Teaching Artist

Industrial Arts Workshop


Website Industrial Arts Workshop

Youth - Art - Industry

Industrial Arts Workshop  –  Teaching Artist


Email: jobs@iawpgh.org

5426 Dyke Street, Hazelwood

Job Title: Teaching Artist – Summer Welding Bootcamp
Job Status: Part-time, seasonal position from June-August
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Hourly Rate: $18-$24

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a resume, 3 references including your most recent supervisor, and a letter of interest to jobs@iawpgh.org. Deadline for IAW Summer Welding Bootcamp, Teaching Artists is May 21st. No phone calls, please. Please send questions to jobs@iawpgh.org.

IAW’s mission is to advance, inspire, and educate people of all ages through the creation of art. We do this by advancing new and original sculpture creation and artistic literacy; inspiring and supporting sculpture artists and their work; and by sharing their work through collaboration, accessible education programs, projects, and outreach.

IAW will launch 2 programs in its new space designed for teaching welding: Summer Welding Bootcamp (SWB) and the After-School Welding Labs (ASWL). SWB is modeled on the Mobile Sculpture Workshop, IAW’s pilot program. Students, ages 14-19 learn about welding and metal fabrication, drafting, engineering, and equipment safety based on professional industry standards. Students learn many “soft skills” through each program, as they critique each other’s designs, learn to defend their opinions, and work cooperatively with other students. Each student will learn about pathways to career opportunities and develop job readiness skills such as time management, public speaking, and problem-solving.

Situated in the heart of Hazelwood, IAW’s new space is easily accessible by members of the community. We are thrilled to be part of this neighborhood’s resurgence, and because of its central location, we believe our space can become a catalyst for the development of an arts district in this part of Hazelwood. The design of the space is intended to be open, safe, and culturally welcoming to participants of all backgrounds. Our hope is that those who spend time in the building will experience a positive sense of belonging and productiveness.

Teaching Artist Job Responsibilities: IAW Teaching Artists are responsible for planning and delivering engaging, project-based programs in-person and possibly virtually. They actively engage to build a culture of building, discovery and teamwork. They work with and report back to the Executive Director (ED) and Program Committee Chair (PC) of the Board of Directors on current IAW program offerings, to explore new program opportunities, and to help expand the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission and vision.

Job Duties and Expectations: Facilitate the delivery of curriculum guidelines that reinforce the process of public art creation from concept to fabrication to completion. By using the artistic process as our teaching method, we also help students build important skills in collaboration and teamwork, responsibility, and community service and engagement. We provide a climate for learning that allows students to take risks, receive help, solve problems, and express their creativity in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Assist Welding Instructors in the delivery of the fundamentals of welding and metal fabrication, including safety procedures, welding preparation, operation of welding power supply, basic horizontal/vertical welding, torch cutting, and bending/shaping of metal.
  • Knowledge of public art and sculpture history including local, and international artwork.
  • Writes and/or adapts workshop curriculum using existing best practices including: STEAM education, Human-Centered Design concepts, and follows the PA Standards for the Arts and Humanities.
  • Attend and participate in teaching team meetings and ensure ongoing collaboration with the teaching team, clearly communicating any needs and issues at hand with the program managers.
  • Coordinates with the ED and PC regarding the use of available materials at IAW and digitally submit material requests in advance of specified program workshops or summer camps.
  • Fills out and submits weekly workshop debrief form with the teaching team to reflect on and improve the program.
  • Collects and distributes any necessary permission forms and contact information required for program participants and immediately informs the ED and PC of any changes.
  • Records and reports student attendance.
  • Ensures that all evaluation forms are administered to individual students at each workshop or camp, including photo documentation and other qualitative data.
  • Attends all mandatory trainings, professional development (PD) sessions, and all-teacher meetings.
  • Participates in social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting protocol set by IAW’s Health & Safety Covid-19 Policy.
  • Maintains a clean environment and performs any necessary setup and cleanup related to the program.
  • Works with the teaching team to coordinate special guests/speakers to workshops.
  • Manages classroom behavior while promoting a positive and welcoming learning environment.
  • Remains aware of and adheres to the established program timeline.
  • Maintains professional interaction with co-workers, students, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact necessary to conduct the program.
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally.
  • Carry out other duties as needed in order to sustain programs and assists co-workers.

Reporting Structure: IAW Teaching Artists report to and are evaluated by the Executive Director (ED) and Program Committee Chair (PC) of the Board of Directors.

Job Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge is required.
  • Working knowledge and interest in studio arts practices and public art production (design, drawing, model-making, basic construction techniques), in a learning environment.
  • Experience with sculpture-making and metalwork.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Flexibility with in-person facilitation is strongly encouraged as well as virtual programming during covid restrictions.
  • Must have current clearances for PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record, FBI PA Department of Education Clearance, and National Sex Offender Registry Verification (IAW will assist if needed, upon hiring).
  • Competent with Email, Google Drive, and Google Documents.
  • Excellent and effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Attentive to detail as to uphold the quality and goals set for IAW programs.
  • Ability to communicate with a range of people from teens, parents, peer IAW Teachers, Artists, and guests of the IAW facility.
  • Effective mediation skills and ability to work through conflict.
  • Strong collaboration skills.
  • Background and comfort working with youth of diverse identities and experiences.
  • Attentive to cultural relevance and how it applies to safe and welcoming working environments.
  • Must be able to adapt to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program  priorities.
  • Experience in STEAM facilitation and or equivalent work experience in an out of school or educational setting, preferred.
  • Lesson plan and curriculum writing experience preferred.

Industrial Arts Workshop provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. IAW expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of IAW’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@iawpgh.org