Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Clifton Forge School of the Arts (CFSOTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Alleghany Highlands by providing quality arts education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities, and to increase economic opportunity through the arts. CFSOTA draws on an extensive network of local artist-teachers to offer more than 100 classes annually, spanning more than 25 subjects. We also support artists year-round by hosting exhibitions and events, selling their work, and providing rehearsal and studio space. CFSOTA’s campus consists of 3 buildings: the main facility that houses classrooms for multiple subjects, a painting studio, a library, and a gallery; the Mill, a historic (circa 1893), large, open space with timber-frame construction ideal for programming and rentals, blacksmithing forges and woodworking shop; and the Reynolds Studios, which holds pottery, glass, and sculpture studios. These three distinct spaces are linked by the garden, a specimen arboretum, open to the public for viewing and enjoyment.

Clifton Forge School of the Arts is a welcoming organization that promotes an inclusive, dynamic, and equitable environment that allows students, visitors, and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and create together. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any legally protected class.

Current Openings

Job Title: Contracted Art Teacher

Job Summary:

As a Contracted Art Teacher, you will be responsible for delivering high-quality art education to students in various educational settings requiring commuting to locations within Alleghany Highlands. This role is to inspire creativity, foster artistic skills, and promote an appreciation for the visual arts among students as a representative of Clifton Forge School of the Arts. This position involves working on a contract basis, with variable hours.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum Development:
    • Create engaging and age-appropriate art lesson plans and curriculum materials.
    • Align curriculum with educational standards and learning objectives.
    • Adapt teaching materials to accommodate diverse student needs and abilities.
  • Instruction and Classroom Management:
    • Conduct art classes for students of different age groups, from elementary to high school or adults.
    • Teach various art forms, techniques, and mediums, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, and more.
    • Demonstrate and explain artistic concepts, methods, and techniques.
    • Manage the classroom environment, ensuring a safe and inclusive space for creativity.
    • Provide constructive feedback and guidance to students on their artistic projects.
    • Encourage and motivate students to express themselves through art.
  • Materials and Resources:
    • Procure and manage art supplies, materials, and equipment.
    • Ensure the safe and proper use of art tools and resources.
    • Make recommendations for resource upgrades or replacements as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Art Education, or a related field.
  • Previous experience teaching art, preferably in a school or educational setting.
  • Strong knowledge of various art forms, techniques, and mediums.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Patience and the ability to work effectively with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Organizational skills for curriculum planning, resource management, and record-keeping.
  • Creativity and a passion for fostering artistic expression.

This job description serves as a general guideline for the responsibilities and qualifications of a Contracted Art Teacher. Specific duties and requirements may vary.

To apply, please submit a resume and three references to Christina Gramm, Director of Education & Programming, via email: christina@cfsota.org.