Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

24 Eliot StreetPO Box 300351
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Date Posted:
July 03, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Teen Arts Specialist


The Eliot School Teen Bridge Program creates a pathway for teen artists to thrive through learning, making and developing their craftsmanship and creativity as they prepare for a productive and satisfying young adulthood. Teen Bridge seeks to retain, develop and support teens as they grow out of our middle school arts programs and move into a vulnerable phase of their artistic development.

The Teen Arts Specialist reports to the School & Community Partnership Program Director and works closely with the Teen Arts Coordinator to administer the program’s efficient operation. This is a part-time position starting mid-September 2019 at 8 hours per week on weekends and growing to 14+ hours per week during July, primarily on weekdays. Additional hours may be offered for teaching or additional program support depending on interest, experience and fit.

The program began during the 2016-2017 school year and we continue to develop in subsequent years as our first cohort reaches their junior year. Teen Bridge emphasizes learning through participation in art enrichment and youth development opportunities outside of school time. Teens will learn, develop and practice artistic, vocational and advocacy skills. During their first summer enrolled in the program, teens receive hands-on job and interview skills training and interview for summer Teacher’s Aide positions in the Eliot School Summer Program. During their second summer enrolled in the program, teens work as interns with the Eliot Artist in Residence to plan design, construct, document and evaluate artwork with thoughtful community engagement at its core.

Position Responsibilities

· Lead and assist Saturday Teen Time as needed, including activities such as trust building games, art projects and discussions.

· Chaperone teens on field trips.

· Recruit middle school youth to participate in the program.

· Attend workshops and trainings as need for project research, design and implementation.

· Support artist in residence with planning, constructing and building project art project.

· Assist with tracking and implementation of behavior plan with for teens.

· Assist with coordination of Artist in Residence culminating event.

· Teach Teen Artist Portfolio Class on Saturdays during the school year.


Qualifications & Skills

· At least 1 year of teen related organizational experience

· Experience teaching teen art classes

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· Strong oral and written communication skills

· Community organizing skills

· Weekend hours as needed (Teen Bridge meets each Saturday, with additional hours in the summer)

· Ability to work both in a team and independently

· Comfort with software/systems including Word, Excel, Google Calendar, Dropbox and other systems

· Excellent organizational skills: accurate and detail-oriented

· Reliable and professional

· Bachelor’s degree preferred

How To Apply:

Fill out our online application: https://airtable.com/shrzh4la2m0T3clKl

Apply by:
August 03, 2019
About this Organization:
The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other crafts. Our School Partnership Program sends teachers to classrooms throughout the city, in public schools, housing projects and community sites, and we teach both adults and children at our schoolhouse in Jamaica Plain. We serve approximately 2,700 students annually, half in our schoolhouse and half through our partnership program.