Visual Arts Specialist
Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation - New York, NY

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Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF) is New York’s leading provider of after-school and summer camp programs. Our mission is to help bridge the academic performance gap among under-achieving students and in low income neighborhoods through wholesome, skill-building activities designed to improve children’s academic performance, health and wellness, attitude towards school, self-confidence, character and values, and opportunity for lifelong employment.


Visual Arts Assistant Directors facilitate service learning, organize trips, and may partner with the community on service based projects. They are responsible for creating lessons, projects and objectives that meet the individual students’ needs. He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning and serves as a role model to youth, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner and maintaining appropriate boundaries. They are also responsible for maintaining target number of participants in each class [10-15]. Art Instructors, in collaboration with the central SASF Art Department, find innovative/creative ways to challenge students in art and literacy.

Primary Responsibilities:

1- Guide students in creative solutions to art curriculum

2- Attend all training sessions and take notes

3- Assist in preparing materials for art sessions

4- Assist with Art Grants, when possible and appropriate

5- Help students write about their art

6- Help plan and set-up all aspects of art shows (as applicable)

7- Contribute communications and content for website for the Arts

8- Assist with plans for student trips to museums

9- Assist in evaluating the arts program

10- Willingness to ensure the success of the program

Visual Arts Assistant Directors are responsible for curriculum development, preparation for classroom activities, teaching and holding students to established standards, and adapting the New York State Arts Learning Standards in order to create an engaging and awarding activity that encourages participation in SASF programs.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in the Visual Arts, including incorporate of Art History into lessons.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the student’s needs.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in the activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other students, explaining rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Progressive development of student skills leading to a final project
  • Promotes positive character development in all youth
  • Most SASF Assistant Directors are expected to provide homework support during Academic hour.

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