Hiring: Youth Arts Workshop Summer Program Teaching Assistant

YAW summer 2018 at Asian Arts Initiative

Youth Arts Workshop Summer Program Teaching Assistant 

Reports To: Education Programs Manager

Supervises: N/A


Position Description Overview

The Program Assistant assists the Youth Arts Workshop (YAW) staff during classroom time. The position supports classroom management, meal distribution and supervision, field trips, and completes other daily operational and administrative tasks for the program.


Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with drop-offs and dismissals for students, complete a check-in and health screening process for students upon arrival.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to students during lunch, free time, open studio time, and on field trips.  
  • Assist the Lead Teaching Artist in carrying out lesson plans.  
  • Provide hands-on assistance to youth during workshop projects. 
  • Assist staff in maintaining a calm, productive, and safe classroom. 
  • Conduct routine cleaning protocols throughout the day and ensure all students are following COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Organize program supplies as needed.
  • Work with fellow teachers and supervisor to maintain communication with parents and contact parents in emergencies.
  • Participate in weekly organizational staff meetings with the YAW team.
  • Other duties and meetings as assigned.



  • Demonstrated experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds in a group setting.
  • Strong classroom management skills. 
  • Commitment to organizational values of social justice and equity. 
  • PA Criminal Record, FBI fingerprint, Child Abuse Clearance, National Sex Offer Registry Clearance, and Health Assessment required upon acceptance of job offer. 
  • Positive attitude and willing participation in a small team dynamic. Willingness to work outside of main responsibilities as advised by supervisor.


Hours and Compensation

This is a part-time temporary non-exempt hourly position at up to 32 hours/week. The position is required to work in-person from 9 am - 3 pm from July 19 to August 13th, with the potential to continue for Camp Bruce Lee taking place from August 16th to 20th and the Youth Arts Workshop after-school program during the school year. Onboarding and training will take place during the week of July 12th. The hourly rate is $18. 


How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send by June 15th, 2021 to jobs@asianartsinitiative.org:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. 3-5 professional references with a variety of relationships to the candidate (direct supervisor, direct report, colleague, external partner, etc.);  


Organizational Overview

Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia that advances racial equity and understanding, activating artists, youth, and their communities through creative practice and dialogue grounded in the diverse Asian American experience. Through exhibitions, performances, and community projects, we provide an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange of ideas. Our community-based arts initiatives seek out and cultivate innovative models for artists to engage with local communities, with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with our immediate neighborhood. Our primary programs include: 1) Artist residencies, commissions, and presenting of performances and exhibitions for artists to develop professionally and to create socially relevant artwork reflecting community experiences; 2) Year-round out-of-school-time programming for middle school youth, offering creative development and a safe place; 3) Participatory curatorial practices and various community development initiatives in our immediate neighborhood of Chinatown North/Callowhill.