Art Teacher – Summer Camp
Title: Art Teacher – Summer Camp
Department/Location: Programs / Soulard & Dutchtown
Reports To: Program Manager
Status: Part-Time, Temporary
The mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who need us most, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential.
Since 2018, GSGBC has implemented trauma-informed care through its organizational operation and how services are provided to members and their families. GSGBC is currently working with the Conscious Discipline model, a trauma-informed/evidence-based model of social-emotional learning, to implement trauma-informed care in our Clubs. Conscious Discipline helps us to better understand children’s behavior and emphasizes safety, connection, and problem solving. Staff are trained in trauma-informed care and will be provided with the tools to better understand how trauma affects our members, and how they can deal with the behaviors associated with trauma.
GSGBC offers afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-16, serving more than 900 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include: Academics, Athletics, Character Building, Healthy Living, College & Career Readiness and The Arts. The Afterschool Program runs August through May, 2:30pm-7:30pm, a Summer Camp is offered June through July, 7:00 am-6:00 pm.
The Art Teacher is passionate about working with youth and is responsible for the planning and implementation of a variety of art-related activities for Club members. The Art Teacher fosters an environment of positive outcomes for youth and promotes the development of academic, physical, intellectual and emotional potential of our members.
Key Roles (Essential Responsibilities):
- To promote participants’ self-expression and exploration while deepening their knowledge and understanding of art
- To inspire youth to reach their full artistic potential
- To increase members’ engagement and artistic enrichment
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Work both independently and with the Program Design & Compliance Officer to plan and implement a variety of activities (including arts and crafts, paper, games, drawing, sculpture/ceramics, printmaking, etc.)
- Facilitate and supervise a variety of activities for youth ages 6 to 16
- Collaborate with Youth Development Specialists to ensure a flow of interesting activities
- Teach art lessons up to two days each week at each GSGBC Campus – Soulard & Dutchtown – and schedule time for program planning and preparation
Skills & Knowledge Required:
- 1-3 years experience with various studio art media, including: ceramics, wood, paint and drawing and knowledge of art history. Experience with computer technology/graphics is preferred, but not required
- Able to uphold professional relationships and standards
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
- Ability to interact effectively with all age levels and cultural backgrounds.
- Able to travel to both GSGBC Campus locations
- High School diploma or equivalency, required; Art Teacher certification and/or Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Art History, or Art Therapy preferred
- Ability to organize and supervise members in a supportive and safe environment
- Ability to implement GSGBC rules and policies in a fair and equitable manner
- Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior problems in a trauma informed manner
- Must be a team player, self-starter, possess a high degree of independence and be self-motivated
- Ability to problem solve and process through critical thinking
- Must pass the health and employment requirements set by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Physical Requirements/Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis provides equal employment opportunities to all regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, military service eligibility, veteran status, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.