Lead Teaching Artist

ArtWorks’ mission is to transform people and places through investments in creativity. As one of the area’s largest employers of visual artists, our focus is on employing youth and creative professionals to collectively produce award-winning public works while developing their skills in: leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and goal setting. Teaching staff work side-by-side youth Apprentices ages 14-21 creating positive environments that foster youth’s interests, relationship development, and growth mindset.

Hourly Wage: $32.72

Spring program, March – May

  • Orientation Dates: March 21, 22, 24 – 9am – 4pm

Summer program, June – August

  • Orientation Dates: May 23, 24, 26 – 9am – 4pm

Fall program, September – December

  • Orientation Dates: Late Aug TBD

Most projects will last 4-8 weeks. The length of projects may vary from project to project.

Hours vary by project. Hours are generally Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during the summer.


Professional Development

  • Attend all required orientations and trainings including Red Cross certification and safety training
  • Come with a curiosity to learn, develop, and grow
  • Participate in workshops through discussion, discovery, and utilize resources throughout projects to problem solve, develop team rapport, grow teaching skills
  • Interest in developing professional skills through skill-building, networking, and career-minded workshops

Youth + Staff Development

  • Set clear expectations and goals with team
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to apprentices and project staff
  • Reflect on and complete youth Apprentice and staff evaluations
  • Develop team process and group norms (ie. staff meetings, group communication, and team expectations)

Project Management (project execution, logistics, group expectations)

  • Attend all planning, development, and wrap-up meetings throughout the project timeline
  • Complete weekly plans and budgets, procure materials and supplies, manage apprentice attendance and other paperwork, and assume responsibility for outcomes of the project
  • Manage Teaching Staff team on a daily basis by providing direction, feedback, and delegating responsibilities
  • Deliver a high-quality, finished product within the timeline
  • Demonstrate technical skills and work with apprentices one on one and in large groups
  • Adhere to and enforce ArtWorks’ protocols and policies as stated in the Seasonal Employee Manual and safety guide in a fair, impartial manner
  • Communicate with…
  • ArtWorks staff about any project issues (behavioral, attendance, site) or needs in a timely manner
  • Teaching staff team through regular team meetings
  • Youth Apprentices to set expectations, provide performance feedback, share skill/technique practices, and alert them to any shifts in schedule


MFA; graduate degree or commensurate experience in the arts and education

  • Excellent personal portfolio as well as adequate experience leading youth in large-scale art-making programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of project management tools and strategies: (ie. proven ability to set and achieve deadlines, take initiative, proactively problem-solve, and manage team goals)
  • Experience managing project budgets
  • Experience developing youth with varying degrees of artistic ability, with the mindset to meet youth where they are so they can learn, grow and succeed
  • Must be at least 24 years old
  • All ArtWorks employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the first day of employment. The vaccination series should be completed no later than 14 days prior to the first day of employment. Proof of vaccination or valid exemption will be required if hired. Please reach out to amy@artworkscincinnati.org if you have questions.

The successful candidate will

  • Be an effective and consistent communicator
  • Possess strong leadership skills
  • Use sound judgment when making decisions
  • Be an expert in their artistic own practice
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Be cool under pressure

How to apply

You will be asked to upload the following as part of your application. Please take time to prepare these documents in advance of beginning the application.

  • Five portfolio samples. Many of our opportunities are mural projects. Please include some representational painting and drawing samples in your portfolio to be considered for mural opportunities. Please combine all images into one PDF document no larger than 4MB. Upload using the additional materials button.
  • Resume or CV
  • Three professional references

ArtWorks is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.