Raw Art Works (RAW) seeks an Art Therapist with vision and passion. RAW has designed and implemented a comprehensive art therapy program within an alternative middle/high school. We are looking for someone with significant experience working with clinically diagnosed teens, including a background working with trauma. This person will facilitate groups and sessions and build relationships with students through the creation of meaningful art. The ability to collaborate with a dynamic team of teachers is essential.
RAW hires Art Therapists who are committed artists in their own right and therefore we ask that you include a portfolio of your recent work with your application (see To Apply below). The Art Therapist will receive clinical and programmatic supervision by registered Art Therapists and will be able to accrue hours for ATR licensure. This position will be for a temporary part-time employee who will be employed during the school year.
Lead individual and group sessions; develop innovative art concepts appropriate for both
Build meaningful relationships with students, providing artistic and emotional support
Build meaningful relationships with teachers and staff
Collaborate with both the RAW and school clinical teams; including contributing to IEP, clinical, and family meetings
Create a safe, supportive, inclusive and FUN environment for youth
Exhibit artwork of youth within and outside of the school as opportunities arise
Minimum of three years working with adolescents with a record of success. At least one year experience workingwith youth in a clinical setting
Preference for experience in creative youth development
Strong team player, continually open to learning and teaching new skills and techniques
Superior communication, organization and problem-solving skills
Energy, enthusiasm, and commitment, with a high standard of professionalism
Must submit portfolio of own art work (ideally you will also show examples of art with youth with whom you have worked)
Sense of humor
Fluency in a language other than English, particularly Spanish, is highly desired
Must have driver’s license
Application Deadline: Applications accepted and reviewed as received; position is open January 2020. Hours and Salary: 17 hours per week. $25-$27/hr commensurate with experience To Apply: No calls please. Submit cover letter and resume with the subject line Art Therapist Search at email@example.com. Include a link to your website or PDF/JPG attachments of your artwork. Examples can also include exhibits of student work you have facilitated, however, you may submit client work at a later date if you need to secure releases to use the images. If sending jpg images, please size them so they are not over 1MB each.
Please answer the following in the cover letter: 1. When working with teens, describe a recent situation where from process to finished product the art concept that you presented was successful. 2. Briefly describe an effective strategy you applied when working in a difficult clinical situation with a teen group or a challenging student in 7th-12th grade.
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About Raw Art Works
RAW is a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Lynn, Massachusetts. We currently offer 50 annual groups and programs joining art therapy, arts education and youth media/filmmaking with youth development. Founded and staffed by arts therapists, RAW’s mission is to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. Founded in 1988, RAW has operated community-based studios in Lynn since 1994. The organization has twenty one staff members including five alumni staff and serves over 1,300 children and teens each year. For more information visit www.rawartworks.org.