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VOLUNTEERS

JP OPEN STUDIOS

We welcome volunteers to help out at our annual Faculty & Programs showcase at Jamaica Plain Open Studios. The event typically takes place the last weekend of September each year. Volunteers staff our welcome table, help with set-up and clean-up, and assist with other tasks. If you're interested in helping out, reach out to our Director of Adult Programs & Engagement.

WOODWORKING CLASSES

Are you a skilled woodworker looking for access to a wood shop?  We welcome skilled woodworkers to volunteer as Teaching Assistants in our wood shop. TA's have access to our shop during the classes where they volunteer. Contact our Director of Adult Programs & Engagement for more information.

ELIOT SCHOOLYARD CONCERTS

We rely upon volunteers to help staff our annual concert series. Events take place every Sunday afternoon from June through September, skipping Independence Day and Labor Day weekends. Volunteers staff our welcome table and help with set-up and clean-up. Contact us for more information.

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CLASSROOMS

We love volunteers who can sign up for consistent weekly work as a Teaching Assistant during the school year at our partner sites. A typical class meets once a week at a public school, library, or community center in Boston. To find out more, contact our Manager of Youth Engagement.


 

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ART MODELS

The Eliot School regularly offers classes/workshops that feature live art-models. The classroom environment is professional and welcoming, and the students have a range of experience.

Our instructors seek models with a variety of body-types, backgrounds, and abilities.  We require reliability, the ability to hold a pose, and agreement to the Eliot School's policies for all models.

If you are interested in modeling for a class or workshop, please complete the application form, located here: Apply.  Our instructors will reach out for more information, if desired.

 

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

Interim Director of Development & Communications (full-time) Download PDF

We seek a development and communications professional to lead during the next 18–24 months, supporting the organization through an exciting period of change and growth, with the possibility of being considered to remain thereafter. We seek someone with an expert eye who can give shape to systems and processes that will carry the organization into its next period, in addition to managing and overseeing the department’s day-to-day operations.

The job supports the organization’s ability to meet earned and contributed revenue targets by amplifying philanthropy and promoting program enrollment, consistent with the Eliot School’s mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan. The position oversees communications as it supports both overall organizational advancement and revenue-producing programs.

The person in this position is a member of a Senior Staff Circle of Executive Director, Associate Director, and Program Directors. The job is supported by a Dev Com Assistant and a team of consultants who provide grant writing, event coordination, implementation of marketing, and other functions.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead in all facets of Development and Communications, including strategy, planning, analysis, and implementation.
  • Direct support staff and team members (above) as they implement:
  • Ongoing development practices, including ongoing donor cultivation and stewardship, pledge administration, data collection and reporting, spring and fall appeals, and donor events.
  • Ongoing and strategic marketing and communications to increase the organization’s visibility.
  • Prepare and monitor annual development and communications budgets.
  • Lead core development functions, including major donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship; foundation and government grants; business sponsors, annual Development Plan, coordination of Board efforts.
  • Support and collaborate with the Executive and Associate Directors and the Board’s Development Committee as they pursue donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Oversee the organization’s grant portfolio and grant processes: research, calendar, cultivation, applications, and reporting, overseeing consulting grant writers with the support of senior staff.
  • Lead core communications strategy, including annual Communications Plan.
  • Support the organization’s racial equity transformation, collaboratively building practices and processes guided by demonstrated commitment to racial equity.

Qualifications & Skills

EXPERIENCE

  • Exemplary track record with at least 5 years’ experience managing nonprofit development and communications, with demonstrated results, including functions outlined above.
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader who has managed high performing, diverse  teams, including remote colleagues.
  • Demonstrated experience navigating racial equity transformation in organizations or community efforts. Experience building programs guided by commitment to racial equity.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting organizations’ financial sustainability by meeting budget goals.

ATTRIBUTES

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Flexibility and experience working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence, humility, cultural competence, feedback skills, and the ability to sustain trusted relationships with a wide array of people.
  • The highest ethical standards and discretion.
  • Strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.

