Art Instructor, Woodworking (part time)

Eden Prairie, MN
Oct 11, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
Job Type
Employment Status
Part Time
Position Details

Status:  Part-time/Temporary/Seasonal (PTS) position, non-exempt 

Salary:  Starts at $20.00 to $24.00 per hour, depending on qualifications 

Location: Eden Prairie Art Center, 7650 Equitable Drive 

Hours:  Ongoing: Various adult and youth classes/workshops/camps as needed. Applicants should have a flexible schedule to allow for a variety of days and times during the week and on weekends, in coordination with the Recreation Supervisor.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to Recreation Supervisor – Arts and Events


Recreation Division

The Recreation Services Division has the responsibility for managing all recreation facilities and providing a variety of affordable recreation programs and services for all age groups and people of all abilities. The staff in this division are responsible for the management of facilities such as the Community Center, the Senior Center, and the Outdoor Center, as well as all other City park buildings and recreation facilities such as swimming beaches, sledding hill, amphitheater and facilities on school property that are operated in partnership with the School District such as the Oak Point Pool and tennis courts at CMS.

Position Responsibilities

Position Details

The Art Center Instructor leads a variety of adult and/or youth courses and workshops at the Eden Prairie Art Center, Senior Center, and possible off-site locations based on experience and area(s) of expertise. In addition, individuals hired for this position may substitute for art classes in a variety of other formats and work at city events providing demonstrations or hands-on activities for youth and adults. The primary position responsibilities and areas of impact are:

  • Provides instruction and prepares curriculum for youth and/or adults in specialty area of woodworking including but not limited to knowledge of contemporary woodworking techniques used to achieve high quality education for the public in offered class, workshop, or lesson created in collaboration with supervisor and ability to instruct functional wood object-making. Extensive knowledge with the following equipment and ability to instruct community members of all ages the appropriate and safe way to use such equipment within the focus of a prepared curriculum: lathe, planer, jointer, table saw, band saw, various drills and drill presses, router, belt disc sander, circular saw, and other common tools found within a woodworking shop.
  • Serve as part of the pool of instructors for various bookings such as private parties or lessons and events.
  • Ensures students and member needs are met through personal recognition and providing quality service.
  • Monitors the well-being of all participants throughout art program.
  • Assumes a leadership role as a professional in the area of arts.
  • Ensures that a safe and healthy environment exists for participants.
  • Administers all Art Center policies, rules, and guidelines.
  • Assists in the upkeep and general maintenance of the Art Center building.
  • Arrives well prepared, with all necessary supplies before class starts.  
  • May be responsible for opening and closing the Art Center building for programs and open studio time.

While these areas are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as a part of their role with the City.

Position Requirements

Education: B.A. or B.F.A. degree in art or related subject or equivalent teaching and woodworking experience required. Consideration also given to those who are currently enrolled in one of the degree-seeking programs listed above and have extensive woodworking and teaching experience. CPR and First Aid certifications preferred.

Work Experience: 1-year experience teaching art classes in a school or art center setting required, 3-5 years preferred.

Specialized Training: Able to create lesson plans independently and specialized training in woodworking. Some equipment training may be provided.

City Expectations

We are a service organization. We take pride in what we do. We cultivate a supportive, encouraging and productive culture with a strong customer focus. We promote wellness and plan work/life balance into our goals. We value differences and foster inclusion. We achieve success by exhibiting our core values: collaboration, innovation, integrity, performance and relationships.

Position Specific Expectations

Communication: Able to convey a message to get a point across; communicates in a clear and concise manner; able to write clearly and succinctly; tailors message to a variety of communication settings and styles.

Attention to Detail: Able to find errors in work and solve problems; anticipates issues and performs at a high level of accuracy; sets up systems to ensure errors are not repeated.

Accountability: Follows through on commitments; focuses on appropriate tasks throughout the shift; takes responsibilities for actions both as an individual and on behalf of the organization; actions and words are in sync; follows all policies and procedures; maintains confidentiality; is prepared and punctual to all scheduled shifts.

Sound Judgment: Able to make a decision based on the right mixture of facts; determines a course of action after weighing and analyzing different options.

City of Eden Prairie Pre-Employment Process

The City of Eden Prairie conducts the following pre-employment checks for this position:

1. Work history

2. Professional references

3. Criminal history

*All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the City's evaluation of the pre-employment process before their first day of employment.

City of Eden Prairie Application Process

Application Post Date:  September 11, 2019

Application Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2019

Interviews:  1 to 2 weeks after deadline, top candidates only

Expected Start Date:  Start date depends on candidate area of expertise and schedule. 

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