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New York Edge Visual Arts Specialist - ( Brooklyn, Queens ) in New York, New York


The mission of New York Edge is to help bridge the opportunity gap among underserved students by providing programs designed to improve academic performance, health and wellness, self-confidence, character and attitudes for success in life.

New York Edge is a non-profit organization and one of the largest providers of school-based afterschool programs in New York City and the metropolitan region. We impact more than 25,000 students from over 120 sites in grades K-12 typically in underserved neighborhoods. Programs run before or after the school day, year-round (including Saturdays, over the summer, and holiday periods).


Visual Arts Activity Specialists organize, lead, and promote interest in theatre activities. Instructors utilize and adapt the New York State Arts Learning Standards in order to create an engaging and awarding activity that encourages participation in New York Edge programs.


  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in arts activities such as theater, music, visual art, photography & digital media, chorus, dance, and percussion.

  • Organize performance groups and direct their rehearsals.

  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.

  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the student’s needs.

  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in the activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.

  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other students, explaining the rules , and encouraging participation.

  • Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.

  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

  • Coordinate competitions between other New York Edge Foundation programs.

  • Progressive development of student skills leading to a final project

  • Provide support during the academic / homework hour

  • Promotes positive character development in all youth


  • Must have experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in the Arts.

  • Must be responsible, reliable and punctual!

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required


  • High school diploma

  • Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required

  • Must have a passion for New York Edge mission and demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development

  • Must be adaptable to the work environment such as hybrid program model availability: on-site and remote including ability to work from home or other non-school site location readily and throughout the day.

  • Must be remote access prepared which includes: i ncluding web/internet/broadband accessibility and reliable cell phone devices equipped for texting and talking.

  • Must possess and be able to maintain throughout the assignment; the technology (hardware, software, internet access and a working cell phone) required to perform the duties of the position including communications with supervisor and other staff members

  • Physical requirements, including ability to wear all PPE required, climb stairs, lift children, perform CPR, communicate by voice, monitor and evaluate events visually and aurally.

  • As an essential worker it is expected at this time, that you have schedule flexibility based on State, Local and Federal pandemic management conditions and requirements (e.g. School closures, training, emergency orders)

  • Certifications and credentials in respective skill-based activity highly preferred

  • Candidates who are qualified to lead instruction in more than one activity preferred as well

  • Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to fingerprinting, employment history, and criminal background check. Please notify New York Edge of any date restrictions you may have during the hiring process


  • Monday to Friday 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • 9-15 hours per week.

    To apply, please visit our website at

    Arts Specialists will be required to report to the school building and interact with staff, students, parents and school administration while following DOH Covid-19 guidelines such as wearing PPE and remaining socially distant.

    At time of offer and acceptance, the job requires safety and security clearances through the Department of Education and Department of Health.

    New York Edge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

    Disclaimer : The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.