Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Art Specialist (Temporary Full-Time) in Long Island City, New York
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is Western Queen's largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization. We operate diverse programs from Immigrant continuous to evolve and be a lively and vital beacon for the entire lifespan of all of Western Queen. Immigrant Services, Senior Services, Youth Services, elementary and middle school afterschool programs; summer day. In addition, we run evening teen centers, college readiness, and youth employment programs. Fusing arts and culture with the SEL framework is a cornerstone of our youth development approach. In it is over a century of service, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Riis Academy seeks dynamic, creative, and engaging individuals who enjoy working with children, working in groups, and being part of a community. As an Art Specialist, you will be responsible for leading our afterschool groups, providing group supervision during program activities, facilitating activities/writing lesson plans, and performing minor administrative duties during the program.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
Create, and implement successful educational, recreation, art activities, youth leadership, community service lesson plans.
Prepare, demonstrate and teach sequential skill-building lessons in art, including drawing, painting, lettering, and art history
Provide instruction by which scholars develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art
Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to students, and demonstrate proper handling of art materials, tools, and equipment, including cleanup
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet the scholars' varying needs, interests, and developmental levels
Understand the versatility of acrylic paints: dry brushing, staining, layering, underpainting, mono-printing
Understand a variety of "masters" techniques
Knows and can apply elements of design and modern principles of art
Knows the fundamentals and different approaches to drawing media technique
Instruct scholars in proper care and use of tools and equipment
Prepare art materials and classrooms for art-making activities
Organize storage areas and control the use of materials, equipment, and tools to prevent loss or abuse and to minimize the time required for distribution and collection
Evaluate each scholar's performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understanding
Help students observe, discuss, and write about their art
Promote positive character development in all youth
Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit scholars' work
Assist with coordinating and facilitating student trips to Museums, art shows, and/or art galleries
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration
Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.
Maintain accurate program documentation (incident/accident/behavior reports, attendance & sign-in / sign-out sheets).
Prepare the learning environment by creating a welcoming space that exhibits student work.
Work as part of a collaborative team; provide support to other Specialists and Group Leaders in implementing activities.
Understand and communicate the Jacob Riis philosophy and the goals of the Riis Academy Afterschool program to the participants and parents.
Other duties as assigned by Supervisors.
Actively participate in all aspects of professional development, including scheduled supervision, weekly team meetings, pre-service training, and additional paid professional development training required.
Organize and/or participate in external special events to promote the Agency's mission and image, cultivate relationships, and generate broad support.
Adhere to all Department of Health and New York State OCFS policies and standards- including completing all training minimum training hours
High School Diploma- or GED
Interest and experience in creating interactive and educational/artistic activities
Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required.
A genuine enthusiasm for developing professional skills through training opportunities and field practice
Availability between 2:00 – 6:00; Monday-Friday during the school year
Candidates who are qualified to lead instruction in more than one activity preferred as well.
Must pass a pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to employment history and criminal background check
Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a broad range of people, including participants, school staff, parents, volunteers, and other
Experience working in an after school setting: Elementary/ Middle School Aged students
Flexibility, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances