Title: Art Instructor Digital Arts
Reports to: Program Supervisor
Department: ECF Art Center
Location: Art Center Studio
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Under supervision by Program Supervisor, the Art Instructor/Digital Arts will assist, guide and facilitate studio art practices to artists (adults with varying degrees of learning, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual disabilities) in order to provide professional development and integrating artists into the local art community as working professional Artists. This can include but is not limited to art instruction in the following art mediums; drawing, animation, video art, digital art, and 2D design. Art Instruction will occur in several media of artistic expression in conjunction with artists individual art goals (ISP).
- Implement individual artistic goals, referring to artist’s ISP. Ensure artists’ safety during operating hours of the Art Center, while on the premises, and out in the community. Assist artists in maintaining progress notes on a monthly basis and participate in meetings and other in-services as assigned. Ensure attendance recordings are accurate and complete. Provide supervision during artist’s arrival, departure, break and lunchtime.
- Give instruction in the proper use of materials, care, and protection of art work, production of saleable art, and help artists to become proficient in developing their individual voice and style as an artist through 2D and digital art techniques. Ensure the safe use of equipment, including basic safety measures to be used when working with various tools, machines, equipment and materials, safe lifting procedures, etc. Create any protocols needed for increased safety. Monitor artist throughout their entire art project. Assist and instruct artists on projects related to their ISP (Individual Service Plan).
- Set up/prepare equipment to be used on a daily basis and maintain equipment; ensure supplies are ordered and maintained. Ensure all art equipment is being properly used and maintained by artists and assigned studio area is maintained and clean. Organize artists’ portfolios by properly labeling and storing artwork in the appropriate areas.
- Participate in staff meetings to identify and implement artistic, educational, psychological and social objectives for each artist. Take into account addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse artists. Implement of services and supports in accordance with Lanterman Act and Person Centered Thinking Practices
- Follow appropriate protocol and policies in assisting artists during any incidents or seizures. Employ NCI procedures as needed to assist artists who are exhibiting aggressive behavior. Adhere to ECF’s Illness and Injury Prevention Safety Program and follow ECF guidelines for reporting medical emergencies, suspected abuse or neglect and unusual incidents to case management staff and supervisory staff. Implement First Aid/CPR as necessary. Assist artists with personal hygiene needs including illness, and incidents of incontinence.
- Be available to help promote the Art Centers during work hours for visitors and guests. This includes, but is not limited to informing the public of the Art Center mission and services when the public is touring Art Center studio, asking questions during events, or inquiring about how they can support the program. Support Art Center events and programs through distribution of materials and information to all interested parties.
- Staff and supervise special exhibits featuring ECF artists’ work at various locations and times. Assist in organizing art shows and events which may include matting, framing, and installation and tear down of shows. Greet the public and assist artists’ with presenting and discussing their work with the public
- Comply with ECF’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Safety and Medical Emergency Procedures. Ensure safe use and operation of tools and/or equipment.
- Comply with ECF policies and procedures, including mandated reporting requirements.
- Observe regular, on-site work hours. Regular and reliable attendance is required for this position.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Education/Licenses/Certifications: Bachelor’s degree and demonstrable 2D and digital art techniques.
Experience: Six months in any combination of the following: studio work, teaching (including undergrad TA positions), work on public and private art projects, art installations, work in art museums, or any other directly related experience.
- Knowledge in one art specialty area and digital art
- Skills necessary to assist artist in carrying out their art practice and art goals, may include but is not limited to: teaching, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, listening, advocating
- Effective verbal and written communication skills to teach adult artists.
- Availability to teach all artists in the Art Center.
- Portfolio of completed work.
- Pass a DOJ background investigation.
- Provide evidence of a negative TB test.
- Obtain and maintain NCI, First Aid and CPR certification.
- Ability to use public transportation or personal vehicle to transport artists’ for community outings.
- Proof of auto insurance and insurable driving record if using own vehicle for business purposes.
Exceptional Children’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or intellectual disability, medical condition (including pregnancy and medical conditions related to childbirth), military or veteran status, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws.