Recreation: Pottery Instructor

City of Sunnyvale
9 per week $35 - $51 Per hour CA Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


TEMPORARY POTTERY INSTRUCTOR (Recreation Instructor 2 - Job Code 9523)
Hours: 3 to 9 hours/week. Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  

Recreation Services Division is seeking self-motivated, energetic, responsible individuals interested in employment as a pottery instructor for adults. Under general supervision of the Recreation Services Coordinator, pottery instructors are responsible for teaching pottery techniques through lecture and demonstrations.  Classes are run year-round and meet once a week for 3 hours. Class sessions are six weeks long and include a week break for cleaning and restocking after two consecutive class sessions (every 12 weeks).

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Teach pottery/ceramic classes by leading and demonstrating techniques associated with the subject matter
  • Maintain a safe, friendly and inclusive class environment for all participants
  • Adjust class as appropriate and as needed to meet the various skill levels of participants
  • Develop curriculum for each class meeting
  • Knowledge of glazing and firing techniques
  • Develop projects to keep class interesting for both regular and repeat participants
  • Maintain documentation as required
  • Report to work in a timely manner and appropriately prepared
Position requires regular sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push, pull objects weighing up to 25 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.  

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

  • Graduation from high school or tested equivalent; AND
  • A minimum of 2 years as a professional potter or ceramicist; AND
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching *additional years of professional studio work may be substituted for teaching experience. 
Knowledge of:
Pottery and ceramic techniques including centering, wheel throwing, slab rolling, wedging, hand-building, low- and high-firing and glazing is required. Experience with alternative firing techniques is desirable, but not required.
  • Work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Develop new and interesting class curriculum
  • Work with students of all levels and skill sets simultaneously
  • A degree(s) in pottery/ceramics 
  • Practicing ceramicist/potter with exhibition and studio experience
  • Experience with alternative firing techniques

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a completed application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources.

City application forms, completed in full and responses to the supplemental questions are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume." Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs. Late or incomplete applications will also not be accepted. Please submit application materials as soon as possible to be considered for this position as this job posting may close without notice.

Applications competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. Please contact Faye Brand at or 408-730-3015 for updates.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly- hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Jessica Truong, Recreation Coordinator 1, at 408-730-7331 or by email to . For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at 408-730-3015 or email: .The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.