Aug 24, 2023

Barnsdall Arts Center

Los Angeles, CA

Job Description:

The Barnsdall Arts Center (BAC) is seeking Creative Writing Instructors that specializes in Spoken Word, Storytelling, or Performative Poetry for adults and are able to commit to teaching for 2 sessions. The ideal candidates are not only skillful with words, but also have experience and interest in teaching in a community setting.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited:

  • Design & deliver curriculum & lesson plans with an emphasis on spoken word poetry
  • Ensure students build a solid writing foundation
  • Demonstrate proper literary devices (i.e. Allegory, Foreshadowing, Irony, etc.)
  • Teach students how to read and seek a deeper understanding of written words
  • Prepare students for performances for public and/or private performances
  • Create a fun and enjoyable learning environment
  • Seek out performance spaces for students to showcase their skills


  • Friendly and engaging with students of all backgrounds
  • Demonstrate excellence in writing conventions
  • General knowledge of classic and modern creative writing authors
  • Experience teaching adults & seniors (62+)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to enforce program and studio policies
  • Attending semi-quarterly teaching artist meetings
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher education and/or a minimum of two years of experience working as an art instructor in a classroom/group environment with adults and/or seniors
  • Able to work evenings and some weekends
  • Must have valid California Driver’s license with reliable form of transportation

Physical Requirement:
Must be able to stand for extended periods; sit for extended periods; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must meet the minimum requirement of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to being hired by DCA. The ordinance is available at

Weekly Schedule:
TBD within the schedule of Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9:30 pm, and/or Saturdays from 9 am – 4:30 pm

Total Hours per Week:
Teaching one to two classes per week plus compensation for class prep, meetings, trainings, and culminating events, rehearsals as needed

Salary: $33.25/hour

Session for 2024
● Winter / Spring Sessions : February ~ May. ( 6~ 8 weeks )
● Summer Session : July ~ August ( 4~6 weeks )
● Fall Session : September ~ November ( 10 weeks )

Qualified applicants should submit the followings information here by 5:30 PM on Monday, September 4
● Cover Letter
● Resume with 2-3 references
● Sample Lesson Plan/Syllabus
● Art Portfolio (digital files or url links)

Final selection will be based on a review of the cover letter and resume, as well as an oral interview. Interviewers may also contact present and former supervisors, as well as review City Personnel files (if applicable) as part of a candidate’s evaluation.

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to phone calls and emails