HOSPITALITY HOUSE JOB Art Workshop Instructor

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HOSPITALITY HOUSE JOB Art Workshop Instructor

TITLE: Art Workshop Instructor
REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Community Arts Program
COMPENSATION: DOE; no benefits
STATUS: Temporary Employee;
SCHEDULE: November 2014 - June 2015; Six hours/week (two 1.5-hour workshops plus prep/supervision time)
DEADLINE: Open until filled. Internal deadline is 5pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014; no exceptions.

Founded in 1967, Hospitality House is a progressive, community-based organization located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood that provides opportunities and resources for personal growth and self-determination to homeless people and neighborhood residents. Our mission is to build community strength by advocating policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment. We use a peer-based approach and encourage participation from our constituents on various levels of decision-making and service-delivery.

Hospitality House has five programs. The Tenderloin Self-Help Center and Sixth Street Self-Help Center are community centers that provide a range of emergency and support services using a low-threshold, peer-based, self-help model. In addition to housing, case management, harm reduction, and mental health support, the Centers have an extensive Employment Services component. The Shelter Program is a small men’s dormitory that provides basic emergency shelter as well as one-on-one case management and counseling to assist people in moving into permanent housing and addressing other issues creating barriers to stability and self-sufficiency. The Community Arts Program is a unique space where individuals can create, house and sell artwork, offering open studio hours, workshops, a creative writing class, and an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work.  The Community Building Program encompasses employment services, volunteer opportunities, and the Healing, Organizing and Leadership Development Program which trains interns in examining trauma and engaging in community organizing. All programs work together to provide a range of support, resources, and opportunities for people to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

The Art Workshop Instructor is responsible for developing and implementing a fine art workshop curriculum for residents at Tenderloin and South of Market SRO housing buildings. The 90-minute workshops will take place in two twenty-week sessions, where residents will learn about and create fine art utilizing materials and instruction provided by Hospitality House.  Topics will include instruction in a range of media including painting, drawing, and other crafts.  The Instructor will design a structured and evolving curriculum consistent with the agency’s mission, philosophical principles, and ethical standards, which is appropriate to group dynamics, interests, and abilities.  The Instructor should have a foundational knowledge of basic fine art concepts (i.e. still-life drawing, composition, color mixing, painting, art history, art appreciation), and the ability to present these in an accessible way.  This position provides support and instruction to program participants, engaging local residents to explore their creativity.  The Art Workshop Instructor must be available to work daytime and evening hours, as well as some additional hours for special events.

• MFA or BFA  with related teaching experience
• Experience leading art workshops/classes
• Experience working with people experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, active drug use, life-threatening illnesses, social disenfranchisement, and/or other related issues
• Ability to interact with participants with professionalism, respect and dignity, engaging those who are more reserved
• Ability to work flexibly in addressing individual needs in a diverse community
• Ability to help participants resolve conflict situations to maintain a peaceful creative work environment
• Must be reliable, able to effectively multi-task, be attentive to detail, and possess strong organization skills
• Ability to represent the agency in off-site venues; experience coordinating exhibitions.
• Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

Central City Hospitality House/Art Workshop Instructor Search
290 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA  94102 or

Please specify the position for which you are applying. Please NO PHONE CALLS or VISITS.
Allyson West, Executive Director California Reentry Program P.O. Box 483 San Quentin, CA 94964 415-599-6586