Teaching qualifications

Visual and performing arts teachers (various specialties)

job description

The organization

HOPE Center for the Arts is a high quality arts program for adults with intellectual disabilities 22 years and older. HOPE has been providing services to this special population for over 40 years. To find out more visit: hope4arts.org.

Our Miss is to transform lives through the arts by providing arts programming with complementary life skills training. We do this by providing opportunities for community integration, artistic expression, community/audience access at performances and exhibitions, building social skills, increasing self-reliance and independence with a person-centred approach.

Summary of work

HOPE Center for the Arts is looking for facilitators/educators in the following specialty areas: visual arts, music, music therapy and life enrichment. These opportunities provide high quality education for adults 22 years and older with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities (including but not limited to Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and autism) . Hours vary by assignment.

Experience and education requirements

Ideal candidates

All assignments:

*Teaching experience and/or direct experience working with people with intellectual disabilities is highly desirable.

Visual arts:

* Degree (or in the process of obtaining) in a related discipline (i.e. painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, etc.) MFA preferred.


*A degree in music education or a related discipline from an accredited college is desirable.

*Two years + direct experience as a music teacher.

Music therapy:

*A related bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.

*Master’s degree and/or certification and/or related current credentials preferred.

life enrichment:

*Degree (or in the process of obtaining) in a related discipline such as, but not limited to, special education.

Minimum qualifications for all assignments:

*A minimum of one year of related experience AND/OR a combination of experience and education related to the assignment is required.

*A related bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.

Responsibility: All assignments report to the HOPE Program Manager.

Skills required for the successful candidate include:

  • Communication skills: Facilitation, collaboration, information, listening, presentation, writing.
  • Personal initiative skills: Organizational awareness, contribution to a positive work environment, pursuit of excellence.
  • Planning skills: Action planning and organization, time tracking and management, meeting deadlines, flexible, adaptable.
  • Quality Skills: Satisfy artist’s demands, use meaningful measurements, resilient.
  • Relationship skills: relationship building, teamwork, conflict resolution, networking
  • Analysis and Problem Solving: Demonstrated solution-oriented skills, exercising good judgment, conducting research, making recommendations.
  • Safety, Health and Environment Competencies: Foster organizational well-being, support a safe environment.

Expected initial responsibilities and working conditions

· Assist and follow protocol in all aspects of the program, including but not limited to preparing for classes before their scheduled start time, adhering to class schedules, documenting class goal progress artist, the artist’s ongoing and accurate case notes, and the implementation of timely class cleanup. mount/break

· Online and on-site classroom instruction using a variety of methods, media and approaches focused on developing the artist.

· Design the program within the framework of the program budget which is maintained by the department, the program may include cross-collaborations with other departments and in response to requests from the Executive Director.

· Advocate for artists whenever appropriate and necessary.

·Reliable and punctual attendance with timely notifications of sickness absence by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled day.

· Maintain supplies and equipment.

Maintain a 1:8 classroom ratio (1 staff to 8 students) and any other ratios required by compliance agencies such as the Orange County Regional Center.

· Effectively and appropriately deal with any performer behavior issues with defined protocols and approaches.

Ensure a safe working environment for artists

· Ongoing supervision and support of artists’ needs during breaks, before and after program start, and during lunch hour, etc.

· Must be able to work on a flexible schedule and be open to all assignments

Represent the HOPE Center for the Arts, its program, artists, and staff in a professional and promotional manner: at program events, in community contacts with other businesses or individuals, and in any interactions with parents/guardians /agency representatives.

·Provide direction/guidance to program assistants, interns, field students and volunteers as needed.

Perform other related duties as needed and/or assigned

Hours: Depends on specialty area from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Type of employment: Full time

Salary: $16.00 – $22.00 per hour

Program: Days of the week (Monday to Friday) depending on the specialty area

Considerations related to COVID-19: All participants and staff are required to follow local and state government health protocols and guidelines.

Ability to move/move: Irvine, CA 92604: Commute reliably or consider moving before you start work (Preferred)

Location: Onsite (Irvine)/Online

HOPE Center for the Arts, is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to register

1) Send a cover letter and CV to Indeed.com

2) In Indeed search, type under What; HOPE Center for the Arts, Where: Irvine, CA

3) Resumes will be assessed for minimum and desired qualifications; Successful candidates will be called for an initial interview.

When applying, mention that you saw this opening listed on Disability Scoop.

Editing History

June 22, 2022