Visual Teaching Artist

Behind the Book

Type of Position:   Part-Time

Salary:   $30/hour

Job Type:    In-person

Application Post Date:   September 9, 2021

Application Deadline:   November 5, 2021

About Our Organization

Behind the Book is a literacy non-profit that serves students in high need NYC public schools. Working with classrooms from Pre K-12, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to urban youth and partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units by bringing the authors of those books into the classroom. Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their book and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original writing and artwork.

Job Position Summary

Behind the Book is seeking an experienced Art Teacher or Teaching Artist who will manage all aspects of art programming from conception through completion. The TA will conduct fun student-centered art programming that connects to the Behind the Book curriculum units in collaboration with the art team and program coordinators. The position requires travel to our partnering schools in NYC and vaccination to enter said schools, per government mandate.

Roles & Responsibilities

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Help maintain materials for all art programs.
  • Conduct programs in Pre K – 12th grade classes
  • Read the anchor texts
  • Confer with program coordinators on appropriate art projects for programs
  • Construct grade appropriate art instructions
  • Confer with book coordinator on technical requirements of projects for books
  • Write lesson plans and slide show presentations
  • Help maintain physical and digital files of lesson plans, slide show presentations, samples, and resources.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in art education
  • At least 2 years teaching art in an urban setting
  • Creative and organized
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Passion for literacy, reading and books
  • Fluent in Spanish (desired)

Flexible schedule dependent on program schedule and weekly team meeting.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume summarizing qualifications, and relevant experience, as well as an example of an interdisciplinary lesson plan with an accompanying slide show, and if available a video example of your teaching to

Behind the Book is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.