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Ivonne Cruz

Part Time Teaching Artist-Music & Visual Arts-Columbia College

The School of Fine and Performing Arts Community Schools Program at Columbia College Chicago (CCC) is looking to fill Teaching Artist positions for Community School’s current and upcoming school year. This is a grant funded position that is dependent on continual funding. Seeking Teaching Artists in Music, Visual Arts and Drumming. A significant coursework towards a degree in related field or proven ability/related training. The Teaching Artist is a part-time position for after school. The Teaching Artist reports to both the Program coordinator and the Program Manager, Director of Programs, and if applicable, School Principal.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.


• Create a 10 to 14-week curriculum teaching fundamentals of a specific genre proposal (Music) and deliver program instruction.

• Conduct activities consistent with the program goals and description.

• Build social soft skills into the program curriculum in accordance with the school site values.

• Participate in all mandatory program meetings i.e. orientation, curriculum development review, site-based program planning/improvement meetings (site staff meetings, showcase planning meetings), professional development sessions.

• Provide the PC with information and documentation necessary for completion of program evaluation, reports, publicity and program development needs such as attendance, etc.

• Builds relationships and liaises with school day teachers, and Community Schools staff to drive collaboration and program success.

• Follows Columbia College and CPS guidelines to report any behavioral concerns and/or incidents.

• Coordinate and deliver accurate daily documentation of student attendance in the program.

• Use the school/site facilities with care and consideration (cleaning classrooms or workspaces at the end of the day).

• Advise PC of any program issues, changes, and/or news via email.

• Plan at least one field trip OR guest speaker visit as contribution to program’s professional development initiatives.

• Attend and help facilitate field trips with program staff and participants.

• Attend snack period with program participants in the cafeteria.

• Advise the Coordinator on the needs of the program such as any development or issues that affect program delivery.

• Assist the PC and with culminating project/event with the partnering organization/school.

• Create and plan for a culminating event in both the Fall and Spring with program participants. Coordinate with other program staff to plan and deliver culminating event as needed.

• Submit timesheets and bi-weekly reports in accordance to the CCC Payroll Calendar.

• Submit a narrative report, documentation and curriculum plan upon the end of contract period.

• Perform other related tasks and/or assignments as needed or required.


• Bachelor degree BS, BA, BFA, Degree in Music, Dance, music technology, theatre, arts therapy, (significant coursework towards a degree in a related field), or proven ability/related training.

• A minimum of 1-year teaching and/or mentoring experience in school or community-based setting.

• Experience teaching enrichment content to K-12 students

• Ability to stay organized, manage multiple tasks, meet and set deadlines within a complex team environment.

• Ability to plan with teachers of different disciplines for events or multidisciplinary lessons.

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

• Knowledge of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and Community Based Organizations.

• Commitment to, and interest in the arts and higher education.

• Excellent attendance and punctuality is a must.

• Demonstrates commitment to improving the academic achievement of all students

• Holds current knowledge of behavior management techniques, educational trends, methods and subject area knowledge.

Additional Requirements

Hours: All candidates must agree to work from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday for a minimum of 4-6 hours per week and maximum of 12 hours per week.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

Additional Information

To ensure consideration, please include a cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references in your submission.

Position subject to a background screening. This is a union position. This position is overtime eligible. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights.

The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago