Growing Young Artist Coordinator

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

GROWING YOUNG ARTIST COORDINATOR

ABOUT US
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) is a non-profit arts and cultural organization serving West Michigan’s lakeshore community. We offer year-round live performances, classes, and workshops for adults and children, outreach programs, festivals, exhibitions, a Farmer’s Market, and professional theatre in the summer.

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

Something extraordinary is happening here. We are transforming lives at the SCA. Through inspiration educational, bold entertainment, and unexpected engagement. 

In the SCA studio we provide a designated time and space for imaginative creativity for all ages!  We believe that students benefit from our project-based, hands-on programs. We facilitate experimenting, playing, and working alongside professional artists/creatives.  We celebrate process over product so make a mess, try something new, and glean new perspectives. 

OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMMING 

The educational structure of the SCA is twofold: we aim to provide campers with the utmost valuable creative touchpoints by hiring exceptional instructors, while simultaneously giving our instructors life-changing professional experiences. 

These developing young edu(creators) come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience: some are biology majors, spanish teachers, art students, or year-round art educators.  We believe that these varied perspectives enrich the ways we teach students to approach creativity with curiosity and excitement. Members of the joy squad gain life-long professional experience when they teach with the SCA as they grow in their own leadership skills and teaching styles by leading youth through new discoveries, fresh observations, artistic growth, and personal successes.

THE SCA EDUCATION TEAM IS SEEKING A GROWING YOUNG ARTIST (GYA) COORDINATOR 

The Growing Young Artists Coordinator will work closely with the Education & Exhibition Manager and Program Coordinator to promote accessible, creative, healthy learning during our annual summer outreach programming.  Read on for a complete job description.

POSITION OVERVIEW 

March – August 2020 

Each summer through our Growing Young Artist program we focus on a different artist, medium and theme each year. We augment core skills focusing most prominently on literacy and language fluency. It’s enrichment based and integrates social and emotional learning strategies, which build crucial skills including problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, self-direction, and responsibility. 

The selected visiting teaching artist works directly alongside GYA Coordinator, our GYA teaching team and educators at the school we are serving to collaborate and challenge students to consider the roles they play in their families and communities, and encouraging them to use their voices positively – even having a lasting impact in their community. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Duties, responsibilities, and characteristics of a Growing Young Artists Coordinator includes (but is not limited to):

  • Take direction, work unsupervised, and take initiative
  • Be a listener, problem solver, and decision marker. 
  • Work both independently and collaboratively
  • Help interview and hire teaching team of teachers
  • Manage and lead a diverse team of instructors and interns
  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.
  • Organize and handle multiple tasks at once
  • Show exemplary interpersonal skills 
  • Regularly meet with education supervisor 
  • Clearly communicate contractual and teaching obligations to the teaching team.  
  • Be able to make tough decisions and hold the teaching team accountable to contractual and teaching obligations in a fair and consistent manner. 
  • Be an expert in lesson planning and curriculum building 
  • Source and order supplies prior to the program beginning and maintain/manage the organization of supplies onsite at the SCA as well as offsite at the school
  • Facilitate site preparation including preparing and organizing supplies, setting and cleaning up classrooms 
  • Oversee the retrieval of materials and set up for each day
  • Have a solid working knowledge of general art history, contemporary artists, art techniques, art mediums.
  • Be able to effectively teach and assist program teachers with classroom management. 
  • Provide teaching team with direct instruction through demonstrations and workshops on unfamiliar art techniques like, but not limited to printmaking, general painting, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, drawing mediums, and non-traditional art creation methods.
  • Directly assist instructors with lessons, provide feedback, guidance and approval of content 
  • Observe teachers teaching and provide feedback on observation 
  • Organize and lead teaching team debrief after daily teaching  
  • Supervise visiting artist
    • Help disseminate and then facilitate the VA project vision to both the teaching team and to the students.
    • Coordinate and facilitate meeting with each level of students
    • Communicate between education supervisor and VA
    • At times assist the VA in prepping for the project 
    • Observe and document issues with VA if present
    • Help VA understand and incorporate GYA theme into their project vision 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN AS A LEADER:

  • Valuable management and teaching experience with a range of ages and skill levels 
  • Experience overseeing day-to-day well-being and function of an art studio
  • Solid communications and nonprofit administration experience 
  • The opportunity to interact with other professionals in the business, community, academic and nonprofit sectors 
  • A great professional recommendation for your valuable work 
  • Knowledge that you are making a difference in your community and the lives of children!

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

  • Valuable classroom teaching experience with a range of ages and skill levels 
  • Experience researching, developing and implementing thoughtful curriculum 
  • Connection to local creatives and educators 
  • Experience working alongside professional artists 
  • Solid communications and nonprofit administration experience 
  • The opportunity to interact with other professionals in the business, community, academic and nonprofit sectors 
  • A great professional recommendation for your valuable work 
  • Knowledge that you are making a difference in your community and the lives of children!

Duties and responsibilities, and characteristics of our GYA Coordinator:  include (but are not limited to):

  • Take direction, work unsupervised, and take initiative 
  • Work both independently and collaboratively 
  • Flourish in a team-teaching environment 
  • Work directly with Visiting Artists to lead camps
  • Organize and handle multiple tasks at once
  • Show exemplary interpersonal skills 
  • Have an outgoing, engaging personality 
  • Feel comfortable conducting kinesthetic activities (yoga) 
  • Be deadline and detail oriented 
  • Assist with parent communications
  • Think creatively and resourcefully and share ideas 
  • Assist with the set-up and clean up of camp (arrive 45 minutes early to each camp taught)

REQUIREMENTS

Our ideal candidate will bring passion, strategy and a spirit of collaboration to our GYA programming. This person has: 

  • 3-5 years of related professional teaching experience 
  • A desire to serve children and adults through creative, lifelong learning experiences.
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups, including staff, artists, other educators, students and community members of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • Excellent time management and analytical skills.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office and G Suite.
  • Physical requirements: light physical effort equal to lifting or moving of materials up to 40 lbs. Regularly required to sit or stand, bend and reach.
  • Coordinator is expected to travel to and from the schools we’re working with, often allowing instructors to carpool with them. 
  • Coordinator is expected to help to craft and send out surveys to instructional staff. 
  • Coordinator is expected to 
  • review, reflect on and discuss weekly survey results from the SCA Education Manager. 
  • Coordinator is expected to observe teachers, take notes and provide constructive suggestions to help

DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Whitney Valentine, SCA Education & Exhibition Manager 

COMMITMENT: 20-34 hours a week. (4 days a week, 8 hours a day; plus lesson planning review, sourcing materials, prepping materials and any additional necessary meetings with Education Manager)

COMPENSATION: A project stipend is paid at the completion of the internship. 

*Education credit from a University or College is also available. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for college credit at his/her school. We are happy to assist by completing requested evaluations, reports, or other documentation. 

INTERESTED IN APPLYING? 

COORDINATOR CANDIDATES MUST SEND: Resume, letter of intent and (4) examples of your personal artwork and (1) lesson you have written to whitney@sc4a.org.  All pieces are mandatory to be considered for an interview. 

DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted until March 30.

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