Thank you for your interest in joining Youth Art Exchange! Please check here for current job postings.


Our staff are experienced arts administrators and artists. We encourage a creative, fun environment with flexibility and accountability.


Youth Art Exchange is dedicated to supporting its faculty of professional artists. Our practices for employing artists have been recognized by several San Francisco arts leaders as exemplary for supporting artists in the city. Our faculty is comprised of artists who are active in their practices in the Bay Area.

Artists are hired as part-time Youth Art Exchange employees with living wages, earning paid leave and other benefit accruals rather than as independent contractors, which is most common for arts programming. Additionally, Youth Art Exchange invests in the professional development of its faculty; compensation includes attendance at conferences, workshops, and coaching.

Faculty members are paid for  1:1 teaching and preparation time, as well as monthly faculty meetings, special events, field trips, and exhibitions. Academic year faculty work approximately 8-12 hours per week at $25-32 per hour, depending on experience. We aim for high faculty retention and most artists continue from session to session.

Current Positions

Architecture Faculty Artist

Program Associate

Development + Communications Manager

Application Process:

To be considered for a faculty position, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position, discipline and practice, vision for building a youth program in your discipline, dedication to working with youth in the arts, and relevant education and experience to

Hiring Process:

Qualified candidates are interviewed by Youth Art Exchange staff and asked to submit a proposed 13-week session outline.  Our Youth Advisory Board interviews finalists and finalists are required to present a sample 15-minute session at this interview.

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.