CAP SPMAP Co-Lead Instructor


Valencia, CA

A CAP SPMAP Co-Lead Instructor works with one other Co-Lead and 2-4 CalArts Student Instructors (CSIs) to teach after-school animation education classes for youth participants (ages 11-18) at CAP Partner Sites throughout Los Angeles County.  CAP SPMAP Co-Lead Instructors are responsible for creating and implementing a syllabus and lesson plans for the entirety of their 30-week class. Co-Leads also train CSIs in teaching their discipline to youth, while ensuring an exchange of knowledge between CalArts and the communities in which CAP has programs. As an essential liaison with partner sites, the Co-Lead Instructor must be able to engage responsibly and sensitively with CAP partner communities. This position is highly collaborative and requires working closely with the CAP staff, CalArts faculty and students, partners, school administration, parents, and teachers. SPMAP Lead Instructors report to the SPMAP Program Coordinator, Annapurna Kumar. 

Co-Leads are scheduled to work 10 hours per week. This includes classroom time as well as prep time. SPMAP classes begin the week of October 7th and end the week of June 1. Classes do not meet on Holidays, Winter Break, or Spring Break.

If you have a preference for working at one of our Partner Sites, you may include that information in your application. The five CAP SPMAP Partner Sites are: 

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock/Highland Park)

Pacoima Branch Library (Pacoima/San Fernando Valley)

Watts Towers Arts Center (Watts/South LA)

William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center (MacArthur Park/Downtown LA)

Wilmington Branch Library (Wilmington/Long Beach)


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (include but are not limited to) 

  • In consultation with CAP staff, designing an engaging & innovative curriculum appropriate for middle & high school students. Developing and articulating lesson plans, curriculum and syllabi for the classes.  Submitting all pedagogical materials to the CAP office.  

  • Teaching CalArts Student Instructors (CSIs) how to teach their art form to others while engaging the interests, talents, and needs of youth in the community. Involving the CSIs in the design and implementation of the CAP class.  Team-teaching the CAP classes with the co-lead and the CSIs. Meeting with CSIs on a weekly basis for training, and the evaluation and planning of classes.

  • Working with the CAP Program Coordinator to select, train, and supervise the CSIs in compliance with all State and Federal Labor Laws. Working with the CAP Program Coordinator on issues related to CSIs’ performance in the program. 

  • Attending and teaching all classes. Managing all administrative aspects of the CAP class.  Forwarding attendance lists and reporting attendance figures to the CAP Office. Distributing and collecting participant risk and liability waiver forms.  Participating in CAP’s program evaluation processes. Coordinating with the CAP office on any visiting artists or field trips in advance of the activity. Accompanying CAP participants on field trips. Completing all incident report forms. Providing program information for grant reports, grant proposals, publicity and evaluation reports as required.

  • Creating a safe learning environment for CAP youth participants and student instructors. Abiding by the rules, regulations, policies and directives of CalArts and CAP as they now exist or as may be adopted by CalArts and/or CAP during the appointment period. Ensuring that student instructors follow all CAP Policies & Procedures at CAP Program Sites.

  • Working in collaboration with the CAP Program Coordinator to plan, coordinate and administrate the CAP class, including the purchasing, maintenance and storage of supplies and equipment, installation and maintenance of software, monitoring program budget expenses, recruiting CAP participants, developing printed materials and publicity, planning field trips and events. 

  • Planning and coordinating the culmination screening for the class. Submitting all materials needed for the culmination event well in advance of the event.  Attending the culmination event and representing the CAP class to the public.  

  • Building relationships of mutual trust and respect, and working collaboratively with the youth participants and their parents, with the CSIs, and with CAP partner staff. Facilitating conflict resolution if disagreements arise within the classroom.

  • Attending CAP faculty, partner, evaluation, planning, training and orientation meetings as required by CAP. Attending required meetings with the SPMAP Program Coordinator. 

  • Logging hours worked in Hubtime every two weeks.

  • Responding to emails and phone calls from the lead instructors and CAP staff in a prompt and professional manner.

  • Composing courteous reminder emails to participant families about important dates. Occasional one-on-one communication with participant families regarding specific behavior. Keeping the Program Coordinator informed about participant and parent interactions, cc-ing when appropriate.



  • Minimum requirement: BA or BFA in an arts discipline.  

  • MA or MFA preferred.



  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills

  • Computer skills with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, DragonFrame Stop Motion, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets

  • Exceptional ability to work well with and effectively relate to students, faculty and staff

  • Ability to assess students' progress and skill levels objectively

  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus



Candidates should have demonstrated experience in an art discipline (Bachelor's degree, MFA or related training preferred) and a minimum of 3 years experience teaching at the collegiate and/or K-12 level.  The candidate should have a working knowledge of current California state educational standards, best practices in teaching, and federal and state regulations on child protection and welfare. The candidate should be comfortable collaborating and interacting in a professional, diplomatic and clear manner with others, including students, faculty, other lead instructors, staff, community partners, school administration and teachers. Strong oral and written communication skills, and an ability to work as part of a team are necessary. Candidate must also be committed to ongoing professional development as an arts educator. Ability to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.  


WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS (include but are not limited to)

  • Exposure to toner, white out, cleaning fluids, office equipment, noise, talking, air conditioning and heating. Exposure to art materials such as paint, ink, charcoal, clay, etc.

  • Prolonged periods of sitting 

  • Prolonged periods of standing and walking

  • Reaching above or below shoulder level for equipment, files, or materials

  • Using computers

  • Pushing/pulling open and closed doors, cabinets and drawers

  • Kneeling, stooping and/or crouching to reach files or materials


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The actual essential duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary by department, reporting structure or other business needs. No inference should be drawn that a specific job duty, responsibility or qualification is non-essential by its absence from this description.  This does not constitute a contract for employment CalArts management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.



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Reports To

SPMAP Program Coordinator, Annapurna Kumar 

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Employment Status

 Part Time




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