At DreamYard, art is action. Our programs combine Standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy principles to inspire students to develop character, scholarship and artistic voice to create change. Our core values of Empower, Create and Connect describe our commitment to teaching for equity, justice and hope. We strive to support students' academic and artistic needs while working toward becoming an anti-racist society.

Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance; we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.

As positions become available, they will be posted below. If you would like to join our team as a Teaching Artist, please send a resume and cover letter providing more information on your academic, artistic and professional experience to jobs@dreamyard.com. In the subject line of your email, please include your arts discipline (Eg. Subject: Theater Teaching Artist Resume and Cover Letter). DreamYard accepts teaching artist applications on a rolling basis, though typically reviews submissions in June of each year. Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an application for the position and interview with the Program Directors.


Open Position(s)

teaching artist: design thinking

DreamYard is looking for a short term, full-time Teaching Artist (TA), Design Thinking to teach in our SYEP program for the summer session with students in grades 9 - 12. They will instruct students on an already developed curriculum based on Human-Centered Design through the lens of DreamYard’s philosophy of social justice and equity in the Bronx. This person will report to Karl Rivera, DreamYard Prep’s Program Manager.

We are looking for someone who is passionate, has significant experience teaching, and in addition, has a strong interest in social justice, education, visual arts, technology, mentorship, and their various points of intersection. This position will be based in the TAFT campus building in the Bronx. The intensive will consist of approximately 25 young people served by our partner schools in The Bronx.

Students will be working closely with each other, local businesses and artists leading to the creation of a portfolio of visual communications material, and a final design pitch which they will deliver at the end of the summer session.

The Design Thinking Teaching Artist will provide a thought provoking and insightful space for students to develop their visual capacity, and strengthen their communication. The hired teaching artist will assist students in the creation of regularly recorded fieldnotes, and the organization of their portfolio, while also assisting in the facilitation of design workshops.

Core Responsibilities

  • Implement Common Core, ITSE aligned design curriculum for high school students, aged 16-18.

  • Assist in the facilitation of design workshops leading students to a final design brief, portfolio of visual communications materials, and idea pitch.

  • Participate in ongoing curriculum mapping sessions to finetune and adjust lesson plans to the immediate needs of participants.

  • Empower students to think creatively and independently about their design capacity, and ability to articulate thought-provoking and innovative concepts.

  • Mentor participants in regular 1:1 sessions using student-written fieldnotes as a guide for success and growth.

  • Create and manage an ongoing communication channel that participants will be able to access after their summer intensive has come to a close.

  • Coordinate with small businesses and local not for profit organizations to secure partnerships with student participants.

  • Act as the primary liaison between students and partners, ensuring they are maintaining professional levels of communication.

Design Thinking Teaching Artists should…

  • Have a firm grasp on the Adobe Creative ecosystem;

  • Have great familiarity with content management systems which include, but are not limited to, Tumblr, Google Sites, Wordpress, Are.na, GitHub, and Weebly;

  • Have experience building curriculum, teaching and/or facilitating for young people;

  • Possess a keen ability provide constructive, and affirming feedback on student work;

  • Preferably have their own independent artistic practice, and be willing to share key moments in their career trajectories with students;

  • Be willing to lean into a space of 360° learning; taking student feedback into consideration as the program evolves and progresses.

As the Design Thinking Teaching Artist you can expect to…

  • Chaperone students on regularly planned excursions;

  • Schedule and hold 1:1 mentoring sessions with participants;

  • Lecture and discuss design concepts using interactive activities and methods, prioritizing student success and growth;

  • Prepare materials and space for workshops;

  • Plan and facilitate working sessions for participants to organize and hone their final pitches and portfolios;

  • Keep records of student activities in accordance with local laws and school policies.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter addressing your past experience and interest in the position; resume; and portfolio (link or PDF file) to krivera@dreamyard.com with the subject line ‘Design Thinking TA’ to apply! Applications close on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.


For all applicants: When applying for an open position at Dreamyard, please include the DreamYard Project Employment Application Form, which can be downloaded to your computer by clicking here