Teaching Artists

Museum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA) provides a number of educational outreach programs in schools (K-12) and in the community throughout the Bay Area. MOCHA offers in-school and after-school residencies as well as professional development opportunities for classroom teachers.

MOCHA Teaching Artists provide hands-on arts instruction in a range of settings. They are assigned placements based on scheduling, experience and interest. Depending on their assignment, Teaching Artists may also be responsible for developing curriculum, planning and preparing lessons, completing evaluations and attending meetings. MOCHA has three categories of Teaching Artists based on experience: Emerging Artist, Teaching Artist, and Master Artist.

The above artists work in the following settings:

●      In-School Residency: Features sequential hands-on arts education in classrooms during the school day. MOCHA Artists work with classroom teachers to determine content, which can be designed to support core curriculum and align with California State Standards.· Early Childhood Residency: Features sequential hands-on, exploratory arts activities in classrooms during the school day, with art-based curriculum geared towards children ages 3-5.

●      Special Events/Community Programs: MOCHA Artists provide hands-on activities for families at community events.

This Position Reports To:

Program Directors and/or Museum Program Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

●      Program Planning. In collaboration with classroom teachers, design arts education lessons that relate to classroom curriculum or other themes prioritized by classroom teachers. Working with MOCHA staff, develop contextual and age-appropriate hands-on arts education lessons. Coordinate with MOCHA staff to obtain supplies and maintain a responsibility to museum facility and art supplies.

●      Art Instruction. Deliver 60 to 90 minute lessons that include discussion, hands-on art lesson, student-assisted clean-up and closing discussion for youth ranging in age from pre-K to 12th grade, and from a variety of backgrounds including students with special needs and children with English as a second language.

●      Art Facilitation-Drop-in/Museum Programs. Assist youth and adults as they move through the studio environment. Encourage their creativity and exploration of materials. Set-up and continual clean-up of art studio.

●      Meetings & Trainings. Attend all required meetings and training sessions.

●      Evaluations & Reports. Complete all necessary evaluations and reports, including standard MOCHA evaluations and any additional evaluations/forms required for grant-funded programs.


●      5 years experience providing hands-on arts education to youth.

●      Ability to demonstrate, engage, challenge and interest youth through the arts.

●      Experience designing and implementing developmentally appropriate art curriculum.

●      Knowledge of youth development and arts education principles and practices.

●      Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for children, youth, families and volunteers.

●      Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently.

●      Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, and imaginative. A sense of humor and excellent communication skills.

●      Bilingual & working with Justice impacted youth a plus.

Hours: Artists may be assigned to work during the school day, after-school, and/or on weekends and evenings.

Rate of Pay:

Full-time: 65K yearly, 10 paid holidays, vacation & sick time

Selected applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and willing to submit to a background check, fingerprinting, and TB testing.