Are you a Birmingham area-based artist seeking to grow in the art of teaching and impact the next generation? The Arts Collab is welcoming dynamic individuals who are committed to creating innovative learning environments through the arts as part of a collaborative team. Several spots are available across all artistic disciplines (Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Art). Teaching Artists are added to our roster and matched with school residencies as they become available. By joining our team, our artists have the potential to diversify their careers beyond the classroom as our programs expand. Opportunities may periodically arise to become a workshop presenter or to collaborate with various Birmingham cultural organizations. Although experience in education is preferred, artists with limited teaching experience are also encouraged to apply.
Qualities we’re looking for
- You are motivated to work in a highly collaborative environment with a wide range of ages and learning abilities.
- You collaborate with teachers and artists on course material in fast-paced environments and restricted timelines to foster joyful educational experiences.
- You stay up-to-date on the best educational practices and have the capacity to adapt techniques and problem-solve; be flexible, imaginative, and innovative.
- You are motivated to develop unique integrated units; are willing to learn new course material in the arts.
- You desire to work with diverse populations (i.e. age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.).
- You create inclusive, supportive, and creative environments for children, youth, adults, and volunteers.
- You are comfortable creating presentations and utilizing digital resources to enhance student engagement and instructional efficacy.
- You have strong organizational and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
- You work independently while keeping open communication.
- You have self-initiative to anticipate and articulate program needs and brainstorm new ideas for future program growth.
- Directly communicate with classroom teachers on lesson logistics and documentation.
- Prepare, coordinate, and obtain equipment, materials, and supplies for classes in collaboration with teaching team.
- Provide integrated arts instruction to participants of varying ages, backgrounds, and art-making experiences during and after school hours.
- Evaluate effectiveness of programs in collaboration with teaching team by submitting project/program documentation such as student surveys, photos/videos, or copies of student work.
- Be encouraged to utilize weekly or monthly planning and reflection sessions to refine projects and grow as an artist.
Bachelor’s in education, the arts, or related field or training in arts integration, creative classroom practices, and classroom management. At least 1 year working with children in an educational setting. Driver’s license, auto insurance, reliable internet connection, computer, and phone. Hiring contingent on acceptable background check results (criminal, education, and sex offender). Artists of color, BIPOC, and multilingual artists who seek classroom teaching opportunities and professional development are encouraged to apply.
Qualified candidates, apply at the link below. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow one week to receive a response. If you are unsure if you are qualified, please consider applying anyway.
Contracted hourly with experience in a school setting and during school hours or afterschool based on availability. The Arts Collaborative will make support to implement, assess, and evaluate programs available. Start date: rolling upon project availability and as opportunities become available.
Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative is a passionate champion for the power of art. We are fierce advocates who are fearless in our willingness to try new things, have challenging conversations, and adapt our methods. We are doers who make things happen. We believe the best solutions come when many different viewpoints converge, and we work tirelessly to create opportunities for those convergences. We become part of the communities we serve, and work hand-in-hand with those communities to generate long-term success. We are listeners and problem solvers who seek to understand every point of view and stay open to new ideas. We believe in equity and access. We strive to meet everyone where they are and help them get where they want to be.
Statement on Diversity
The Arts Collab is a multicultural and multi-identity organization. We commit to promoting a world where the multiplicity of individual expression and experiences are uplifted instead of feared. As an organization, we aim to reflect our communities and to approach that work intentionally.
It is the policy of the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative not to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion (creed), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), age, marital status, disability, veteran status, military status (in any of its activities or operations), or any other proscribed category, in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies, as required by local, state, and federal policies and laws. This policy applies to all aspects of employment including selection, compensation, assignment, promotions, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training