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Artistic Associate, Visual Arts


Creative Action is a nationally-recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of creative learning programs in Central Texas, we use the arts to activate the academic, social and emotional development of young people. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies, and community-based programs, our team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their communities.


We’re looking for a highly motivated, collaborative, and proactive artist/teacher who values experience and passion as a critical part of creatively working with young people. This position requires someone who has a growth mindset, uses a strengths-based approach to their work, anticipates challenges, and creatively solves problems. This person must be able to foster creativity, inspire confidence, nurture individual strengths, and has a desire to have fun when working with their team. We seek someone who is committed to youth development and believes that all people deserve equal opportunities and are valued for their unique life experience.


The Artistic Associate works cross-departmentally as an integral member of the Out of School Time (OST) team and the Community-based Programs team. This person will work closely with the Out of School Time Program Director, the Teen Programs Director and the Senior Director of Community-based Programs. This person provides critical leadership to a team of 12 – 16 part-time Teaching Artists focused on visual art and co-teaches the Color Squad public art collective teen program two evenings a week. This person also supports Creative Action’s community events and public art projects.

Coach & Support a Team

  • Supervise, guide, and mentor a diverse team of Teaching Artists as part of a larger visual art cohort
  • Facilitate arts cohort team meetings and support staff engagement through leading team-building and skill-building events
  • Develop and facilitate training for part-time staff
  • Conduct frequent staff observations to inform improvement efforts and staff supports as part of our professional learning community
  • Develop strategies for part-time staff support, recruitment, retention, and engagement opportunities
  • Curate and install student art shows

Lead & Teach Programs

  • Collaborate with a team of Artistic Associates and Teen Programs staff to achieve program and company goals
  • Uphold regular communication with program partners and administrators, site coordinators, and other stakeholders
  • Serve as co-director for Creative Action’s teen public art program, Color Squad: develop content, work with community partners, manage program logistics, and teach classes throughout the year
  • Coordinate, assist with design, and guide installation of community mural projects
  • Support community events and special programs
  • Teach after school classes as a substitute for Teaching Artists as needed
  • Plan and teach summer camp classes

Implement Best Practices

  • Participate in ongoing staff development, leadership training, and licensing certification
  • Meet regularly with departmental teams to assess program quality and operations and to troubleshoot challenges
  • Implement program and staff assessment and evaluation in support of a continuous program improvement cycle
  • Seek out professional development opportunities in the community and utilize local coalitions and networks to inform and enrich our programming
  • Participate in Creative Action’s social justice efforts toward anti-racism and inclusive practices


  • Experience in contemporary public and community arts practices
  • Knowledge of a range of 2d and 3d visual arts processes and techniques
  • Must be able to plan and facilitate lessons for youth age K-12 with high artistic rigor
  • Proficiency with Google suite and Adobe Creative Suite and an aptitude for learning new technology and systems
  • Experience managing collaborative projects
  • Must be flexible and have a can-do attitude
  • Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated high professional standards, initiative, and integrity
  • Must be able to balance working independently and being a team player
  • Ability to prioritize and navigate workload in response to departmental needs
  • Must be able to maintain DFPS state licensing certification requirements, including background checks, mandatory training, and minimum required annual hours
  • Transportation essential—frequent travel to program locations and community meetings
  • Some travel (in and out of state) required
  • Evening and weekend work required


Competitive salary, health plan contributions, life insurance, long-term disability, and an employee assistance program. We also offer paid time off + a fun and flexible work environment.

Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and equity in the workplace. We strongly encourage those who reflect the communities we serve to apply, including bilingual individuals and/or people of color.


Take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. Then, if this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter (required) to Frank Nappi at Posting will remain open until July 5, 2019. Position begins in early August.

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