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Textile for Teens Instructor

Textile Arts Center, LLC

Nov 2009

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August 15, 2017
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Title: Textiles for Teens Instructor

Team: Youth Education

Location: Brooklyn Studio

Reports To: Youth Programs Director, Director of Operations

Status: Part-Time (8 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. 

We appreciate the unique values of textile arts and work to expand opportunities for new practitioners to engage with the medium. Experiential learning is the foundation of our model and enables students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to make meaningful contributions to a growing community of fiber artists. Workshops, courses, events, and special programs at TAC allow professionals and novices alike to explore their creative ingenuity through handcraft processes. By engaging with the youngest newcomers to age-old experts, we aim to increase the positive social impact of textile arts and nurture innovations and leadership in the field.

About Textiles for Teens

Textiles for Teens is a studio-based program at Textile Arts Center - Brooklyn. This hands-on class explores student’s personal artistic interests right in the midst of our Artist in Residence program, 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: 11-14

Schedule: Arrive at TAC 3-4:00PM for snack and homework. Class time: 4-6PM.

Days: Tuesdays + Thursdays, 8 weeks per cycle

Position Overview:

Textile Arts Center seeks a self-motivated, hands-on educator to join the TAC team. The role of the Textiles for Teens Instructor is to fully manage the weekly classes, ensure quality education, and offer opportunities for genuine learning experiences for ages 11- 13. The ideal candidate will be an empathetic team player with a background in arts education.  The Textiles for Teens 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 all school-year teens programming.  Additionally, the Teens Instructor will be tasked with supporting all marketing and promotion efforts as determined by TAC and enhance TAC’s youth offerings.

The Teens 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 Teens Instructor directly reports to the Youth Program Director and Director of Operations, as well as the Youth Education Manager. The Director 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.  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

- Leading a group of 10-15 students 

- Photograph work, document and update lesson plans

Oversee all parent communications regarding Youth Programming; manage all correspondence with Manhattan parents year round via email and phone

Conduct bi-weekly inventory checks for youth supplies and materials

Source and order needed materials

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 teens 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:


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


Experience working in an educational arts center / interest in textiles

Experience working with pre-teens

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 and a teaching portfolio to 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 Teens, Youth Programs - {your full name}”


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