Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry

10 Putnam StJohn Eliot Square, Roxbury
Boston, MA 02119

Date Posted:
December 08, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Roxbury Youth Programs Teaching Artist


Position: RYP Teaching Artist

Start Date:January 23, 2023
Employment Type:Part-time; 16 hrs/week; Monday-Thursday 2pm-6pm

Reports to: Youth Programs Manager

Job Description

Roxbury Youth Programs (RYP) is seeking an experienced, energetic Teaching Artist to join the UU Urban Ministry’s program staff. The RYP Teaching Artist will be responsible for planning and running 2-3 program days per week of the RYP Internship, a stipended out-of-school-time community engagement and youth development program that runs for 7 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the academic year. The RYP Teaching Artist will be responsible for developing and leading engaging, relevant workshops centered in photography/videography, artmaking, graphic design, or other creative 21st century skills.


A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry is based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and focuses its programming in three areas: safe shelter and workforce development for survivors of domestic violence, academic enrichment for youth of color, and arts & humanities programming grounded in a social justice message that amplifies artists and historians of color in our neighborhood.We work across race & place to dismantle racism & white supremacy culture and to advance racial, economic, & social justice. We envision a Greater Boston where all people live with freedom and dignity, and have equitable access to resources and opportunity to shape the present and the future.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Curriculum development: The RYP Teaching Artist will be responsible for planning and leading workshop curriculum that supports youth in the development of public speaking and leadership skills, creativity and digital skills, and a strong sense of place and knowledge of local history. The Teaching Artist should be motivated and passionate about creating a social justice informed curriculum and working collaboratively with other instructors and staff to create a well-balanced, intertwined curriculum.

  • Direct service: The RYP Teaching Artist will work closely with 15-25 youth interns on a seasonal basis and support their needs using a positive youth development approach. They will work with young people through their own curriculum as well as through workshops and curriculum developed by others, such as a Visiting Teaching Artist or the Youth Programs Coordinator.

  • Assessment and evaluation of the program:The RYP Teaching Artist will support the Youth Programs Coordinator in administering evaluation surveys to ensure the success of program participants and cross-program workshops. They will gather and use information to improve overall program design.

  • Supervision of RYP Interns:The RYP Teaching Artist will maintain daily attendance, run activities, and be a positive role model, mentor, and supervisor to youth participants. They will meet weekly with the YPM for program briefings.


Ideal Candidate Description and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and passionate about creating dynamic, informative, and impactful workshops for the youth they will be working with. They have a demonstrated passion in education, art, social justice, and the contemporary issues affecting young people in Boston. Ideally, the candidate has a background (formal or informal) in photography, videography, graphic design, or another relevant creative field that could be applicable to our program. The ideal candidate is patient, accountable, and enthusiastic about supporting young people.


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant, professional experience working with young people, preferably high school aged youth

  • Any combination of education and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the responsibilities as described

  • Experience developing curriculum around arts and/or social justice programming

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and a positive and inclusive attitude around young people

  • Enjoys collaborative planning and curriculum development

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience working with youth of color from low-income backgrounds (preferred)

  • CPR/First Aid certified (preferred)

Compensation: $25/hour; 15 hours/week for 12 weeks (Jan 23, 2023-May 6, 2023)

Location: 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

How To Apply:

Compensation: $25/hour; 15 hours/week for 12 weeks (Jan 23, 2023-May 6, 2023)

Location: 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Tarik Bartel, Youth Programs Manager, at tbartel@uuum.org with the subject line “RYP Teaching Artist Position”

Apply by:
January 09, 2023
$25 / Per hour
About this Organization:
The UUUM is one of the oldest social justice organizations in the country, with an extensive volunteer program and the support of an alliance of approximately 50 Unitarian Universalist congregations in Greater Boston. Currently we provide after school and weekend programs for youth in Roxbury, a domestic violence shelter, and support for men in transition. The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry unites communities and transforms individuals through education, service, and advocacy. We engage communities and congregations in social action and change with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.