HIRING: Youth Arts Workshop Teaching Artist

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Youth Arts Workshop Teaching Artist
Reports To: Youth Education Programs Manager
Supervises: N/A

Who We Are Looking For
The ideal candidate is able to support the Lead Teaching Artist in delivering the day-to-day lessons and enjoys working with young people.

Position Description Overview
The Teaching Artist assists during workshop time and with lesson planning, supports classroom management, and attends field trips. This role maintains daily operational tasks for the program.

Key Responsibilities
Classroom Management

  • Assist with in-class activities during program times. Facilitate open studio activities and lead warm-up activities as needed.
  • Assist with designing learning activities through hands-on developmentally appropriate and highly interactive methods.
  • Assist youth with preparing projects or pieces to share at Asian Arts Initiative’s programs and events.
  • Assist with the Youth Arts Workshop annual craft fair and showcase events. Promote the youth participant’s work to visitors.
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for the youth participants.

Chaperone and Pick-up

  • Chaperone field trips as needed.
  • Pick up students from partner schools in the neighborhood.

Organizing and Inventory

  • Lead the organizing, cleaning and maintenance of the Youth Arts Workshop space.
  • Organize the program materials and maintain updated inventory of program supplies.
  • Assist with researching and placing orders for program materials.
  • Distribute snacks to students. Assist with cleaning up and donating any surplus snacks.


  • Manage and track relevant budgets.
  • Participate in fundraising and reporting where relevant.
  • Positive attitude and willing participation in a small team dynamic. Willingness to work outside of main responsibilities and serve as an organizational ambassador as advised by the supervisor.

First Year Success Criteria

  • Research and facilitate at least five hands-on activities with the Youth Arts Workshop youth participants. The majority of the youth participants are actively engaged in the activities throughout the course of the workshop and express interest in doing the activities again in the future.
  • The Youth Arts Workshop space is maintained daily, providing a space that is clean and accessible at all times.


  • Relevant teaching experience in a collaborative setting
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse set of youth from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to create and maintain a genuine and meaningful learning community with middle-school aged students.
  • Commitment to organizational values of social justice and equity.
  • PA Criminal Record, FBI Fingerprint, Child Abuse Clearance, National Sex Offender Registry Clearance, and Health Assessment required. *Asian Arts Initiative will cover or reimburse the cost of the clearances upon job acceptance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in one or more artistic disciplines preferred.
  • Relevant teaching experience preferred

Hours and Compensation

This is a part-time permanent exempt hourly position at 20 hours/week. For approximately 7 weeks starting in July throughout August, the position temporarily increases to 35 hours/week to accommodate summer programming. Evening and weekend hours may be required. The hourly rate is $19.25/hour.

The position is eligible for AAI’s medical and dental group plan and a generous paid time off package.

How to Apply
Interested candidates are invited to apply by May 01, 2022 to jobs@asianartsinitiative.org

  1. A cover letter a) stating where you learned about the opportunity and b) addressing your relevant experience
  2. Resume
  3. 3-5 professional references with a variety of relationships to the candidate (direct supervisor, direct report, colleague, external partner, etc.)

Applications will be accepted through May 01, 2022. No phone calls please. Applications missing requested materials or submitted after the deadline may not be considered.

AAI’s services and employment are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, ability and age. Asian Americans are encouraged to apply.

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.

Program Description
Asian Arts Initiative’s Youth Arts Workshop program offers multi-disciplinary arts and cultural workshops for middle school youth during the academic year and summer. Youth Arts Workshop provides a safe space for youth to share cultural experiences and concerns and to create cross-cultural understanding with other youth through art making. Program goals and objectives are to achieve the following in each student who participates in the Youth Arts Workshop:

  • Improve Life Skills
  • Increase Engagement in Learning
  • Improved Relationships
  • Increased Engagement in School
  • Development of Desire to Achieve to Educational Excellence