Teaching Artist

Splat Lab

Organization Description: 
Splat Lab is a beloved magical STEAM and Social Studies enrichment program that engages youth in hands on social studies and STEAM activities

We work with schools in a number of ways. We offer school and family events like back-to-school slime parties, Saturday programs, extended day, and school day residencies. We have a distinct curriculum that is differentiated for ages 3K-8th grade.

Splat Lab has 4 unique rotating stations that change each class: Main Splat (messy station like ooblek) Splat Create (art station like making dot snakes) Open Splat (open station like giant drawings) and Splat Build (Building/engineering station like cup towers). We have hundreds of stations we mix and match each session that are differentiated for each age group.

Our Anthropology Arts classes are available for after school programs and school pop ups that complement social studies units. Classes start with a drawing activity, a small mini-lesson, and art-making activity where youth can create their own version of an artifact. Popular workshops include Egyptian canopic jars, Chinese dragon robes, and Incan llamas.

We push right into your the school schedule and set up our unique 4-station model. Our program is designed with youth development principals, Montessori elements, and experiential learning all mixed together.

Our stations always include a sensory station (DIY clay, instasnow), a building station (cup towers, building challenge) an open station (giants collaborative scrolls), and a create station (pizza necklaces, dot snakes). It all happens at once and it’s a whole vibe.

Position Description:
We are hiring for educators in
Queens: Jamaica, Sunnyside
Brooklyn: Downtown BK, Prospect Heights
Manhattan: Central Harlem
Other locations in NYC for pop ups

About Us:
Splat Lab and Anthro Arts grew out of the world of after school, where we partner with over 30 schools to provide high quality and unique enrichment classes for youth. We have two signature classes: Anthropology Arts and Splat Lab. Our recent growth has taken us to lead school day residencies, virtual classes, in 2020, we launched the first year of Splat Camp! This year we are partnering with multiple schools and provide 8-10 week after school programs as well as popup workshops.
Anthropology Arts: Our goal is to expose young people to the cultural traditions, voices and histories of people that are often left out of traditional classroom settings and social studies curriculum. Each class is formatted to feature a community circle, project time with open ended materials, collaborative clean-up, and a closing community circle.
Splat Lab: Splat Lab exists for the sole purpose of having fun! Each class is formatted to have a Main Splat activity, such as making slime, marshmallow towers or ooze, and Open Splat where students can choose from a few activities such as butcher paper drawing, clay station or tinker time, followed by clean-up.

Reports to:
Programs Manager

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Position Descriptions:
Lead Educators facilitate our curriculum and modify projects and group management based on the individual needs of each site. Leads must have strong group management and facilitation skills, especially since each assignment will be made up of new students who you are meeting for the first time. We will provide all the materials and logistical support. Leads ensure the workshops are magical, highly professional, and engaging for all students.
We will provide high-quality training for educators to learn the teaching method and curriculum. Lead Educators will mentor TAs and give clear directions for their role in each session. Pairs will debrief and communicate frequently about how to make sure workshops are continually high quality, fun, and smooth.

Candidate Qualifications:
Position Qualifications: We are looking for Lead Educators that can learn any kind of curriculum and make it fun and intellectually satisfying. We need the type of person who kids can’t wait to see, with group management skills to ensure a smooth, fun, and exciting class.

For this position, the applicant must be strong at keeping up with emails, curriculum folders, schedules, and communication with your manager that is virtual.

1-3 years of working with youth in a leadership role: leading groups in after school, summer camps, museums, or early childhood settings. Babysitting and 1×1 tutoring experience is not applicable for this role.

A dynamic, cool, magnetic personality that will engage all students.
Strong group management skills with the ability to confidently organize and lead transitions, set up structured projects, and create clear rituals and routines.

The ability to direct and collaborate with TAs to keep all students excited and on task.
Experience with strength-based, restorative, positive discipline practices.
Must be fully vaccinated.
Must be over 18.
Lead Educator Background and Training
Anthro: Content knowledge or interest in social studies, history, anthropology or art, and the ability to learn curriculum/content that may be new.
Splat Lab: Strong facilitation and classroom management skills, STEM knowledge a plus
Museum educators, teaching artists or educators with a background in Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia etc. are highly encouraged to apply.

Experience with under-resourced schools and special needs populations will be an advantage for some placements.

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Salary or Compensation:
$35 per hour

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Application Info:
Apply online at https://tinyurl.com/teachsplat
or email resume and cover letter to Jenny@splatlab.com