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Position: Art Coordinator
Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Training and Curriculum Manager
UICS Metro Center is a leader in the movement to incorporate arts into early education. The Art Coordinator's primary responsibility is to extend children's learning through art and provide exposure to all forms of art for Metro families and the community. This is facilitated through regular classroom art experiences, collaboration with teaching staff, engagement with families, and assistance with large-scale events, performances and field trips. The outcomes of these experiences include children with increased imagination and creativity, teachers with arts infused lesson plans, and families connected through play and self-expression. The Art Coordinator will work closely with the Metro Center-Early Learning Director and Training and Curriculum Manager.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
- Act as agency's art instructor and facilitator regularly scheduled art experiences for every classroom at least twice a week
- Review teachers lesson plans and assist with projects based upon what the children are studying in their classrooms as it relates to visual, music, spoken word, storytelling and movement
- Create and implement projects which reinforce children's knowledge base through an artistic approach that encompasses various mediums
- Use storytelling, rhyming games, and "acting out” stories to further children's language and vocabulary development
- Mentor teaching staff in the use of props and manipulatives to help children understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thought processes using music, movement, stories, etc.
- Model positive adult/child interactions for the teaching staff at the Metro Center
- Observe classroom environments and consult with the Training and Curriculum Manager and Student Success Coordinator for necessary changes as it relates to the artistic development of the lessons
- Provide new art displays for the center on a rotating basis
- Provide input and collaborate with the extended team to coordinate large-scale art experiences for family engagement
- Work with leadership on the coordination of agency-wide events.
- Provide positive social emotional development activities with small groups of students and team with the Training and Curriculum Manager, Student Success Coordinator, and teachers to assist children with social emotional development as needed
- Coordinate and facilitate parent and child experiences on a weekly basis
- Assist in the coordination of mini residencies for community artists and in house performances.
- Coordinate afterschool programming.
Skills and Qualifications
- Must have a Bachelor's Degree
- Must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with young children in the Arts through workshops, summer art's programs, etc encompassing various mediums
- Must have a background in the arts to be established through a portfolio/resume
- Must have the ability to pass MHP Security Clearance as required by state licensing
- Ability to interact with children using positive gestures, appropriate voice tone, and encourage each child as an individual
- Ability to use developmentally appropriate teaching practices
- Ability to engage parents/guardians in family activities
- Good language usage in both verbal and written communication
- Ability to direct and collaborate with teaching personnel assigned to the classroom
- Ability to engage in positive interpersonal skills
- Ability to organize events working closely with program staff
- Be able to lift up to 55 pounds
- Excessive climbing, walking, bending, stretching, and sitting on floor with children
- Exposure to childhood illnesses and diseases
- Exposure to varying outside temperatures (heat & cold)
Job Type: Full Time