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We seek people to work and teach with us who share our passion for inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.


The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

School & Community Partnership Teachers and Aides

Please make sure to apply to our School & Community Partnership positions through our online form. Details below.

2019-2020 Afterschool Visual Arts/Woodworking Lead Teacher (Part-time)

We are looking for committed, professional and inspiring teachers who are passionate about engaging students in creative and stimulating projects.  We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience and is comfortable teaching visual arts and/or woodworking to elementary and middle school students. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with particular school needs —e.g. literacy and math— and build confidence in the students.

As we teach visual arts and woodworking at Boston Public Schools, our students reflect BPS demographics: 56% Economically Disadvantaged, 31% English Language Learners, 20% Students with Disabilities, 86% Students of Color.

This position will be 4-10 hours a week, depending on available programming and areas of expertise, starting in Fall 2019 and possibly continuing along with the BPS year.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

· Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries and different abilities

· Collaborate with program and site administrators, faculty and students

· Help expose students to a broader social, cultural and historical context through art

· Create successful sequential lessons that are developmentally appropriate

· Assess participant learning and evaluate overall program effectiveness · Model core values and best practices in classroom management and teaching

· Use the arts to foster patience and perseverance and build healthy self-esteem

· Share genuine affection for the population that one is teaching

· Plan and present art exhibitions of students’ work in the partner community

· Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings

· Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School


· Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field

· Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media/woodworking

· Available during Afterschool Hours to facilitate art-focused lesson plans

· Working knowledge of instructional and behavior modification approaches to accommodate student needs

· Excellent classroom management skills

· Strong time management and organizational skills

· Passion for engaging all students in the creative process

· 2+ years of classroom teaching experience involving the development of year-long curriculum

· Flexibility, patience and self-motivation

· Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents

· Ability to travel and explore various neighborhoods throughout Boston


$25 per hour*

To Apply

Fill out our online form here.

*Many arts nonprofits pay teachers $30-$90/hour – but for direct teaching hours only; all other work remains unpaid. Instead, we offer entry-level pay of $25/hour, including time spent to prepare for class, set up and clean up, document curriculum and lesson plans, follow up with students’ families or academic teachers, hang student exhibitions, and attend professional development and administrative meetings. Pay increases over time, based on tenure. We value our teachers; they are at the heart of all we do.

In-House Instructors

Send us a proposal to teach workshops or long-form classes at our Jamaica Plain facilities. Find out more and fill out a course proposal form here.


Figure Models

Our drawing and painting instructors each schedule their own models for their classes. We provide them with a model list and try to update it every year. We accept models with previous experience only. Fee: $20/hour

To join our model list, please contact our In-House Program Director, Claudia Fiks.

Artists in Residence

If you would like to be considered as an Artist in Residence, please contact our Program Director, Alison Croney Moses.


Apply here to join our Volunteer Corps. You may volunteer for a specific task, a specific period of time – or to help out when help is needed. We are happy to to fill out school paperwork and write letters acknowledging community service.

Volunteer Opportunities

Assist a Teacher

Weekdays during the day: We are always looking for interns and volunteers as Classroom Aides in children’s woodworking and art classes at local public schools and in our Summer Programs for Children. We very occasionally use volunteer assistants for in-house children’s sewing and woodworking classes. These opportunities are all during the day on weekdays.

Weekdays during the day/evenings, some weekends: We welcome experienced, skilled artisans as volunteer aides in our adult woodworking and upholstery classes.

Help in the Office

Weekdays during the day: Maintain mailing lists, sort archives, and help with office work in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Record our History

On your own time: We are looking for trained historians to record interviews with people who experienced the Eliot School's 20th century history. This history remains to be written.

Staff Events

Occasional week nights and weekend days: Help set up, clean up, and staff our information and activity tables at JP Open Studios and other events.

Help with marketing

On your own time: Help spread the word about the Eliot School. Distribute catalogs. Input listings in on-line calendars. Develop our press kit, and reach out to the press. Help find new links for us on-line.

Review Us

On your own time: Blog about us. Tweet about us. Link to us. Write about us in print or on-line. We love reviews, news articles, blurbs, little notes on Yelp and Google Maps, Facebook fan links and shout-outs of all kinds.

Photograph Us

Any time: We always need photographs for our website, catalog covers and cards.

Advise Us

Weekdays during the day: We welcome pro bono professional advice in financial planning, building improvements (energy efficiency, decorating, classroom expansion, storage solutions, landscape design), curriculum development, marketing, event planning, diversity initiatives and more.