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Usdan Lead Teacher
Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts


Position summary:

Over an 8- week course of study, Usdan Teachers will create and implement curricula, and teach and assess students at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts on Usdan’s campus in Wheatley Heights, Long Island, NY.

Positions available:

Visual Art: Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Sewing and Fashion Design, Childhood art 

Dance: Contemporary Dance, Early Childhood dance, Ballet/tap 

Music: Vocal ensemble (4 weeks only)

Nature: Nature/Collaborative Art, Gardening


  • Review intended course materials with Department Chair and/or Administrative staff prior to the start of camp. 
  • Prepare and organize the setup of the studio.
  • Teach assigned hours daily (approximately 3 hours).
  • Supervise students during arrival and lunch (approximately 1.5 hours).
  • Supervise transition to recreation classes, which may include escorting students to their recreation location. 
  • Maintain cleanliness of studio.
  • Participate in department and staff meetings and trainings as required. 
  • Prepare for exhibitions and performances, when relevant. 
  • Attend the entire camp session per your contracted dates (see dates below).


On paper:

  • Bachelor’s degree in your art form, education, or equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Prior successful teaching experience. 
  • An active artistic practice. 
  • Must be certified in Child Abuse and Neglect/Maltreatment Identification (can be obtained online at no cost). 

Traits and characteristics:

Passionate artists and educators make the best Usdan Teachers. Usdan Teachers seek rigorous exploration of ideas, have a willingness to try new things, and welcome feedback. They demonstrate an understanding of children’s needs, both individually and in the modern world. Usdan Teachers are adaptable, both in and out of the classroom. They are interested in collaboration with other faculty members within and across disciplines. 

Our philosophy:

  • Student safety is our top priority at all times.  
  • We engage and persist in creating a joyful, fun learning atmosphere. 
  • We use inquiry, exploration, experimentation, and reflection as primary teaching tools.
  • We challenge students with differentiated instruction that is developmentally appropriate for students’ ages and abilities.
  • We help students develop craft proficiencies and become more reflective and expressive in their areas of special interest.
  • We create a curriculum incorporating and encouraging varied cultural and historical perspectives.
  • We are part of a community where teachers learn alongside their students.
  • Usdan Teachers model Artistic Behaviors.

2021 Summer Season Dates and times: 

  • Staff Orientation: Saturday June 5, time TBD, at camp 
  • 10-15 hours of paid pre-season online workshops and planning
  • Family Orientation: TBD
  • Monday – Friday, June 28 – August 20, 9:15 AM – 3:15 PM, closed July 5.

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience; 8 weeks: $6800-$8000; which includes family orientation. Staff orientation and pre-season workshops are paid separately.
  • Discounts for children of faculty. 
  • Workshops with other faculty and staff.
  • Transportation: Free parking on campus. NYC faculty also has the option of a subsidized train ride or tolls. Usdan will reimburse half of the cost of the LIRR or tolls up to $400 at the end of the season. If you need an advance, please let us know. 

To apply: 


Date posted:

March 3

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable