Drama Teacher

Camden City Board of Education | Camden, NJ


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Posted Date 12/18/2023

The Superintendent invites qualified and interested candidates to apply for the position of Teacher – Drama.

In our District, we put students first. Our vision: all Camden students will attend a high quality school where they are valued, challenged, and prepared for college and careers that positively impact their community and the world. High quality schools have a great teacher in every classroom, are housed in safe, clean buildings equipped to meet the needs of 21st century learners, with the support of an efficient and effective Central Office. All this is possible only with the right team members in place, working together with partners and the community to provide all students the academic, social, and emotional supports needed to succeed in school and beyond. Read more here.

The Camden City School District is seeking a dynamic, creative, highly organized, and team-oriented professional to run the Theater Education department. Under the general direction of the principal, the Theater Education Director in addition to teaching is responsible for planning programs and creating relationships with artists, educators, academic departments, and community members to fulfill the mission of the CAMVA School of Camden City School District. This includes overseeing the Season, planning and implanting the Summer Arts Program, and coordinating outreach efforts for the performing arts center with other departments and outside organizations

The Teacher – Drama will serve as a classroom leader who works to provide exceptional instruction that affords all students the opportunity to excel academically and meet production standards related to Theatre/Drama. The candidate will bring content-specific expertise to instructional planning and delivery in order to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in the art of a theatre production delivering specific instruction. Through this role, the Teacher – Drama will work relentlessly to increase student achievement levels by consistently setting rigorous academic and behavioral goals for students, monitoring progress towards these goals, and adjusting course when necessary. The Teacher will work to actively build positive and beneficial relationships with parents, guardians and community members in order to positively impact their students’ academic performance.


The Theater Education Director also manages some after-school programming, creates programming that address community needs, and organizes opportunities for professional development opportunities in arts education and arts integration for educators and artists. In addition to developing the technical theater program and curriculum. This position is responsible for pursuing grants and, as well as implementing program budgets within the Theater Education department. Finally, the Theater Education Director will support performances and events, and other responsibilities as assigned by the Principal.



  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree required with a minimum of 2 years of experience in: K-12 education OR arts education/arts organization work OR community outreach/program development.
  • New Jersey Standard or Provisional Teaching Certificate in Drama
  • Prior experience teaching low-income students in an urban setting (strongly preferred)
  • Required criminal history background check, physical and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status


  • Strong technical, grant writing and project management skills. Successful at acquiring funding. Knowledge of technical theater.
  • Strong technical writing and project management skills


Major roles and responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a classroom leader by providing high quality, differentiated instruction to students
  • Setting rigorous academic and behavioral goals for students and investing students in these goals
  • Implementing and effectively modifying instruction aligned to the district’s educational goals by focusing on high standards and achievement for all students
  • Planning and delivering content that covers, but is not limited to, apparel and textile production
  • Designing and implementing high-quality, thorough lesson, unit, and long-term plans that equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to master daily objectives and content standards
  • Co-planning with Special Education Teachers when necessary to ensure that the academic and behavioral needs of each student are met
  • Continuously tracking student achievement data and using the data to inform instructional planning and delivery
  • Preparing, leveraging and delivering constructive feedback to students aimed at improving their academic performance
  • Consistently implementing and enforcing rules and consequences in the classroom setting and school-wide
  • Providing continuous evaluation of student progress that is consistent with district established goals and policies, and clearly communicating this progress to all necessary stakeholders
  • Maintaining, monitoring, and reporting students’ grade and attendance records
  • Taking personal responsibility for students’ mastery of academic standards
  • Effectively and innovatively incorporating technological resources into classroom lessons
  • Committing to continual professional growth that leads students to achieve the greatest learning gains
  • Communicating effectively with students, families and colleagues in order to invest all stakeholders in the learning process
  • Attending and actively participating in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Will be required to support projects and initiatives in other divisions and departments throughout CCSD on an as-needed basis
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Supervisor’s designee

An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Knowledge of educational programs, and strong technical writing skills are necessary.
  • Meet deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • A commitment to the success of all Camden students, specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities
  • An unwavering commitment to ensuring all students leave school with the skills necessary to succeed in life and further education and/or training
  • A genuine belief that all students can achieve at high levels when they have access to high quality instruction and resources
  • Specialized and comprehensive knowledge within the field of apparel and textile production
  • A drive to improve the minds and characters of students inside and outside of school
  • A desire to grow professionally and seek out new opportunities to learn
  • A demonstrated ability to use data to inform instruction
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Exceptional classroom management skills
  • An ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective instructional or behavioral solutions that support the success of each individual student
  • An ability to successfully differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of all students, including those who are classified as Special Education or English Language Learners
  • Evidence of self-motivation
  • An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment
  • A willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
  • An ability to demonstrate the qualities of flexibility and grit through past experiences

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include the names and contact information of at least 3 references. If you would like to add a letter of recommendation, please upload them with your application under the optional Letter of Reference. You may also upload a writing sample to demonstrate writing competency under Optional Documents


We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the district’s core values:

Respect and Humility

We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.


We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.

Communication & Collaboration

We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.


With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions.


  • Principal or a designee appointed by the Principal


  • Principal or a designee appointed by the Principal


Salary Range:

  • Camden Education Association Teacher’s Salary Guide

Employment Period

  • Ten-month, tenureable position

Union Affiliation

  • Camden Education Association (CEA)


Camden City School District is only accepting electronic applications. Please visit our to submit your resume, cover letter, and references today. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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