Mariposa Arts Substitute Teaching Artists


Seeking Substitute Teaching Artists for the Mariposa Arts after school program: Visual, Music, Theater, and/or Movement Arts


Download the PDF of the job description here.

Opening: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 

Schedule: Minimum one year commitment; up to fifteen hours per week, dependent on regular Teaching artist’s absence. Generally 3 hours a day between 1-6pm.  This is a substitute position (weekly hours vary.) 

Location: PVUSD Elementary and Middle School Sites

Reporting: Mariposa Arts Coordinator

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Salary & Benefits: $28/hour

Who we are: For 40 years, Arts Council Santa Cruz County has led the charge to support the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts community. We’re passionate advocates for the arts and the organizations and people who make art happen. We believe in the power of the arts to transform our community, and our daily work of art reflects that belief. Our staff and board team are deeply committed to and fired up about our mission to generate creativity, vibrancy, and connection in Santa Cruz County.

The Mariposa Arts Program: Each year, Arts Council Santa Cruz County sparks young imaginations in schools that have little or no funding for arts during the school day through its Arts Education programs, SPECTRA and Mariposa Arts. Last year more than 17,000 youth learned to express themselves, innovate, think critically, positively affect their communities through the arts.

Through Mariposa Arts Teach programs, we engage teaching artists, high schoolers, and elementary and middle school students. High school students find their voices and discover their creative gifts through training that steeps them in the arts and supports the development of powerful life skills such as public speaking, lesson planning, and classroom management. Together with professional artists, they co-teach lessons, share creative experiences with younger students, and become leaders, mentors, and role models.

The job: The Substitute Teaching Artists accompany high school students in the Mariposa Arts TEACH program to elementary and middle school classrooms in after school programs and supports them in teaching the younger children in the art form. The  Substitute Teaching Artist is responsible for checking their emails regularly to respond to possible subbing opportunities, the Mariposa Arts Program Coordinator will be in contact with subs regarding current and future subbing opportunities.  

What’s it like to work with us? We operate a highly collaborative and supportive workplace where the staff is largely self-directed. We all have the opportunity and are expected to contribute not just to our own work but also to the strategic direction of the organization. We work hard, we have fun. We take responsibility for mistakes and celebrate successes. We live and breathe by our core values: collaborative, adaptable, innovative, service-oriented, and effectively and professionally run. A sense of humor and a compassionate disposition are required. The Arts Council is an award-winning Family-Friendly Workplace, and we love our work. Most importantly, we are all here to be of service to the arts and to our community.

And Now For Something Completely Different: The ideal candidate will have the majority of the skills outlined in this job description. However, if you beautifully fit most, but not all, of the bill, apply anyway. In either case, be direct in your cover letter about your strengths and interests. Arts Council Santa Cruz County is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

What does our hiring process look like?

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews as soon as we have strong candidates.
  • Following the interview, we may ask for some prepared materials relevant to this position, and conduct a second round of interviews.
  • We will extend an offer to the best candidate as soon as references are checked.

To apply: Please email one PDF containing your resume, three references, work samples and a cover letter explaining your interest and experience as it relates to this position to both Sarah Brothers and Monica Galvan Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline. Please title your email and the PDF with this naming convention: Your last name – Mariposa Arts Teaching Artist. In your cover letter, please do not restate information we’ll find in your resume. Tell us why this opportunity lights your fire, and why you would be an amazing fit at the Arts Council. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with administrative staff, after-school site coordinators, teachers, and students
  • Maintain supplies and student attendance 


  • Plan and organize developmentally appropriate curriculum for classes
  • Demonstrate arts discipline techniques and forms of expression
  • Facilitate for individuals, and groups of 15-25 with a mix of knowledge levels
  • Evaluate student comprehension and adjust as needed


  • Negative TB test
  • DOJ Background check with the County Office of Education
  • Personal, reliable transportation with good driving record and insurance
  • At least 21 years of age

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of theory and practice of the art from
  • Ability to effectively scaffold lessons for beginner and intermediate level students
  • Teaching experience to effectively facilitate learning in a classroom of up to 25 students in grades 2nd-5th and/or 6th-8th.
  • Facilitation and mentorship experience with high school youth
  • An understanding of Visual and Performing Arts State Standards
  • Proficiency in and regular access to phone, email, and Word/Excel

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Interest and enthusiasm for the arts, youth empowerment, and equity in education
  • Professional, compassionate, and flexible
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Residency in or connection to Watsonville community

Arts Council Santa Cruz County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing services and making resources available to every resident of Santa Cruz County without regard to ethnicity, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, or source of income.