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Lead Educator

Socrates Sculpture Park
Working Time

Socrates Sculpture Park seeks an experienced and innovative Lead Educator to teach, facilitate, and coordinate core aspects of our vibrant seasonal educational programming, including Sculpture Studio and Sculpture Camp. This is a new position involving teaching as well as administrative coordination and youth staff management, for an individual who cares passionately about arts education and expanding local access to the arts.

Candidate will have demonstrable arts education teaching experience, particularly for diverse teens and youth of varying abilities, ideally in-school and out of school settings; will be enthusiastic about youth mentorship and cultivation; and highly capable of creating and holding a generative, supportive space. Candidate will also have a dedicated interest in assuming the role as lead point person for Socrates education offerings- managing our young educational support team and paid Summer interns, and handling the logistical and organizational details of the applicable educational programs, detailed below.

The Lead Educator will work in collaboration with the Director of Public Programs, who will plan and run the overarching season of events, and the Park’s Executive Director.


1. Sculpture Studio:
-Design curriculum, teach and facilitate art-making program for middle/high school students during school year (Spring & Fall sessions).
-Craft a hybrid in-school/at the Park art-making experience for 5 pre-established local school partners, with 2 distinct attending classes from each.
-Unique curriculum will resemble “3-part program” format: 1 pre-visit in school, 1 full day learning and art-making at the Park, 1 post-visit in school.
-Lead Educator will also responsible be for working with Socrates crew to stage/install created student artwork for exhibition in the Park.

2. Sculpture Camp:
-Facilitate all aspects of summertime art-making program for 5-12 year olds in local youth groups and day camps.
-Maintain art materials inventory and ordering.
-Coordinate springtime outreach and registration of youth groups and day camps including fielding calls/emails from registered camp groups, and monitoring registrants
-Lead Educator will teach 2 weeks of Sculpture Camp, and host 4 visiting teaching artists.
-Manage sizable staff during program including 1 Education Manager, approximately 18 total Summer Youth Employment (SYEP) students and Studio in a School interns, 4 visiting teaching artists, and staff-members of visiting camp groups.
-Complete evaluations and paperwork for SYEP and Studio in a School and resolve scheduling issues with youth staff
-Ensure diverse Summer youth workers receive purposeful enrichment in supportive, often first-time work environment through training, reflection/discussion, staff bonding.

3. Administrative:
-Lead Educator will coordinate with selected visiting teaching artists for Socrates’  Saturday Sculpture Workshops (SSW)
-Lead Educator will ensure confirmation of each artist and assisting youth staff; manage material inventory/ordering.
-Lead Educator can also assist Director of Public Programs with: booking visiting teaching artists and ordering materials for select festivals/community days; overlaps in educational staff coordination; possible curation of SSW and Sculpture Camp artists/projects.


-B.A. or M.A. in relevant field (arts education-related strongly preferred), AND/OR clearly demonstrable, multi-year professional experience in teaching arts education.
-Experience developing curriculum; teaching and/or working with youth and teens of varying abilities.
-Strong history engaging with diverse populations through educational programming or other services.
-Administrative experience, ideally in program coordination.
-Must enjoy working outside and in various types of weather.
-Excellent interpersonal skills and passionate interest in participating in Socrates community.
-Positive and engaging presence capable of focusing and holding space with youth outdoors.
-Demonstrable arts practice and interest in varying materials highly favored. Excitement about creating “out of the box” learning experiences- valuing experimentation, play, and process.

Strongly encouraged to apply:

Socrates Sculpture Park seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves. A plus: familiarity with Socrates, its programs, and Astoria/Long Island City or general Queens community; Queens resident; Spanish speaking.

Work Hours & Schedule:

This is an exciting new role at the Park for the majority of the calendar year.
April-June: 3 days a week.
July-August: 5 days a week.
September-November: 3 days a week.
Schedule is to be determined and discussed with candidate.

Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, full resume, and three references (as one PDF document preferred) to with “2018 Lead Educator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Socrates Sculpture Park is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Park is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from candidates from underrepresented communities. No phone calls please.