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We're currently seeking volunteers with our upcoming Faculty & Programs showcase at Jamaica Plain Open Studios.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 24th & 25th, 2022.  If you're interested in helping out, reach out to Director of Adult Programs & Engagement, Dara Cheek.

Are you a skilled woodworker looking for access to a wood shop?  We welcome skilled wood workers to volunteer as teaching assistants in our wood shop, and grant free access to our shop during class periods to our TAs.  Contact the Director of Adult Programs & Engagement for more information.


 

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JOB OPENINGS

The Eliot School staff and board have made explicit commitments to three strategic imperatives: racial equity, artistic excellence, and financial sustainability. All positions support these aims.

More than half of our students are young people of color in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Our staff and board that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are actively taking a thought-leadership role to interrogate racial inequity driven by foundational, structural, and historical issues in the fields of craft and art education. As part of this, we co-lead the national Racial Equity in Craft Peer Learning Group. We believe that imagination and art-making can support questioning, engagement, and recognition of one’s power to shape one’s world. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we remain committed to our mission – the mandate to serve all.

JOB DETAILS

High School Woodshop Career Pathway Teacher (part-time) Download PDF

We seek a committed, professional, and inspiring teacher who is passionate about teaching woodworking skills to young people as a foundation for career pathways. We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience with woodworking and experience working with high school students and interested in working with us to build a career pathway program. This person must have creative ways to engage youth who learn in alternative ways and may be disengaged with academic learning. Bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

This position will be approximately 20-25 hours a week, starting September 2022.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement curriculum that teaches of woodworking skills and techniques in classrooms and wood shop.
  • With support from Associate Director, develop multiple year program plan for career pathway in craft and carpentry.
  • Develop partnerships with schools, businesses, and necessary stakeholders to achieve program goals.
  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries, and different abilities.
  • Collaborate with program and site administrators, faculty, and students.
  • Assess participant learning and evaluate overall program effectiveness, using Eliot School materials.
  • Model core values and best practices in classroom management and teaching.
  • Share genuine respect and support for all students to succeed.
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls, and/or in person.
  • Participate in professional development provided by the Eliot School.
  • Serve as a positive ambassador for the Eliot School and uphold the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS 

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Minimum of three years recent full-time employment in carpentry, wood shop instruction, or related field
  • Associate degree or Bachelor degree may substitute for one or two years of employment
  • Vocational Technical Teacher License or waiver eligible.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Passion for engaging all students in the creative process.
  • Flexibility, patience, and self-motivation.
  • Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents.
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Boston.
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Kreyol, Mandarin, etc.

Salary & Benefits

Starting at $25 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.

To Apply:

Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Submit resume, cover letter and art samples to [email protected] with “High School Woodshop Career Pathway Lead Teacher” in the subject line. Applications accepted until June 10, 2023

Afterschool Arts Teacher (part-time) Download PDF

We are looking for an energetic, professional, and inspiring afterschool teacher to work with us to launch our afterschool program that will take place at our schoolhouse in Jamaica Plain.  We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience and is comfortable teaching visual arts to elementary students with a variety of strengths and needs. This person should have experience developing curriculum variety of media (for example: woodworking, sewing, drawing and painting) and a willingness to learn new mediums they are not experienced with. This position will begin in mid-August 2022 and will be approximately 25 hours a week, depending on available programming.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan curriculum that is engaging and fun and guides young people to develop art skills
  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries, and different abilities
  • Collaborate with Eliot School program staff and facilities staff to meet goals
  • 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 facilitate games and activities for young people to build community and spend energy
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings
  • Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School
  • Supervise support staff to meet program goals

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

  • 2+ years of art teaching experience in the classroom or alternative involving the development of year-long curriculum
  • Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media and a willingness to learn new techniques.
  • 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
  • Flexibility, patience and self-motivation
  • Strong communication skills

STARTING COMPENSATION

Starting at $25 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.

To Apply:

Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Submit resume, cover letter and art samples to [email protected] with “After School Teacher Application” in the subject line. Applications accepted until July 20, 2023

Youth Woodworking Teacher (part-time) Download PDF

We seek 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 woodworking to middle school students with special emotional, behavioral, and learning needs. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with particular school needs–e.g. literacy and math, and build students’ confidence. Teachers are encouraged to coordinate artists’ visits each semester with the support of the Eliot School’s Program Coordinator.

This position will be approximately 25-40 hours a week, depending on available programming, starting September 2022 and continuing along with the Boston Public School year through June 2023. Employment may continue through summer ,in our Summer Program for Children, and into the following school years.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan curriculum that is engaging and fun and guides young people to develop art skills
  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries, and different abilities
  • Collaborate with Eliot School program staff and facilities staff to meet goals
  • 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 facilitate games and activities for young people to build community and spend energy
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings
  • Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School
  • Supervise support staff to meet program goals

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

  • 2+ years of art teaching experience in the classroom or alternative involving the development of year-long curriculum
  • Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media and a willingness to learn new techniques.
  • 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
  • Flexibility, patience and self-motivation
  • Strong communication skills

STARTING COMPENSATION

Starting at $25 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.

