Now Hiring: Teaching Artists!

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Our core programs are led by a Teaching Artist, a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who engages a wide range of people in learning experiences through photography.

Here at Las Fotos Project, Teaching Artists are hired professionals and photographers with experience teaching youth. They have a strong commitment to, and experience in, documentary photography, photojournalism, and/or street photography; familiarity with participant photography and visual storytelling, and they are experts in digital media, including image management. 

To be a Teaching Artist you must be available during standard after–school hours and/or on weekends and interested in a long–term affiliation with Las Fotos Project.

Las Fotos Project accepts and reviews applications year-round on a rolling basis.

To apply as a Teaching Artist with Las Fotos Project, please complete the application at www.lasfotosproject.org/teachingartistapplication.

Once the application is completed, send an email to hiring@lasfotosproject.org

Please attach the following to your email:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume / CV
  • One or more lesson plans
  • The contact information for three references who can speak to your work as a teaching artist

Please attach PDF files and do not send any of the above documents as text in the body of the email.

If you have specific questions about becoming a Las Fotos Project Teaching Artist please email info@lasfotosproject.org.


TEACHING ARTIST

Position: Lead Teaching Artist ­– Part Time
Status: Part-Time/Hourly — approximately 4 to 6 hours per week, up to 72 hours for the semester.
Application Deadline: August 12, 2016
Period of Performance: The programming period is from August 2016 to December 2016.

Teaching Artists are responsible for delivering Las Fotos Project’s curriculum to youth, girls ages 11 to 18. TAs will manage the site’s volunteer artist mentors to collectively lead participatory photography based instruction at one site. The TA will work closely with Las Fotos Project staff in order to ensure the effective delivery of the program and to drive the day-to-day operations of the program itself, from attendance records to equipment maintenance and planning for the end-of-semester exhibition.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the provision of program-related resources, equipment and supplies to efficiently and effectively activate, operate and close programs.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation/training session before the semester.
  • Provide instruction during the scheduled time at the designated sites.
  • Provide a professional and supportive classroom environment for students by following Las Fotos Project’s protocols for a safe and respectful participatory photography-learning environment.
  • Participate in curriculum development and deliver Las Fotos Project approved curriculum to youth.
  • Complete Program Objectives and Outcomes as determined by Las Fotos Project and the program deliverables.
  • Ensure adequate planning, lesson plan development, and evaluation time for all activities including providing Las Fotos Project with curriculum and lesson plans prior to each session.
  • Successfully coordinate and manage volunteer mentor artists and communicate any issues to Las Fotos Project staff.
  • Offer timely communication about positive and challenging issues that arise at the site, in the community or with Las Fotos Project staff to ensure appropriate and timely responses or actions.
  • Participate in program activities including program planning and expansion, evaluation design and implementation, community meetings and workshops, and other related activities.
  • Work directly with Program Manager to ensure the proper uploading, storage, organization, and maintenance of program related images, forms, and information.
  • Take part in weekly phone meetings with Program Manager or Las Fotos Project staff to relay pertinent classroom and site partner information and to discuss curriculum, lesson plans, and program deliverables.
  • Manage the planning and execution of semester-end community exhibits according to the program deliverables.
  • Submit end-of-program report to the Executive Director and Las Fotos Project staff detailing classroom activities.
  • Facilitate briefing and debriefing meetings with volunteer mentor artists.
  • Work closely with Las Fotos Project staff to translate the curriculum/outline into daily lesson plans and activities that speak directly to the objectives of the program.
  • Oversee the procurement, delivery, storage, inventory and maintenance of program related images and equipment.
  • Organize appropriate level of classroom support to implement and maintain attendance records, class and teacher evaluations, teaching hours and other required procedures.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree required in arts, education, or social science
  • Culturally literate
  • Respectful and accepting of differing religious and political views
  • Strong and demonstrated project and time management skills required
  • Trained (formally or informally) photographer plus experience in one or more of the following: ESL teaching, participatory photography methods, art therapy, child psychology, middle/high school counseling/education, social justice issues, or working with ethnically diverse communities
  • Strong communication skills ­ demonstrated ability to lead a team of 2-3 volunteer mentor artists, and 8 – 12 middle or high school students at once
  • Interest in populations served by Las Fotos Project and a desire to help youth share their stories
  • Experience facilitating large-group discussions and activities with middle or high school students
  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Self-directed and initiative-taking
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends if necessary
  • Conversational-level knowledge of Spanish language a plus
  • Excellent computers skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint/background check; Valid CA Driver¹s License and reliable transportation ­ Must provide own transportation with valid CA insurance.

Hours Breakdown: A maximum total of 72 hours are allowable for the duration of this program. (written approval is required for additional hours).

A breakdown of the allowable hours is as follows:

  • Pre-program planning and Curriculum Modification – 6 Hours (one time)
  • In Class Instruction – 2 Hours per Session (weekly)
  • Weekly Prep Time – 3 Hours per Session (weekly)
  • Planning, Post-Program Wrap-up, and Instructor Final Report – 6 Hours (one time)
  • Total of up to 12 pre- and post-project activities and up to 60 in class instruction activities, for up to 72 hours for the semester.

Las Fotos Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

 

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