Open Positions With The Estria Foundation

Youth Development • Arts Education • Cultural Preservation • Community Building


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Position: Art Teacher

Job Type:  Part Time
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted: January 2021

The Estria Foundation seeks Art Teachers that are based on Oahu, Hawaii to teach our Halau Paheona Art classes. These 2-D visual Art Teachers will be responsible for developing students’ curiosity and ability in creative expression and developing an understanding and appreciation of aesthetics. We are seeking two part-time positions. We invite you to apply if you are a happy person with a passion for art and inspiring students, and can thrive in a creative, team environment.

Mission and Vision
The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces with artists, youth, educators, and activists to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues, while educating and developing youth. We take a long-term, team approach to education and offer programming for all ages from elementary through high school and beyond.

Halau Paheona Program
Our in-school and after-school classes are held several times a week at Kaimuki High School and Kuhio Elementary. Students are taught meditation, oli, cultural practices, drawing and painting, all with a focus on culture-based mural making. Our curriculum is grounded in the Department of Education’s HĀ values and National Art Standards. Our learning model is a blend of project-based, place-based, and culture-based learning.

Most days, we have two or more educators in the classroom, each with different strengths. Others can lead the murals, the Hawaiian culture, and the meditation components. The hired teacher must lead the art education and work closely with our team to integrate our Hawaiian culture curriculum with the art curriculum. Currently, most of the teaching will be online and some classes (most likely in the Spring ʻ21) will be face-to-face with social distancing.

Duties and Responsibilities
As a team, our kuleana (responsibility) includes, but is not limited to, the following.

• Inspire and motivate all of our students
• Increase students’ understanding and skills in oli, Hawaiian culture, hospitality, meditation,
• Write and implement engaging lesson plans
• Teach skills in art, primarily in drawing and painting
• Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying abilities
• Monitor and evaluate each student’s performance
• Maintain records of student attendance, homework, performance, and grades
• Communicate with students, parents, and school staff on pupil progress
• Plan and present art displays and exhibitions of students’ work
• Select and request supplies, books, instructional materials, tools, and aids
• Organize storage areas and control the use of materials and equipment
• Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment
• Be flexible and willing to perform other duties as may be assigned
• Maintaining a safe working environment
• Operate and maintain classroom

Required Qualifications
• Positive aloha attitude
• Demonstrate solid professional and personal ethics: respect, honesty, dependability, and integrity
• Demonstrate a passion for art teaching and learning
• Classroom experience (can include student teaching): 1-year minimum
• Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
• Highly organized, detail-oriented, and deadline-driven
• Ability to inspire trust and confidence, exercise patience and motivate students
• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Understand a variety of drawing and painting techniques and concepts
• Able to work with watercolor and acrylic or oil paints: dry brushing, staining, layering, underpainting

Big Pluses
• Certified or retired DOE art teacher
• Experience working with DOE system and standards
• Experience working with Special Education Students
• Experience with murals highly preferred
• Leadership skills
• Three (3) or more years of experience in running educational programs
• Ability to lead guided meditation and visualization
• Understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, traditions and values.
• Bachelors Degree in the fields of Education or Art
• Experience as an Art Teacher
• A love for public art and experience in murals
• Extensive experience using iCloud software, video conferencing (Zoom, WebEx, GoogleMeet), GoogleSuite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Calendar), and DropBox
• Willingness to learn
• Sense of humor

We are willing to train hired Art Teachers in the medium of mural painting. No experience in mural painting required. The Art Teacher reports directly to TEF’s Executive Director and Operations Director and is responsible for Halau Paheona’s mission of consistent achievement.

Compensation: We offer a competitive wage that is commensurate with experience and skills.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references to our email JOBS@ESTRIA.ORG
with Subject Title: “Art Teacher: Your Last name, Your First name.”

Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.

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