GlassRoots is hiring a part-time instructor to work in our hot shop and join our amazing teaching and artistic staff. This is a skilled artistic and technical work position which includes provision of instruction, and fabrication and repair of glass pieces in the hot shop.
GlassRoots ignites and builds the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark, with a focus on underserved youth and young adults, through the transformative power of the glass art experience. Through involvement with GlassRoots’ arts, residents of all ages are empowered to think creatively and realize new visions of their futures through the art of glassmaking. Widely renowned for excellence in collaborative programming, GlassRoots presents high quality, rigorous, innovative, relevant, and diverse programing that both reflects and expands the community’s interests.
GlassRoots’ core values drive our constant pursuit of institutional excellence, and inspire all that we do. To maximize our impact, we embrace these values:
Purpose for this Position
GlassRoots is hiring a part-time instructor to work in our hot shop and join the artistic staff of our exciting and growing arts education non-profit organization in Newark NJ. This is a skilled artistic and technical work position which includes provision of instruction, and fabrication and repair of glass pieces in the hot shop.
We seek a self-motivated individual who can assist in the delivery of our artistic programs, offered to our target audience of disengaged youth and young adults as well as to the general public. The work involves instruction of youth and adult students in the hot shop, the operation of facilities required for the instruction, fabrication and repair of a wide variety of glass pieces.
On any given day you’ll be providing instruction to students participating in GlassRoots’ long and short term programs, teaching adults in recreational programs, and maintaining the hot shop. Additional responsibility includes the creation of sales and commissioned works.
This is part-time position, with growth potential, which will begin with 20 hours per week to assist with our growing demand. Applicant must have daytime, weekend, and evening availability; the schedule will vary dependent on classes and projects schedules. Due to our work with youth, candidates must be able to clear background checks, and provide references.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity and to attracting and supporting a staff and board who represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve. BIPOC candidates are strongly urged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability.
Hourly: $22-25/hour dependent on experience
FTE (full time equivalent): 0.5 (15 - 20 hours/week)
Status: Non exempt
Reports to: Program Director, and works at the direction of the Lead Hot Shop Instructor
Please send a cover letter describing your qualifications with your resume, with the subject line “[Your Name] – Glassblower PT” to Lisa Duggan, Program Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
In a note to staff and board, GlassRoots Board President Roger C. Tucker III announced that Program Director Lisa Duggan will step in as GlassRoots Interim Executive Director as the organization continues its search to fill the position vacated by outgoing CEO Barbara Heisler. Tucker wrote:
"It is with great pleasure that the GlassRoots Board and I announce that Lisa Duggan will be the GlassRoots Interim Executive Director, effective January 30, 2021. We have full confidence in her ability to do the job and appreciate her willingness to do it. Lisa will have the full support of the Executive Board, and. I ask that you support Lisa, as well.
We are excited about the opportunity to work with Lisa in her new role and look forward to all of us taking on the unique challenges the new year will bring."
Stepping away from her position after nearly 8 years, CEO Heisler shared that she is delighted that Duggan agreed to take on this role to provide stability during this time of transition. "Lisa has been a fully engaged manager since joining GlassRoots, and will excel in this role as well." The Board also announced that Heisler will be staying with GlassRoots as a Grants Advisor through the transition period.
Duggan will assume the Interim leadership role on January 30, 2021. The Board's search committee continues its work through the numerous applications for the Executive Director position aided by a search firm, and expects to fill the position in an expeditious manner.
While administrative staff continues to work from home, Duggan can be reached via email or phone. during business hours.
December 15, 2020
I recently informed the Board of Trustees that I would be leaving my position as CEO of GlassRoots, at the end of January. This was not an easy decision. There are other things I’d like to accomplish professionally before I end my career, and if this COVID crisis has taught us anything, it is that we can’t take time for granted. So this is the right time for me.
It is also a good time for GlassRoots. While construction is still underway at our new home, aside from the massive logistics of moving, much of the “heavy lifting” has already been done. With your support, funding is in place; physical plans have been completed, and we’re clear on the programming that we’ll be able to offer. Our move will come at a time when we’ll be able to join together publicly again, now that the miracle of a vaccine is on its way. The Board now has the task of selecting the leader for this amazing organization who can walk GlassRoots down its new path and welcome you back to our studios.
It has been an honor to lead GlassRoots and serve the thousands of students who have walked through the actual or virtual doors of this singular community organization since I came on board nearly eight ago. I am leaving the leadership of an organization that is poised to have an even greater impact in the community. Today, GlassRoots is touted for its nimbleness, its responsiveness to community needs, and for being a model of a cultural arts organization that successfully works toward multiple outcomes. It is a legacy I will cherish.
