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City of Lakewood HCA Instructor - Ceramics in City of Lakewood, Colorado

HCA Instructor - Ceramics

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HCA Instructor - Ceramics


$18.00 - $25.00 Hourly


City of Lakewood, CO

Job Type

Variable Part-Time


Community Resources UP1

Job Number

S0118 Ceramics - April 2021


5/7/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Job Summary

Pay rate is $18.00 - $25.00 hourly depending on qualifications.

City of Lakewood's Statement of Excellence

The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance.

About Community Resources

Community Resources is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood. We value leadership, integrity, communication and connection, diversity and adaptability.

Job Summary

Washington Heights Arts Center is seeking Instructors to teach adult ceramics courses, as well as ceramic studio assistance. We will consider candidates seeking solely instructional work, solely studio work, or ideally, a combination of both.

We are seeking qualified ceramic instructors, with the skill sets to handle a variety of beginning-advanced topics for a diverse adult audience. Expertise in areas such as Hand-Building & Sculptural work, Glazing & Decorating and Intermediate-Advanced topic-based courses preferred. Candidates should be proficiently trained in hand-building and throwing methods, as well as glazing and firing techniques and invested in several years of teaching adult populations 18+, in a community arts setting.

Studio assistance will include a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: Loading and unloading kilns, assisting with electric and gas firings, assisting with glaze production and general cleaning and maintenance of the pottery studios. Hours vary and are dependent of level of student production.

Our ideal candidate is invested in sharing their passion for ceramic arts, are self-motivated, well organized, and punctual. We are a small staff, with a dedicated student body, so collaboration and investment in community are key. Available instructional opportunities will be presented during the interview process. Depending on schedules, Instructional hours may not begin until mid-summer or early Fall, Studio hours could start immediately. Ideally, this will be an ongoing employment opportunity.

The City of Lakewood is currently recruiting variable employees for this position. A variable employee is an at-will employee who works in a seasonal or temporary capacity. Their work schedule is based on business need. This position would be a part-time non benefitted position.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions:

Instruct, encourage and lead class that fosters positive self-expression and builds self- esteem and personal growth;

Create lesson plans that are exciting and educational for our students to partake in; Set up classroom and return space to neat state upon completion of class;

Create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for our students;

Ability to instructor adult learners at multiple levels of abilities in one class;

To monitor and maintain ceramic studio operations.

Report injuries and complete required forms;

Immediately notify supervisor of broken equipment or any unsafe conditions;

To be aware of, and strictly follow, all health and safety protocols, including those related to COVID-19;

Attend all required staff/planning meetings;

Other related duties as assigned.

Hours of Work:

Hours will vary based upon studio needs and quantity of courses taught and may vary season to season. Will likely start around 5-15 hours a week, with the potential to grow over time. Instructional hours include options Mondays through Fridays, between 9:00am and 9:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am through 4pm.

Organizational Relationships

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision from Cultural Programs Coordinator.

Essential Qualifications


A valid CPR/AED certificate is preferred by start of employment. Options are be available to certify after employment.


2+ years of experience teaching adults in a community arts setting is desired.


A 2 or 4-year degree in Fine Arts, specializing in Ceramics.

3-5 years of experience as an instructor or teaching artist may be used in lieu of a degree

KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs

Essential Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

Ability to work with students aged 16 and up;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, participants, parents and caregivers;

Ability to develop engaging and inclusive curriculum;

Experience leading recreation programs/activities;

Experience leading or assisting groups of varying sizes;

Effectively support students of all skill and ability levels;

Ability to motivate and inspire students to thrive in groups and on their own; Have good classroom management;

Have an understanding of classroom supply safety; Have good communication skills;

Have good organizational skills;

Have dedication and passion for ceramics and visual arts; Background check is required.

Physical Requirements

Lifting and Carrying

Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds, using assistance as needed.

Body Positions

Will be standing, stooping, kneeling, and reaching to perform tasks. May be moving about building and outside spaces.


Use vision to perform instructional & studio functions, work with written documents and read.


Must remember basic classroom instructions, scheduling and ability to become familiar with City and Community Resources policies and procedures.

Language Ability

Must communicate verbally, and in writing with citizens and staff at all levels of the organization.


Must be able to take direction and follow instruction from supervisor.

Work Environment

Work is performed in an indoor or outdoor classroom setting.

Frequent contact with citizens, staff and others.

Variable Part-Time employees receive limited benefits, including a pension plan. Medical and dental care are not provided.


SPECIAL PROCESS NOTE: The City of Lakewood is committed to the safety of all staff and participants. A thorough background investigation of all prospective employees will be conducted for those who will be working with vulnerable populations, sensitive information, in sensitive locations or with financial data or money. Candidates/staff/volunteers who will have regular interactions with youth and/or vulnerable populations may also be subject to a child abuse background check and must participate in additional abuse awareness and reporting trainings. Please select Yes to acknowledge the background process for this position.

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City of Lakewood (CO)


480 S. Allison Parkway Lakewood, Colorado, 80226