Teaching Artist

City Hearts

Compton, CA

Teaching Artist
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts
Compton and Long Beach, CA

FLSA classification: Non-Exempt
Hours: Part-time
Compensation: $50/instructional hour; $20/administrative hour

About the Organization
City Hearts is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education and experiences to children in the most economically stressed neighborhoods of southern California. Through arts education programs, City Hearts’ goal is to increase self-esteem, creativity, literacy, social and academic skills while strengthening the health and vitality of the children and their community. Inspiring a love of the arts, an appreciation of creative discipline, and respect for the creative process, City Hearts enables children and youth to be confident, imaginative, understanding, generous, and collaborative as well as caring and contributing participants in the global community. City Hearts provides classes in Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts for students in under-resourced areas of Los Angeles County. Classes take place at our community and school partner sites with limited or no access to the arts.

Purpose of Position
The Teaching Artist provides instruction in a particular art forum at no charge to elementary, middle, and/or high school students in Los Angeles County in order to provide access, exposure and education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity based on socio-economic factors.


Provide group instruction in the designated art form (including but not limited to Dance, ArtsEd for Early Childhood Learning, Filmmaking/Digital Storytelling, Photography, and Visual Artists) to children ranging from elementary to high school levels with varied or no previous experience. Temper instruction to the level of the class in order to maximize learning for all students.

Outline and plan syllabus and lesson plans according to the length and format of the teaching engagement. Gain approval on the teaching content from the Program Manager and Deputy Director prior to beginning instruction.

Utilize classroom management techniques to optimize the learning environment. Partner with school personnel for support as needed. Create a nurturing and engaging environment for all students.

Report hours worked and on progress as required by the Program Manager or Deputy Director

Demonstrate punctuality and professionalism when acting as a liaison with school staff and administration.

Support City Hearts with program evaluation and other administrative program procedures as requested.

Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings with City Hearts.

Plan and conduct performance rehearsals or curate student exhibitions as required.

Report any student behavioral or disciplinary concerns to the classroom teacher, Program Manager, or Deputy Director in order to mitigate challenges and optimize the learning environment.

Provide feedback and assessment to students and classroom teachers to help students develop their passion for and progress within the particular art form.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities/Qualifications

Teaching artists will demonstrate:
Mastery in the designated subject.
Proficiency in lesson planning and documentation of syllabi.
Competent written and oral communication.
Comfort with Google Workspace, Zoom, and online timekeeping and payroll platforms.
Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback in a collaborative environment.
Integrity, accessibility and motivation to provide meaningful arts instruction to students.

As an equal opportunity employer, City Hearts values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Please email cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Monday, May 30, including any past experience teaching youth from diverse, under-resourced neighborhoods.

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