Teaching Artists & Assistants

Type of Position:   Part Time

Salary:   $25-$35 / Hour

Job Type:    In-person

Application Post Date:   November 2, 2021

Application Deadline:   January 28, 2022

About Our Organization

About Us: 

Splat Lab and Anthro Arts grew out of the world of after school, where we partner with over 30 schools to provide high-quality and unique enrichment classes for youth. We have two signature classes: Anthropology Arts and Splat Lab. Our recent growth has taken us to lead school day residencies, virtual classes, in 2020, we launched the first year of Splat Camp! This year we are partnering with multiple schools to provide 8-10 week after-school programs as well as school residencies.

Anthropology Arts: Our goal is to expose young people to the cultural traditions, voices and histories of people that are often left out of traditional classroom settings and social studies curriculum. Each class is formatted to feature a community circle, project time with open ended materials, collaborative clean-up, and a closing community circle. Fall 2021 we will be running Mummy Madness and Awesome Aztecs.

Splat Lab: Splat Lab exists for the sole purpose of having fun! Each class is formatted to have a Main Splat activity, such as making slime, marshmallow towers or ooze, and Open Splat where students can choose from a few activities such as butcher paper drawing, clay station or tinker time, followed by clean-up.

 

Job Position Summary

Anthro Arts and Splat Lab is great place to thrive as a teaching artist or learn the ropes as an assistant so you can see what it’s like working in schools and after-school programs. Our educators say they love working with us because we are collaborative, fun, and allow space to get creative with our projects and curriculum. We are #ProNerd and #ProWeird all day and are looking for educators who want to have fun with kids and feel supported by a strong OPS team. We assign educators set after school program sites and often have pop ups in schools all over the city. We run our own camps and offer lots of opportunities to create a schedule that works for you.

Roles & Responsibilities

Lead Educators facilitate our curriculum and modify projects and group management based on the individual needs of each site. Leads must have strong group management and facilitation skills, especially since each assignment will be made up of new students who you are meeting for the first time. We will provide all the materials and logistical support. Leads ensure the workshops are magical, highly professional, and engaging for all students..

We will provide virtual training and shadowing opportunities for educators to learn the teaching method and curriculum. Lead Educators will mentor TAs and give clear directions for their role in each session. Pairs will debrief and communicate frequently about how to make sure workshops are continually high quality, fun, and smooth.

TAs responsibilities encompass: actively creating a fun environment, building relationships with youth to make them feel welcome,  facilitating transitions and activities, assisting the Lead Educator with any behavior issues, leading parts of sessions, and organizing materials. TAs actively participate in making the sessions magical, not just passively assisting.

Position Qualifications: We are looking for Lead Educators that can learn any kind of curriculum and make it fun and intellectually satisfying. We need the type of person who kids can’t wait to see, with group management skills to ensure a smooth, fun and exciting class.

  • For this position, the applicant must be strong at keeping up with emails, curriculum folders, schedules, and communication with your manager that is virtual.
  • 1-3 years of working with youth in a leadership role: leading groups in after school, summer camps, museums, or early childhood settings. Babysitting and 1×1 tutoring experience is not applicable for this role.
  • A dynamic, cool, magnetic personality that will engage all students.
  • Strong group management skills with the ability to confidently organize and lead transitions, set up structured projects, and create clear rituals and routines.
  • The ability to direct and collaborate with TAs to keep all students excited and on task.
  • Experience with strength-based, restorative, positive discipline practices.
  • A progressive teaching style

Lead Educator Background and Training

Anthro: Content knowledge or interest in social studies, history, anthropology or art, and the ability to learn curriculum/content that may be new.

Splat Lab: Strong facilitation and classroom management skills, STEM knowledge a plus

 

  • Museum educators, teaching artists or educators with a background  in Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia etc. are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with under-resourced schools and special needs populations will be an advantage for some placements.

How to Apply

To be considered for the position, please send a resume careers@AnthropologyArts.com and answer the following questions in the body of an email:

Which class are you most interested in: Splat Lab, Anthropology Arts, or both? It’s okay if you are only interested in one!
What neighborhood do you live in? We are looking for educators in all neighborhoods so this helps us understand which of our partner schools you may be close to. We also are sensitive to your locational preferences and don’t want people having to travel to super inconvenient places.
Why are you interested in this position?
What does a successful enrichment class look like to you?
We need someone who is strong at managing their own schedule and thorough at reading emails and directions. Is this you? Why?
What do kids say about you?
How many days per week do you want to work? Which days are best for you?

We set up group interviews that people say are actually fun! This way you can meet your potential future co-workers and make some cloud clay with us to see what it's really like.