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Jocelyne Adkins

Teaching Artist 2022-23

Teaching Artist with By Discovery, After School Art Enrichment Program

The Lead Teaching Artist position is a wonderful opportunity for those who are passionate about their art practice and enjoy working with children, grades K-5. Preferred applicants have teaching experience as a lead educator for 1 or more years and an undergraduate degree in art or art education. Preferred applicants will also excel in 3 of the following studio arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fiber arts. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be both caring and comfortable helping children problem solve, in relation to a project or by encouraging prosocial behavior when children experience disagreements. Promoting kindness and safety, including covid safety protocols in the art room and at play (indoors or on the playground), is especially important.

Position Requirements:

  1. Work independently and as part of a team to develop and document (via Google docs/sheets/slides) engaging, skill building, process-based art projects with lead educators, teaching artists and the program director via weekly meetings (1 to 2 meetings per week)
  2. Create and share slide presentations to introduce students to artists, artwork, concepts, techniques and to facilitate discussions
  3. Create art project samples to motivate students and to create a benchmark for project goals
  4. Clearly demonstrate techniques, supply usage, and project clean-up steps for each lesson presented
  5. Submit project supply lists for approval and purchase by By Discovery’s Program Director
  6. Communicate closely with Program Director and with By Discovery families via email to share information about special project needs, scheduling changes such as field trips, special exhibition opportunities, changes in the child pick-up location, and other topics that arise, including art room behavior management strategies if needed
  7. Supervise and support the Teaching Assistant in their responsibilities (supervision of snack, outdoor play, project preparations, project assistance, student clean-up, etc.)
  8. Take student attendance daily and verify absences with parents/caregivers or the school office if needed
  9. Complete an accident report should there be a student injury and share with the Program Director, School Principal and parent/caregiver
  10. Document student artwork and share with the Program Director to post on social media
  11. Be a mentor and promote kindness and safety in the art room and on the playground
  12. Encourage prosocial behavior and redirect students who lose focus
  13. Complete weekly timesheets (via Google spreadsheets) for payroll
  14. Be willing to engage in other capacities that will facilitate the safe and efficient delivery of the program
  15. Candidates must submit to a background check and participate in First Aid Training for Certification.

Additional Qualifications:

1. BA or BFA degree in visual art or education OR can demonstrate ability in one or more of these areas

2. Strong work ethic (punctual, dedicated, engaged, focused)

3. Excellent rapport with children (enthusiastic, patient, nurturing, attentive)

4. Strong interpersonal skills (flexible, empathetic, strong listener, positive demeanor and can manage conflict)

5. Ability to climb 2 or 3 flights of stairs, with frequency, during child pick-up

Days and Times: There are 2 Teaching Artist positions available in Oak Park, IL:

Position 1: Monday through Friday

Position 2: Tuesday and Thursday

When applying for a position, please specify your availability

This position requires on-site work at school, on-site work for weekly meetings (this location can be fluid) and work from home. The information below provides an estimate of time commitment and estimated weekly compensation.

Classroom Time: M, T, TH, F: 2:50 - 6:20pm; W: 2:20 – 6:20pm (M-F: 18 hours per week; T/Th: 7 hours per week)

Weekly Meetings: Once or twice weekly, morning preferred, 3 to 4 hours per week, completed in one session or divided into 2 sessions

Work From Home: This may vary widely, some weeks this may be 2-4 hours total, other weeks it may be 8 hours total, depending on the projects and the preparation required.

Total Weekly Hours: M-F: 23 to 30 hours; T/TH: 12 to 15 hours

Estimated Compensation (W-2 employee): $18 per hour

$18 per hour = $414-$540 gross per M-F work week; $216-$270 gross for T/TH work week

Work Calendar Notes:

  1. By Discovery follows the Oak Park District 97 school calendar. School begins on Aug 24, 2022 and ends on June 9th, 2023 (or potentially through June 16th, 2023 for any weather related closures).
  2. The position begins mid August, tentatively on the 15th, for training and lesson planning.
  3. Holidays, school breaks and no school attendance days are non-work days and compensation is not offered, unless there are scheduled lesson planning days that are mutually agreed upon by the Teaching Artists, Lead Educators, and Program Director.
  4. Summer hours are typically reduced to lesson planning and 3 weeks of summer camp, however By Discovery may extend summer camp sessions for additional weeks in 2023.

Other Information:

Oak Park is accessible via the CTA green and blue lines

Please visit our website at to learn more about our organization

To Apply:

Interested individuals may send an email with a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the ways in which they meet the position requirements and qualifications to Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director, at Based upon the quality of the responses and the qualifications of the applicant, individuals will be selected to interview.

By Discovery is a program of By Discovery, LLC and the Beye and Lincoln PTOs that offers children opportunities for growth and exploration through creative project-based learning in art.

Contact Info:
Jocelyne Adkins
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Oak Park, IL