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Weekend Teaching Artist (Seasonal)

At Caldera, we believe in the power of creativity. Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative art and environmental programs. Our Youth Program provides students from Portland and Central Oregon with long-term mentoring that nurtures creativity beginning in sixth grade and continuing into young adulthood. Our Artists in Residence Program awards US-based and international artists the gift of time and space to practice at our Arts Center in Sisters, Oregon.

Position Title: Teaching Artist

Supervisor: Youth Program Director

Compensation: $25/hr + 1 hr prep per session

Schedule: Up to 3 weekends during the school year (October-June). Opportunities may include:

  • Weekend Intensives: 8:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday-Sunday with one, 3-hour teaching block each day. See application for specific
  • High School Workshops: roughly 1:00 pm-4:00 pm over 3 consecutive Saturdays

Equity & Inclusion

We recognize that Caldera communities face many societal inequities. We recognize the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our country, state, and institutions. We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression. We commit to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism. We also commit to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion, and freedom of expression.

We commit to integrating equity and inclusion into all areas of our work to better serve our mission; when we do, we get closer to the world that we want for our youth. To ensure our own accountability, we will 1) seek deeper relationships with and feedback from our larger community; 2) use our Equity Plan to guide ongoing work; and 3) apply our Equity Lens to decision-making. We will also seek inspiration from artistic and cultural traditions.

Caldera is an equal opportunity employer encouraging applicants of all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage people of color and Caldera community members to apply.

Position overview 

This position supports Caldera’s youth programs through creating and facilitating art lessons that promote outcomes around cultural and/or environmental justice for middle and high school students.


  • Develop and implement compelling arts lesson plans following Caldera’s frameworks for middle and high school students. Weekend workshop and intensive artists teach 1, roughly 3-hr. workshop per day for 8-15 students with accompanying mentor
  • Manage room set-up and clean-up, and keep track of supply inventory
  • Document lessons and submit supply lists at least two weeks prior using Caldera’s database, work with staff to receive feedback and refine plans
  • Oversee classes of up to 20 middle and high school youth; intervene and address behavioral issues following Caldera’s guidelines, write incident reports when necessary while maintaining confidentiality
  • Fully participate in and support the scope of full-group activities during Caldera events, even during non-teaching times
  • Document, archive, and organize student work and ensure its transfer to Caldera staff
  • When applicable, prepare student work for showcasing and organize setup and take-down
  • Act as mentors, advisers, guides, and allies to youth
  • Evaluate student growth and the effectiveness of the programming through surveys provided by Caldera
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Two years or more experience teaching art to middle and/or high school youth from historically underserved communities
  • Current practice in one or more art mediums
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive and anti-oppression frameworks and experience working with racially and ethnically diverse staff and youth
  • Familiarity with social-emotional learning and aesthetic principles and strong classroom management skills
  • Strong communication with youth and adults and experience facilitating groups of varying skill levels
  • Ability to design sequential lesson plans around artistic concepts that build creativity and youth voice
  • Ability to understand our racially diverse student population’s perspective, either through lived experience, previous qualifications, or work experience
  • Ability to navigate through potentially triggering and challenging conversations and situations while maintaining focus on the wellbeing of youth
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural skills highly preferred
  • Must pass a background Caldera considers systemic injustices when investigating findings

Working Conditions

  • Must be physically able to lead students to and from activities
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize and respond verbally to health and safety concerns and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus)
  • Noise level is very quiet (examples: forest trail, silent activities) to loud (examples: room-full of 50 students playing a game, drumming classes)
  • Physical Demands: 45% Sitting, 30% Standing, 20% Walking, 5% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5 – 80 lbs

To Apply

Please fill out our Google application, submitting a resume and sample lesson plan. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 2019 or until filled.


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