Professional Teaching Artist – All Art Forms

Deadline December 31, 2019

Professional Teaching Artist – All Art Forms
(Multnomah Arts Center – Southwest Portland & Citywide Locations)
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2019________________________________________

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.

Open Call to Teaching Artists
Art you a Teaching Artist? The Multnomah Arts Center is implementing an equity focused community arts education model. Our vision is to employ teachers that represent Portland’s depth and breadth of art forms representing all members of our racially and ethnically diverse communities. These teaching artists will, in turn, share their knowledge with the greater Portland community though classes, workshops, and other opportunities, both at MAC and in other community settings.

Future Openings
We are reaching out to teaching artists that are interested in helping achieve this vision. MAC is seeking proposals from all artists interested in teaching any art form to a diverse community.

Current Openings
In addition to the ongoing open call, we are specifically seeking qualified candidates in the following arts disciplines:

• Alexander Technique
• Animation
• Basketry (all types, esp. reed basketry)
• Book arts (paper making, book binding, etc.)
• Cartooning/Comics
• Dance Gallery Specialist
• Literary Arts (fiction, memoir, spoken, slam, screenwriting, etc.)
• Music (Brass, Woodwind, Hip-hop, World)
• Theatre (experimental, non-western traditions, technical)
• Woodworking (turning, carving, etc.)

To apply: Submit the PP&R Part-Time Employment Application, along with a letter of introduction, a résumé, and examples or links to your work (if applicable) to: with Job Application included into the subject line, or submit application to Multnomah Arts Center, Attention: MAC Director, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

MAC has been providing high-quality arts instruction and participation in the performing and visual arts since 1973. MAC instructors are dedicated professionals with a strong arts background and a commitment to community arts education. MAC creates opportunities to connect with communities and cultures through personal and collaborative creative exploration in the arts.
• Compensation is based on level of experience, with a current range of $20.25 – $34.25/hr.
(Typically $20.25 – $26.25 to start.)
• Positions are part-time (maximum 1600 hours per year).
• As classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, instructors are not guaranteed work. Pay is hourly and does not include benefits.

The Ideal Candidate
• Has a degree or equivalent professional experience in the art form they teach.
• Has knowledge of current techniques, trends and best practices in their art form and of the community arts education field.
• Has teaching experience, including curriculum planning in the proposed medium.
• Has excellent communication skills and ability to adapt lessons for students with various learning styles.
• Can teach skill-based, age-appropriate curriculum to groups of students and/or private lessons.
• Can foster a positive, supportive classroom environment to a diverse student base.
• Can maintain all appropriate documentation such as records, lesson plans, handouts, and attendance.
• Can work with the changing demands of our community and contribute with enthusiasm towards MAC’s community arts education and the City’s equity goals.
• Understands and maintains a clean, organized studio environment required of busy community space.
• Works well with others and is comfortable sharing a space with other instructors, adhering to studio rules and protocols, and follows MAC’s code of conduct.

We will contact you if we need additional information or if we would like to request an interview.
As programs needs change in response to community interest, instructors will be hired from this pool of teaching artists. Applications will be kept on file for at least one year.

Nondiscrimination Policy
It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement. The City is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

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