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Title: Lead Art Instructor – Fabrication and Woodworking

Reports to: Program Supervisor

Department: ECF Art Centers

Location: ECF Art Center Westside

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Program Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Supervisory Responsibility: Client workers


Under the supervision of the Program Supervisor and Program Director, oversee the operations of ECF’s Custom Canvas Department.  Lead Art Instructor must be able to function proficiently in several different construction and assembly operations: woodworking, dry mounting, framing, mild metal work and wood assembly.  This position requires the organizational ability to implement and structure an efficient and productive work space. Under supervision by Program Supervisor, the Art Instructor will assist, guide and facilitate studio art practices to artists (adults with varying degrees of learning, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual disabilities) in order to provide professional development in art making and canvas stretching and integrating ECF artists as working professional Artists, as related to their IPP. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

45%        Provide art instruction for a group of 6-8 artists and implement individual artistic goals, referring to artist’s IPP, related to wood working and mixed media. Ensure artists’ safety during operating hours of the Art Center, while on the premises, and out in the community.  Assist artists in maintaining progress notes on a monthly basis and participate in meetings and other in-services as assigned.  Ensure attendance recordings are accurate and complete.  Provide supervision in art studio during artist’s arrival, departure, break and lunchtime.

25%        Supervise a work group of up to 3 clients/artists performing duties related to ECF’s Custom Canvas Dept. which includes, but is not limited to: (1) Cutting wood utilizing the table saw and miter saw, (2) Cutting canvas to be stretched on wood frames, (3) Operating the staple and nail gun to affix wood canvas frames, (4) Cutting adhesive for the dry mount press, (5) Organizing inventory and work space and to ensure all work space is properly cleaned and organized. Effectively organize and coordinate various production oriented projects and activities including daily work operations.  Maximize existing tools, skills and equipment capabilities. 

10%        Design workspace and safety protocols to maintain a safe working and learning environment for client workers in the area designated for Custom Canvas. Develop “Best Safety Practices” for all equipment, tasks and materials in area of supervision including, but not limited to, ensuring that all machinery is in safe operating condition and that all applicable safety guards are in place, aisles/exits are free of obstructions, work areas and floors are free of spillage, racks are secured and height/weight compliant, combustibles and chemicals (paint thinners, solvents, lubricants, etc.) are in properly stored containers and cabinets and other items/procedures which may create a safety hazard are proactively addressed.

7%          Participate in staff meetings, and art critiques to identify and implement artistic, educational, psychological and social objectives for each artist. Take into account addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse artists. Implement services and supports in accordance with Lanterman Act and Person Centered Thinking Practices.  Complete Monthly Progress Reports for between 6-8 artists.\

7%          Conduct time and financial studies on job orders, and material and labor estimates to Program Supervisor and Program Director for job bidding. Draft job steps and task breakdown for each new client worker and submit to Program Supervisor for review and approval. Produce monthly sales reports to ECF Gallery Supervisor. Maintain production records and complete and process or supervise the completion and processing of shipping and receiving documents.  Assist in developing and projecting contract budgets to measure cost of products vs. revenue received.

2%          Follow appropriate protocol and policies in assisting artists during any incidents or seizures. Employ NCI procedures as needed to assist artists who are exhibiting aggressive behavior.  Adhere to ECF’s Illness and Injury Prevention Safety Program and follow ECF guidelines for reporting medical emergencies, suspected abuse or neglect and unusual incidents to case management staff and supervisory staff.  Implement First Aid/CPR as necessary.  Assist artists with personal hygiene needs including illness, and incidents of incontinence.

2%          Be available to promote the Art Centers during work hours for visitors and guests.  This includes, but is not limited to informing the public of the Art Center mission and services when the public is touring Art Center studio, asking questions during events, or inquiring about how they can support the program.  Support Art Center events and programs through distribution of materials and information to all interested parties.

1%          Staff and supervise special exhibits featuring ECF artists’ work at various locations and times.  Assist in organizing art shows and events which may include matting, framing, and installation and tear down of shows.  Greet the public and assist artists’ with presenting and discussing their work with the public.

1%          Drive ECF van for local deliveries and outings as related to ECF art instruction.

Other Duties

  • Comply with ECF’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Safety and Medical Emergency Procedures.  Ensure safe use and operation of tools and/or equipment.

  • Comply with ECF policies and procedures, including mandated reporting requirements.

  • Observe regular, on-site work hours. Regular and reliable attendance is required for this position.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education/Licenses/Certifications: Bachelor’s degree and one demonstrable art skill.

Experience: Six months in any combination of the following: studio work, teaching (including undergrad TA positions), work on public and private art projects, art installations, work in art museums, or any other directly related experience.

Two years of experience in industrial arts production, carpentry, fabricating and or woodworking including working with wood working machinery, miter saw, nail gun, table saw.


  • Knowledge in one art specialty area related to wood working.

  • Skills necessary to assist artist in caring out their art practice and art goals, may include but is not limited to: teaching, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, listening, advocating.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to teach adult artists.

  • Availability to teach all artists in the Art Center.

  • Knowledge of sales and related sale math skills including use of excel.


  • Portfolio of completed work.

  • Pass a DOJ background investigation.

  • Provide evidence of a negative TB test initially and every three years thereafter.

  • Obtain and maintain NCI, First Aid and CPR certification.

  • Valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation, evidence of car insurance, and insurable driving record. Motorcycles are not permitted while driving for ECF, may only be used when commuting to and from your home to main worksite.

  • Ability to use public transportation or personal vehicle to transport artists’ for community outings.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants in all company facilities without regard to race (including hair texture and hairstyles), color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Company Description

Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 4,800 clients at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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