2401 Virginia Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
The Senior Art Therapist manages the Miriam’s Studio program, facilitates individual and group art therapy in an open studio setting, supervises graduate-level art therapy interns, provides a variety of direct services to homeless individuals, works to continuously improve effective program performance, and collaborates with other providers and policymakers to meet the needs of homeless individuals in Washington, DC. The Senior Art Therapist will work from 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to manage open studio after breakfast and before dinner programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Manage the Miriam’s Studio program, which sees nearly 50 guests per session.
* Facilitate group art therapy using an open studio model. Use art therapy as a tool to build relationships, contain behaviors, create insight, and enhance self-regulation.
* Co-lead Studio for Change, an art for social change program, with a member of the Advocacy Department.
* Supervise graduate-level art therapy intern(s) and act as a liaison with referring institution.
* Support art therapy, creative writing, and yoga volunteers for Miriam’s Studio.
* Order and maintain art supplies. Oversee the proper maintenance of guest artwork and disposal of art materials. Facilitating process for cleaning up after Miriam’s Studio.
* Coordinate art exhibitions with community partners, including maintaining release forms and working with guests to understand the scope of specific exhibitions.
* Educating Miriam’s Kitchen staff, volunteers, and guests about art therapy.
* Working collaboratively across departments through the organization.
* Develop trusting relationships with Miriam’s Kitchen guests. Engage guests in conversations and directives related to housing, mental health, substance abuse, health, education, employment, etc.
* Participate in case conferencing with case management team to facilitate referrals to services.
* Actively look for ways for Miriam’s Kitchen to expand or change programs to fill unmet needs.
* Complete daily projects to ensure smooth and efficient functioning of services during program hours, such as writing client service case notes and other data entry to track Miriam’s Kitchen services.
* Attend relevant meetings of homeless services provider groups and advocacy coalitions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Master of Art Therapy with an Art Therapy Registration and/or Board Certification (ATR-BC) strongly preferred. Will also consider applicants with a Master in another creative arts modality that includes expressive arts.
* Ability to work as a member of a culturally diverse team.
* Flexibility and openness to working in a fast-paced program services environment with guests from diverse racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
* An understanding of and/or capacity to learn about the link between race and homelessness, as well as a commitment to racial equity and confronting implicit bias.
* Strong communication skills and attention to details.
* Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
* Experience working in open studio, drop-in setting, or other group art therapy settings.
* Knowledge, experience, and ability to connect with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and/or substance abuse.
Benefits include generous annual leave; fully covered health, dental, and vision insurance' 403(b) retirement plan with employer contributions; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; and professional development funding.
Level of Language Proficiency
English and or Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
Minimum Education Required