Full Time Expressive Art Specialist
In response to the rising awareness of art’s therapeutic value in non-clinical settings, we see an uptick in its integration within schools, libraries, and senior centers to bolster social-emotional learning and mental health—making art an increasingly recognized, accessible means of enhancing well-being without the stigma often associated with traditional therapy. The arts serve as an inclusive solution, particularly where healthcare costs and socio-economic hurdles limit therapy access. Ohio’s educational standards have evolved to highlight the need for social-emotional learning, and our community-based art interventions are aligned with these goals. Our innovative art services support the wider community and enable Art Therapy Studio’s seasoned therapists to focus their specialized skills on providing clinical care. This strategic division ensures that we comprehensively address a variety of needs, fostering emotional growth and stress reduction through creative engagement for all age groups.
The field of art therapy offers a unique avenue for individuals to utilize creative expression as a therapeutic tool. However, there exists a significant challenge in terms of diversity and attrition within this profession. The high requirement of a Master’s degree in Art Therapy often limits who can afford to enter the field, creating financial barriers that deter many talented individuals. At Art Therapy Studio, we recognize the importance of addressing these issues and are trying to actively implement initiatives aimed at increasing diversity and reducing attrition.
To tackle the lack of diversity, we have created a Full-Time position that allows individuals with Bachelor’s degrees in Art Therapy to gain practical experience under the supervision of credentialed art therapists in non-clinical roles. Additionally, we aim to offer guidance in helping them pursue their Master’s degree in Art Therapy while they are employed at our organization. Through our mentorship, we can ensure that aspiring art therapists receive the necessary support while maintaining ethical practice standards. By implementing these initiatives, we hope to make the field of art therapy more accessible and inclusive, allowing a wider range of individuals to harness the healing power of creative expression.
40/WEEK [FULL TIME, SALARY EXEMPT]
6-MONTH RAISE, COST-SHARED HEALTH INSURANCE (50/50) PROVIDED, 401K PLAN AVAILABLE (NO MATCHING), BASIC LIFE INSURANCE AND SHORT-TERM DISABILITY COVERAGE INCLUDED, DENTAL AND VISION INSURANCE AVAILABLE, PAID TIME OFF, AND REGULAR CLINICAL SUPERVISION PROVIDED
Art Therapy Studio is a community-focused organization dedicated to promoting wellness, personal growth, and emotional well-being through expressive arts and art therapy. We believe in the power of creativity to heal and inspire, and we are seeking a passionate and dedicated Expressive Art Specialist to join our team.
We are looking for an enthusiastic Expressive Art Specialist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy to lead therapeutic art programs within our community. This role is not focused on delivering art therapy services but rather harnessing the healing potential of creative expression to promote emotional well-being and personal growth among our client-artists.
Design and facilitate a variety of expressive art programs for client-artists of the community.
Create a safe and supportive environment that encourages creative expression and skill building.
Collaborate with other team client-artists to integrate expressive arts into our wellness programs.
Provide guidance and support to participants, helping them learn and practice new skills using art.
Maintain a well-organized and stocked art studio, ensuring that all necessary materials are readily available.
Evaluate and assess the impact of art programs, collecting feedback to continuously improve offerings.
Stay informed about best practices in expressive arts and related fields.
Be knowledgeable about scope of practice and its limitations, and only work within personal scope of practice, referring clients to a higher level of care within or outside of the organization as needed.
Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy is required.
Experience working in therapeutic or community-based settings is preferred.
Strong knowledge of various art forms and their therapeutic benefits.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Empathetic and compassionate, with the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Priority given to individuals with a Certificate from an Accredited Social and Emotional Learning Program.
Strong administrative, organizational and time-management skills.
A commitment to ethical and professional conduct.
Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Sharepoint, and Excel Required
The employee may be required to sit, use their hands for grasping or handling objects, reach with their arms, and perform movements such as stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling, while also being able to, themselves or through an interpreter, hear and communicate verbally. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level varies, and the art therapist must be able to adapt to high and low noise environments.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, a copy of your credential, and at least 2 professional references along with a letter outlining your professional goals. Each requested document should be sent as a separate pdf to email@example.com with the subject line: “Full Time Expressive Art Specialist Application_Your First Name Your Last Name.” Please attach and label each pdf file according to the following example: “Resume First Name Last Name”
Preference will be given to applicants who are able to receive a recommendation letter from a past employer, professor, or internship supervisor. Preference will also be given to applicants who have satisfactorily completed an internship with Art Therapy Studio.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Notes about the Selection Process
The interview process will include 2 rounds of interviews. If you are selected as a candidate, we will contact you via email to schedule your first interview. The first interview round will be with ATS’s Clinical Director and you will be asked to share an art task you have designed to work with participants to a group program. If the candidate is successful in the first interview, they will be advanced to an interview with the Executive Director before the final candidate is selected.