Job Posting: Arts Learning Assistant
Arts Learning Assistant
Applications Accepted Through
April 14, 2023
The Arts Center inspires creativity and contributes to community well-being through equitable access to and engagement with the visual arts in the Greater Corvallis area. We collaborate to offer exhibitions, learning opportunities, artist development, and cultural events centered on art, artists and art enthusiasts.
Commitment to Justice, Equity, and Transparency
In the 1960s, the innovative, grassroots effort of artists, civic leaders, and multiple Oregon State University departments were quite radical: they set out to establish the Corvallis Arts Council as the first community-based arts organization in the State of Oregon, and 27th in the United States. In 2008, we changed our name to The Arts Center with the goal of becoming inclusive of all people and groups seeking connection with the arts. We believe that art is a welcoming portal for cross-cultural participation that connects people and creates community.
In 2020, The Arts Center began an organization-wide process of learning and change to examine and address discriminatory policies, dominant cultural practices, and decision-making systems, with the goal of becoming a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive arts organization. We are actively working to embed justice, equity, and transparency into every level of our organization. We invite individuals who share our commitment to this goal to join our team and to help shape a more just and equitable future for our organization as well as for the communities we serve.
We welcome and encourage those from historically marginalized and excluded communities to apply!
Advance the organizational vision and mission through just, equitable and transparently managed activities that integrate the arts through a variety of methods. Support learning opportunities for youth, adults and artists integrated with the organization’s programs and through collaboration with other community and organizational partners.
Collaborate with regular, seasonal and volunteer staff. Report to and work with the Arts Learning Coordinator to support arts learning activities of the organization that benefit the greater Corvallis community.
Applicant Required Skills and Experience
(Please apply if you feel you are the right candidate for this position even though you do not meet all requirements. Relevant life/ work/ transferable experiences are welcomed and reviewed.)
- Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity and transparency in all practices.
- Demonstrated ability to follow directions and communicate directions within dynamic community settings, with multiple people of diverse ages.
- Demonstrated computer technology fluency in support of communications via digital means.
- One-year or more as a teaching artist, classroom teacher, visual or performance artist, volunteer or project coordinator, or equivalent experience.
- Experience with digital and social media is a plus. Example uses: slide presentations, basic design and photo editing.
- Spanish language: spoken and/or written.
Thanks to partnering support of WorkSource Oregon for this recruitment!
To apply for this Part-Time Position:
- Cover letter that shares why you wish to work with The Arts Center.
- Resume or personal history documenting your education, training, and/or experiences.
- Provide written facilitation steps that describe an activity using elements from nature that requires participants to follow at least three steps. Work sample of a Handout that describes an activity (such as “How to brush your teeth”) that requires three steps or more to complete.
- Send these three items electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications will be accepted through: April 14, 2023
- Notifications target date: May 5, 2023.
- Starting wage rate for this position is $16.50/hour. Candidates with Spanish languagefluency (spoken and written) will qualify for a rate of $17.50/hour.
- Flexible work hours, pro-rated sick leave and vacation, pro-rated paid holidays, a Simple IRA retirement plan, 20% discount on art purchases from The Arts Center.
Equal opportunity statement
Our goal is to create a diverse organization that is representative, at all levels, of the communities we serve. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, HIV status, marital status, family medical history or genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage people from historically excluded communities to apply, including those who have been formerly incarcerated.
The part-time Arts Learning Assistant will focus on quality program delivery on a flexible semi-regular schedule meeting community arts access needs.
Responsibilities and Duties
Arts LearningActivities: Support Arts Learning Program Coordinator in developing and implementing activities and programs that create equitable access and introduction to, exploration and engagement with, and/or development of skills and creative practice in the arts.
- Through positive and consistent communications, maintain dynamic collaborative partnerships with community organizations.
- Regularly communicate and collaborate with other internal TAC programs (Public Exhibits, the Artist Accelerator Program, and Cultural Events) to ensure the smooth delivery of organization-wide programming.
- Help to implement youth and adult arts learning activities maximizing use of our downtown location and partner facilities available.
- Provide arts outreach to community events that fulfill mutual needs of partner organizations and their target audiences.
- Maintain equipment and art supplies for both project and program needs.
- Support programming that focuses on youth experiencing high-risk life challenges by providing opportunities to develop personal identity/self-expression through creative activities.
- Ensure program delivery follows youth safety procedures outlined in Safety Handbook.
- Aid in the recruitment of and supervision of temporary and volunteer staff to support programming.
- Aid in the management of contracted arts activity services with various community partners.
- Support professional teaching artists through arts experiences which are enriching for them and their participants.
Multi-cultural Competency: Support knowledge and practice of collaborative project work between artists, volunteer and regular staff, organizational partners and shareholders from different socio-economic and cultural- and ethnicity-identifying backgrounds, media disciplines, and levels of experience with the arts. (Sample applicable practices include identifying/eliminating bias in selection processes, communications, and methods of outreach to ensure a diversity of voices are included in program planning and exhibition.)
Interpersonal Skills: A core organizational value is being a community connector, able to build and maintain relationships with other people and organizations.
- Work with the Arts Learning Coordinator and staff to collect program evaluation quantitative and qualitative data.
- Support other project campaign resource development fulfillment as needed.
Miscellaneous Administrative Competencies: (accommodations can be made for these criteria)
- Develop, track and evaluate impact data + good stories for the program, including participant numbers, hours of instruction, and other demographic data needed for grant final reports and annual donor/funder reports.
- Create, utilize and navigate between spreadsheet and word processing platforms such as MSOffice, Apple or Google Suites.
- Manage data using a customer records management (CRM) database.
- Manipulate and perform simple digital media edits, and create presentations using digital media to share and export for viewing.
- Communicate and work with community volunteers and contractors.
- Work evening and weekend hours on a limited but regular basis.
- Perform other duties in order to fulfill the mission of TAC on a day-to-day basis.