Community Art Center, Inc.

119 Windsor St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
www.communityartcenter.org
careers@communityartcenter.org

Date Posted:
July 10, 2019

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Full-Time

School Age Child Care Program Teacher and Group Leader

Description:
Overview
Since 1937, the Community Art Center has provided a second home for youth through culturally relevant after school arts and media programs. The Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds. Youth ages 5-12 participate in The School Age Child Care (SACC) Program where they become creative problem solvers through a hands-on arts curriculum. Focus classes and Choice classes engage all youth in the creative process. Jr. Leadership Groups and intermediate level arts classes prepare pre-teens for success in high school and beyond. Open all but 14 week days of the year, and 10 hours a day during school vacations and summer, our unique approach to integrating arts and social services offers youth the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their full potential.
The Community Art Center holds four key values at its core:
  • We believe in the power of young people
  • We believe in the power of artistic expression
  • We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other
  • We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond

The Community Art Center seeks an enthusiastic, creative, highly-committed Teacher to join our dedicated staff of artists/youth workers who specializes in one of our artistic areas (Performing Arts or Digital Arts/Media) and Group Leader.
Responsibilities:
TEACHING AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
  • Design and implement sequential classes in your art form (Visual Art, Dance, Theatre or Digital Art/Media/Music) for a mixed-aged class of 13, 5-8 or 8-12 year olds which demonstrate initiative, creativity, are in line with CAC’s values and mission and that culminate in a final end of semester presentations
  • Lead a group (13 youth) through active and supportive guidance and through the creation of a semester long curriculum with consistent creative and engaging daily activities
  • Design and implement “choice classes” (one time arts or recreation workshops) for a mixed-aged class of 13, 5-8 or 8-12 year olds which demonstrate initiative, creativity and are in line with CAC’s values and mission
  • Provide active and supportive guidance throughout the summer and after school hours including transitions, daily Variety Time and Homework Time activities
  • Ensure the safety of all activities and of the overall environment both on- and off-site including field trips and full program field trips
  • Maintain overall cleanliness of assigned classroom, orderliness of all programmatic supplies, and consistent displays of student artwork on classroom bulletin boards and CAC gallery space as needed
  • Serve as an advocate for youth as needed, promoting positive relationships with families, school and other service providers

ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
  • Write and submit curriculum for tribe classes and lesson plans for Focus Class (sequential classes in your art form) in a timely manner and populate classroom bulletin boards that correspond with class content
  • Plan supply needs and submit to administration for approval
  • Complete and file necessary forms including discipline referrals, incident reports, accident “ouch” reports and parent/family communication• Support and supervise college interns, volunteers and teen assistants assigned to your classroom

PROGRAM CULTURE
  • Provide an inspiring, positive, energetic, caring and safe environment for all youth that reinforces positive social skills and creates a healthy and fun learning environment
  • Work in collaboration with all Community Art Center staff members, participating in supervisory and staff meetings as needed including training days, retreats and CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Learn and reinforce all program policies, rules, and regulations and respond immediately and provide follow-up to all incidents including positive and negative behaviors, incidents and accidents based on CAC behavior management policy
  • Support the Art Center’s values, mission and vision and contribute to a positive and healthy work environment
Qualifications:
  • Minimum two years teaching or direct service work with school age youth (5-12 years)
  • Experience teaching in your art form with preference given to those who can teach more than one of our artistic focus areas (Performing Arts or Digital Arts/Media)
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with communities of various cultural backgrounds• Understanding of and commitment to youth development principles
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to write curriculum
  • Solid work ethic and attention to detail
  • Proven reliability and dependability
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Common sense and a sense of humor are a must
  • Bilingual candidates preferred (English and: Haitian Creole and/or Spanish)
How To Apply:
Salary/Benefits: 40 hrs/wk (summer) – 30 hrs./wk. (September-June), $16/hour, individual health and dental, 1 week sick days/ additional personal day, 2 weeks paid vacation
Apply by:
August 10, 2019
Salary:
40 hrs/wk (summer) – 30 hrs./wk. (September-June), $16/hour, individual health and dental, 1 week sick days/ additional personal day, 2 weeks paid vacation
About this Organization:
The Community Art Center is a comprehensive after school arts education organization for children and teens living in Area Four, Cambridge. Our mission is to nurture children and young adults with limited access to financial resources so they achieve personal and cultural growth and have a positive impact on their world through joyful experiences in the arts. We provide year-round after school programs for over 100 youth annually who live primarily in Washington Elms/Newtowne Court public housing. An additional 700 youth and adults participate as audience members at our public screenings and workshops. Our signature project is the “Do It Your Damn Self!!” National Youth Video and Film Festival, began in 1996 and is the oldest youth-produced and curated festival in the country. DIYDS brings the work of hundreds of youth filmmakers to Cambridge every year.