Anthropology Arts and Splat! Lab is seeking dynamic, engaging, and adventurous Lead Educators to join our team this summer for pop up workshops. We are looking to build out our team of educators this summer who will join us on our regular fall schedule. The ideal candidate will have multiple day availability and is flexible to teach workshops at different schools and camps throughout the city.
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, and starting last summer, we launched the first year of Splat Camp! This summer we are partnering with multiple schools and summer camps to provide popup workshops all summer long.
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.
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 floam, 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.
Summer Position Descriptions:
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, assistants and logistical support. Leads ensure the workshops are magical, highly professional, and engaging for all students. We are sensitive to travel time and preferred locations.
This summer we will have 6 set workshops for schools/camps to choose from. Lead Educators will travel to different schools and camp sites in NYC throughout the summer. Our Anthro classes will be: Carnival, Egyptian Amulets, and Indian Elephants. Our Splat classes will be Classic Splat, Slime Party, and Rainbow Splat.
Lead Educators will likely teach 4-5 workshops per day at different schools and camps.
We will provide 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.
While we are not looking for TAs at this time, we are actually good about staying in touch and if you send us your info we will totally call you if we need more TAs this summer or fall.
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.
- 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, social justice oriented 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.
Lead Educators are paid $35 per hour for workshops and $20 per hour for monthly planning, meetings, PD. We provide planning/study time as well as paid set up and clean up time
TAs are paid $25 per hour for a lesson and $18 per hour for meetings, trainings, and PD.
Each teaching session includes paid set up and clean up time at the lesson rate.
Application Process and Timeline
To be considered for the position, please send a resume to Taylor tvecchio@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!
Why are you interested in this position?
What does a successful enrichment class look like to you?
What do kids say about you?
How many days per week do you want to work? Which days are best for you?