Apr 19, 2023


Los Angeles, CA

Title:  Art Instructor – Ceramics
Reports to:  Program Supervisor or Lead Art Instructor
Department:  Art Center Program
Location:  Downtown LA Art Center

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Program Hours:  Monday – Friday,  8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Some evening and weekend work may be required.
Pay Range: $18.00   Hourly to $20.00   Hourly
Position Summary
Under supervision, the Art Instructor will teach ceramics to consumers (adults with varying degrees of learning, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual disabilities) in the program.  Implement special education and behavior treatment plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement artistic, educational, and behavioral support plans for assigned consumers, referring to consumers IPP. Ensure consumers’ well-being during operating hours of the Art Center, while on the premises, and out in the community.  Maintain case notes on a monthly basis and participate in meetings and other in-services as assigned.  Ensure consumers’ attendance books are accurate and complete.  Provide supervision during consumers’ arrival, departure, and lunchtime.​​​​​​
  • Give instruction in the proper use of materials, care, and protection of art work, production of saleable art, and help consumers to become proficient in ceramics.  Ensure the safe use of equipment, including basic safety measures to be used when working with various glazes, kiln, throwing wheel and other ceramic tools, safe lifting procedures (load/unload finished ceramic pieces from kiln), etc.  Create any protocols needed for increased safety.  Monitor artist throughout their entire ceramic art project. Assist and instruct consumers on projects related to their IPP (Individual Program Plan) in ceramics.
  • Set up/prepare ceramic equipment to be used on a daily basis and maintain equipment; ensure inventory of ceramic supplies are ordered and maintained.  Ensure all art equipment is being properly used and maintained by consumers and assigned studio area is maintained and clean.  Organize consumers’ portfolios by properly labeling and storing artwork in the appropriate areas.
  • Participate in staff meetings to identify and implement artistic, educational, psychological and social objectives for each consumer.
  • Provide staffing support for promotions and set up for events when needed.  This includes, but is not limited to art receptions, vendor fairs, art markets, and open houses.
  • Follow appropriate protocol and policies in assisting consumers during any incidents or seizures.  Employ NCI procedures as needed to assist consumers who are exhibiting aggressive behavior.  Adhere to ECF’s Illness and Injury Prevention Safety Program and follow ECF guidelines for reporting medical emergencies, suspected abuse or neglect and unusual incidents to counseling or supervisory staff.  Implement First Aid/CPR as necessary.  Assist consumers with personal hygiene needs including toileting, illness and incidents of incontinence.
  • Be available to help promote the Art Centers during work hours.  This includes, but is not limited to informing the public of the Art Center mission and services when the public is touring Art Center facilities, 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.

Other Duties

  • Staff and supervise special exhibits and Art Center 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 consumers with presenting and discussing their work with the public.
  • Comply with ECF’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program.  Ensure safe use and operation of tools and/or equipment.
  • Comply with ECF policies and procedures, including mandated reporting requirements.
  • Regular, reliable attendance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education/Licenses/Certifications: Bachelor’s degree and demonstrable ceramic skills.

Experience: Six months in any combination of the following: studio work, teaching (including undergrad TA positions), work on public


  • Knowledge of kiln operation, throwing wheel, and other ceramic tools.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to teach adult artists.
  • Ability to use public transportation or personal vehicle to transport consumers for community outings.
  • Availability to teach all consumers in the Art Center Program.


  • 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 initially and every three years thereafter.
  • Obtain and maintain NCI, First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must provide evidence of Covid 19 vaccinations.

Apply here by May 21, 2023.