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School-Aged Teacher​

Who We Are: 

Founded in 1937, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative, challenging learning opportunities to youth. We do this in the context of a family-like environment with intensive social and emotional supports including academic help, mental health and transportation services, and up to three full meals a day. 

The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgment of place, and expression of differences and shared values. Our dedicated staff and volunteers, some of whom grew up at the Art Center, serve our youth as a family network, knowing the hurdles they must master first hand. Read more here 

 

Our Core Values: 

● We believe in the power of young people. 

o We provide opportunities for youth to exercise their power.

o We use a Youth Development approach. 

● We believe in the power of artistic expression. 

o We promote creativity as central to human development and a human right.

o We use the arts as a tool for personal and social transformation. 

● We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other. 

o We support our youth, staff and families to grow.

o We value diversity.

o We believe in joyfulness. 

● We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond. 

o We use our resources to benefit our community.

o We value local-global connections.

o We promote social justice. 

 

The Community Art Center maintains a long history of quality, arts-based youth development and community programming - including receiving a Coming Up Taller award in 2006, the Citizens Bank Champion in Action in 2017, being selected to be part of the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative in 2018 and joining The Boston Foundation’s Place Leadership Network in 2019. The Art Center serves as lead agency for the new Port Arise Institute, funded through a multi-year grant from the City of Cambridge Community Benefits Fund. With strategic partnerships in place for the coming year both in the public and private sectors, the Community Art Center is poised to achieve new levels of engagement and investment.

SACC Visual Arts Teacher/Group Leader

In Collaboration with: Other Group Leaders, Volunteers and Visiting Artists

Hours: School Year: September-June/ 30 hours per week Summer: July-August / 40 hours per week

 

Overview

For over 80 years, the Community Art Center has provided a second home for youth through culturally relevant after school arts and media programs. The Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. Youth ages 5-12 participate in The School Age Child Care (SACC) Program where they become creative problem solvers through a hands-on arts curriculum. Focus classes and Choice classes engage all youth in the creative process. Jr. Leadership Groups and intermediate level art classes prepare pre-teens for success in high school and beyond. Open all but 14 weekdays of the year, and 10 hours a day during school vacations and summer, our unique approach to integrating arts and social services offers youth the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their full potential.

 

The Community Art Center holds four key values at its core:

  • We believe in the power of young people

  • We believe in the power of artistic expression

  • We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other

  • We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond

The Community Art Center seeks an enthusiastic, creative, highly-committed School Age Program Visual Arts Teacher/Group Leader to join our dedicated staff of artists/youth workers.

 

Responsibilities:

TEACHING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

  • Design and implement visual arts classes for a mixed-aged class of up to 10, 5-12-year-olds which demonstrate initiative, creativity and are in line with CAC’s values and mission

  • Provide active and supportive guidance for an assigned group of up to 10 school-age youth consistently developing and implementing creative and engaging daily activities

  • Ensure the safety of all activities and of the overall environment, including transitions, both on- and off-site

  • Maintain overall cleanliness of the visual arts room, orderliness of all programmatic visual arts supplies, and consistent displays of student artwork on classroom bulletin boards and CAC gallery space as needed

  • Serve as an advocate for youth as needed, promoting positive relationships with families, school, and other service providers

PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Write and submit curriculum for semester-long visual arts classes in a timely manner and populate classroom bulletin boards that correspond with class content

  • Plan for field trips, visiting artists, and supply needs and submit to administration for approval

  • Evaluate the artistic and social development of the youth in your groups/classes using CAC’s evaluation tool

  • Complete and file necessary forms including discipline referrals, incident reports, accident “ouch” reports, and parent/family communication

  • Support and supervise college interns, volunteers, and teen assistants assigned to your classroom

  • This position reports directly to the School Age Program Manager

PROGRAM CULTURE

  • Provide an inspiring, positive, energetic, caring, and safe environment for all youth that reinforces positive social skills and creates a healthy and fun learning environment

  • Work in collaboration with all Community Art Center staff members, participating in supervisory and staff meetings as needed including training days, retreats, and CPR/First Aid Certification

  • Learn and reinforce all program policies, rules, and regulations and respond immediately and provide follow-up to all incidents including positive and negative behaviors, incidents, and accidents based on CAC behavior management policy

  • Support the Art Center’s values, mission, and vision and contribute to a positive and healthy work environment

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one-year teaching or direct service work with school-age youth (5-12years)

  • Experience teaching visual arts (both 2-D and 3-D)

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with communities of various cultural backgrounds

  • Understanding of and commitment to youth development principles

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills

  • Ability to write curriculum

  • Solid work ethic and attention to detail

  • Proven reliability and dependability

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Common sense and a sense of humor are a must

  • Bilingual in English/Haitian Creole and/or Spanish a plus

 

Salary/Benefits: 30-40 hrs/wk, $16/17hour, individual health and dental, 2 weeks paid vacation, 1 week sick/personal days

Please send cover letter and resume to School Age Program Manager, Jada Alleyne jada@communityartcenter.org

 

Due to the anticipated high volume of responses only qualified candidates will be contacted.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Community Art Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

 
 
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Community Art Center, Inc.       info@communityartcenter.org

119 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139  I  617-868-7100

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