Seeks Teaching Artist / Employment
June 11, 2021
Organization Name: Arts Corps
Organization Location: Seattle, WA
Title: Teaching Artist
Responsible to: Director of Arts Education
Why Work at Arts Corps?
Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a multidisciplinary organization in Seattle that provides free arts learning opportunities to K-12 young people throughout South King County. Our programs include school-based programs, after-school classes and teen leadership programs with an emphasis on serving young people from marginalized communities. Through these programs and local and national leadership, Arts Corps addresses a critical opportunity gap in a region where race is the greatest determining factor in access to arts education.
Arts Corps is committed to the personal and professional growth of its employees. We work hard to build a supportive, respectful and celebratory community among our staff, board, volunteers, and teaching artist family. We provide paid monthly professional development workshops for teaching artists and classroom assistants focused on a variety of topics to strengthen and support our teaching cadre’s growth as educators and artists. We look forward to finding the next members of our extended Arts Corps creative family.
Arts Corps’ teaching approach is based on the model of culturally responsive pedagogy. Teaching artists create lesson plans that allow room for flexibility while fostering the practice of artistry, imagination, critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking and reflection. Arts Corps classes typically meet on a quarterly basis–Fall, Winter, and Spring–once or twice weekly for between 8-12 weeks. We work in both in-school and after-school K-12 settings. Occasionally we hold special projects during the summer. Currently we anticipate our work to be a mix of virtual and in-person teaching for the 2021-2022 school year. We place the safety of our faculty as the highest priority when determining in-person teaching assignments
Ideal Team Members:
are practicing artists in one or more disciplines
are dedicated to helping young people expand their creative capacities
have a love of working with youth of all backgrounds and abilities
have experience working with K-12 youth and/or teaching arts
are reliable and flexible artist-educators
are committed to teaching through a social justice lens
are culturally aware and responsive
draw upon a range of teaching and engagement strategies in response to student needs
are willing to join a cadre of peers to learn and grow together
are willing to participate in self and peer evaluation
have an interest and passion for the mission of Arts Corps’ work
have excellent communication skills with Arts Corps office staff and community partners
can meaningfully partner with classroom assistants and classroom teachers
have experience teaching virtually through such platforms as Zoom, Teams, or Google Hangouts
Compensation: Arts Corps teaching artists are paid on a 3-tier system depending on experience and longevity with the organization between $70-$100 per hour. Typically new teaching artists start at the Level I or Level II rate with the opportunity to be promoted. Teaching artist rates are raised by a cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year. Additionally, teaching artists are paid $40/hour for meetings, mileage, and offered monthly paid professional development opportunities ranging in topics from classroom management strategies, pedagogy, curriculum planning, race and social justice trainings, and more. Arts Corps also provides a 1% matched 401k option for part-time teaching artists and the opportunity to buy into group rate dental and accident insurance.
To Apply: Send teaching and artistic resumes along with cover letter outlining why you think you are a good fit for the Arts Corps family to Director of Arts Education at email@example.com by end of day Friday, June 11, 2021 and write “Teaching Artist application” in the subject line. People of color, male-identified TAS, dual language, and LGBTQIA are strongly encouraged to apply.
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