Position Title: Teaching Artist, Socrateens | PDF
Department: Education
Reports To: Director of Education
Position Classification: Part time Non-exempt
Work Site Location: Socrates Sculpture Park
Salary Range: $60 per hour / totaling $10,560
Timeframe: Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons during the school year

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 teen artists.

The Socrateens after school program helps high school students develop their creative practices and is an introduction to careers in visual arts. Students learn and strengthen abilities with:

  • Contemporary modes of art- and meaning- making
  • Art appreciation
  • Visual literacy
  • Large sculpture making
  • New materials and tools
  • Meeting and working among professionals in the arts

Two cohorts of  8-10 Socrateens meet for 22 two-hour sessions in the warmer months of the school year.  They will:

  • Receive artist fees
  • Make and document art
  • Visit museums and artists’ studios
  • Work both independently and collaboratively
  • Have an exhibition

Primary Responsibilities

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

  • Develop an innovative curriculum
  • Lead sessions both in the Park and at site visits
  • Facilitate both art making and tool training
  • Liaise with museums and artists for visits
  • Document the sessions and outcomes
  • Create and facilitate evaluations
  • Provide administrative support for the program

Qualifications include:

Relevant teaching experience

Ability to work with diverse students in a variety of contexts

Demonstrated artmaking experience

Competence with basic power tools

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
– Knowledge of contemporary art making practices
– Experience with mindfulness practices in the classroom
– 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 $10,560 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.