We’re hiring faculty in Printmaking & Architecture/Construction

Youth Art Exchange is seeking experienced teaching artists to become a part of our vibrant non-profit arts center in San Francisco’s Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our Fall 2016 Session, which runs from September 12 – December 16, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4pm – 6:00pm. We are currently looking to fill an Architecture/Construction faculty position and a Printmaking faculty position.

The printmaking program is held at the Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts. The architecture program is held at John O’Connell High School on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm.

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). Each session has a culminating event in which student work is performed and exhibited for the public.

Candidates must be professional artists, 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.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. We offer 1:1 teaching to prep hours. The ideal candidate will be available to teach 2 consecutive sessions (fall & spring) and interested in teaching future sessions of the course.

Job Description:

Working at Youth Art Exchange includes

  • For Architecture: 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 nailers.
  • For Printmaking: Teaching the Introduction to Printmaking course, which includes basic instruction in different printmaking processes (i.e.) silk-screening, block printing and more.
  • Collaborating with co-teachers.
  • Refining curriculum and syllabus in collaboration with the Director of Programs.
  • 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 the Director of Programs.
  • Curriculum and reflection meetings with the Director of Programs.
  • Developing and planning class field trips, and final public exhibition / performance.

Job Requirements:

  • Design background is required.
  • Experience or training in building or construction is preferred(for architecture faculty position).
  • Teaching experience is preferred.

Application Process:

1. Please submit the following to raffaella@youthartexchange.org

– Cover letter responding to the following questions:

  • Please propose a 12 week print or architecture based project that you would lead with high school students.
  • 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 it?

– Résumé

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.

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