Teaching Assistant Job Description

The arts programming is key to ReCreative’s mission. Teaching assistants provide essential support to our programs and gain first-hand experience in arts instruction.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position and reports to the Program Manager.

Job Summary:

Provide essential support to Seattle ReCreative’s arts education programs by delivering direct instruction to students of all ages and abilities under the direction and guidance of the Program Manager or lead teacher.

Essential Functions:

  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the Program Manager or lead teacher.

  • Supervise students in Seattle ReCreative’s classes, workshops, and birthday parties both at Seattle ReCreative and in the community during outreach activities.

  • Prepare lesson materials, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations under the direction and guidance of the Program Manager or lead teacher.

  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials, in order to prevent injuries and damage.

  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.

  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and developmental disabilities.

  • Maintain Seattle ReCreative’s equipment and supplies, and assist students with hardware and software use.

  • Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

  • Clean and organize teaching materials and supplies.

  • Maintain attendance records.

  • Attend staff meetings as required.

  • Enforce organizational policies and rules governing participants’ behavior.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Education: High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Car strongly preferred.
  • Weekday availability required, typically less than 12 hours per month with potential for more hours during the summer.
  • Occasional weekend availability (not required).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience providing instruction to diverse age groups, including young children.

  • Experience or strong interest in nonprofit organizations.

  • Interest in both environmental issues and/or arts education (ideally both).

  • Ability to multi-task and keep track of unfinished tasks.

  • Detailed-oriented, self-starter who can take a project and run with it.

Essential Physical Abilities:

  • Lifting and carrying 30 pounds; Developed fine motor control, grasp, handle, manipulate objects with fingers;

  • Standing for long periods of time; frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, and squatting.

  • Able to travel across a variety of surfaces (stairs, ramps, uneven terrain).

Working Conditions:

  • Many classes take place within a retail store environment: temperature varies, loud noises, occasional crowds.

  • Other programs and events may occur in the space during store hours.

  • Outreach events may take place outdoors, in schools, and at large public events.


  • Competitive hourly rate of $13/hour

  • Paid time off, sick days and holidays

  • $20 monthly craft materials allowance

To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Darrah Parker at darrah.parker@seattlerecreative.org. No phone calls please.

Seattle ReCreative is committed to a diverse workplace. This organization does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, sexual orientation or affectional preference, military status, or status as a special disabled or veteran.