105 Allston Street
West End House staff identify as passionate and innovative youth development professionals. They view their work as more than just a job. They are driven by love, equality and commitment to build meaningful relationships with young people.
The Visual Arts Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing high-quality visual art classes for members of all ages and skill levels. The ideal candidate will provide a wide range of programs focused on artistic interest of our members in areas such as of drawing, painting, clay, instillation art and more. These programs are daily and weekly hour-long, hands-on, and immersive activities. They would also share in a variety of responsibilities in our daily operation to ensure a successful, overarching program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and facilitate creative and high-caliber Visual Art classes and activities at various skill levels for all Club members in a wide variety of visual arts disciplines such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and other areas.
- Maintain and expand partnerships with art institutions around the city.
- Create opportunities to expose members of all ages to visual art, engage members in high-quality art programming, and advance dedicated members to higher levels of artistic skill.
- Provide opportunities to showcase and celebrate youth’s skill development and creative expression (seasonal exhibits, off-site shows, and artwork created for special events) to highlight program product for the club community and members’ skill advancement throughout their participation in the program
- Supervise volunteers and teen employees in your program area
- Maintain and expand a system of assessment of artwork to ensure advancement of skill level
- Administrative duties as needed.
- Strength Based Relationship Building - The WEH uses a strength based approach to build relationships that endure and contribute to positive outcomes for our young people. Staff focus on the assets of our young people, rather than the deficits, to support continuous growth;
- Innovation – WEH prides itself on creating and offering innovative and responsive programs. Staff members are expected to think outside the box, proactively problem solve, and be courageous in their daily work;
- Curiosity –WEH staff are enthusiastic to learn. They participate in personal and professional opportunities designed to challenge and expand to their knowledge base. They are encouraged to seek out learning experiences and actively participate in their own development;
- Data Informed - Assessing our impact is critical to insuring the best outcomes for our program participants. Our staff is expected to use data to inform current program content and future program development, ensuring our offerings meet the needs AND interest of our young people;
- Healthy Environment – Teaching our members the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle is a priority. As such, our staff is expected to model healthy behavior while working with our young people;
- “Hands-On” mentality - candidate must work directly with kids and families.
- Relentless and proactively reaches out to youth, can see a youth succeeding even when the youth cannot see it her/himself
- Strong group facilitation skills balancing youth needs and interests.
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of youth as an instructor and mentor.
- Thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment; works hours as program and youth needs arise
- Witty with a fun sense of humor
- Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching art to children. Advanced teaching or art degree preferred.
- Creative self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work through obstacles and make decisions in the moment.
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of youth as an instructor and mentor. Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus.
- Excellent overall professionalism (punctual, organized, and detail orientated)
- Experience with innovative methods to contact and develop relationships with youth
- Strong classroom management and program facilitation skills
- Demonstrated knowledge of youth development
- Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.
Our comprehensive benefits are designed to enhance all aspects of our employees’ lives: physical health, financial security, general well-being and professional development. Our package for full-time staff members that includes competitive salary; paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; health and dental coverage; life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; voluntary 403b participation; and a pension contribution upon eligibility.
The West End House Boys & Girls Club (WEH) is an independent Boys and Girls Club in the City of Boston that has been transforming the lives of immigrant and urban youth since its founding in 1906. Our mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, the WEH operates six days a week in its 43,000 square foot facility and has a $3.6 M annual budget. Twenty eight full-time staff deliver a broad scope of programming for 1,500 members between the ages of 7 and 20 in four core areas: leadership and life skills; academic support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts.
The West End House Girls & Boys Club is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Minimum Education Required