Job Openings

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. Celebrating skills and imagination, we encourage our students to create using head, hands and heart. We believe everyone deserves access to excellent art education and the opportunity to make things by hand. Some 3,600 students learn from us each year: half in our schoolhouse, and half through our partnerships with Boston’s public schools, libraries, housing developments and community centers. Our Teen Bridge mentors a small group of teens with art instruction, job training, life skills and summer employment.

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

Current Openings:

In-House Program Director 
January/February 2018
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We seek a highly motivated individual who will steer and supervise the Eliot School’s In-House Program, with a focus on curating, managing and marketing classes and events and supervising faculty, aides and related staff and freelancers.

The In-House Program Director is a new position, combining elements of what used to be separate jobs. This position combines creativity and strong organizational skills: strategy and logistics, shaping the program, curating classes and events, scheduling and record keeping, marketing and communication.

The In-House Program Director reports to the school’s Director and works closely with the Registrar, the Facilities Coordinator and the Program Committee of the board. S/he supervises other staff, freelancers and volunteers as needed. This position offers a flexible schedule, with some evening and weekend hours depending on events, at 32 to 40 hours/week. 


  • Serve as supervisor of the In-House Program, including all courses, events and personnel.
  • Work with the Director, Program Committee and other staff to strategize and shape ongoing programming strategy.
  • Curate, schedule, plan and manage classes offered at the Eliot schoolhouse, annex and ancillary sites. Solicit, review, shape and select course proposals.
  • Plan and coordinate occasional events including Eliot School Faculty Showcase at JP Open Studios, faculty exhibitions, holiday family events, artists’ talks and demos, in collaboration with freelancers and other staff.
  • Develop and produce course catalog/schedule.
  • Act as primary liaison with all In-House faculty and aides. Supervise logistics that allow classes to run smoothly.
  • Coordinate and supervise marketing of In-House classes and events.
  • Obtain and assess registration data and program feedback/evaluations. Track and share issues and trends with the Director and the Program Committee.
  • Participate in school staff meetings and school-wide events.

Qualifications & Skills: 

  • At least five years experience in non-profit arts programming and/or management.
  • Knowledge of Boston based artists/artisans and some knowledge of practicing artists/artisans outside of Boston. Comfort with research and outreach to new contacts.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent skills in project management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Must be accurate, detail oriented, comfortable with technology and able to adapt to new software and systems, able to meet deadlines, able to respond to market forces and to imagine new directions.
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem solving, and a sense of humor are welcome.
  • Strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.

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

Salary & Benefits: 
Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance (partial). Option to construct a flexible schedule. 

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Director: [email protected] with “In-House Program Director application” in the subject line. We hope for an April start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as February 15, 2018. Please no phone calls.

Registrar, Bilingual
January/February 2018
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The Eliot School seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) Registrar to serve as the school’s main liaison with students and faculty for In-House classes; s/he also acts as Office Manager: keeps classrooms well stocked and organized, and maintains office supplies, machines and systems. The Registrar reports to the school’s In-House Program Director. S/he supervises a part-time Assistant Registrar as well as occasional volunteers and paid assistants as needed. This is a part-time job at 30 hours/week, with a schedule to be negotiated.

Maintain a cordial, welcoming face to all as the public’s entrée to the Eliot School, while ensuring consistency with the organization’s mission, strategy, values, commitments and goals.

 With regard to classes held at the Eliot School and offered to the public:

Act as the school’s main liaison with students (current and prospective):

  • Process all registrations. Process refunds and receipts. Keep track of payments, discounts, scholarships. Maintain waiting lists. Sell and manage gift certificates.
  • Keep systems accurate, up to date and accessible, including database, paper records, Google calendar, website course listings.
  • Protect all credit card numbers and other secure data.
  • Answer queries about classes.
  • Inform students of schedule changes (teacher absences, snow days, etc.).
  • Communicate with students about rules and needs regarding storage, space use and other issues.
  • Handle complaints and praise from students and general public; communicate with Director and program staff where improvements can be made.
  • Participate in selected school events to represent and promote the school to prospective students and the general public.

