Employment Opportunities

Teaching Artist (Part-Time)

Description/Job Summary 

Center for Creative Works (CCW) is a supported Art Center located in Wynnewood, PA. We are a creative day/vocational program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to foster the vocation of artists for our population while promoting their art and design work through marketing and exhibitions. Our expansive studio provides materials and equipment for printmaking, woodworking, drawing and painting, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and a recording studio for music. We are dedicated to the highest quality of work possible for our artists in this studio. CCW also engages the broader arts community through residencies, workshops, and other forms of collaboration and programming.  

You will have the opportunity to work with interesting, unique artists and makers. You will assist them in the studio (and potentially in virtual sessions) through mentoring within your area of expertise and guiding their art-making processes.  This is a very rewarding position offering ample self-direction and opportunity for input. You will be a part of a highly creative and dynamic team of out of the box thinkers, artists, and community-focused staff working in an active art studio as well as in the community.  You will have an opportunity to contribute on many levels to the growth of this program and our artists! Our team is passionate, inclusive and talented.  

 

CCW offers partial benefits for PT employees.  

Essential Duties and Functions 

  • Share your specialized art skills to CCW participants to help teach participants basic strategies, such as composition, professionalizing work, and self-presentation as artists, as well as fostering the artistic potential of the CCW program. 

  • Be part of the art instructor team and design creative projects and lessons to be carried out at the center. 

  • Relay expertise and guide the development of our artists in the use of art-making materials, tools, and equipment to a group of CCW artists. Teach basic skills and handling of these materials. 

  • Assist CCW artists in learning skills necessary to carry out their own individual artwork and portfolios, as well as collaborative projects.  

  • Assist artists in acquiring an understanding of exhibition of work, pricing, and sales of work. 

  • Meet the basic needs of our participants.  

  • Implement ISP’s (Individual Support Plans) and behavior plans 

  • Actively engage participants in skill development, while maintaining a teacher to artist ratios ranging from 1 to 1, 1 to 3, 1 to 6, and 1 to 10. 

  • Accompany participants on cultural field trips and other community outings at least monthly. 

  • Drive agency vehicles to assist individuals in accessing the community. 

  • Attend staff meetings and scheduled in-service days. 

  • Complete daily notes on all participants assigned to your ratio in a manner which meets licensing expectations. 

  • Maintain a general positive, professional work demeanor and be part of the CCW team in building an energetic, engaged participant focused atmosphere. 

  • Help keep the studio clean. 

  • Comply with yearly training and physical exam requirements as well as all CCW/RHD policies and procedures. 

  • Check emails at least weekly. 

  • Assist with licensing. 

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Job Requirements 

  • Ability to support and implement RHD/CCW’s values and beliefs. 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an art-related field or a minimum of 3 years’ studio practice. (Bachelor’s Degree with studio practice preferred).Skills in specialized art-making technique and the ability to transfer those skills in a studio environment to a group of people through engagement and hands-on guidance. 

  • Ability to engage clients in effective, therapeutic, and healthy interactions. 

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form. Ability to interact with all levels of staff. 

  • Self-motivated with the ability to apply and continually develop professional skills. 

  • Ability to take initiative and accept ownership and responsibility for assigned projects. 

  • Ability to establish priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a dynamic, open, fast-paced work environment. 

  • Ability to work well in a team and independently. 

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds. 

We welcome your creativity and inspiration and invite you to teach, inspire and experiment with your ideas here. We are a collaborative and creative environment promoting unique art and encouraging personal growth! Great position for new graduates looking for experience teaching or with an interest in Outsider Art.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: lorib@rhd.org

 

Employment Specialist

 

Description/Job Summary

Employment Specialists work with several individuals on a one-on-one basis in an off-site location to assist with their goals of Self Employed Artist or, in some cases, to find or lend job support in competitive employment. This is a unique position for someone with experience supporting people with disabilities in job finding and job support.  It may also require some creative experience and studio skills including basic use of small equipment/machinery (e.g. a sewing machine). You will have the opportunity to work with interesting, unique artists and makers. You will assist them in the studio with professional aspects of work such as building their own websites and marketing platforms, creating inventory, coaching on self presentation, etc. You will attend sales events with them such as art fairs and other opportunities where they can promote their work as artists and makers. This is a very rewarding position offering alot of self directing and opportunity for input for the right person! Currently this is a part time position which could quickly become a Full Time position for the right candidate. 


Job Duties:
The following is an itemized list that includes but is not limited to: 
Work as job support, supporting self-employed artists on a 1:1 basis in an external studio location.

  • Assist in the identification of community-based opportunities for individuals seeking to promote their self-run business. 

  • Help program participants understand their skills, interest and aptitude to determine appropriate products and business model

  • Work with participants to create merchandise prototypes that can be adapted for the client to make independently OR identify reselling opportunities

  • Assist client in all areas of acquiring product specific skills and the creation of products.

  • Attend community events several times a year, with client, to sell products.

  • Assist participants in identifying realistic work objectives

  • Structure efforts to create a complete small business plan. 

  • Maintain effective communication with all parties involved with the participant’s program

  • Plan transportation and travel training

  • Gather Social Security and Benefits Analysis (BPQY)

  • Daily documentation

  • Act as intermediary between worker and customers

  • Act as an active job support for people in competitive emplyment

  • Assist artists in inventory production including use of a sewing machine. 

  • Maintain the off-site studio location.

  • create reports in our Electronic Health Record system. 

 
Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience serving individuals with IDD, Autism, SMI in community inclusion, technical skills acquisition and employment

  • Thorough understanding of inclusive practices

  • ACRE Cert preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Must possess good organizational skills 

  • Some experience in the arts including ability to use a sewing machine

  • Reliable and self-sufficient. Able to work responsibly on your own in an off-site location

  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • Must be able to handle flexible work arrangements

  • Willing to travel throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties

  • Must possess a valid drivers' license and have access to a reliable vehicle

  • Must be computer proficient and able to use Microsoft Office and Excel

  • Must have or be willing to acquire PA Criminal Check, PA Child Abuse clearance, and FBI fingerprinting

  • Must be able to work weekend shifts if needed

  • Must be able to work evening shifts if needed

If you feel passionate about this type of work and are not sure if you meet the requirements, we urge you to apply anyway. We are looking for the right fit and it may just be you!

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.

 

Apply with resume and cover letter to: lorib@rhd.org