Part-Time Children's and Teen Instructor

The Des Moines Art Center is a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest. With a focus on contemporary art, it has amassed an important collection exhibited in three major buildings, on the grounds, and downtown in the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. In addition, the Art Center presents thought-provoking exhibitions, educational programs and hands-on studio art classes.

The Children’s and Teen Instructor develops and teaches quality, hands on, age appropriate studio art education classes for ages two to 16. This position teaches the fundamentals of art and a variety of techniques and mediums while fostering creativity and enthusiasm for art making.

Essential Functions

  • Researches, plans, develops and teaches studio art classes as scheduled.
  • Creates unique, educational and welcoming experiences for all students.
  • Maintains correspondence with Studio Education Manager to communicate studio space and supply needs, maintenance issues, and scheduling issues.

Other Responsibilities

  • Prepares and cleans up studio space and supplies before and after class.
  • Secures substitutes for planned absences.
  • Attends faculty meetings and trainings.
  • Acts in ways that reflect favorably on the Art Center and maintains professional standards in the quality of performance and demonstration of concern for the Art Center’s collection, programs, and facilities. Adheres to Des Moines Art Center Code of Ethics, Employee Handbook and other organizational policies.


  • Able to effectively teach art and engage students of all ages
  • Solid knowledge of art history and art movements
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Approachability, patience and kindness are required
  • Working knowledge of a variety of art materials and techniques
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and knowledge of ceramics materials and methods preferred

Decision Making

  • Regularly exercises judgement and discretion in matters related to classroom management.


  • The Children’s and Teen Instructor reports to the Studio Education Manager and directs the work of student classroom monitors. This position has constant contact with students and parents and frequently interacts with and peers and managers in the education department.

Special Considerations

  • Most work is performed in an art studio or museum galleries. Classes occasionally take place outdoors, sometimes in mild heat or cold.
  • Classes are generally scheduled or weekday afternoons or Saturday mornings and/or afternoons.

Physical Factors

  • Work is mostly sedentary or light work; however, the ability to lift or move 5 – 45 pounds is occasionally is required to rearrange studio equipment and move supplies
  • The ability to finger and grasp objects is required to demonstrate techniques and assist students
  • Must be able to kneel and crouch to assist small children
  • Must be able to stand and walk for sustained periods of time
  • This position safely handles and uses: general art supplies, simple tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.), paper cutter, ceramic studio equipment, iPads, Mac OS and Adobe software.

Starting wage based on skill and experience.

This position will remain open until filled.

Equal Employment Statement

The Art Center is dedicated to equal employment and advancement opportunities. It is the Art Center’s policy to hire and promote qualified individuals on the basis of their qualifications, interest and aptitude, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected group under applicable state, federal or local law.

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