Lead Instructor - ArtWorks Program - Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

Location: Grand Rapids (UICA)  
Advertised Salary: $18-$23/hr  
FLSA: Non-Exempt  
Employee Class:    
Part-Time/Full-Time: Part-Time  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: ArtWorks is a 5 week program (July 6 - August 7, 2020) that serves young adults ages 14-18, pairing groups of students with local art and design professionals on a project for a local non profit, business, or organization. This year's projects include a mural and a public installation project. This program challenges students to investigate their ideas, learn from their mistakes, and challenge themselves towards new levels of creativity.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is looking for two Lead Instructors who will work with UICA in order to plan the curriculum, produce the work, and train and mentor youth in order to complete one of these two projects. This is a temporary position, with a maximum of 125 hours for the duration of the program, June 19 - August 7, 2020.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in an art or design field.  
Required Work Experience: Evidence of ongoing scholarly and/or creative activity, such as regional/national exhibition record and commitment to personal artistic or creative practice  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: K-12 Certified Educator
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
Experience working with/mentoring/teaching youth ages 14 and up
Ability to express ideas clearly in writing and images
Active members of the creative community
Masters Degree in Art, Design, Art Education or related field.
Duties/Resposibilities: The Lead Instructor will be responsible for training and mentoring the students of the project team, and supervising the design, execution and completion of one of the two projects. The Lead Teacher will work with the youth project team from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, from July 6 - August 7, 2020. This includes 4 hours of direct contact time per day (M-Th) with the youth and one hour of prep each day.

Lead Instructors and the youth project team will work closely with the Project Partner and UICA to achieve the desired design and themes for production and completion of the creative work or works. A Project Plan subject to approval by UICA will be required once the Lead Teacher has been selected. The Lead Teacher and one Student Assistant will be chosen at the beginning of each Project. ArtWorks 2020 Projects include:

PROJECT 1 / COMMUNITY MURAL: Students will work with a lead artist to plan and execute a large scale mural project in a public space. Students will work with neighbors and business owners in the community to generate a design concept and installation supported and enjoyed by the individuals living and working in the area.

PROJECT 2 / PUBLIC WORKS INSTALLATION: Students will work with a lead artist and functional sculptor, UICA staff, and clients to conceptualize, build, and install a series of sculpture works in a public space. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different trade based construction and building techniques while finessing their handmade craft skills. The final installations will be highly visible permanent works of art in public spaces.
Staff is required to attend a Program Staff orientation and planning day, date to be determined. Staff attendance is also mandatory for the ArtWorks Student Orientation day.
Skills and Abilities:    
Required Documents:

Cover Letter


Unofficial Transcript 1(Required): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts of degree as described in the Required Education section. Transcripts must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Portfolio 1 (Required): Portfolio of 3-5 work samples

Optional Documents:    
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at ferris.edu. The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: ferris.edu/non-discrimination.

Posted on 2/21/2020


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