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Make a Difference in Your Community!


The YMCA is hiring Art Instructors 

The Art Instructor provides leadership and planning of specialty art programs for different youth between the ages of 9-16.

Scope of Responsibility:

  • Youth-facing program facilitation 
  • Program training, planning, and preparation 
  • Program clean-up, material organizing and inventory, program evaluation and transportation
  • Collaborates with other art/STEAM instructors to run programming
  • Plans and facilitates programs in accordance with the goals and policies of the YMCA and in alignment with curriculum
  • Modifies activities as needed to ensure cultural relevance, developmental appropriateness, and program schedule
  • Creates environments that support hands-on active learning with key elements to promote critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, and communication
  • Generates daily and weekly reports on program progress for supervisor and YMCA leadership
  • Positive interactions with youth, and parents
  • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, youth safety, and emergency procedures
  • Provides assistance to supervisor and may fill-in during temporary absences at locations in the western suburbs and city of Chicago
  • Available to transport program equipment as needed between McCormick Y and Rauner Y
  • Maintains inventory of program equipment and notifies supervisor of equipment issues
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalency; completion of higher education coursework or degrees strongly preferred, especially within the art fields
  • Must have prior experience working with youth
  • Able to carry 50 lbs
  • Previous experience facilitating Art youth programs
  • Commitment to, and passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely present ideas and concepts and tailor communication to multiple audiences
  • Passion for working with diverse youth and ability to provide a high-quality of instruction using age-appropriate practices. Ability to observe camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques


Child Abuse Prevention

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

YMCA Vaccine Policy

We’re committed to the health and wellness of our employees, members, program participants, and those most vulnerable. If hired by the YMCA, you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination no later than two (2) days prior to your start date unless an exemption for a medical condition or sincerely-held religious beliefs is granted.

Reasons to work at the Y.

  • Be part of a team that cares about one another.
  • Make a difference. Contribute to building a better, stronger community for all
  • When you work here, you will find opportunities to try new things. Every day is something new.
  • YMCA Membership, discounted programs, and much more!
  • The job was designed with your schedule in mind. Part-time and full-time positions are available, making jobs at the Y ideal for students and non-students alike!


Skills for Art Instructor

The job skills required for Art Instructor include Leadership, Transportation, Planning, Responsibility, vaccine,and Alignment etc. Having related job skills and expertise will give you an advantage when applying to be an Art Instructor. That makes you unique and can impact how much salary you can get paid. Below are job openings related to skills required by Art Instructor. Select any job title you are interested in and start to search job requirements.

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Career Path for Art Instructor

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