Position Title: Teaching Artist, Sculpture Studio | PDF
Department: Education
Reports To: Director of Education
Position Classification: Part time Non-exempt
Work Site Location: Socrates Sculpture Park and high schools in Western Queens
Salary Range:$60 per hour / totaling $8,640
Timeframe: April to June; September to November

Socrates Sculpture Park, a community-engaged waterfront New York City Park dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public art, is currently seeking a Teaching Artist to join a small, dedicated staff to work with visiting students.

The Sculpture Studio Teaching Artist is a part-time position focused on introducing high- and middle- school students to Socrates Sculpture Park, artmaking, and appreciation of the natural world.  In Sculpture Studio, visiting students learn and strengthen abilities with:

  • Contemporary modes of art- and meaning- making
  • Art appreciation
  • Visual literacy
  • Knowledge of the natural world
  • Mindfulness practices

During the school year, Sculpture Studio will work with 12 cohorts in a 3-part program format: 1 pre-visit in school, 1 full day learning and art-making at the Park, 1 post-visit in school.

Primary Responsibilities

The Teaching Artist will collaborate with the Director of Education to:

  • Develop an innovative curriculum
  • Lead sessions both in schools and the Park 
  • Liaise with partner schools and teachers
  • Document the classes and outcomes
  • Create and facilitate evaluations for each class and partner
  • Provide administrative support for the program

Qualifications include:

Relevant teaching and classroom management experience

Ability to work with diverse students and schools in a variety of contexts

Demonstrated artmaking experience

Ability to generate curricula

Collaborative and adaptable approach and ethic

Physical Requirements:

– Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, and move safely throughout Socrates grounds.
– Ability to lift 25 lbs. and move 40 lbs.
– Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some physical activities.

The ideal candidate will also have:

– Knowledge of sustainable materials
– Knowledge of the natural world
– Experience with mindfulness practices in the classroom
– Ability to use basic power tools
– Ability to document and archive artwork and class sessions


This is a part-time non-exempt position, with compensation of $60 per hour for class- and planning- time, up to a maximum of $8,640 for the program.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit application materials listed below (as a single PDF attachment) and a thoughtful cover letter in the body of an email with “Sculpture Studio Teaching Artist” in the subject line to: Douglas Paulson, Director of Education at jobs@socratessculpturepark.org

Application materials:

  • Teaching resume (required)
  • Brief statement about your teaching practice and approach (required)
  • Artistic CV (if applicable)
  • Artistic portfolio (if applicable)

No phone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.


Socrates Sculpture Park is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Park is committed to culturally diverse communities and encourages applications from candidates from communities not already strongly represented in arts organizations.