Richmond Art Center

Jewelry and Metal Teaching Artist

Position: Jewelry and Metal Teaching Artist
Schedule: Part-time, casual and irregular
Supervisor: Studio Director

Essential Duties:

Teaching artists are members of the Studio program, responsible for teaching beginning or intermediate skills as part of the Center’s on site programs. The Richmond Art Center is currently seeking up to three practicing, professional jewelry and metal artists to teach on a part-time basis. The Center is seeking instructors for the following classes only:

  • Anticlastic & Synclastic Forming for Jewelry
  • Jewelry & Stone Setting
  • Advanced Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Ideal candidates will be well-versed in their discipline, have experience teaching, and have a passion for working in a community setting. This position involves interacting with the Center’s staff and any volunteers who may assist the students. Under guidance from the Studio Director, teaching artists plan curricula and implement studio policies and procedures. Richmond Art Center instructors mind the safety of students while maintaining a positive and collaborative studio environment.

Instructional Responsibilities

  • Design, implement and improve a 6-8 week course curriculum
  • Announce relevant Richmond Art Center events during class
  • Learn about and support Studio policies and procedures
  • Provide guidance and support to students as needed
  • Maintain a safe, professional and supportive learning environment for all students
  • Arrive prepared and on time for class
  • Prepare a materials list for the studio, and a class outline and supply list for the students
  • Leave storage spaces and studios clean and tidy after class
  • Secure internal and exterior studio doors and windows after every class

Program Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the staff, studio managers or monitors, and fellow instructors
  • Distribute and collect evaluations at the end of class
  • Attend all teaching artist planning meetings and safety training sessions
  • Work closely with Studio Director and Coordinator to improve the quality of classes
  • Meet deadlines when responding to Studio program queries
  • Periodically update class descriptions, bios and other promotional materials

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills and abilities)

  • An active art practice with strong skills in the class of interest
  • Teaching experience in a classroom or community setting
  • Emotional intelligence: can provide compassionate feedback to students
  • Organized, with good work ethic.
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Able to communicate clearly and efficiently with a variety of audiences
  • A strong desire to be successful at teaching
  • If working with minors, must pass a post-employment criminal background check

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

  • Must be able to regularly lift up to 25lbs and climb an 8 ft ladder.
  • Must own a working, reliable vehicle and hold a current, valid CA driver’s license.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

About the Richmond Art Center

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided nearly 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. Housed in a 1951 vintage modern 25,000 sq. ft. facility, the Richmond Art Center is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond.  The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 14 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 400-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art Center reestablished its Art in the Community program in 2012, providing afterschool art experiences to 17 schools and various community centers. It has over 670 members, 150 volunteers, and 15 full-time and five part-time staff.  The Center has an operating budget of $1.3 million.  To learn more about the Richmond Art Center, please visit our website:


The Art Center is a dynamic visual arts organization, empowering and transforming individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education.  We deliver exciting arts experiences to young and old alike, reflecting the diverse richness of our community.

About the Studio Staff

The three-employee Studio staff supports the Art Center by designing and implementing engaging site-based educational opportunities and events for people of all ages. The Studio staff supports the needs of its teaching artists through professional development, a diverse and positive working environment, paid planning time, and a focus on social justice.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates can send a cover letter, resume, and references to

Deadline: open until filled.

Compensation & Benefits

Schedule: Part-time, casual, irregular

Pay Rate: $31.00 per instructional hour

Category: Richmond Art Center teaching artists are casual employees



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The Richmond Art Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804

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