The Eliot School seeks to contribute to a more just and equal world. As we design our programs and spaces to pursue equity, we are currently asking ourselves: How do all parts of our school enact our mission to inspire lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all? This position works with organizational leadership to develop and implement long-term vision and present-day program implementation based on a commitment to racial equity.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent skills in project management.
  • Accurate, detail-oriented, able to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Comfortable with technology, able to adapt to new software and systems.
  • Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Mandarin, etc.

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

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $82–86,000 full-time; willing to consider up to $90,000 for a more experienced candidate. Health insurance (80% employer contribution up to $8k annual cap); retirement plan (4% employer match); family & medical leave. This full-time position offers the option to construct a flexible schedule and hybrid in-person/WFH. It requires some evening and weekend hours depending on programs. We are willing to consider the alternative of a consulting position for the same responsibilities, depending on negotiation.

The job comes with generous professional development and networking opportunities through funders’ capacity-building offerings, including the Barr Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative and Linde Family Foundation arts education cohort.

To Apply:

To support our equitable hiring practice, please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions. This is designed to ensure a fair playing field for all candidates: Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions: CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Abigail Norman, Executive Director: with “Interim Development & Communications Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

We hope for a February start date but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as December 31, 2022.

 

Manager of High School Career Pathway Program (part-time) Download PDF

We seek a committed, professional, and inspiring individual 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 (Spanish/English) candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

This position will be approximately 20-25 hours a week, starting January 2023.

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 preferred.
  • 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/English

Salary & Benefits

Hourly rate range $26-$30 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 “Manager of High School Career Pathway Program ” 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 $18 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.

Facilities & Wood Shop Assistant (part-time) Download PDF

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.

The Facilities & Shop Assistant helps the Facilities Manager with maintenance, repairs and improvements to the building, the wood shop and other classrooms. This is a part-time position at 12 hours per week. Additional hours may be available from time to time as a Teacher or Teaching Assistant.

This position reports to the school’s Facilities Manager. They supervise volunteers and paid assistants as needed.

The Facilities & Shop Assistant must be able to work independently and as part of a team. They must have experience with power tools (table saw, band saw, jointer, etc.), be prepared to follow all safety procedures, and have good mechanical aptitude. They must be reliable, responsible and timely, able to communicate well with other staff, teachers and students, and to meet deadlines with a positive attitude. Enthusiasm, collegiality, creative approaches to problem-solving, and a sense of humor are welcome.

The person in this job is expected to share a commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all. They are expected to follow the Eliot School’s Core Values and its Welcoming Statement, both found on the school website’s About page.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with building maintenance, repairs and improvements as needed. Help keep schoolhouse and annex in good repair.
  • Participate in routine, scheduled and other maintenance of wood shop equipment; help keep wood shop orderly and in good
  • repair.
  • Maintain presentable and clean facilities, including duties such as sweeping, cleaning surfaces, emptying trash and recycling, restocking supplies, deliver and pick up linens, and other duties.
  • Prepare wood and supplies for woodworking and other classes and partnerships. This may include preparing prototypes of projects and preparing multiples of project kits for classroom use.
  • Help transport, unload and store shipments of lumber and supplies.
  • Help set up and break down for occasional special events in our schoolhouse and off-site.
  • Attend regular staff meetings, teacher meetings and other school events.
  • Perform other reasonable tasks and requests, as needed, as specified by the Facilities Manager.
  • Opportunities may arise for additional hours working as a Woodworking Teacher and/or Teaching Assistant, either in our schoolhouse or at partner or program sites. This will depend upon interest, skill, experience, aptitude and availability, and on Eliot School schedules.

Requirements:

  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs and perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors.
  • CORI check required.
  • The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

Salary & Benefits:

Starting rate of $20 per hour. Health insurance (partial); 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

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Jazz Gonzalez, Facilities Manager with “Facilities & Wood Shop Assistant” in the subject line.

We hope for a November 1 start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please no phone calls.