Teaching Artist

Hours: Part-Time, flexible teaching hours and up to 20 additional optional support staff hours

Reports to: Education Coordinator

Rate:  $10-25/hour

This individual will provide art instruction at 2 possible sites on a regular basis weekly and will have some flexibility in setting their own hours at each site (Hours listed below.)  In addition, there will be other teaching opportunities throughout the year to provide educational experiences within the Art Center of Waco’s (ACW’s) programing schedule.

The teaching artist may also serve as a support staff member for ACW office during normal business hours 1-2 days a week should they wish.  (Note: Teaching time and support staff time are paid at different rates.)

Necessary Qualities

  • Degree in education, studio art, art history, museum studies or related fields preferred (Currently enrolled students working toward a college degree in one of these fields may still apply.)

  • Prior teaching experience or classroom/youth development experience necessary.  (Reference required)

  • Able to commit availability to after school hours at least two days (M-F) a week  (consistently) during the school year.

  • Pass a background check and be fingerprinted

  • Be 18 years old or older

After School Classes: (3:30-5:30 p.m.) 2-5 days a week (flexible based on your schedule/preference);  Teach one class per day; Each class 1 hour plus up to 30 minutes each for setup and cleanup; (4-10 hours per week)

This grant-funded after school instructor will provide art lessons to small classes of elementary aged children at Brook Avenue Elementary School. Supplies will be provided by the after school program and will be stored on site.  Teachers may choose subject matter based on supplies available and interest level.  Lessons should be fun, exploratory, and integrate science or math TEKs with art. 

Evening Family Classes:  (5:00-7:00 p.m.) 1-2 evenings a week (flexible); Small groups; one, 1 hour class per evening and 30 minutes each for setup and cleanup.  (2-4 hours total per week)

This grant-funded program instructor will provide open-ended art instruction to clients of The Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen.  Classes will occur over the family dinner hour 5:00-7:00 p.m. Instructors will encourage clients to join them outside in the courtyard near the cafeteria for guided instructional time. Supplies provided by The Salvation Army and ACW are stored on site. Teachers may choose subject matter based on supplies available and student/client interest. Projects should be approachable for broad age/ability levels and engage creativity, exploration, and positive art-making experiences. Completed works will be exhibited in cooperation with the Art Center of Waco.  

Optional:  Support Staff Rate  $10/hour-Should this individual wish to gain more hours, they may serve as an Art Center office support staff 2-3 days a week (flexible hours fitting within 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and not exceeding 20 hours per week.

Class Teaching Rate:  $25/ hour-Contracted through The Art Center of Waco (may include up to 30 minutes for setup as well as cleanup) Planning time is not billable and is built into the hourly rate.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities for diverse populations across gender, age, race, cultural boundaries and different abilities.

  • Create positive educational climate for learners toward art.

  • Create lesson plans and modify accordingly throughout the year.

  • Integrate science or math TEKS in art lessons for after school program.

  • Provide goals, and learning objectives with lesson plans.

  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.

  • Create instructional resources for use in the classroom as needed.

  • Develop professional relationships with other agencies and programs.

  • Work with program and site coordinators to ensure initiatives are being met.

  • Communicate promptly and clearly with coordinators especially to report student or teaching concerns.

  • Work independently, responsibly, and with flexibility to manage materials, resources, and instructional time.

  • Demonstrate proper material use, space management, and neat resource storage.

  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by applying approved disciplinary procedures.

  • Model core values and best practices in behavior and teaching

  • Follow student teacher ratios and guidelines for maintaining professional boundaries.

  • Share genuine care, empathy, and humor when appropriate for students.

  • Encourage and support art and creativity as an agent of change and equity in our community.

  • Maintain clear communication with ACW staff about needs and expectations for classes/sites.

  • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, and other duties as assigned.

  • *Support Staff (optional) duties may include but are not limited to the following: provide general support to director and education coordinator, answer questions and requests via phone and email, data entry, assist in preparation of regularly scheduled reports, filing, anticipate needed supplies - order office supplies.

To apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and 3 references as 1 PDF with your name in the file name to info at artcenterwaco.org  (Note: email address written as spoken to prevent spam.  No spaces.  Please us the @ symbol in place of the word.)

  • Cover letter should address the importance of art education.

  • References: Provide name, phone number, email, and describe how you know this person.

  • One reference of someone that that can account for your prior teaching/classroom and/or youth development experience.

  • Two references from those that can account for your professional character (employer, professor, or pastor)