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HOPE Center for the Arts

Visual & Performing Arts Teachers (Various Specialties)

  • Location

    Irvine, CA
  • Posted On

    June 21, 2022
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Job Description

The Organization

HOPE Center for the Arts is a high-quality arts program for intellectually disabled adults, 22 and over. HOPE has provided services for this special population for over 40 years. To find out more visit:

Our Miss is to transform lives through the arts by delivering arts programming with complementary life skills training. We do this by providing opportunities for community integration, artistic expression, access to community/public at performances and exhibitions, strengthening social skills, increasing self-advocacy and independence with a person-centered approach.

Job Summary

HOPE Center for the Arts is searching for Facilitators/Educators in the following specialty areas: Visual Arts, Music, Music Therapy, and Life Enrichment. These opportunities provide high quality instruction for adults 22+ with mild to moderate Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (including but not limited to, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Autism). Schedules vary based on assignment.

Experience and Educational Requirements

Ideal Candidates

All Assignments:

*Teaching experience and/or direct experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities is highly desirable.

Visual Arts:

*Degree (or working towards) in a related discipline (i.e., Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, etc.) MFA preferred.


*Degree in Music Education or a related discipline from an accredited college is desirable.

*Two years + direct experience as a music teacher.

Music Therapy: 

*A related bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.

*A Master’s degree and/or certification and/or related current credentials is preferred.

Life Enrichment: 

*Degree (or working towards) in a related discipline such as, but not limited to, Special Education.

Minimum Qualifications for all Assignments:

*A minimum of one year of related experience AND/OR a combination of experience and education related to the assignment is required.

*A related bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.

Accountability: All assignments report to HOPE’S Program Manager.

Skills Required for Successful Candidate include:

  • Communication Skills: Facilitation, collaboration, informing, listening, presenting, writing.
  • Personal Initiative Skills: Organizational awareness, contributing to a positive work environment, striving for excellence.
  • Planning Skills: Action planning and organizing, monitoring, and time management, meeting deadlines, flexible, adaptable.
  • Quality Skills: Satisfying Artist requirements, using meaningful measures, resilient.
  • Relationship Skills: Relationship building, teamwork, conflict resolution, networking
  • Analysis & Problem Solving: Demonstrated skills being solution oriented, exercising sound judgment, conducting research, making recommendations.
  • Safety, Health and Environment Skills: Fostering organizational wellness, supporting a safe environment.

Initial Anticipated Responsibilities and Working Conditions

·Assist and follow protocol in all aspects of program, including, but not limited to being prepared for classes before their scheduled start time, following class schedules, documentation of progress of Artist’s goals, ongoing and accurate Artist’s case notes and implementing timely class clean-up/break down

·Online & Onsite Classroom Instruction using a variety of methods, mediums and approaches focused on Artist development.

·Design curriculum within program budget that is maintained by department, curriculum may include cross collaborations with other departments and in response to Executive Director requests.

·Advocate for Artists whenever appropriate and necessary.

·Dependable and on-time attendance with timely notifications of absences due to illness by 7:30 am of scheduled day.

·Maintain supplies and equipment.

·Maintain an in-classroom ratio of 1:8 (1 Staff to 8 students) and any other ratio required by compliance agencies such as Regional Center of Orange County.

·Effectively and appropriately address any Artist behavior issues with set protocols and approaches.

·Ensure a safe working environment for Artists

·Supervision and continued care of Artists needs during break times, before and after program instruction begins, and during lunch hour, etc.

· Must be able to meet flexible schedule and be open to all assignments

·Represent HOPE Center for the Arts, its program, Artists, and staff in a professional and promoting manner: at program events, in community contact with other businesses or persons, and in any interactions with parents/caregivers/agency representatives.

·Provide direction/guidance to program aides, interns, fieldwork students, and volunteers as needed.

·Perform other related duties as requires and/or assigned

Hours: Dependent on specialty area anywhere from 21 hours to 25 hours

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $16.00 – $22.00 per hour

Schedule: Days of week (Mon. – Fri.) dependent on specialty area

COVID-19 considerations: All participants and staff are required to follow local and state government health protocols and guidance.

Ability to Commute/Relocate: Irvine, CA 92604: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Location: On-site (Irvine)/Online

HOPE Center for the Arts, is an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

How to Apply to be part of the HOPE Team:

1) Submit a cover letter and resume to

2) On Indeed search – type in the search bar; HOPE Center for the Arts, Where: Irvine, CA

3) Then click the specific job you are applying for. (Examples include Life Enrichment, Visual Arts Instructor or Music Therapist)

4) Resumes will be evaluated for minimum qualifications and those that are desired; successful candidates will be invited to an initial interview.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed on Disability Scoop.