Ceramics Instructor – Youth & Adult (Recreation Aide Specialized Arts Instructor – Ceramics)
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Portland, OR 97219
Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
Target hire date: ASAP
Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, is currently looking for a Youth & Adult Ceramics Instructor. For nearly 50 years, MAC has been providing high-quality arts instruction and participation in the performing and visual arts, providing opportunities to connect with communities and cultures.
Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. PP&R encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language.
Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, is currently looking for qualified individuals interested in teaching ceramics to a diverse community. MAC instructors are dedicated professionals with a strong arts background and a commitment to community arts education.
• Starting pay rate is $25.75 – $31.75 per hour, depending on experience.
• This position is part-time (maximum 1600 hours per year).
• This position does not include benefits.
Youth Summer2022 Schedule:
• Monday: Wheelthrowing for Ages 9-13 from 4:30 – 6pm
• Wednesday: Hand & Wheel for Ages 9-13 from 4:30 – 6pm
• Thursday: Clay Creations for Ages 2-8 (Parent/Guardian registers with child) from 3:30 – 5:00pm
Youth Fall 2022 Schedule:
• Monday: Wheelthrowing for Ages 9-13 from 4:30 – 6 pm
• Tuesday: Handbuilding & Sculpture for Ages 4-6 from 3:30 – 4:30pm & Handbuilding & Sculpture for Ages 7-9 from 5pm – 6pm
• Wednesday: Clay Creations for ages 2-8 (with parent) from 3:15 – 4:15pm & Hand & Wheel for Ages 9-13 from 4:30 – 6pm
Adult Starting Fall 2022:
• Wednesday: 6:15pm – 9:30pm (Rotating focus each term – wheelthrowing, hand building, etc for beginners to intermediate level.)
• Instructors are encouraged to propose new classes and workshops in this medium.
• Future schedules are determined by mutual agreement.
• We are also hiring a Ceramics Technician. Applicants can apply for both to increase hours.
Minimum Qualifications Required:
• Has a degree in art or equivalent professional experience with a strong emphasis in ceramics.
• Has at least one year of ceramics classroom teaching experience, including curriculum planning.
• Knowledge of different ceramics techniques.
• Can foster a positive, supportive classroom environment for a diverse student base.
• Has excellent communication skills and ability to adapt lessons for students with various learning styles.
• Can maintain all appropriate documentation such as records, lesson plans, handouts, and attendance.
• Must be able to maintain a clean, organized studio environment.
• Familiarity with ceramic arts, production, glazes and kiln loading and unloading best practices.
• Familiarity with cone 10 reduction firing and glaze materials.
• Knowledge of safe use of materials and equipment and ability to communicate this to students.
• Safety knowledge of clay studio hazards: working with dry materials and handling all phases of greenware through final glazed ware.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to foster a positive, supportive environment for a diverse student base.
• Comfortable working in a busy community studio, answering students’ clay and glaze material questions, directing workflow in the studio.
The Ideal Candidate
• Can teach skill-based curriculum to students ages 2 (with parent) up thru adults and Seniors.
• Is earnest about teaching all ages of students artistic practices and introducing them to new ways of thinking.
• Has extensive experience working with children and parents (e.g. helping them understand the creative process).
• Has thorough knowledge of handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques, has experience with cone 6 and cone 10 reduction firing, and understands glazing and glaze materials.
• Is comfortable with working in a busy community clay studio, answering students’ clay and glaze material questions, directing workflow in the studio, making sure materials and equipment are used properly by students.
• Is flexible, i.e. can work with the changing demands of our community and contribute with enthusiasm.
• Works well with others and is comfortable sharing a space with other instructors.
• Raku Kiln firing experience.
How to Apply
1. Follow this link to review and apply for this job opportunity: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portlandor/jobs/3378555/recreation-employment-music-and-arts-centers-open-continuous
2. Click “APPLY” to log in. Create an account if you have not applied for a job through this site.
3. Please Note:
• This position is part of a broader recruitment for Recreation Employment – Music and Arts Centers – Open Continuous.
• Attachments – Attaching a Cover letter and Résumé indicating related ceramics teaching experience, is encouraged for this position.
• Questions – In the Supplemental Questions portion of the application:
o For Q 09, please check Recreation Aide Specialized Arts Instructor – Ceramics
o For Q 10, please specify Ceramics Instructor
• If you need assistance, please contact Nicole Rawlins, MAC Adult Visual Arts Coordinator at: Nicole.Rawlins@portlandoregon.gov
4. Complete Application by providing all required information and answering required questions, reviewing, certifying, and submitting your application.
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Portland, OR 97219