Education Fellowship

Monday, May 21, 2018
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Root Division seeks an individual who is enthusiastic and passionate about education programming, community engagement, and nonprofit arts administration to fill its Education Fellowship position from June 2018 through May 2019.
Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the San Francisco's Mid-Market/SoMA district. Root Division's mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. This fellowship has been developed in order to increase professional opportunities for emerging educators and arts professionals. 
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Youth Education Program: Root Division’s Youth Education Program recruits, trains, and places our Studio Artists, volunteers and interns to teach free art classes in one of our nine partner sites, creating a link between practicing artists and the schools’ diverse communities. The Education Fellow will work with Root Division teaching artists to develop curricula and lesson plans, prepare art materials, observe classes, and document youth artwork at partner sites.
  • New Growth: Each year in May, Root Division proudly presents New Growth, an exhibition of artwork made by students and instructors in our Youth Education Program. The opening reception features live performances by several Bay Area youth organizations, hands-on art activities for the whole family, and free refreshments. The Education Fellow will work directly with the Education Programs Director, teachers, after-school program coordinators, installation team, and young artists to produce New Growth, host field trips, and lead tours of the exhibition. 
  • Administration and Development: The Education Fellow will work closely with the Education Programs Director to manage, collect feedback from, evaluate, and enhance Root Division's Education Programs. They will participate in monthly Youth and Adult Education teacher orientations and meet ups with a focus on supporting and providing resources to teaching artists. The Education Fellow will participate in fundraising efforts to support Root Division's education programs, including serving on the TASTE and Annual Art Auction committees.
  • Community Engagement: In an effort to strengthen our relationships with the communities we serve, the Education Fellow will seek out opportunities to support and engage with the families and caretakers of artists in the Youth Education Program. They will collaborate both with our Latinx Teaching Artist Fellows to plan two annual "Family Nights" at Mission Education Center and with the Filipinx Teaching Artist Fellow to produce community events for our neighbors in SOMA. The Education Fellow will have the opportunity to develop on-site public workshops and will facilitate monthly Creative Station art-making activities during Second Saturday openings. 
The Fellow actively participates in developing and presenting education related programming at Root Division, and they should:
  • Demonstrate excellence in their teaching practice and/or education management 
  • Have at least one year of experience teaching, organizing community events and/or working with youth in the Bay Area
  • Have a passion for collaborating with emerging Bay Area arts educators and the communities they serve
  • Be available a minimum of 1-2 weekday afternoons per week from June 2018 through May 2019
  • Be available for 1-2 occasional weeknights per month from June 2018 through May 2019

  • Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, education, nonprofit administration or equivalent (Current students are eligible to apply.)
  • Proven leadership skills in arts education and administration
  • Strong writing ability and computer skills (Mac)
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs and interests of artists and a diverse audience
  • Enthusiasm for working individually and as a team to serve the community
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish / Tagalog
  • Access to vehicle for performing outreach / school site visits
  • Basic skills for photo documentation
  • Graphic design experience (Adobe CS)
  • Marketing / public relations experience
  • Shows personal initiative and ability to work as a member of a team in an informal, creative, and fast-paced environment.
  • Overall positive attitude and ability to work with various constituencies, and from a wide variety of backgrounds, including studio artists, school supervisors, Root Division staff, students, and supporters of the organization.
In exchange for 40 hours per month of service with a focus on Education, the fellow will receive:
  • Stipend of $2000 ($1000 paid in November and $1000 paid in May).
  • Invaluable training and hands on experience in a thriving visual arts non profit. 
Please submit the following materials for review:
  1. Completed Online Application Form.
  2. Cover letter: Please introduce yourself, tell us why you are interested in the Root Division community, and how this fellowship would impact you as an educator / artist / community leader. Please add three references (contact name, email, phone) at the bottom of the letter.
  3. Current resume / CV (including name and contact info.)
  4. Examples of past teaching projects or student work (5 images and/or video documentation) with a corresponding image list.
  5. Statement about your teaching practice as presented in submitted images. (500 word maximum)
  6. Writing sample (2 page maximum). This could be academic or professional arts writing.
Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between May 21 - 25, 2018 for interviewing with Root Division’s Selection Committee.
Please submit all documents as PDFs and images as JPGs zipped into a file and email to:
For any additional questions, please call 415.863.7668 or email Lindsay Howland, our Education Programs Manager at with any questions.