Art Specialist (Lower School)

Khan Lab School - Mountain View, California - Part time

Art Specialist, Lower School


About Khan Lab School

Khan Lab School is an independent school associated with Khan Academy. Our purpose is to develop new, personalized practices that center around the student. We believe that young people are capable of far more than society recognizes, and we create and assess learning experiences to share with the world.

Our school currently serves almost 165 students ages 5-16+; our first graduating class will be in 2021. In keeping with Sal Khan’s One World Schoolhouse philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning, our academic experience is coordinated by a team of educators who support students in the development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that promote lifelong success. Our teaching philosophy encourages meaningful inquiry and interdisciplinary work, and we utilize blended learning to meet the needs of each student. Thanks to our association with Khan Academy, we are leveraging the power of technology to humanize the classroom.


The role of the Arts Specialist is to support students in developing artistic ability across a range of mediums, an appreciation for art and beauty, and an understanding of traditions and history of art.

The Arts Specialists ensures that the students of KLS have the creative confidence to express themselves across a range of mediums and for a variety of audiences.

The Arts Specialist works with students of all levels in Lower School, and supports them in creating and fulfilling artistic goals when appropriate.

Through collaborative planning, preparing and reflecting; using current, best-practice instructional approaches and showing professionalism outside the classroom, specialists are responsible for modeling and promoting the characteristics of learners described in the KLS graduate profile.

The Art specialist is also responsible for:

  • Plan and provide instruction in the fine arts, digital arts and craft.
  • Plan and provide instruction in the history of art and architecture.
  • Create assessments and use data effectively to inform and guide learning and to provide ongoing feedback to students.
  • Help students set rigorous and meaningful goals for art when appropriate.
  • Connect students with relevant resources: personnel, online and offline tools, community resources, etc.
  • Develop and implement a scope and sequence of arts skills.
  • Provide meaningful feedback on student’s art and coordinate peer reviews.
  • Provide input into interdisciplinary projects that are significant, relevant, engaging and challenging so that students are able to apply artistic skills or principles in creating a final product.
  • Assist in the design of interdisciplinary units and projects aligned with term themes and concepts.
  • Evaluate in collaboration with the teaching staff the project outcome of each student and provide qualitative feedback.
  • Building a positive, safe, inclusive, and fun classroom community
  • Participating in teacher team meetings, school events, admission events, and exhibitions/presentations

The ideal candidates should possess many of the following qualifications:

  • Have at least 5+ years experience teaching elementary school
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in education, or equivalent
  • Prior experience with developing project-based learning activities and integrating educational technology
  • Prior experience with demonstrated academic results and incorporating social-emotional learning into student experiences
  • Passion for working with and engaging children in student-driven learning experiences
  • A clear understanding of child development
  • A sense of humor and warmth, and love working with children and their families, connecting easily with students, teachers, and parents
  • Creative in instructional and classroom management strategies
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and service orientation
  • Flexibility and initiative to try new things. A LOT of flexibility. We are in startup mode, and we are assessing every aspect of KLS.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
  • Attention to detail and the ability to respond quickly to time-sensitive requests
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Work ethic to actively participate in helping build a new school and commitment to continuous improvement


  • Coaching and tutoring experience
  • Youth leadership experience
  • A portfolio of project-based learning and applied learning lessons across multiple domains in the humanities and sciences
  • Experience in a multicultural school environment
  • Prior experience leading curriculum development


  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Free lunch, coffee, and snacks
  • Khan Lab School tuition discount of 50%


All Khan Lab School employees must undergo criminal background checks and TB risk assessments as mandated by California state law prior to their start dates at Khan Lab School. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that your employment with Khan Lab School would be conditioned on satisfactory background check and completion of the TB risk assessment.


Please be aware that Khan Lab School is generally unable to offer original visa sponsorship at this time.


To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please submit a cover letter that explains why you would be a great fit for this role along with your resume.

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Khan Lab School

Khan Lab School is an independent school currently serving 165 students ages 5-15+. We provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning.

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