members actively integrate the IB Learner Profile into all aspects of their workday and model the profile through their own behavior. The values, philosophies and expectations of The International School's mission, vision and PYP standing are integrated into the specific job responsibilities for this position. Below are the job responsibility areas which are divided into four (4) domains with detailed categories which the teacher is expected to fulfill.

This is a full time 10 month teaching position collaborating with the faculty team.

The ideal candidate will have successful experience working with a culturally diverse community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A full and detailed job description is an attachment and located on our career page associated within the job posting.

Compensation and Benefits:

Faculty Salary Scale: Full Teaching Experience (Number of years as a lead teacher) and Degree.

Example: Band II Level: BA degree, Band III Level: MA Degree, Band IV Level: Doctorate or education equivalancy. Steps: Equivalent to number or Years as a full lead teacher.

Employer paid Medical, Dental, Vision, Short term, Long term Disability, and Life Insurance for employee only, voluntary Cafeteria plan with FSA, DCA and Transit account,403(b) retirement plan, flexible and generous paid time off. Tuition discount for a qualifying child.

Indicative Timelines:

Closing date: As soon as the position is filled.

Interviews: Interviews will start in a week.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Teaching/Education or or of similar course study
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English
  • At least 1 year of professional teaching experience in a classroom as a Lead Art teacher

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Elementary Teaching/Education or of similar course study
  • Certification for teaching in the target specialty, but not necessary
  • Previous PYP experience or training is ideal


The full detailed job description is attached inside the actual posting. To apply visit:

To access the job description (You must first, create a new user profile or log in with your existing user name and password to access the job posting, and then view the job description pdf attachment. inside the actual job posting)

We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We value a diverse workforce to attain our mission and support our community.

To be considered for this position, please provide (1) a cover letter which describes how your background, work experience and skills make you a great candidate for this position, and (2) a current resume in addition to:

  • Completed Employment Application
  • Copies of Degree(s)
  • References or Letters of Recommendation
  • No new H1-B Visa sponsorship available

**Employment is contingent on successful completion of the Oregon Department of Education Background Check ***

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