POSITION TITLE: Glass Art Instructor (Part-time)
SUMMARY: Glass Art Kalamazoo (GAK) promotes exceptional experiences in glass art through hands-on glass art classes and activities. These programs serve a wide variety of ages, audiences and skill levels of students. The Glass Art Instructor is responsible for teaching various educational programs offered by GAK, on-site and occasionally off-site from GAK. Glass Art Instructors promote and nurture the education of students by planning and tailoring courses of study; providing a safe, supportive, and positive environment conducive to learning; and keeping students informed about various GAK classes and other opportunities. Glass Art Instructors must be friendly and enthusiastic ambassadors of Glass Art Kalamazoo’s mission and provide exemplary customer service to our students and customers. This position reports to the Studio Manager
• Prepare class material within specified timelines and budget. Tailor classes by developing
modifications for special needs, various levels of ability, and prior student experience.
• Inventory needed supplies and present supply list to Operations Manager for ordering prior to
• Prepare art examples as necessary and in a timely fashion for promotion of class, as approved by
the Studio Manager.
• Set-up studio for class at least ½ hour prior to class start time.
• Teach students utilizing best practices from both GAK and artistic judgement.
• Implement class lessons through a variety of techniques including, but not limited to,
discussions, demonstrations, past projects, exhibits, visual aids, and critiques.
• Maintain a safe, secure and healthy educational environment by establishing classroom behavior
expectations with consistent enforcement, communicating safety information and procedures to
students, and following all GAK policies and procedures.
• Ensure accurate documentation of class outcomes by taking attendance, facilitating student
surveying, and completing requested documentation.
• For youth and teen programming, maintain positive interactions with parents and guardians of
students, including communicating with them about their child’s achievements or struggles.
• Manage class materials in an effective and sustainable manner.
• Ensure adequate and appropriate materials, supplies, tools and equipment expectations to
encourage students’ full participation.
• Instructors teaching off-site are required to transport art materials, tools, equipment, and/or
student artwork to and from GAK and program location(s) using their own vehicle. Mileage will be
reimbursed by GAK at the current federal mileage rate.
• Clean equipment and studio space, and store all materials at the end of each class session. Note
any broken tools and equipment or needed supplies on classroom log.
• Collect evaluations and give to Studio Manager. Inform Studio Manager of any issues with
students, artwork, studio space, etc.
• Complete timesheet and give to Operations Manager.
• Prepare artwork for finishing as necessary (ramp down annealers, load kilns, etc.)
• Promote GAK through speaking engagements, articles and interviews as assigned.
• Represent GAK at meetings when appropriate.
• For off-site programs, maintain positive interactions and relationships with partner agency
• Assist in recommending and providing information for relevant supplemental grants.
• Maintain data to support defined performance metrics and student evaluation efforts.
• Participate in strategic planning and budgeting as necessary.
• Provide board and/or committee support as needed.
• Maintain cleanliness of studios when needed.
• Respond to emails and requests in a timely manner.
• Actively engage in regular classroom observation and annual review processes.
• Other duties as assigned by the Studio Manager or Executive Director.
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To apply for this job please send your resume and cover letter to Carrie Vanderbush.