Youth Art, Woodshop Instructor (Arts Instructor II) job available

12 Jan 2016 8:07 PM | LLC Doctor's Woodshop

Youth Art, Woodshop Instructor (Arts Instructor II)

(Southwest Portland - Multnomah Arts Center)         


Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, is looking for a qualified, energetic, and outgoing individual to teach woodshop in our youth art program.

Multnomah Arts Center instructors are dedicated educators with strong arts training.

The position is part-time (expected initial teaching hours: 1.5 - 6 hours per week based on enrollment, maximum 1200 hours per year). This position does not include benefits.

Pay range for this position starts at $20 - $25, depending on experience.

Course offerings include:

  • ·             Parent/Child Woodshop (ages 2 - 4) use FOAMULAR to learn tool safety and basic practices.
  • ·             Woodshop Ages 4-6 learn basic hand tool use and safety to create sculptures with soft wood.
  • ·             Woodshop Ages 7-11 learn basic hand tool use, safety, and how to follow a plan to cut, measure, and construct their project.
  • ·             Teacher may also propose new classes and workshops in this medium.

Required Background and Teaching Experience:

  • Has a degree in art or equivalent professional experience [with a strong emphasis in woodworking/woodshop].
  • Has at least one year of woodshop classroom teaching experience, including curriculum planning.
  • Can teach age-appropriate activities and safety procedures to students ages 2 & up.
  • Is earnest about teaching young people artistic practices and introducing them to new ways of thinking.
  • Has excellent communication skills and works well with parents (e.g. helping them understand the creative process.)
  • Can maintain all appropriate documentation such as records, lesson plans, handouts, safety information, and attendance.
  • Is CPR/First Aid certified (or is willing to become certified).

Required Woodshop Technical Experience:

  • Able to set up and operate common woodworking machinery, including table saw, band saw, chop saw, router, sander, drill press, and hand tools.
  • Must be able to maintain a clean, organized, and safe woodshop environment and to handle all materials properly.
  • Knowledge of different woods, their properties, and uses.
  • Ability to accurately cut and measure wood and to join and assemble parts using fasteners, adhesives, dowels, and clamps.
  • Ability to read and understand simple diagrams and plans.


  • Is flexible, i.e. can work with the changing demands of our community and contribute with enthusiasm.
  • Works well with others and is comfortable sharing a space with other instructors
  • Is familiar with the Multnomah Arts Center and its programs.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift heavy materials (up to 50lbs).
  • Ability to work in a dusty and noisy environment when operating woodworking machines and tools.

To apply for this position; please submit a cover letter, resumé, examples or links to your artistic work, and at least three references to:; or submit the information to Attention: Aimé Kelly, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2016.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

Address:  NWWT, PO Box 1157, Lake Oswego, Or 97035
NWWT is a 501 (c)3 Organization

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