Teaching Artist for Southern Exposure’s Partnership Program with Mission Girls

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Teaching Artist for Southern Exposure’s Partnership Program with Mission Girls

Status: Part-Time, Temporary, Hourly, Non-Exempt Employee
Reporting Structure: Reports to Artists in Education Manager
Compensation: $31.00/hour
Deadline to Apply: August 22, 2021 

About The Community Arts Internship Program:
The Community Arts Internship Program (CAIP) at Southern Exposure provides young people with the opportunity to exercise leadership skills and explore relevant social and personal issues through visual arts. This year CAIP continues a collaboration with the Young Queens on the Rise of Mission Girls, a gender-specific support group for girls. 

About the Teaching Artist Opportunity: 
The CAIP Teaching Artist is responsible for leading a series of in-person workshops for young artists based on a socially relevant theme from September through December 2021. In collaboration with SoEx and Mission Girls’ Staff, the Teaching Artist will develop a curriculum that explores topics and concerns central to the youths’ daily lives and the individuals in their community. 


  • Teaching experience with young artists aged 14-21 and a working knowledge of the needs of urban youth, especially using a trauma-informed framework; experience managing a classroom
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following art practices: community-based art projects, installation, performance, site-specific work, social practices, photography, video, painting, sculpture, or other forms of art making
  • Experience developing visual arts curriculum 
  • Good communication skills and experience working collaboratively
  • Spanish speaking proficiency preferred

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with SoEx and Mission Girls Staff to design and implement workshops and curriculum for youth participants
  • Lead weekly workshops for 10 - 20 students
  • Collaborate with youth participants to integrate their ideas into the final project
  • Gather materials and resources for projects
  • Maintain a positive, productive and engaged classroom environment
  • Attend weekly planning sessions and post-project evaluation meetings

Physical Requirements:  
Performing this job requires use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, sit, talk, hear, stand, climb, balance, stoop or kneel.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works on-site at the organization where the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles from art supplies. 

Time Commitment: 
Workshops are held weekly (2 hours/class) and run for ten weeks (October 5 - December 14, 2021). Additional pre- and post-program meetings will be required. 

Projected Start Date: Week of September 13, 2021
Projected End Date: Week of December 13, 2021
Projected Class Prep Work Dates:  Approximately 4-6 hours/week, September 13 - October 1, 2021
Class Dates: October 5 - December 16, 2021

The Teaching Artist will receive $31/hour, payable twice monthly, for approximately 20 hours of teaching plus additional time for meetings, planning, preparation, and evaluation as contracted (for a total of approximately six hours per week of total work). All employees earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a cap of 72 hrs/year. This is a temporary position, and is not eligible for benefits, except those mandated by city, state, or federal law.

How to apply to be a CAIP Teaching Artist: Interested candidates send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: CAIP Teaching Artist: your name. Please attach a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, resume, and sample curriculum. 

  1. A Cover Letter: no more than one page clearly stating why you want to be a CAIP Teaching Artist and anything you would like to share about your teaching philosophy, your relevant teaching experience, and your artistic practice.
  2. Your Resume: clearly outlining your teaching experience
  3. Curriculum Proposal: Please submit a one-page curriculum proposal that provides an overview of a possible project for the Community Arts Internship Program. Include the students (Young Queens of Mission Girls) and how your proposed project will directly involve this group, a general timeline or progression of activities and a description of the final project. Please also include what you hope students will learn and accomplish through participating and completing your project. 

Southern Exposure is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.

About The Artists in Education Program: 
Southern Exposure’s nationally recognized Artists in Education (AIE) program brings together diverse youth, artists, schools and community-based organizations in a dynamic series of innovative programs. AIE offers youth opportunities to learn critical, artistic, vocational, and cultural skills and experiences beyond the traditional school environment. It also offers professional teaching opportunities for local emerging artists to become arts educators, extending their practice into the community. Sparking a dialogue on contemporary artistic practice and sociopolitical issues, AIE demonstrates the role of artists in society and reflects the conceptual thinking from our exhibition programs to provide new means of expression for youth. AIE fills a crucial need in the community by providing positive and creative outlets for local youth.