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Bead Project Director Position - Part Time/Hourly

Founded in 1977, UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest with 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studio space. Our mission is to foster experimentation and advance the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. Our glass studios and art center serve over 15,000 professional artists, designers and students annually seeking to learn about the possibilities of glass. 

The Bead Project is a scholarship program designed for creatively inclined, economically disadvantaged women. Over the course of ten classes at the UrbanGlass studios, students learn the art of glass beadmaking, simple jewelry fabrication techniques, and the entrepreneurial skills needed to grow a small creative business. The Bead Project offers students a transformative experience by adopting new tools for self-expression and gaining the skills to turn glass beadmaking into a viable form of income, while becoming a part of a dynamic creative community. 

UrbanGlass seeks an instructor or instructor duo to act as Director(s) of the Bead Project, working with the Director of Education to run the program. The Bead Project has run for over 20 years, with incredible teachers leading the program. We are excited for the opportunity to invite a new Director(s) and their vision to continue and enhance what the Bead Project offers its participants. 

The Bead Project spring semester runs on a weekday morning, the fall semester runs on a weekend morning. The class runs for 4 hours/class over 10 weeks, and culminates in a celebration and certificate ceremony. Class time is devoted to both the technical exploration of making glass beads and professional development guiding students towards an income generating practice. Individual applicants should have the experience to teach all aspects of the program. Co-teaching applicants may have individual expertise that covers the full program between them. 

Role requirements of the Bead Project Director(s), include:

  • Develop a teaching curriculum covering technical glass beadmaking/flameworking processes, jewelry fabrication, and entrepreneurial skills (previous iterations of the program will be available to review and work from)
  • Continue to update curriculum based on current trends in the glass, beadmaking, and jewelry communities
  • Teach the 10-week program, maintaining communication with Education staff about administrative needs, materials, and planning
  • Help to manage the Bead Project Facebook page, and generate content for marketing and social media
  • Help to manage the alumni network
  • Work with alumni to provide programming - yearly meeting, skill shares, etc - to encourage continued access, participation, and success of program participants
  • Act as a representative of the Bead Project in the glass community
  • Work with the Education Director to create new goals for the future of the program, and meet those goals in the timeline set out

Eligibility:

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Demonstrated dedication to community engagement
  • Extensive (5+ years) experience as an educator (via school system, institution, community organization, or self-defined)
  • Extensive knowledge of the methods and equipment utilized in glass beadmaking, flameworking, and jewelry design
  • Demonstrated professional success as an entrepreneur/small business owner
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to work with anyone
  • Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment and can prioritize and multi-task comfortably.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter, as a single PDF, to liesl@urbanglass.org and state “Bead Project_Your Name” in the subject line.

We strongly encourage individuals that have not been historically represented in the arts sector to apply. UrbanGlass is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.