Our small team is looking for some new additions! Textile Arts Center is seeking a Textile for Tweens Instructor and Manhattan Youth Programs Manager starting this fall.

 

Interviews will begin August 12. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. Please see individual position details and how to apply below:

 


 

Title: Textiles for Tweens Instructor

Team: Youth Education

Location: Brooklyn Studio

Reports To: Director of Youth Programs, Director of Operations

Status: Part-Time (9 hours weekly)  Regular, Non-Exempt

 

About Textile Arts Center

 

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility founded in 2009 dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. TAC’s mission is to unite and empower the textile community.  We do this by providing accessible, skills-based classes, artists programs, and community events to reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. We’re proud to offer a diverse range of programming from a fully equipped 6,800 square foot studio in Brooklyn, and a 900 square foot studio in Manhattan.

 

 

During the school year, TAC offers fun and educational after-school classes in both studios for youth ages 6-10 in Weaving, Printing & Dyeing, Felting & Needle Arts, and Sewing & Fashion, which are offered in rotating 9-week cycles. Each summer, we also offer day-long summer camp programming that involves weekly field trips to textile exhibits to inspire hands-on activities and projects.  Additionally, TAC engages with the wider community by offering birthday parties and field trip opportunities for local schools. 

 

About Textiles for Tweens

 

Textiles for Tweens is a studio-based program at Textile Arts Center - Brooklyn. This hands-on class explores student’s personal artistic interests and provides full access to TAC’s dye lab, screen printing facilities, sewing machines, looms, & more. Students draw inspiration from current events as well as contemporary artists and designers work in fine arts, fashion design, and home textiles, and gain insight into the endless possibilities within the world of textiles.  

 

Ages: 10-14 // Time commitment: 2- 6:30, Tuesdays and Thrusdays when school is in session  

General Schedule: 

  • 2pm prep for class. 
  • 3pm aid with school pick and monitor snack time. 
  • 4pm Teach class. 
  • 6pm Clean up and admin. 
  • 6:30 depart for the day

 

Position Overview:

 

Textile Arts Center seeks a self-motivated, hands-on educator to join the TAC team. The role of the Textiles for Tweens Instructor is to fully manage the weekly classes, ensure quality education, and offer opportunities for genuine learning experiences for ages 10- 14. The ideal candidate will be an empathetic team player with a background in arts education.  The Textiles for Tweens Instructor must demonstrate a passion for supporting children’s artistic development and be a proactive champion of TAC’s mission. 

 

 

The majority of the role will involve classroom teaching. Major responsibilities will include curriculum planning and parent correspondence throughout the school-year.  Additionally, the Tweens Instructor will be tasked with supporting all marketing and promotion efforts as determined by TAC to enhance TAC’s youth offerings.

 

 

The Tweens Instructor will be expected to provide responsive, high-quality customer service that enhances the general public’s understanding of TAC’s services and programs. TAC students represent many diverse communities, abilities, geographies, and ages.  Sensitivity towards a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and a willingness to listen to and support others is crucial to this role.

 

 

The Tweens Instructor directly reports to the Director of Youth Programs and Director of Operations. The Tweens instructor works closely with the Social Media Manager and Studio Manager.

 

Hours will depend on the school year calendar from September - June, generally meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class rund on an 8-week cycle with 4 cycles a year. The successful candidate must be a dedicated educator, flexible, entrepreneurial, and enthusiastic about contributing to this work.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

 

Operations + Studio Maintenance:

- Enact daily operations including:

- Preparation/Clean up/Inventory for class

- Coordinating Interns during class time if applicable

- Leading a group of 10-15 students 

- Photograph work, document and update lesson plans

  • Oversee all parent communications regarding tween’s programming; manage all correspondence with parents year round via email and phone regarding classroom progress and expectations.
  • Conduct monthly inventory checks for youth supplies and materials
  • Source and order needed materials
  • Monthly check-in with Director of Youth Programs
  • Maintain general order and cleanliness of studios, including storage, garbage, light sweeping; contribute to studio improvements as necessary

 

Curriculum Development + Instruction:

  • Lead all curriculum development for school-year Tweens programming.  Create fun, meaningful, age-appropriate lesson plans and activities for students and teach twice a week.

 

Marketing & Promotion:

  • Proactively promote TAC’s youth programming year-round in collaboration with Youth Programs Director, Director of Operations, and Social Media Manager

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Qualifications:

 

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience (4 years in a directly relevant field); a degree in arts education is strongly preferred 
  • Experience in art or design education, including curriculum development and hands-on teaching; minimum 2 years experience working with children between the ages of 9 and 14, especially in a day camp or afterschool program
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Proven skills and aptitude to excel in a customer-focused and results-driven environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a busy professional environment
  • Solid organizational skills, multi-tasking ability, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capacity to be reliable and highly productive
  • Must be a proactive problem-solver, adaptive to a growing, changing organization
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong people-orientation, with demonstrated consensus-building and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and ability with public speaking
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to the mission of Textile Arts Center; desire to work with and inspire children through the medium of textiles

 

Preferred:

  • Experience working in an educational arts center / interest in textiles
  • Experience working with tweens
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and social media platforms

 

Salary + Benefits

  • The hourly rate for this role is set at $20.00 per hour.
  • All TAC staff have access to free adult classes and Open Studio use during the course of their employment.

 

Textile Arts Center seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

 

All positions at Textile Arts Center are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply please send your resume, cover letter to submit@textileartscenter.com. Tell us why you want to be a part of this team, and why you think you’d be an ideal fit for this role. Please make sure the subject line reads  “Textiles for Tweens, Youth Programs - {your full name}”