Act as liaison with teachers:

  • Provide class rosters to teachers.
  • Obtain supply lists from faculty and make them accessible to students on line and by other means.
  • Make sure teachers have key codes and emergency contact information.
  • Organize substitute teachers when needed. When subs are not possible, handle refunds, make-up dates and other solutions.

 Maintain database and other systems with accuracy, timeliness and efficiency:

  • Keep database, website, Google Calendar and any other systems accurate and in sync.
  • Keep information up to date when classes are added, filled, canceled or altered. Make sure website reflects when classes are open, canceled, closed or full.
  • Stay informed on correct use of all database functions.
  • Participate with other staff in transition to new website and registration technology.

Work with faculty, assistants and staff to keep classrooms and storage areas tidy, well organized, accessible and well stocked, with tools in working order. Communicate with faculty about issues of tidiness, safety, storage, etc. as needed. Communicate with Facilities Coordinator when repairs are needed.

Keep office running smoothly:

  • Keep office supplies in stock.
  • Act as liaison with tech support to keep all office systems and machines in good repair, including database, Internet, email, phones, copiers, etc.
  • Schedule regular staff meetings.
  • Coordinate staff to post work schedules, vacations and absences.
  • Take initiative to suggest and implement improvements to systems and procedures.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently.
  • Comfort with software including Word, Excel, others as needed. You will use Google Calendar, Dropbox, a CMS for our website, a FileMaker Pro-based registration database, and other systems.
  • Accurate and detail-oriented.
  • Reliable.
  • Fluent Spanish.
The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance (partial).

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Director: [email protected] with “Registrar application” in the subject line. We hope for an April start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as February 15, 2018. Please no phone calls.

Visual Arts/Woodworking Teaching Assistant (P/T)

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The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts provides arts programming at Boston Public Schools, community centers and libraries. Our students reflect the demographics of Boston Public Schools: 55.5% economically disadvantaged, 31.2% English Language Learners, 19.5% Students with Disabilities, 85.8% Students of Color

We are looking for individuals actively pursuing experience and opportunities in the field of manual arts education. Applicants must be interested in gaining hands on experience in teaching and engaging diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries and different 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 woodworking or visual arts settings.  Commitment is approximately 10-15 hours per week, with the possibility of more hours, if desired.

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


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

$15 per hour 

To apply:
Email résumé, cover letter and references to Verónica Ramírez Martell at [email protected].  We accept applications on a rolling basis, dependant of the sites we have available. Please, no phone calls.



Teen Arts Specialist

The Teen Arts Specialist reports to the School 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 at 7 hours/week April 2017 (possibly earlier if available) on weekends and growing to 14 hours per week during in July 2018, primarily on weekdays. Additional hours may be offered for teaching or additional program support depending on interest, experience and fit.

The Eliot School Teen Bridge Program creates 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. The Eliot School Teen Bridge program seeks to retain, develop and support teens as they grow out of our middle school arts programs and move into a vulnerable phase of their artistic development.

The program began during the 2016-2017 school year and we are currently in the first full pilot year and continue to develop in subsequent years. Teen Bridge emphasizes learning through participation in art enrichment and youth development opportunities outside of school time. Teens will learn, develop and practice artistic, vocational and advocacy skills. During their first summer enrolled in the program, teens receive hands-on job and interview skills training and interview for summer Teacher’s Aide positions in the Eliot School Summer Program. During their second summer enrolled in the program, teens work as interns with the Eliot Artist in Residence to plan design, construct, document and evaluate art work with thoughtful community engagement at its core.

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

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


 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.
  • Chaperon 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

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Alison Croney Moses, Director of School & Community Partnership: with “Teen Arts Specialist Application” in the subject line. 


Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance (partial).

To Apply:

No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications is Feb 15.