Artist Educator

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $13,000
Maximum: $20,000
Details: Salary range, comesurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



Santa Fe
New Mexico
United States



The Identity Project is an innovative arts laboratory in documentary storytelling designed to illuminate the voices of marginalized youth. Through a specialized curriculum in documentary poetry, photography and performance students explore the full range of their narrative power deepening their sense of self-worth, motivation and purpose. Our adaptive intervention guides students through a process of creative self-actualization that improves readiness to learn on the most fundamental level.

The Identity Project, in partnership with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Indian Education Division, will launch our first full year of programming in New Mexico beginning September 2018. This program is designed to serve urban Native American high school students in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo. At the very core of our work, the beating center, is the Artist Educator. The Artist Educator is a creative catalyst and teacher at heart. Our Artist Educators have a deep love of meaning-making, an active artistic practice, and a belief in community-driven change. They are powerhouses of creative energy, doers, makers, quiet leaders, relationship builders.


This is a versatile PART-TIME contract position with wide-ranging responsibilities.

  • Participate in Identity Project Artist Educator Training (2 weeks in August/September)
  • Teach The Identity Project curriculum to high school level students
  • Initiate school-based community organizing
  • Design student recruiting campaign 
  • Develop supplemental curricular materials
  • Act as on-site liaison between Master Artists and partner school
  • Create and manage program plans to ensure successful program delivery 
  • Administer Identity Project pre/post test evaluations
  • Identity and cultivate relationships with key administrators and students at site school


  • An active creative practice in literary, performing or visual arts
  • 2+ years of teaching experience (middle or high school level)
  • Integrated project management skills; detail oriented, strong organizational and communication skills 
  • Familiarity with social and emotional learning and project-based learning
  • Fundamental understanding of current educational landscape/climate in New Mexico as it relates to Native youth


In addition to the those skills listed above, exceptional candidates will have any combination of the following.

  • Experience working with Native American or Alaska Native youth
  • Experience in trauma-sensitive teaching practices
  • Hold an advanced degree in their field (MFA/MA)
  • Experience designing and implementing original curricular material (creative arts)
  • Hold a NM State teaching license


In order to be considered for this role, candidates need to be able to commit to the following.

  • Attend our Identity Project Artist Educator Training held in late August/early September 2018. This is a paid two week training (40 hours per week).
  • Lead weekly Identity Project classes at one of our New Mexico partner schools beginning September 2018. We are currently considering candidates who would like to teach either one or two classes. Breakdown as follows.

  • Artist Educator (part-time) - One Class (5 hours per week, Sept 2018 - May 2019)
  • Artist Educator (part-time) - Two Classes (10 hours per week, Sept 2018 - May 2019)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

NOTE: Please address specific questions to Alesandra Zsiba, Founding Artist & Director, at