Art Therapist Position Description
About Artistic Noise Mission and Purpose
Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.
Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and New York, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an experienced Art Therapist to join our team and support programming in lockup facilities, probation workshops, and within our community setting where we host the Arts and Entrepreneurship program (A&E). The ideal candidate can adapt and co-facilitate therapeutic art education groups in each setting.
We are looking for someone who believes deeply in the mission of Artistic Noise and that the voices of young people involved in the justice system must be heard. You believe that our youth can and should be leaders in their communities. You understand that in order to support their leadership development we, as a society, must provide long-lasting support systems and safe spaces for young people to positively develop. You understand that the youth in our programs are extremely valuable and have a unique and important perspective on themselves and their communities. You believe in the power of art.
You are committed to social and racial justice. You are committed and interested in how art-making can support these ideals. You have knowledge and experience with the communities we work in and with, professionally and/or personally. You are able to approach this work with vigor, passion and energy, while understanding this work also requires patience, flexibility and humility. You are honest and sincere, kind and consistent.
You are a leader. Inspiring those you work with and supporting all who work with you. You are a talented manager, with a demonstrated ability to bring out the best in the people you supervise and to build and oversee organizational operations with clarity and vision. Working in a small grassroots organization excites and inspires you. You understand the challenges of an organization like ours and are willing to take these on. You have the creativity and desire to grow our small organization.
Provide weekly supervision and consistent support to Art Therapy graduate student intern. Oversee their administrative responsibilities within the organization
Help supervise Assistant Teacher, if applicable
Manage and assess new referrals to workshops and assist them with their transition into programming
Act as liaison for youth between various resources and maintain consistent contact with youth’s referral source
Provide support as necessary with regard to housing, school, employment, and outside referrals for mental and physical health needs
Assess youth’s need for individual art therapy, develop a treatment plan and goals
Keep track of all records pertaining to individual art therapy sessions (attendance, session notes, original and documented artwork, evaluations)
Oversee therapeutic, relational, and behavioral aspects of individual and group dynamics
Develop and implement interventions for addressing issues and providing praise and feedback, as needed, both individually and with the group
Act as clinical voice and provide in-service support to colleagues when it comes to individual, group, and organizational needs
Work collaboratively with all co-facilitators, and provide direction and feedback when it comes to art therapy framework and clinical rationale
Act as liaison between Artistic Noise and outside mental health/life skills organizations to host relevant workshops and build organization’s partnership network
Assist in planning, reviewing, and providing feedback to Teaching Artist’s lesson plans. Incorporate therapeutic goals with regard to content and materials
Assist the planning and preparation of various events and the end of year exhibition
Oversee that paperwork is completed, organized, and recorded (attendance, release forms, evaluations, and summaries)
Experience working with court and/or system involved youth.
Prior experience supervising an intern a plus.
Experience in developing art directives for teens.
Strong group facilitation skills.
Belief in the creative potential and crucial voices of young people affected by the justice system.
Interested in issues of art and social justice.
Keen political/social/critical analysis skills.
Creativity and desire to grow with a small grassroots non-profit.
Patience, self-motivation, and flexibility.
Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Cover Letter and Resume
Names and contact information of 3 References (letters of recommendation are welcome but not required)
This is a part-time position (20hrs/week) with 1 week paid vacation.
Submissions accepted ongoing
Please email your submission package to firstname.lastname@example.org with Art Therapist Application in the subject of the email.
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.