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The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

Staff Position

The Development & Communications Assistant supports program and development staff on communications, data, events and other tasks. It is a half-time position. Posted 10/19, available immediately. Download the job posting here. Details below.

Development & Communications Assistant

 

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We cultivate welcoming environments where people convene across a continuum of age, economic means and backgrounds to build skills, craftsmanship and community. We believe everyone deserves access to excellent art education and the opportunity to make things by hand.

More than 3,600 students learn from us each year. Our In-House Program offers classes for all ages in woodworking/furniture, sewing/fashion/fiber arts, drawing/painting, book arts/mixed media. Our School & Community Partnerships provide classes to children in Boston’s schools and community centers. Teen Bridge supports a select group of teens in visual and manual arts, and our Artist in Residence program works with Teen Bridge to produce public art on important social themes.

The Development & Communications Assistant works closely with the school’s Development Officer and Program Directors as well as event staff and volunteers. This is a 20-hour/week job, with schedule to be negotiated.

Responsibilities:

Communications:

• Maintain and implement communications calendar, including social media, e-newsletter, website and blog, ads, etc.

• Support Program and Development staff to calendar and implement production of printed material.

• Monitor and report on communications data, including online engagement, print runs, costs.

Development:

• Work with Development staff to develop and implement donor engagement and solicitation strategies.

• Support annual and ongoing fundraising plans, including assisting with annual mailings, donor events and communications.

• Keep fundraising database up to date, including data entry, updates and reporting. • Prepare acknowledgment letters, stewardship letters and other donor correspondence.

Events:

• Assist in planning, coordination, logistics and implementation of fundraising and program events, including small donor events, house parties, gala, artists’ talks, exhibitions, family craft days.

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized, and able to keep on track for deadlines
  • Accurate and detail-oriented
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Comfortable with/able to learn and adapt to social media, database, MailChimp and other electronic/digital technology
  • Able to listen carefully and apply what is learned to tasks
  • Reliable
  • Self-managing; able to work both independently and with others
  • Good at time management
  • Interest and/or experience in visual/manual arts and arts education
  • Understands and values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity and inclusion

The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all. Salary & Benefits: c. $19/hour, or c. $20,000/year for ½ time.

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, writing sample and 3 professional references to Abigail Norman, Executive Director, with “Development & Communications Assistant” in the subject line.

Deadline: October 23, 2019. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

School & Community Partnership Teachers and Aides

Please make sure to apply to our School & Community Partnership positions through our online form. Details below.

2019-2020 After-school Teachers for: Comics, Wearable Arts, Tinkering and Early Education Visual Arts (Part-time)

We are looking for committed, professional and inspiring teachers who are passionate about engaging students in creative and stimulating projects.  We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience and is comfortable teaching visual arts and/or woodworking to elementary and middle school students. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with particular school needs —e.g. literacy and math— and build confidence in the students.

As we teach visual arts and woodworking at Boston Public Schools, our students reflect BPS demographics: 56% Economically Disadvantaged, 31% English Language Learners, 20% Students with Disabilities, 86% Students of Color.

This position will be 2-12 hours a week, depending on available programming and areas of expertise, starting in Fall 2019 and possibly continuing along with the BPS year.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries and different abilities
  • Collaborate with program and site administrators, faculty and students
  • Help expose students to a broader social, cultural and historical context through art
  • Create successful sequential lessons that are developmentally appropriate
  • Assess participant learning and evaluate overall program effectiveness
  • Model core values and best practices in classroom management and teaching
  • Use the arts to foster patience and perseverance and build healthy self-esteem
  • Share genuine affection for the population that one is teaching
  • Plan and present art displays to exhibit students’ work in the partner community
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings
  • Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • Experience in a wide variety of techniques within the area of focus: visual arts, tinkering, wearable arts, comics or woodworking
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Passion for engaging all students in the creative process
  • 2+ years of classroom teaching experience involving the development of year-long curriculum
  • Flexibility, patience and self-motivation
  • Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Boston

Salary

$25 per hour*

To Apply

Fill out our online form here.

*Many arts nonprofits pay teachers $30-$90/hour – but for direct teaching hours only; all other work remains unpaid. Instead, we offer entry-level pay of $25/hour, including time spent to prepare for class, set up and clean up, document curriculum and lesson plans, follow up with students’ families or academic teachers, hang student exhibitions, and attend professional development and administrative meetings. Pay increases over time, based on tenure. We value our teachers; they are at the heart of all we do.

