MAKESHOP Teaching Artist

Job Description

Summary of Position

A MAKESHOP Teaching Artist is a working artist and educator who works with the MAKESHOP team (Manager, Coordinator, Teaching Artists, Educators, volunteers) to develop and facilitate creative, iterative making experiences at the intersection of the digital and/or the physical (e.g. activities focused on or combining disciplines such as sewing/fiber, woodworking/metal, media arts) with children, families, and organized groups. In addition, a Teaching Artist:

Is an expert in the early childhood / elementary field and lends expertise to the MAKESHOP team

Is a working artist or creator in one or a combination of the following practices: fibers/sewing, woodworking/metals, media arts, or similar.

Has an interest in working with children and families

Has a proven history of participation in making/creative arts, as well as demonstrated organizational and teamwork-related skills

An interest in research and evaluation, and experience in working with underserved populations is strongly encouraged.

This Teaching Artist role will be working closely with The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to provide quality maker-focused programing for the school year, summer programming and in an after-school settings.

Human Resources

Assist with the training of new MAKESHOP staff and volunteers

Responsible for following and implementing Museum and MAKESHOP policies and procedures

Upholds Hosanna House policies and procedures when facilitating camp activities


Monitors the need for repairs or maintenance for the exhibit and ensures safety by reporting to MAKESHOP Manager, Facilities Manager and Exhibits developers as needed

Follows appropriate safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly

Oversees the preparation of supplies and materials for visitor and outreach use, with particular focus on Hosanna House programs

Understands and is able to perform emergency procedures (e.g., fire evacuation, accident reporting)


On-going planning, preparation and reflection on MAKESHOP activities, especially as related to area of specialty

Creating and developing original content requiring innovative implementation and ideas


Contributes expertise to the planning, programming, and space organization in MAKESHOP through idea generation and development

Shares and acquires knowledge and ideas through peer trainings

Collaborates with MAKESHOP team to create making-centric experiences targeted towards: Hosanna House campers and program attendees, family museum visitors, groups, facilitated and non-facilitated circumstances both on- and off-site, and teacher/professional development workshops

Facilitates activities and programs

Maintains documentation and evaluation of MAKESHOP, including facilitator feedback and reflection, photography, visitor feedback, etc.


Is a skilled maker in at least one area of specialty (fibers/sewing, wood/metal, interactive/digital media, etc)

Degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education

Teaching experience with children.

Working knowledge and ability to communicate/assist with iterative design/making process

Working knowledge and ability to communicate/assist with the use of diverse materials for making

Interest in and ability to expand knowledge of skills, tools, materials and practices relevant to planning and facilitating activities

Demonstrates flexible thinking and ability to adjust expectations and actions as needed. (MAKESHOP is constantly changing based on the needs of the visitors, museum, program/grant involvement, and other factors. All MAKESHOP staff will contribute to its dynamic evolution, and be called upon to respond to unexpected circumstances).

Interest and enthusiasm working with children and families

This position is full-time (40 hours/week)

Physical Effort

Museum facilitation requires moderate physical effort including physical and mental stamina necessary in interacting with people for long periods of time. Some lifting and moving of furniture, equipment and supplies is required. Frequently may lift/carry under 10 lbs. Occasionally may lift up to 50 lbs. Assistance may be available when needed. Moves consistently about Museum floor attending to administrative, exhibit and visitors’ needs.

Travel is required to The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Health & Safety Administration

Position involves exposure to large numbers of children and exposure to germs associated with working in public attraction; use of safety gloves are provided if necessary

Monitors emergency situations as they arise

Monitors to ensure overall safety of visitors and staff

Position (Qualification) Criteria

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. FBI, Acts 33 and 34 Clearances required and a current health assessment with TB.

Education Equivalent

Graduate degree in appropriate field (e.g. fine art/craft, education, design, industrial design, interactive media design, etc.) preferred. Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field required. Substitution of years of experience in lieu of years of education may be considered, particularly as it relates to making and informal education, research, or family learning.

Previous Experience

Prior background in work requiring invention, imagination and originality required

Expertise or deep exploration in area(s) of making (fibers/sewing, wood/metal, interactive/digital) required

Experience working with children and/or families in formal and/or informal learning environments preferred

Experience working with schools in design or making processes preferred

Teaching experience with children of all ages

Interpersonal Communications

Good communication and interpersonal skills with children, adults and persons with diverse needs and backgrounds is essential. This position requires leadership skills exemplified by initiative and organizational skills. A high level of written and oral communication skill is needed. Teamwork within the MAKESHOP team and with Museum staff is critical.


Analytical Skill Required

Consistently exercises discretion and judgment that is intellectual and varied. Development and implementation of age-appropriate activities, based on a high regard for youth and their families and an understanding of making child development is necessary. Organizational skills required for supply management, preparation and distribution for visitor and Educational Programs use. Ability to use sound judgment when handling diverse situations that may arise with staff and visitors is needed.


Hosanna House is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.