NOW HIRING: YAW Summer Teaching Artist

YAW students and teaching staff taking a group photo at a field trip

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 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 supervisors 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.


  • 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 temporary non-exempt hourly position at up to 32 hours/week. The position is in-person only and requires availability from July 17th to August 11th from 9 am - 3 pm, with the potential to continue with the Youth Arts Workshop’s After School program during the school year pending funding and performance review. Onboarding and training will take place during the week of July 3rd. The hourly rate is $20.92. 

How to Apply 
Interested candidates are invited to apply by emailing the following information to by June 9, 2023:

  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.)

Applications will be accepted through June 9, 2023. 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