TO APPLY:

Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Submit resume, cover letter and art samples to [email protected] with “Youth Woodworking Teacher” in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Youth Programs Creative Arts Lead Teacher (part-time) Download PDF

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts provides arts programming at Boston Public Schools, community centers and libraries and at our schoolhouse in Jamaica Plain. Our students reflect the demographics of Boston Public Schools: 85.1% Students of Color, 32.4% English Language Learners, 73.2% economically disadvantaged, and 21.3% Students with Disabilities.

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 woodworking to elementary and middle school students with a variety of strengths and needs. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with school needs —e.g. literacy and math— and build confidence in the students. Teachers are encouraged to coordinate artist visits each semester with the support of Youth Programs staff. This position will be approximately 5-20 hours a week, depending on available programming.

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 or equivalent experience
  • Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media/woodworking
  • 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 to various locations throughout Boston
  • About the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes for all ages at our schoolhouse in woodworking and furniture, fashion and fiber arts, book arts and mixed media, drawing, photography and other crafts. We also send instructors out to teach visual arts, woodworking and tinkering to children and teens at 20-30 locations throughout Boston, including schools, libraries, community centers and public housing sites. We teach 1,600 students in our schoolhouse each year, plus 2,000 children through our School Partnership Program. Find more information at http://www.eliotschool.org

Salary & Benefits

Starting at $25 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.

To Apply:

Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Submit resume, cover letter and art samples to . Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Youth Programs Teaching Assistant for Creative Arts (part-time) Download PDF

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: 85.1% Students of Color, 32.4% English Language Learners, 73.2% economically disadvantaged, and 21.3% Students with Disabilities.

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 3-15 hours per week, depending on availability and experience.

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 one or more creative arts such as woodworking, fiber arts, comics, visual arts, etc.
  • 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
  • About the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes for all ages at our schoolhouse in woodworking and furniture, fashion and fiber arts, book arts and mixed media, drawing, photography and other crafts. We also send instructors out to teach visual arts, woodworking and tinkering to children and teens at 20-30 locations throughout Boston, including schools, libraries, community centers and public housing sites. We teach 1,600 students in our schoolhouse each year, plus 2,000 children through our School Partnership Program. Find more information at http://www.eliotschool.org

Salary & Benefits

Starting at $15 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.

To Apply

Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Submit resume, cover letter and art samples to . Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 


CONSULTANTS

We are seeking third-party consultants to provide HR support and to prepare the Eliot School's annual audit, tax return, and Form PC.

Human Resources Support  Download PDF

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts seeks to contract with a third party to provide Human Resources support.

The Eliot School is a mid-sized nonprofit with an annual budget of ~$1.6M, a core full-time staff of ~12 and a corps of 40-80 part-time teachers, aides, and artists. Personnel accounts for ~80% of total expenses. Based in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Mass., we provide art education services throughout Greater Boston and to people who come to our schoolhouse from the city, state, and beyond. More detail may be found at this end of this document.

We are interested in contracting with a firm that can work with the Executive Director and Governance Committee to shape an ongoing relationship, providing the following services and characteristics.

Please note: We are also seeking a firm to provide the Eliot School’s annual audit. If your firm provides both auditing and HR services, please let us know.

SCOPE OF WORK

Payroll, Benefits, and Logistics Management

  • Manage monthly payroll.
  • Handle monthly, quarterly and end-of-year 940, W-2, 1099, and other tax reporting.
  • Handle onboarding, reporting, offboarding, and ongoing management of health, dental/vision, retirement, and other benefits.
  • Manage employee onboarding and off-boarding with regard to paperwork, finances, benefits, time reporting, intro to Personnel Policies/Employee Handbook, etc.
  • Manage PTO and other time-based benefits (sick/personal, PFML, unpaid leave, holiday allowances, etc.).
  • Keep supervisors on track to complete annual employee reviews and 6-month probationary reviews.
  • Review existing payroll app (Gusto) and see if a more affordable, effective alternative would be appropriate.

Personnel Support

  • Review Employee Handbook/Personnel Policies and help keep them up to date in agreement with current laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Coordinate onboarding and offboarding. Conduct and record offboarding exit interviews.
  • Provide a forum for employee grievances and their resolution.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience managing both people and processes.
  • Experience with the scope of work outlined above.
  • Experience with non-profit clients in the $1-2MM budget range.
  • Ability to work efficiently to manage time and cost.
  • Experience working with organizations in process of transformation, weathering COVID and other changes and challenges.
  • Expertise and a track record in facilitating improved workplace culture and mediating disputes.
  • Demonstrated experience working to support racial equity, accessibility, and justice in Human Resources.

