SEEKING DESIGNER FOR FALL 2015
ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION FACULTY
Youth Art Exchange is seeking an experienced teaching artist to become a part of our vibrant nonprofit arts center in San Francisco’s Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our Fall 2015 Session, which runs from September 14 – December 15, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4pm–6:30pm.
About Youth Art Exchange:
Youth Art Exchange offers free after-school, weekend and summer programs in visual and
performing arts to public high school students in San Francisco. Youth Art Exchange sparks a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as leaders, thinkers, and artists in San Francisco. Our programs combine best practices in arts education and youth development. During the fall session we offer 6 visual & performing art
programs (architecture & construction, fashion design, digital music, black & white photography,
printmaking and dance).
Candidates must be professional designers or architects, preferably experienced in working with
urban high school youth. Our classes average a 15:1 student ratio. The teaching artist and the class
will be supported by YAX’s program staff and this class will be co-taught by Chris Wood, a shop
teacher from John O’Connell High School, and our Architecture Program Director, Craig Hollow.
Teaching artists are paid hourly as temporary part-time employees for class time, (2) field trips, prep time, (4) scheduled faculty meetings, as well as regular check-ins with program staff. The ideal candidate will be interested in teaching future sessions of the architecture course, in addition to the current course.
We are currently looking to fill an Architecture & Construction faculty position. Class is taught at
John O’Connell High School on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. You will be coteaching our introduction to design course to public high school students. Each session has a
culminating event in which student work is performed and exhibited for the public.
Students in the Youth Art Exchange architecture and construction program have designed and built several public projects in San Francisco including the 1st parklet in the Excelsior district and the 1st mobile parklet on Ocean Avenue. Other built projects include a pavilion for the Asian Community Garden in the Bayview and a mobile kiosk for the Persia Triangle. Design/Build projects for the upcoming school year include designing and building a LIZ (living innovation zone) in collaboration with The Asian Art Museum, a mobile art cart, prototyping deployable public seating/planters and designing and building a Tiny House. The architecture faculty team will work collaboratively to guide students in designing & building these public projects.
Working at Youth Art Exchange includes
– Teaching the Introduction to Design & Building course, which includes basic instruction in
technical drawing, sketching, 3d modeling using Sketchup, and use of basic shop tools,
including: measuring & marking tools, hand tools, screw guns, chop saw, tablesaw, and finish
– Collaborating with co-teachers.
– Refining curriculum and syllabus in collaboration with Architecture Program Director.
– Attending four faculty meetings and participating in professional development activities.
– Communicating with students, their families, and program staff regarding student issues.
– Seeking opportunities to collaborate with other YAX programs.
– Developing weekly lesson plans, and arranging supplies with Architecture Program Director.
– Curriculum and reflection meetings with Architecture Program Director.
– Developing and planning class field trips, and final public exhibition / performance.
Design background is required.
Experience or training in building or construction is preferred.
Teaching experience is preferred.
1. Please submit the following to raffaella [at ] youthartexchange.org
– Cover letter responding to the following questions:
• What educational background and experience qualifies you to teach the fundamentals of
design and building?
• What have you done to develop relationships with and among your students?
• How would you create a curriculum that is challenging and engaging for diverse learners?
• Describe a teaching experience when you were thrown a “curveball” and how you handled
2. Youth Art Exchange will select candidates for a preliminary phone interview.
3. Candidates will be invited to come in for an interview with YAX staff and youth advisory board.
They will be asked to bring a presentation of sample work (candidate’s own and former students’)
and a sample lesson plan. As part of the interview, candidates will be asked to facilitate a 15-minute activity demonstrating their approach to teaching.
For more information visit http://www.youthartexchange.org or email info [at] youthartexchange.org.
Youth Art Exchange, a project of Tides Center, is an “at–will” and equal opportunity employer.
Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise Youth Art Exchange/Tides in writing of special needs at the time of application.