Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (YA) seeks a Teaching Artist Specialist to support the roster of independent contractor teaching artists who deliver arts-integrated residencies through The Right Brain Initiative.
The Teaching Artist Specialist is a member of the Right Brain residency support team housed at YA. The Right Brain Initiative delivers over 100 arts-integrated residencies each year in the tri-county area supporting over 70 schools in 8 school districts. This position provides an excellent opportunity for an individual with experience as a teaching artist and/or classroom teacher. The Teaching Artist Specialist will work closely with the residency team to responsively support independent contractor teaching artists in planning, documenting, and delivering residencies, as well as tracking related data. They will work closely with the Residency Support Manager and staff to create, deliver and facilitate professional learning opportunities for teaching artists.
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is an equal opportunity employer with a strong organizational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds, including people of color and from communities underrepresented in the arts and education fields.
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Essential Position Responsibilities
Serve as primary contact for Right Brain teaching artist communications and inquiries
Work with Residency Support Manager to implement teaching artist supports, including classroom observations, responsive feedback and mentoring, and contract review process
Assist Residency Support Manager with Right Brain teaching artist application process including tracking applications, scheduling review and interview panels, and general communication with applicants throughout the process
Support with coordination of Right Brain teaching artist roster on-boarding, annual orientation, and Professional Learning Community workshops
Assist the teaching artist roster onboarding process including systems maintenance, profile updates, and related paperwork
Work directly with teaching artists to responsively support arts integration residencies in schools
Provide clear and consistent communication to teaching artists in support of their residencies and professional growth
Support collaborative residency planning between teaching artists and schools
Assist in the completion and collection of teaching artists’ documentation related to residencies
Support teaching artists’ understanding and practices of arts integration
Engage collaboratively with the Right Brain Initiative staff at RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council) and Right Brain Arts Integration Specialists to support arts-integrated residencies
Qualifications and Experience
Experience as a classroom teacher, education professional or teaching artist in school settings
Strong understanding of instructional practice and arts integration
Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to be a good listener
Cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment and equitable community
Ability to manage multiple timelines and meet deadlines
Resourceful, self-motivated and creative thinker able to adapt to changing circumstances
Ability and willingness to commute to schools throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties (including Gresham, Portland, Hillsboro, Welches, Boring, etc.)
Competency with office technology (MS Office suite, Google applications, etc.)
Ability to pass a school district criminal background check
Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
Familiarity with local arts and arts education organizations
Knowledge of local school systems
Proficiency in non-English languages and cultures
Experience working with Salesforce or similar CRM platform
About Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington
Young Audiences Arts for Learning of Oregon & SW Washington (YA) is our region’s most comprehensive arts-in-education nonprofit organization, serving kids, teens and families in partnership with artists, educators, and community organizations since 1958.
YA provides workshops, residencies and performances across performing, media and visual arts disciplines for young people in school and community settings; offers training for artists to be more effective educators; gives classroom teachers the tools to integrate the arts into their teaching practice; and brings fundraising support to schools for art education through the Run for the Arts. YA is proud to have been involved with The Right Brain Initiative from its inception and to serve as its Residency Partner.
YA is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization with a dedicated, mission-driven, creative work culture and an organizational commitment to equity. Visit www.ya-or.org for more information.
About The Right Brain Initiative
The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership that exists to transform learning through creativity in all K-8 classrooms in the region. Founded in 2008, Right Brain was designed by the community in response to current needs of our students and schools. It focuses on training classroom teachers to integrate the arts with other subjects (“arts integration”) through intensive workshops, residencies with professional teaching artists, and on-site coaching. With arts integration, schools learn to independently make creativity the foundation for all learning in the classroom. Right Brain has grown to serve nearly 30,000 students and their teachers in 70 schools across eight school districts (see map below) in three counties in the Portland region in the 2018-19 school year. The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is the Managing Partner of The Right Brain Initiative, and YA is the Residency Partner. Visit www.therightbraininitiative.org for more information.
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