Continuing Education Woodworking Assistant

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 25, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time

Department Overview

RISD Continuing Education functions within the larger context of RISD, an institution with an unparalleled reputation for producing highly skilled, successful and internationally renowned creative practitioners. A wide variety of creative experiences await adult students at RISD Continuing Education. We offer courses and certificate programs in a broad range of visual arts and design disciplines (both traditional and digital), as well as in topics related to art and design as integral parts of our lives and culture. We schedule these courses year-round, during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.

With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing ‘critical making, thinking and innovation’ and ‘applying the principles of art and design to the requirements of trade and manufacturing’, RISD Continuing Education Certificate Programs are designed to facilitate personal and professional development by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in specific creative disciplines. These non-credit certificates are flexible, designed to accommodate both students’ learning interests and schedules, and provide robust, studio-based learning that is current, relevant, and integrally connected to the creative economy. These programs equip students with the skills, confidence, proficiency, and real-world experience to accelerate their creative lives and work.

Job Description

RISD Continuing Education is looking for a dynamic team member to assist with our Woodworking class in Westerly, RI. The ideal candidate should be able to organize, assist and provide feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping with the institutional learning-centered values and in a manner that meets the essential competencies of an artist and designer. Interpersonal and leadership skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential.

In order to enhance our program, we are looking for Education Assistants (EA) who can provide assistance and teaching support to our faculty in the classroom and/or a studio setting. In general, this position will help teachers in ensuring a positive, meaningful and rich learning environment.

The Education Assistant may help in preparing lesson plans and instructing students and may run small-group labs; assist faculty members in student assessment; and instruct students in the proper use of laboratory equipment and materials.

The Education Assistant will be a greeter to students and parents, ensure proper set up of the classroom, and generally assist the teacher with the course delivery. This position is a temporary, contracted position that may require the following tasks:

  • Perform auxiliary tasks required in the classroom to support the main classroom teacher.
  • Ensure students are using equipment safely and wearing the proper PPE
  • Meet with teachers regularly before to coordinate lesson plans and after class to help prepare for the next day
  • Help with instruction, projects, and assignments.
  • Mentor and guide students during classroom activities, group and individual projects and breaks.
  • Help prepare materials for education programs in collaboration with assigned instructor(s), particularly for courses involving minors.

In addition, the EA will:

  • Discuss class progress and customize facilitated programs with the teachers.
  • Help facilitate the entire program experience, including not only the art and design elements, but also the environmental components.
  • Research works of art and other topics related to programs.

Basic requirements include:

  • A demonstrated proficiency in the related studio environment.
  • Prior experience teaching or serving as a teaching assistant required.
  • A proven ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse ages, backgrounds, and interests.
  • Strong interpersonal, research and verbal communication skills.
  • Creativity, flexibility, and broad cultural experiences and personal warmth are essential. Ability to work cooperatively with and be sensitive to the diverse populations of RISD’s community.
  • The ability to travel to off-site locations.

In addition to the basic requirements, the Educational Assistant position requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of art/design/woodworking experience in an educational setting.
  • Prior experience teaching or serving as a teaching assistant required.
  • Knowledge of related tools such as table saw, miter saw, planner, drills, impact drivers, and various hand tools.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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