None of these accomplishments are ones a CEO makes alone; each requires a committed team of gifted, tenacious individuals who come together to work relentlessly for a common goal. I am exceedingly grateful for all of the long hours and hard work GlassRoots’ employees have put in to boost the organization over the past several years. They are certainly a remarkable team.
I also could not have asked for a more supportive board of trustees. GlassRoots board is creative and committed. I particularly want to thank Linda Morgan, Kathy Markel, Sheila Kenny and Roger Tucker, the wise and wonderful partners who served as Board Presidents during my tenure. GlassRoots is in good hands with the board it has in place.
And I want to thank you. Your role in GlassRoots’ growth is not insignificant. Together with your financial support, your partnership with GlassRoots during these years of growth has been tremendous.
The Board has asked if I would stay on in a consultative role related to institutional funding; so for some period I will continue working with our foundation and corporate funders. A search for a new director is underway, and I’m excited to assist in this transition.
As always, I welcome your calls or emails, and look forward to staying connected.
With my thanks for your continuing support, and best wishes for your good health and joyous holidays,
In honor of Giving Tuesday, we have a very special gift to share with you!
As our travels have been so limited this year, GlassRoots joined with other Glass Art studios and the Glass Arts Society (GAS) to create a Passport - a way to learn about all of our studios and the incredible medium of glass. We hope the family-friendly Passport project will be a fun way to remind us that despite the need to distance ourselves from each other, we are indeed connected, through the wonderful material of glass.
This unique Passport allows you to take a journey around the world, from the NY Metro area to the Southwest of the USA, to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and all the way to Australia, to interactively explore ideas and techniques in glassmaking with activities that don’t even need glass! What better way to learn about art than to create your own masterpiece and visit studios at the same time.
We hope you enjoy the Passport as much as we did making it. After you finish an activity, give yourself a stamp to mark it complete, and if you want to post your artwork on social media, please give us a shout-out with the following tags: #gaspassport #glassconnections #glassartsociety #glasspassport #glassroots
November 23, 2020
What a year it’s been! As 2020 draws to a close, we look back with gratitude on the bright spots in a challenging year, and few of them glow brighter than our strong, passionate, and generous GlassRoots community. We also look ahead to next year with hope, knowing that with supporters like you, we will be able to face any challenges that may come and continue providing an impactful educational and life-affirming experience to the students we serve.
The devastating coronavirus pandemic forced us to close our studios in March, but within two weeks, we quickly implemented our innovative Virtual Studios programs. Determined to stay connected to our community, our dedicated and innovative staff created a series of daily, online programs using our social media channels as broadcast stations that engaged more than 20,000 people from around the world!
Additionally, we created GlassRoots At Home, our remote learning programs that expand upon and utilize our expertise and experience in glass-art making, and which promote hands-on learning through the use of at-home activity kits.
When you support GlassRoots, you support innovation, connection, perseverance and resilience - in our spunky organization, and in our students. While we were faced with challenges we never could have anticipated, we also learned new ways of operating that will enable us to stay engaged with an even larger/broader audience going forward.
We have incorporated what we’ve learned into our new hybrid programs, which we have added to very small, socially distanced, in-person classes and private lessons. Our new array of offerings will keep our students engaged and learning until we’re in our new home, within the Newark Arts Commons, early next year.
In the midst of this all, we began our celebration of our 20th year! We know that for the past two decades, the transformative power of the GlassRoots experience has changed lives and reshaped the Newark community. By giving to GlassRoots, you’ll help us continue adapting into next year and beyond to ensure our students have access to the exceptional experiences they need and deserve. Your support makes this happen. Within this new reality, your contributions are more important than ever.
If you are able to do so, please support GlassRoots and all of our students and programs by donating today. If you’re able to give online, at glassroots.org/donate, we’ll be able to put your gift to work immediately. Otherwise, we welcome your gift at 10 Bleeker St, Newark NJ 07018. GlassRoots is also able to accept gifts of stock or securities. Our Development Director, Karen Gonon, would be happy to assist you with these gifts, or answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at 973-353-9555
With our heartfelt appreciation and best wishes,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
PIVOT REPORT: GlassRoots held its very first Virtual Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit (YES!) Business Plan Competition in response to COVID-19 to keep some sort of normality to our program for our students. We nervously planned the event – with no idea how it would turn out. Delightfully, the responses to our students’ posts and submissions of votes came pouring in - GlassRoots followers were fully engaged! The students went all out – sharing their Business Competition posts with their classmates and family members to encourage votes. Once all the votes were counted; student Izavia was ultimately awarded 1st place in the competition. We’re so proud that each of the YES! Full day and after-school cohorts completed their programs. While the ending wasn’t optimal, we anticipate incorporating a virtual presence into future Business Plan Competitions.