 

2019-2020 Elementary and Middle School Visual Arts and/or Woodworking Lead Teacher (Part-time)

We are looking for a committed, professional and inspiring teacher who is passionate about engaging students in creative and stimulating projects.  We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience and is comfortable teaching visual arts and/or woodworking to elementary and middle school students with special emotional, behavioral and learning needs. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with particular school needs —e.g. literacy and math— and build confidence in the students. Teachers are encouraged to coordinate field trips and artist visits each semester with the support of the Program Coordinator.

This position will be 20 hours a week, depending on available programming, starting in November 2019 and continuing along with the BPS year until mid to late June 2020.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries and different abilities
  • Collaborate with program and site administrators, faculty and students
  • Help expose students to a broader social, cultural and historical context through art
  • Create successful sequential lessons that are developmentally appropriate
  • Assess participant learning and evaluate overall program effectiveness
  • Model core values and best practices in classroom management and teaching
  • Use the arts to foster patience and perseverance and build healthy self-esteem
  • Share genuine affection for the population that one is teaching
  • Plan and present art displays to exhibit students’ work in the partner community
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls or in-person meetings
  • Participate in professional development workshops provided by the Eliot School

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • Experience in a wide variety of visual arts techniques and media and/or woodworking
  • Working knowledge of instructional and behavior modification approaches to accommodate student needs
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Passion for engaging all students in the creative process
  • 2+ years of classroom teaching experience involving the development of year-long curriculum
  • Flexibility, patience and self-motivation
  • Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Boston

Salary

$25 per hour*

To Apply

Fill out our online form here.

*Many arts nonprofits pay teachers $30-$90/hour – but for direct teaching hours only; all other work remains unpaid. Instead, we offer entry-level pay of $25/hour, including time spent to prepare for class, set up and clean up, document curriculum and lesson plans, follow up with students’ families or academic teachers, hang student exhibitions, and attend professional development and administrative meetings. Pay increases over time, based on tenure. We value our teachers; they are at the heart of all we do.

 

In-House Instructors

Send us a proposal to teach workshops or long-form classes at our Jamaica Plain facilities. Find out more and fill out a course proposal form here.

 

Figure Models

Our drawing and painting instructors each schedule their own models for their classes. We provide them with a model list and try to update it every year. We accept models with previous experience only. Fee: $20/hour

To join our model list, please contact our In-House Program Director, Claudia Fiks.


Artists in Residence

If you would like to be considered as an Artist in Residence, please contact our Program Director, Alison Croney Moses.

Volunteers

Apply here to join our Volunteer Corps. You may volunteer for a specific task, a specific period of time – or to help out when help is needed. We are happy to to fill out school paperwork and write letters acknowledging community service.

Volunteer Opportunities

Assist a Teacher

Weekdays during the day: We are always looking for interns and volunteers as Classroom Aides in children’s woodworking and art classes at local public schools and in our Summer Programs for Children. We very occasionally use volunteer assistants for in-house children’s sewing and woodworking classes. These opportunities are all during the day on weekdays.

Weekdays during the day/evenings, some weekends: We welcome experienced, skilled artisans as volunteer aides in our adult woodworking and upholstery classes.

Help in the Office

Weekdays during the day: Maintain mailing lists, sort archives, and help with office work in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Record our History

On your own time: We are looking for trained historians to record interviews with people who experienced the Eliot School's 20th century history. This history remains to be written.

Staff Events

Occasional week nights and weekend days: Help set up, clean up, and staff our information and activity tables at JP Open Studios and other events.

Help with marketing

On your own time: Help spread the word about the Eliot School. Distribute catalogs. Input listings in on-line calendars. Develop our press kit, and reach out to the press. Help find new links for us on-line.

Review Us

On your own time: Blog about us. Tweet about us. Link to us. Write about us in print or on-line. We love reviews, news articles, blurbs, little notes on Yelp and Google Maps, Facebook fan links and shout-outs of all kinds.

Photograph Us

Any time: We always need photographs for our website, catalog covers and cards.

Advise Us

Weekdays during the day: We welcome pro bono professional advice in financial planning, building improvements (energy efficiency, decorating, classroom expansion, storage solutions, landscape design), curriculum development, marketing, event planning, diversity initiatives and more.