TIMELINE

  • August 5 – Proposals due by 5pm.
  • August 8-15 – Proposals reviewed. Top candidates selected. Interviews scheduled.
  • August 16-31 – Interviews conducted.
  • September 1-9 – References checked. Selection.

TO APPLY

Please send proposal by Friday, August 5, 5pm, to: Abigail Norman, Executive Director with HR RFP in the subject line.

Proposals will be graded according to the qualifications listed above in order to select for interviews. Interviews will allow for a back-and-forth, with the expectation that candidates will follow up with an expected cost range.

MORE ABOUT THE ELIOT SCHOOL

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all. Our programs cultivate welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship, and community. We sustain connections to communities in Greater Boston and beyond.

~7,000 people (in non-COVID times) engage with us each year. Classes for all ages take place in our schoolhouse and annex, and, for youth, in schools and community centers throughout Boston. Our focus on manual arts includes woodworking/furniture, sewing/fashion/fiber arts, drawing/painting, book arts, and mixed media. Other programs include creative youth development, an annual artist’s residency, talks, and events.

The Eliot School staff and board have made explicit commitments to three strategic imperatives: racial equity, artistic excellence, and financial sustainability.

More than half of our students are young people of color in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Our staff and board that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are actively taking a thought-leadership role to interrogate racial inequity driven by foundational, structural, and historical issues in the fields of craft and art education. As part of this, we co-lead the national Racial Equity in Craft Peer Learning Group. We believe that imagination and art-making can support questioning, engagement, and recognition of one’s power to shape one’s world. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we remain committed to our mission – the mandate to serve all.

 

Financial Audit & 990 Tax Return Preparation  Download PDF

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts seeks to contract with a third party to provide its annual audit.

The Eliot School is a mid-sized nonprofit with an annual budget of ~$1.6M, a core full-time staff of ~12 and a corps of 40-80 part-time teachers, aides, and artists. Personnel accounts for ~80% of total expenses. The fiscal year ends June 30, with a November 15 deadline for IRS Form 990 submission.

We are based in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Mass., and provide art education services to Boston’s public schools and community centers, and to students of all ages at our own facilities. Our revenue is a mix of earned (tuition and contract fees) and contributed (grants and donations).

We are interested in contracting with a firm that can work with the Executive Director and functional bookkeeper to shape an ongoing relationship, providing the following services and characteristics.

Please note: We are also seeking a firm to provide HR services to the Eliot School. If your firm provides both auditing and HR services, please let us know.

SCOPE OF WORK

  • Conduct annual audit.
  • Provide any General Journal adjustments needed to complete the audit.
  • Present audit at an Eliot School’s Board of Trustees meeting, along with a Management Letter.
  • Prepare and file IRS Form 990.
  • Prepare and file Massachusetts Annual Report to Secretary of the Commonwealth and Form PC to the Office of the Attorney General.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience managing both people and processes.
  • Experience with the scope of work outlined above.
  • Experience with non-profit clients in the $1-2MM budget range.
  • Ability to work efficiently to manage time and cost.
  • Experience working with organizations in process of transformation, weathering COVID and other changes and challenges.
  • Experience working to support organizations committed to racial equity in their operations and mission.

TO APPLY

We are accepting responses through Friday, August 12. We hope to make a selection by early September, for immediate start.

Please contact: Abigail Norman, Executive Director – with AUDIT in the subject line.

Candidates will be graded according to the qualifications listed above in order to select for interviews. Interviews will allow for a back-and-forth, with the expectation that candidates will follow up with an expected cost range. Cost will be a material factor in final selection.

MORE ABOUT THE ELIOT SCHOOL

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all. Our programs cultivate welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship, and community. We sustain connections to communities in Greater Boston and beyond.

~7,000 people (in non-COVID times) engage with us each year. Classes for all ages take place in our schoolhouse and annex, and, for youth, in schools and community centers throughout Boston. Our focus on manual arts includes woodworking/furniture, sewing/fashion/fiber arts, drawing/painting, book arts, and mixed media. Other programs include creative youth development, an annual artist’s residency, talks, and events.

The Eliot School staff and board have made explicit commitments to three strategic imperatives: racial equity, artistic excellence, and financial sustainability.

More than half of our students are young people of color in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Our staff and board that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are actively taking a thought-leadership role to interrogate racial inequity driven by foundational, structural, and historical issues in the fields of craft and art education. As part of this, we co-lead the national Racial Equity in Craft Peer Learning Group. We believe that imagination and art-making can support questioning, engagement, and recognition of one’s power to shape one’s world. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we remain committed to our mission – the mandate to serve all.