Job Description – Blind Veterans UK Job title: Art and Craft Instructor Reports to: Professionally accountable to: Department: Location: Last updated: Rehabilitation and Training Manager Rehabilitation and Training Manager Rehabilitation and Training Llandudno October 2012 Job purpose To provide art and craft instruction to blind and visually impaired members with a view to enabling and promoting independence and developing skills. Through the medium of art and craft, create a stimulating, social environment that aids rehabilitation and adds to a sense of well-being. Dimensions To be responsible for their own workload and work collaboratively colleagues. Enable the art and craft studio to be an environment that can be used for formal training courses, as part of a broader social activity programme or on an ad-hoc basis. Teach and facilitate art and craft skills to blind and visually impaired members and develop different methods and teaching strategies that will engage their visually impaired learners with the visual arts. To provide art and craft sessions on both a one-to-one basis and to groups with differentiating activities to accommodate all participants. To be responsible for teaching a wide range of art and craft subjects up to an advanced level. Subjects include, but are not limited to: Ceramics, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Jewellery Making, Joinery, Textiles, Mosaics, Paper Mache, Picture Framing, Stone Carving, Weaving, Woodcarving, Woodwork and Woodturning. To have a working knowledge of a wide variety of powered and non-powered equipment including, but not limited to band saw, lathe, cross cut saw, pillar drill, router, electric and cordless drills, sanding machines, tile and glass cutters, fret saw, jig saw and guillotine. The Art and Craft Instructor must pursue safe working practices and where applicable adhere to current Health and Safety regulations/legislation and be prepared to receive instruction in such equipment. To co-ordinate and assist with the Charity’s participation in various exhibitions, trips and events. Main accountabilities of the post 1. Create and maintain the studio environment which facilitates the diversity of our members needs. 2. Design and produce stimulating and educational art and craft projects that differentiate between the wide range of abilities and which enable members to develop their skills and gain confidence. 3. Demonstrate a wide range of teaching approaches and problem solving skills to cater for different abilities whilst working with groups to ensure all sessions are inclusive to all. 4. Devise tailor-made training courses to meet member needs. Undertake assessments, evaluations, write reports, formulate training plans and provide post training telephone support to trainees. 5. Provide supervision, orientation and instruction to members attending holiday and respite sessions and one-to-one training, ensuring individuals benefit fully from all that Art & Craft can offer. 6. Manage and co-ordinate volunteers and others working in the studio, for example Healthcare Assistants supporting members. 7. Assist with the Departmental Shop by costing and pricing completed work and taking monies for goods and trainee materials. 8. Organise and deliver departmental events and activities to ensure they operate smoothly and promote the services of both the department and charity. 9. Support the Charity’s other centres with exhibitions, events and teaching. Additional responsibilities 1. Attend relevant internal and external training courses, as agreed with your line manager. 2. Practice and comply with all aspects of the Charity’s current Health and Safety policies and procedures. 3. Engage actively with our volunteers as appropriate and within the scope of the post. 4. Undertake any reasonable tasks from time to time at the line manager’s request, as may be deemed appropriate within the scope of the post. Work context 1. This role is complex and can be both physically and emotionally demanding. The Art and Craft Instructor works predominantly in the studio at the Llandudno centre and will support the Sheffield centre on a rotational basis. Overnight travel to the Charity’s other centres will be required occasionally. 2. Particular attention to health and safety procedures, legislation and COSHH are required when using the art and craft equipment and resources. 3. There is a significant amount of emotional effort when working with members who are dealing with recent sight loss, disabilities and other illnesses. 4. The role involves a continuous level of multitasking both during teaching sessions (such as teaching multiple discipline to multiple ability groups but also in terms of balancing prep work, reports and other projects. Autonomy and decision making The Charity values empowerment and as such, the Art and Craft Instructor will be required to work independently, but will be responsible to the Rehabilitation and Training Manager for the quality of service delivery. Communications Internal Members and other beneficiaries on a daily basis regarding Art and Craft projects, training and other issues. Daily contact with all departments within the Charity via telephone, e-mail and personal contact, particularly Care staff, Welfare Officers and Art and Craft colleagues at the Brighton centre in order to provide a comprehensive service to members. External External agencies and relevant organisations to promote art and craft within the centre and the Charity as a whole. Main areas of difficulty Providing a stimulating atmosphere and facilitate access to creative arts for blind and visually impaired members in and out of the studio. Multi-tasking and meeting individuals needs. Limited planning time due to transient population in the studio and differing needs relating to age, visually impairment or other disabilities. Each member can display behavioural, challenging and emotional problems. Additional information This Job Description is a guide to the work the job holder is required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of the Contract of Employment. Person Specification – Blind Veterans UK Knowledge Skills Qualifications Experience Personal qualities Essential A good knowledge of a wide variety of art and craft techniques. Working knowledge of MS Office, database systems and internet. Ability to work in team and individually. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Excellent problem solving skills. Excellent time management and organisational skills. Ability to multi-task and project manage. Qualification in Art/Design or related subject at degree/City & Guilds or equivalent level A teaching/training qualification or relevant vocational experience. Experience teaching art and crafts. Experience of delivering art and craft workshops in a studio or in other environments e.g. in the lounge or on a care unit. Positive approach to equality and diversity. The post holder will be required to demonstrate that they have the personal qualities to be work within a care and rehabilitation and training environment. In particular, the post holder will need to be: Flexible Adaptable Proactive Personable Caring Empathy with the client group Patient Desirable A good demonstrable knowledge of photography and digital manipulation techniques. Understanding of Welsh culture and local art network. Woodturning/carpentry. Experience working with visually impaired people. Experience working with people with additional disabilities.