Employment – ART


Junior Center of Art and Science
Seeking Part-Time Educators (in Art or Science)

Position Overview

The Junior Center’s mission is to cultivate curiosity and creative exploration through the arts and sciences. Located in the heart of Oakland on the shores of Lake Merritt, we aim to serve all youth throughout Oakland and beyond.

We value the necessity of equity and representation in the fields of art and science, and strive to invest in the future of these fields by providing equitable access to our programs.

Our team of Teaching Artists are an essential part of the Junior Center’s community. Teaching Artists design and deliver arts and sciences curriculum to students from ages 2-17 years old through our youth, family, and community programs. We have several part-time Teaching Artist positions currently open, including: Early Childhood Educators, After-School Instructors, Workshop Facilitators, and In-School Educators-in-Residence.

Start Date: As soon as possible
Duties and Responsibilities

● Teach classes to youth at the Junior Center site or at community sites throughout Oakland

● Design and implement course curriculum with specific attention to developing socially relevant projects

If hired, instructors are required to create a curriculum including lesson goals, skills learned, class activities, materials needed, and themes/ideas explored using the JCAS template.

● Provide guidance and support to students as needed

● Maintain a safe, professional and supportive learning environment for all students

● Arrive prepared and on time for class

● Leave storage spaces and studios clean and tidy after class

● Work collaboratively with the Program Director, administrative staff, and fellow instructors to design and implement program content

● Attend all educator meetings and training sessions

Desired Qualifications

● Experience designing and implementing developmentally-based curricula

● Teaching experience in a classroom or community setting — knowledge of classroom management, common core and/or VAPA/NGSS a plus

● Strong interest in working in a community setting

● Interest in/ability to engage, inspire and challenge youth through the visual arts and/or sciences

● An active art or science practice

● Ability to work well in a collaborative/team setting

● Experience working with a diversity of student and family populations

● Emotional intelligence: ability to provide compassionate feedback to students and their caretakers

● Strong people skills and the ability to work well with children, classroom teachers, families, co-workers, and volunteers

● Strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; ability to facilitate group decision-making; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; strong attention to detail.

● Experience working collaboratively

● Able to communicate clearly and efficiently with a variety of audiences

● A strong desire for continued learning/growth in one’s teaching practice

● If working with minors, must pass a post-employment criminal background check and provide negative TB test

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

● Must be able to regularly lift up to 25lbs.

● Must be able to sit and stand for long durations of time.

● Must have regular access to reliable transportation.For example, own a working, reliable vehicle and hold a current, valid CA driver’s license or have regular access to public transportation. Staff may be required to bring materials to and from work sites.

Schedule: Part-time, casual, non-exempt employees


Send Resume & Cover Letter to: Cybele Gerachis, Program [email protected]

The Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS) is an independent, non-profit organization which has been providing educational programs to children and teens for over 65 years. JCAS serves thousands of local children annually through school residency programs, after school and summer camps and courses, and
a variety of art and science activities for children and their families.

Multilingual, people of color, and LGBTQIA encouraged to apply.

To learn more, visit the Center’s web site at www.juniorcenter.org

The Junior Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.