RACC Opportunity: Arts Integration Specialist Positions

Deadline June 29, 2018

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking new team members (0.5 FTE & 0.8 FTE) with successful teaching experience in K-8 classrooms. A strong background in schools with a focus on equity, arts integration, literacy, student engagement and creating collaborative cultures in schools is essential. These positions support the work of The Right Brain Initiative in the Portland metro area, working collaboratively with principals, classroom teachers, and district instructional coaches to support K-8 school-based teacher teams in implementing whole school arts integration.

Position #1 Status:       0.5 FTE (Flexible schedule, 20 hours per week, 46 weeks, August through mid-June), Exempt

Position #2 Status:      0.8 FTE (Flexible schedule, 32 hours per week, 46 weeks, August through mid-June), Exempt

Supervisor:                      The Right Brain Initiative Program Manager

Compensation:              $25-$30 per hour, DOE, plus benefits

Benefits:                          Medical insurance (0.75-1.0 FTE only), dental insurance, long-term disability and life insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, and 401(k) retirement plan.

RACC’s Mission, Core Values, and Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:

RACC’s mission is to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right, a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences, a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture and that celebrates and supports its artists and arts and cultural organizations, and we believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit. RACC strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture. We value a diverse workforce, built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility, and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with teacher leadership teams to support a schoolwide implementation plan for arts integration that increases student engagement, equity and success in the classroom
  • Provide support, modeling and guidance to teachers and district-level instructional coaches on arts integration and culturally-relevant practices
  • Assist schools in building interactive classrooms and a school environment focused on the content and learning strategies embedded in Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA), the National Core Arts Standards and culturally-relevant pedagogy
  • Provide formal and informal staff development/training for classroom teachers and administrators around instructional strategies, student engagement and peer leadership, related to both research and practice
  • Work with schools to identify and support annual artist residencies that promote arts integrated teaching and learning.
  • Investigate and disseminate information on best practices for arts integration, national sources of information on trends, research and applications related to arts in schools
  • Support RACC’s research and evaluation on the impact of arts education and arts integration
  • Work collaboratively with RACC’s arts education team to support the organization’s vision and create a cohesive and respectful working environment


Required Knowledge, Skills and Qualities:

  • Ability to support professional development, especially in the areas of equity, arts integration, literacy, student engagement and collaborative school cultures
  • Experience in using arts integration to engage students in the classroom
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan with excellent interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of educational trends related to equity and a commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment and equitable school communities
  • Minimum of 5 years successful teaching experience in K-8 classrooms with a focus on ELA and literacy, master’s degree preferred
  • An understanding of education standards across K-8 grades
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Qualities:

  • Experience in aligning subject areas with an emphasis on the arts
  • Ability to travel throughout the Portland metropolitan area
  • Knowledge of, experience or training in an arts discipline
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Google applications
  • Bilingual abilities in particular Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, or Vietnamese


About The Right Brain Initiative

The Right Brain Initiative is a sustainable partnership of public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community, which brings creativity to over 29,800 students in 70 schools. The program’s goal is to transform learning through the arts for all K-8 students in the Portland metro area. Right Brain is an initiative of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serves as Residency Partner. Read more online at TheRightBrainInitiative.org.


About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

RACC advocates for public and private investments in the arts, provides grants for artists and arts organizations, manages public art, raises money through workplace giving, conducts arts education in public schools, and provides community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources. RACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Read more about our work.


To Apply:

  • Submit your application by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 29, 2018. You may also submit in person, or by postal mail (RACC, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209). *Expected start date: August 1, 2018
  • Include a cover letter, resume and one letter of recommendation from a person who knows you well and can attest to your qualifications in relation to this position.

Portland, OR