Growing Young Artist Instructor



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.


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. 

This summer, the SCA is offering 16 camps, two of which are ongoing series.  We offer programs for ages 1.5 to 14. Camps are hosted both on-site at the SCA and off-site (field trips), typically running in the mornings through early afternoons. Offerings include 1-day workshops, 3-  5 day camps, to weeklong camps. 


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 as members of the “Joy Squad.”

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.


Educators will work closely with the Education & Exhibition Manager, GYA Coordinator, the visiting artist, and a team of other teachers to promote accessible, creative, healthy learning for at risk youth: 

  • Educators will be responsible for co-teaching children (ages 4-16, you will be assigned a specific age group) 
  • Educators will develop and execute hands-on curriculum for 3 weeks-worth of teaching
  • Educators will supervise an intern
  • Educators will have the opportunity to collaborate with community members and working professionals

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Take direction, work unsupervised, and take initiative 
  • Work both independently and collaboratively 
  • Flourish in a team-teaching environment 
  • Organize and handle multiple tasks at once
  • Show exemplary interpersonal skills 
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Feel comfortable conducting kinesthetic activities (yoga and mindfulness) 
  • Be deadline and detail oriented 
  • Prepare and manage program materials, including setup and cleanup of spaces 
  • Travel to surrounding schools to implement programming 
  • Think creatively and resourcefully and share ideas 


  • Valuable classroom teaching experience with a range of ages and skill levels 
  • Experience researching, developing and implementing thoughtful curriculum 
  • Experience writing lesson plans 
  • 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!


  • Completed at least 2-3 years at a university or college or has at least 5 years of experience
  • Has experience working with children (12 months +) 
  • Preferred majors include: Education, Art Education, Early Childhood, Art History, Fine Art
  • Spanish speaking strengths are strongly desired 

SUPERVISOR: Whitney Valentine, SCA Education & Exhibition Manager

COMMITMENT: Immediate training & planning, teaching during July 6-July 31st,
tentatively M-TH 8am-4pm

COMPENSATION: Project stipends.

*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.

TO APPLY: STUDIO INSTRUCTORS MUST SEND: Resume, cover letter and (4) examples of your personal artwork or (1) lesson you have written to  All pieces are mandatory to be considered for an interview.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted until June 15th.