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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.

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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

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.

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

2019-2020 Visual Arts/Woodworking Teaching Assistant (Part-time)

We are looking for individuals actively pursuing experience and opportunities in the field of manual arts education. Applicants must be committed to gaining hands on experience in teaching and engaging diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries and differing abilities.  This role will expose assistants to best practices in classroom management and teaching.  Candidates should also be willing to take on additional tasks supporting the Eliot School outside of the classroom environment.  We are specifically searching for candidates that have experience and are comfortable in visual arts and/or woodworking settings.

Commitment is approximately 15+ hours per week, depending on availability and experience. This position begins in September 2019 and continues along with the BPS calendar, culminating in mid to late June 2020.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use the arts to foster patience and perseverance and build healthy self-esteem
  • Help expose students to a broader social, cultural and historical context through art
  • Assist with daily classroom logistics, including set up and clean up, as needed
  • Support lead teacher by anticipating logistical needs and reinforcing classroom expectations and management strategies
  • Model core values and best practices in behavior and teaching
  • Share genuine affection for the population that one is teaching
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings
  • Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School

Qualifications

  • Pursuing a career in related field
  • Experience with woodworking or visual arts
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Passion for engaging all students in the creative process
  • Experience working with children
  • Flexibility, patience and self-motivation
  • Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents
  • Ability to travel to various Boston locations

Salary

$15 per hour 

To Apply

Fill out our online form here.

 

2019-2020 K-8 Visual Arts and/or Woodworking Lead Teacher (Part-time)

We are looking for a committed, professional and inspiring teacher who is 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. Teachers are encouraged to coordinate field trips and artist visits each semester with the support of the Program Coordinator.

This position will be 20-30 hours a week, depending on available programming, starting in September 2019 and continuing along with the BPS year until mid to late June 2020.

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 displays to exhibit 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

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media and/or woodworking
  • 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 to various locations throughout Boston

Salary

$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, with increases based on tenure, 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. We value our teachers; they are at the heart of all we do.

 

Teen Bridge Staff

With Teen Bridge, we create a pathway for teen artists to thrive through learning, making and developing their craftsmanship and creativity as they prepare for a productive and satisfying young adulthood.

Teen Arts Specialist (Part-time)

The Teen Arts Specialist reports to the School & Community Partnership Program Director and works closely with the Teen Arts Coordinator to administer the program’s efficient operation. This is a part-time position starting mid-September 2019 at 8 hours per week on weekends and growing to 14+ hours per week during July, primarily on weekdays. Additional hours may be offered for teaching or additional program support depending on interest, experience and fit.

The program began in the 2016-17 school year and continues to develop as our first cohort now enters their junior year. Teen Bridge emphasizes learning through participation in art enrichment and youth development opportunities outside of school time, as teens develop and practice artistic, vocational and advocacy skills. We seek to retain, develop and support teens as they grow out of our middle school arts programs, move into a new phase of their artistic development, and continue through high school. During their first summer in the program, teens receive hands-on job and interview skills training and interview for summer Teachers Aide positions in our Summer Program for Children. During their second summer enrolled in the program, teens work as interns with our Artist in Residence to plan, design, construct, document and evaluate artwork with thoughtful community engagement at its core. 

Teen Bridge programming runs every Saturday during the school year and additional days throughout the summer.

Position Responsibilities

  • The responsibilities of this position further connect our outreach programs to our in-house classes
  • Lead and assist Saturday Teen Time as needed, including activities such as trust building games, art projects and discussions.
  • Chaperone teens on field trips.
  • Recruit middle school youth to participate in the program.
  • Attend workshops and trainings as need for project research, design and implementation.
  • Support artist in residence with planning, constructing and building project art project.
  • Assist with tracking and implementation of behavior plan with for teens.
  • Assist with coordination of Artist in Residence culminating event.
  • Teach Teen Artist Portfolio class on Saturdays during the school year.

Qualifications & Skills

  • At least 1 year of teen-related organizational experience
  • Experience teaching teen art classes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Community organizing skills
  • Weekend hours as needed
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Comfort with software/systems including Word, Excel, Google Calendar, Dropbox and other systems
  • Accurate and detail-oriented
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Reliable
  • Professional
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Fill out our online form here.

 

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.

Volunteers

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.