Art Instructor - Mixed Media

ECF Downtown Art Center


Title: Art Instructor-Fiber Arts/ Mixed Media
Reports to:  Program Supervisor or Lead Art Instructor
Department:  Downtown Art Center Program
Location: 431 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Supervisory Responsibility:  None

Who We Are:

ECF was founded in 1946 by a group of parents and community activists who sought to establish a day training program as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with developmental disabilities. For the last 75 years we have worked to improve the lives of children, youth and adults in the Los Angeles County area by offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities to encourage individuals to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities. The mission of ECF is to provide the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning, and emotional barriers — empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

Position Summary:

Under supervision of the  Program Supervisor, the Art/Fiber Arts Instructor will assist, guide and facilitate studio art practices to artists (adults with varying degrees of learning, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual disabilities) in order to provide professional development and integrating artists into the local art community as working professional Artists.  This can include but is not limited to art instruction in the following art mediums; drawing, mixed media, textiles, sewing, and any arts related to fiber arts. Art Instruction will occur in several media of artistic expression in conjunction with artists individual art goals (ISP).

Essential Duties:

  • Implement individual artistic goals, referring to artist’s Individual Service Pland (ISP).  Identify and implement artistic, educational, psychological and social objectives for each artist, taking into account the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse artists. Implement services and supports in accordance with Lanterman Act and Person Centered Thinking Practices. Maintain artist attendance records and progress notes. 
  • Ensure artists’ safety during operating hours of the Art Center, while on the premises, and out in the community. Provide supervision during artist’s arrival, departure, break and lunchtime.  Ensure the safe use of equipment, including basic safety measures to be used when working with various tools, machines, equipment, and materials.
  • Give instruction in the proper use of materials, care, and protection of art work, and production of saleable art..  Help artists to become proficient in developing their individual voice and style as an artist through textile and fiber techniques.   
  • Set up/prepare equipment to be used on a daily basis and maintain equipment; ensure supplies are ordered and maintained.  Ensure all art equipment is being properly used and maintained by artists and assigned studio area is maintained and clean.  Organize artists’ portfolios by properly labeling and storing artwork in the appropriate areas.
  • Follow appropriate protocol and policies in assisting artists during any incidents or seizures. Employ NCI procedures as needed to assist artists who are exhibiting aggressive behavior.   Implement First Aid/CPR as necessary.  Assist artists with personal hygiene needs including illness, and incidents of incontinence.
  • Be available to help promote the Art Centers during work hours for visitors and guests.  This includes, but is not limited to informing the public of the Art Center mission and services when the public is touring Art Center studio, asking questions during events, or inquiring about how they can support the program.  Support Art Center events and programs through distribution of materials and information to all interested parties.
  • Staff and supervise special exhibits featuring ECF artists’ work at various locations and times.  Assist in organizing art shows and events which may include matting, framing, and installation and tear down of shows.  Greet the public and assist artists’ with presenting and discussing their work with the public.

Education/Licenses/Certifications:  Bachelor’s degree and demonstrable 2D and fiber arts techniques.

Experience: Six months in any combination of the following: studio work, teaching (including undergrad TA positions), work on public and private art projects, art installations, work in art museums, or any other directly related experience.   


  • Knowledge in one art specialty area and fiber/textile arts
  • Skills necessary to assist artist in carrying out their art practice and art goals, may include but is not limited to: teaching, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, listening, advocating
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to teach adult artists.
  • ​​​​​Availability to teach all artists in the Art Center.
  • Bilingual skills are preferred, but not required (Spanish, Korean, or American Sign Language)


  • Portfolio of completed work.
  • Available for weekend and evening work for art shows at ECF’s gallery and other locations.
  • Pass a DOJ background investigation.
  • Provide evidence of a negative TB test
  • Obtain and maintain NCI, First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Competitive salary
  • Paid Sick Time and Holidays with full time employment.
  • Employer paid contribution to Medical, Dental, Vision plans and Basic Life Insurance.
  • Mileage reimbursement.
  • 403(b) Employer contribution

To learn more about the Art Center Program, visit and

Exceptional Children’s Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants in all company facilities without regard to race (including hair texture and hairstyles), color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Pay Range
$17.00   None to $20.00   None


Apply here by August 27th.

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