Interior Design Instructor

After School Matters
Chicago, IL
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 350,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, in Belmont Cragin at our Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters, and in the Pullman community at the new Gately Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit

Summary of Position:

IIDA|Design Your World is seeking an instructor for the Summer 2022 programAfter School Matters and IIDA|Design Your World is seeking a committed, full time instructor to teach a commercial interior design program for 15-20 high school participants (20:1, instructor: teen ratio) between the ages of 15-18 in the 2022 cycle and possibly beyond. The pay rate is hourly and is determined based on experience & expertise.

Areas of focus will include:
  • The history & process of design
  • Material & furnishings
  • Space and layout
Students will develop a basic understanding of commercial interior design and introduce them to the business practices of interior design, career specializations, and educational requirements-all supported by visits from designers, manufacturers, and design school representatives and field trips that further amplify the program goals.

The program curriculum and plan is laid out for the 6-week program with the instructor being responsible for the flow of each week's lessons based on their unique perspectives. Program Sessions and Schedules

After School Matters is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. As a result, the dates and timelines listed below may slightly change based on local health recommendations/requirements and feedback from our individual program providers.

The typical schedule for program sessions are as follows:
  • Summer: 6-weeks, daily Monday through Friday, four instructional hours per day. Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development, and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Expose a diverse group of teen participants to various facets of content area-specific industry while fostering a positive, safe, and collaborative atmosphere for all teen participants.
  • Maintain knowledge of current industry trends, technology, and concepts
  • Prepare, organize, and supervise interactive, teen-led activities on content area
  • Develop, plan, and implement high-quality related field trips, master classes, events, and guest visits to enhance instruction and training
  • Provide supervision during program field trips and other youth engagement opportunities
  • Attend all planning and program dates, including: Instructor orientation, professional development workshops, meetings and other required sessions
  • Participate in the recruitment, interview, and selection process of teen program participants
  • Manage and track program activities such as attendance, interview outcomes, enrollment, evaluation surveys, and pertinent student records in an online data tracking system (CitySpan).
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervise teens at an average of 20:1, instructor: teen ratio
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of content area
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Customer service skills; ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders (teen participants, parents, ASM programs staff, vendors, etc.)
  • Cultural competence
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant content area etc. is preferred; high school diploma or GED required.
  • Experience working in a field relevant to the content area is required.
  • Familiarity with specific Chicago neighborhoods is required.
  • Experience teaching, specifically teenagers, is highly preferred.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion is required.
Additional Requirements:

Staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved medical or sincerely held religious beliefs exemption prior to starting employment. If a medical or sincerely held religious belief exemption is approved, weekly Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is required as part of any reasonable accommodation.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time for programs that take place outside of a conventional classroom space.
Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
How to Apply:

Apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and application here:


After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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