Call for Special Ed Art Teacher and Aide at the Emerson – Fall 2009

Emerson Art Education
Special Ed. Artist-Educator & Special Ed Art Aide
Job Application 2009

The Emerson’s offers community-based art education for teens, adults and children. Emerson Art Education classes and workshops are fun and build artistic skills and creative courage for all students in an inclusive community setting. Our teachers are high-quality educators and artists.

Beginning Fall of 2009, the Emerson will pilot a Special Education art class for grades 6-12 and recent high school graduates. Artist-Educators must have expertise in the media they teach, enthusiasm about working with youth and adults with a range of artistic abilities, an exceptional ability to communicate with parents, students, Emerson staff and the community at large, and a flexible attitude about working in a community-based arts organization. In addition, the Artist-Educator for this position will be certified to teach Special Education and Art, or have demonstrated success and enjoyment with this population. We seek inspiring candidates who are great art teachers and are sensitive to the wide range of issues and talents of students with special needs.

The Frances Senska Pottery Studio has large working tables, slab roller, fully stocked glaze area and glaze making material area, 10 wheels, an electric kiln, a variety of tools, extruder, clay mixer, slide projector and trays, and buckets. It is a community space shared by several teachers and thirty students at any given time. Proactive communication and willingness to pitch in to improve this popular and growing program are imperative.

Emerson’s art classroom, the Green Room, is a multi-use space shared by the Crawford Theater and the Art Education program. There may be times when classes must be moved to accommodate concerts or other community events. While we do our best to provide a consistent location for art classes, you may be asked to relocate your class. Please take this into account when applying for this position.

We currently have funding for a five-week class for 8-10 students that meets for two hours after school once a week during Fall 2009. We are also hiring a classroom aide with demonstrated enjoyment and success in working with students with special needs. We hope to continue the program throughout 2009-2010 and beyond, pending funding.

Your application packet should include the following:
• Cover letter, including: your specific interest in teaching, class ideas
• Resumé or narrative describing related training, teaching and community-based art experience
• Artist’s statement, if applicable
• CD with five – ten images of your current work (jpeg files, 1 – 3 megabyte), if applicable
Please send your packet to: Visual Arts Director Ellen Ornitz
The Emerson 111 South Grand, Bozeman, MT 59715
Please do not email your application.

Deadline for receipt of materials – June 1, 2009 or until position filled
Notification of acceptance – July 1, 2009 or until position filled
Fall Session – September – December 2009 (first class no earlier than September 14, 2009)