Art Therapy Fellow

Cathedral Arts Project - Jacksonville, Florida

Job Category: Teaching Artist

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

About Our Organization

The Cathedral Arts Project is the leading nonprofit provider of quality, comprehensive and ongoing instruction in the visual and performing arts for elementary and middle school students in Duval County. The driving force behind all CAP programs is the belief that the arts matter – they provide essential skills, like creative thinking, perseverance, teamwork and self-discipline, that benefit all people in all areas of their lives. Voted one of the best places to work in Jacksonville in 2016, we offer a culture of creativity and collaboration right in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.

The Cathedral Arts Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. For more information about the Cathedral Arts Project, visit

Job Summary

The Art Therapy Fellow is centered in strong artistic and therapeutic practice and has the desire to share their skills and knowledge for the benefit of students and community members. The fellow will be responsible for art-as-therapy based programming in three to four Exceptional Student Education (ESE) centers throughout Duval County. When not leading group directives, the fellow will be responsible for overseeing the successful management of their classes, including but not limited to supply purchases and delivery, tracking and reporting attendance, and compiling student data. In addition, the fellow will provide mentoring and support to current CAP teaching artists who are working in integrated classrooms and may have moderate to little experience with students with varying exceptionalities, including ESE and Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EBD) students or other populations.


Classroom Facilitation

  • Demonstrate mastery of the skills, knowledge and practices of art therapy through original directives; make relevant connections to individual development plans; be willing to creatively adapt and implement as needed for student growth.
  • Implement adaptive, positive, respectful and trauma-informed behavioral interventions geared toward helping students achieve appropriate outlets for self-expression, sensory integration and emotional regulation.
  • Collaborate with on-site staff, such as occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physical therapists, or guidance counselors to create art directives that enhance both therapeutic and educational goals.
  • Define, evaluate and establish measurable therapeutic goals and objectives that can be implemented in the classroom to support student learning.
  • Provide instruction for elementary and middle school students at three sites that may include public school campuses, community centers and similar locations.
  • Organize all materials for each lesson ahead of time and transport to program sites for individual programs.
  • Nurture and maintain professional and positive relationships with classroom teachers, school administration, student families and other CAP teaching artists.
  • Maintain constant supervision of no more than 10 students per class.
  • Supervise and manage one classroom assistant per site.
  • Arrange and participate in on-site recruitment of students and manage communication with families at each program site, as needed. Ensure enrollment data for each student is collected and entered into the Active Network database.
  • Assist in the creation of a consent form developed for parents or caregivers to gives permission for the art therapist to work with students, collaborate with treatment team, have access to student IEP’s, develop and implement art-as-therapy interventions for educational support.
  • Attend CAP teaching artist meetings and principal meet-and-greets as requested.

Training Curriculum Development

  • Serve as the lead curriculum developer for ESE training at CAP.
  • Assist in the creation of a training manual and activities addressing best practices for integrated classrooms for all CAP teaching artists fellows.
  • Provide training and support for all teaching artists, interns and volunteers to ensure students of all abilities are enjoying high quality inclusive instruction.


  • Administer and record paperwork, including attendance, pre- and post-program assessments, student surveys and other evaluations as necessary.
  • Remain within allocated budget for classroom supplies. Ensure documentation for all purchases is submitted within 30 days of purchase.
  • Provide administrative support to the program department.

Professional Development

  • Develop an individual development plan with the Chief Program Officer and make strides to accomplish growth goals.
  • Seek out opportunities for professional growth in areas of pedagogy, classroom management, teaching certificates, therapy certifications, clinical supervision, Registered Art Therapist and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselor credentials, higher education, new specialty within the artform, general nonprofit management skills, and other related areas.

Special Events

  • Provide support during CAP special events as requested.
  • Assist in fundraising through various means, such as speaking engagements and student exhibitions.


  • Work to develop lasting connections with community leaders, other nonprofit professionals, clinicians, educators and artists throughout the Jacksonville community.
  • Carry out other duties as requested by the Chief Program Officer in support of strategic goals.

Job Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications & Capabilities

  • Desire and drive to expand art therapy and arts education experience and skills.
  • Reliable transportation to and from CAP offices and program sites.
  • Available via cell phone during work hours.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team, as well as independently.
  • Ability to maintain a positive ‘can do’ attitude; be proactive, flexible, and show initiative with projects, planning, and all activities related to this position.
  • Commitment to CAP’s vision, goals and core values.


  • Master’s degree in art therapy, education, art or related field, or at least two years of experience working in a related field preferred. At a minimum, candidates should be pursuing a degree in art therapy.
  • Experience working with children in a structured learning environment.
  • Experience implementing art-as-therapy curriculum.
  • Dedication to personal and professional development.
  • Dual-language speaker preferred.
  • Must pass official Level 2 background check as outlined by Florida state law and complete mandatory sexual misconduct, cultural diversity training, trauma-informed education training and CPR/first aid training.

Additional Details

Compensation & Benefits

  • Position is full-time salaried.
  • Employment is on a two-year term as a full-time employee of the Cathedral Arts Project.
  • Medical (PPO or HMO), dental and vision insurance available, with CAP covering 75% of the costs of individual medical insurance.
  • Generous paid time off, including 21 days of PTO, 24 paid holidays and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • Higher education opportunities available, including certifications, clinical supervision and practicum hours. Fellows are also eligible for partial tuition waiver to Jacksonville University for graduate degrees. Full tuition scholarships available pending academic standing.
  • Gym membership available with CAP covering 50% of the monthly membership fee.
  • Housing will be the responsibility of the fellow.

How to Apply

Submit a personal statement (1,000 words or less) explaining why you would benefit from the fellowship program and résumé in confidence to Please include unofficial transcripts if interested in higher education.