Job Opportunities with MOCHA

Thank you for your interest in working for the Museum of Children's Art. We are currently hiring for the following opportunities:

Teaching Artist

Organization: Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)

Job Position: Teaching Artist

Job Posting date: March 1, 2022

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA): The Museum of Children’s Art operates a children’s art museum in downtown Oakland, CA. and provides educational outreach programs in the schools and libraries in the East Bay community. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of our community and to create opportunities in order for all children to experience the arts to develop creativity, promote a sense of belonging, and to realize their potential. 


This position is for a temporary part-time and/or full-time visual Teaching Artist for youth ages TK-12th grade. The TA will teach Visual Art to students in the Museum space and at off-site locations in Alameda County and/or West Contract Costa County. 10-35 hours weekly dependent on TA’s availability and program schedule. MOCHA TA’s provide hands-on arts instruction in a range of settings. They are assigned placements based on scheduling, experience, and interest. 

The above artists work in the following settings:

  • In-School Residency: Features sequential hands-on arts education in classrooms during the school day. MOCHA Artists work with classroom teachers to determine content, which can be designed to support core curriculum and align with California State Standards.

  • After-school Residency: Teaching Artists provide hands-on art activities during after-school hours and create their own curricula in partnership with MOCHA and the after-school program site staff.

  • Field Trips: Artists lead classrooms and after-school groups in interactive art lessons and provide an introduction to the Museum.

  • Special Events/Community Programs: MOCHA Artists provide hands-on activities for children and families at community events.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Program Planning: In collaboration with classroom teachers, design arts education lessons that relate to classroom curriculum or other themes prioritized by classroom teachers. Working with MOCHA staff, develop contextual and age-appropriate hands-on arts education lessons. Coordinate with MOCHA staff to obtain supplies and maintain a responsibility to museum facilities and art supplies.

  • Art Instruction: Deliver 60-to-90-minute lessons that include discussion, hands-on art lesson, student-assisted clean-up and closing discussion/reflection for youth ranging in age from pre-K to 12th grade youth who are from a variety of backgrounds including students with special needs and children with English as a second language. Teaching Artists will use multidisciplinary and engaging ways to begin a new unit of study or lesson while building on students’ prior knowledge and experiences.

  • Meetings & Trainings: Attend all required meetings and training sessions at the Museum. 

  • Evaluations & Reports: Complete all necessary evaluations and reports, including standard MOCHA evaluations and any additional evaluations/forms required for grant-funded programs.


  • Experience providing hands-on arts education to youth.

  • Ability to demonstrate, engage, challenge and interest youth through the arts.

  • Experience designing and implementing developmentally appropriate art curriculum.

  • Knowledge of youth development and arts education principles and practices.

  • Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive, and creative environments for children, youth, classroom teachers & families.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently.

  • Recognize that culturally relevant and responsive educators understand the importance of social political awareness in the context of student learning.

  • Develop an understanding of the role that a culturally responsive educator plays to support learning opportunities that lead to positive change in the school and community.

  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, and imaginative. A sense of humor and excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to provide own transportation or utilize public transportation to and from partner sites.

  • Bilingual is a plus.


Rate of Pay: Range $18.00 to $50.00 an hour:

  • $18.00-$20.00 for Onsite Museum Teaching

  • $25.00-50.00 for Offsite Art Instruction (Rate includes Curriculum Prep)


Teaching Artists may be assigned to work during the school day, after-school, and/or on weekends and evenings.

MOCHA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks workforce diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and ability. The responsibilities of this position dictate the need for moving around a classroom, the possibility of standing or being upright for long periods, and the ability to lift up to 30 lbs. Selected applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and willing to submit to a background check, fingerprinting, and TB testing. All MOCHA employees must be COVID-19 vaccinated. 

To Apply: 

Subject line: (Applicant Name) Teaching Artist Application

Please send a cover letter and resume to