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Visual Arts Instructors

Job Description

Pay rate: $21.85-$36.41 per hour

Position Description
Under the supervision of the RCC Arts Education Director, Visual Arts Instructor teaches classes (e.g. fine arts related topics such as drawing painting, collage, ceramic, sculpture, stained glass and mosaics) to include a course outline and individual session lesson plans in accordance with RCC policies. The instructor is responsible for supply inventory and must notify the supervising Program Director regarding class supply needs as well as all equipment and audio-visual needs. This position exercises a high level of independent judgment in planning and organizing classroom activities. Visual Arts instructors will teach on-site primarily at RCC/Lake Anne but could be teaching in other locations for outreach opportunities. Instructors are expected to provide a class description and syllabus.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach according to approved course outline and advertised content;
  • Recommend supply lists within existing budgets;
  • Assist and accompany RCC Program Director when shopping for approved supplies and materials as needed;
  • Familiarity with the RCC evacuation and emergency procedures;
  • Maintain control of classroom with disciplinary action in accordance with RCC guidelines and code of conduct;
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to the beginning of each class to ascertain that the classroom space is correctly set up and is safe for the participants;
  • Begin and end classes on time;
  • Supervise students attending classes at all times, after class has begun;
  • Report patron medical emergencies that occur during class, property damage or other acts of vandalism using RCC Incident Report forms within 24 hours;
  • Responsible for the proper use, care, and security of RCC equipment and facilities;
  • Interact with participants and interested members of the public in a positive manner.
  • Promote Center programming through referral of patrons to other RCC staff when questions extend beyond the instructor’s area of expertise;
  • Provide all program suggestions, schedule additions, and roster changes in writing to the immediate supervisor.
  • Must refer requests for refunds, transfers, suggestions, and complaints to immediate supervisor;
  • Notify immediate supervisor a minimum of four hours in advance of class if unable to instruct class due to illness or other emergency situations;
  • Responsible for notifying students of class cancellation if it is due to a non-emergency situation;
  • Verify attendance and telephone numbers in the first class. Class participants not listed may not be allowed into class and must be reported to immediate supervisor;
  • Provide written descriptions of course content to RCC Program Director as needed for preparation of publicity materials;
  • Complete time sheets after each class session for payroll purposes (applicable to County Exempt Employees, not Independent Contractors).


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school plus at least two years working in a field related to arts;
  • Certification in a specialized field related to arts and crafts;
  • Exercises a high level of independent judgment and teaching, good communication skills in individual or group settings;
  • For ceramics instructors: knowledge, skill and ability in operating kiln, wheel and other related equipment functions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of four years study or training at an accredited college or university or equivalent certification in a specialty area such as art, graphic design, education, etc.
  • At least one year work-experience teaching arts and crafts related programs in a classroom setting;
  • CPR/First Aid Certified.

Necessary Special Requirements
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and child protective registry check prior to start of employment.

Application Instructions

Please contact Cheri Danaher, Arts Education Program Director, at 703-390-6175, or Cheri.Danaher@fairfaxcounty.gov.
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