Teaching Artist

Deadline May 30, 2020

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative, year round art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides Oregon students with long-term mentoring, beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our mentors and artists nurture individual creativity to ignite self-expression and transform the way young people engage in their lives, families, and communities. Each summer, we host three eight- to ten-day camp sessions, serving over 150 youth from Portland and Central Oregon at our Arts Center in Central Oregon near Sisters.

Position Title: Teaching Artist

Supervisor: Camp Artistic Director


Salary/Rate of Pay: $124/day, with 1% increase for each year of experience working at Camp Caldera (not to exceed 7%)
Training Salary/Rate of Pay: $50/day
Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days. (Non-programing days are July 14th, July 26th-27th, and August 7th-8th). A light dinner will be provided on staff arrival days. Brunch is served on the last day of each session.

Location: This is a seasonal position at our Arts Center- 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 97756 (transportation not provided).

Must be available on the following dates and times to start each session:

Arrive between 11:00 am-12:00 pm July 10 for Staff Training July 10-13
Arrive between 1:00-2:00 pm July 15* for the Immersion 1 session July 16-25
Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm July 28* for the Immersion 2 session July 29-Aug 6
Arrive between 4:00-5:00 pm Aug 9* for the Discovery session Aug 10-17
*Indicates Half day compensation

Choose one or more sessions; placement is dependent on availability & scheduling
(must be available for all dates in session(s) chosen)

Immersion: July 16-25 Working with 11th-12th graders
Immersion 2: July 29 – August 6 Working with 9th-10th graders
Discovery: August 10-17 Working with 7th-8th graders

Sample Daily Schedule:
8:00 Breakfast
8:40 Community Circle
9:30-12:25 Break
12:25 Kitchen Prep
12:30 Lunch
1:20 Staff Meeting
2:00 Class Prep
3:10-6:20 Teach Classes
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Capture the Flag or Other Evening Activity
8:45 Campfire
10:30-11:30 Night Duty (once per session)

Position overview: Teaching Artists are responsible for designing and facilitating rigorous arts curriculum for middle and/or high school campers. They provide a positive learning environment and deliver engaging arts lessons that reach a diverse population.

Specific Responsibilities:

Submit initial lesson plans, adjust based on feedback, and complete detailed, final plans at least one month prior to staff training
Provide supply lists and other requested information by designated deadlines
Partner with Artist Assistant (who may not have experience in your medium) to adjust curriculum, organize supplies, and oversee youth during classes
Collaborate with Artist Assistants and Advocates around student needs to ensure smooth delivery of arts instruction
Maintain clean, organized classroom and shared supply spaces
Set and respect appropriate boundaries inside and outside of the class while encouraging positive risk-taking
Alert supervisor to relevant camper issues
Plan, set up and take down exhibition of student work
Document, archive, and organize student work and ensure its transfer to Caldera year-round staff
Manage setup and breakdown of arts studio
Other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

Promote program understanding and involvement through Caldera’s goals and agreements, participation agreement, and responsibility process
Actively participate in all aspects of camp life including: camper orientation, community meetings, evening activities, campfire, free time, etc.
Model appropriate camper behavior at all times
Perform duties with consistency and integrity
Set and respect personal boundaries while acting as mentors, guides, and allies to campers
Oversee health and safety of charges in fire drills and emergency procedures
Maintain cleanliness of living and common areas and help with clean-up at the end of each session


Two years of experience teaching art to youth from underserved communities and a background in the arts, through education or profession
Current practice in one or more art mediums
Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
Familiarity with social-emotional learning and aesthetic principles and strong classroom management skills
Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
Ability to design sequential lesson plans around artistic concepts that build creativity and youth voice
Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience
Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to set appropriate boundaries in a proactive and positive manner
Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
Must pass a background check. Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings
Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular and long hours. Additionally, you must have the ability to deal with limited cell service, internet connection and daily exposure to outdoor factors such as sun, heat, bugs, bats, snakes, etc.

Living Conditions

Requires on-site living in shared, gendered staff quarters.
Room and board provided during days with programming; room only during non-programming days
A vegetarian option (that may include eggs and/or dairy) will be available for all meals. We do our best to accommodate other dietary restrictions; however, employees with special dietary needs should plan to bring food to supplement or replace provided meals. Please address specific needs with your supervisor.
Typical days are 12 hours in length, with sessions that make for up to 10 straight days of work without a full day off.

Working Conditions

Must be physically able to move around 116 acres of camp property with varied terrain
Must have visual, perceptual, and cognitive ability to recognize and respond quickly to health and safety concerns of students and appropriately re-direct any behavior that is misaligned with Caldera agreements
Employee must carry out their duties regardless of inclement weather, which can include but is not limited to, heat, rain, wind, cold, and smoky or dusty conditions.
Moments of quiet and non-activity are few and spread out
Creating a cohesive staff environment round the clock can be challenging. It is crucial that staff see youth and adults through a strengths-based lens and prioritize creating the best possible youth experience at all times, despite what challenges may arise at the staff level
Physical Demands (which can include bending, stooping, hiking, climbing and stretching) are: 5% Sitting, 45% Standing, 20% Walking, 30% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling Pounds 5 -80 lbs.

Equity Statement

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression.

We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

More Info

Sisters, OR