The BDC is looking for teachers!
Bronx Documentary Center
Part-Time Teaching Artist
Bronx Junior Photo League 6th-8th Grade After-School Photography Class
Wednesdays, 4:15-6PM | October 14, 2020 - June 9, 2021
Applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 1, 2020
Bronx Documentary Center
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space; our mission is to use community-based documentary practice and education to explore vital issues, stimulate critical thought, and drive social change. We provide education programs for middle and high school students and a professional education program for Bronx-based artists that provide opportunities for training in documentary photography, film, and multimedia storytelling.
The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free documentary photography and college success program serving middle through high school students. The program teaches youth to use documentary practices to explore their communities, families, environments, and much more, while focusing on social justice issues in the South Bronx, one of America’s poorest and most underserved communities. Our curriculum gives students an immersive experience in the technical aspects of photography and photo editing while also promoting critical thinking, visual and news literacy, and writing.
The part-time Lead Teaching Artist will lead a 6th-8th grade Bronx Junior Photo League class. The Lead Teaching Artist plays a critical role in the success of the program and takes on a variety of roles within the program including facilitator, mentor and teacher to both students and assistant teaching artists. Teaching Artists should have demonstrated experience in the photography disciplines and be passionate about teaching school-aged children. They should be experienced and comfortable discussing social justice issues and using documentary photography practices to explore them. All Teaching Artists report to the Education Manager.
The part-time Lead Teaching Artist will report to the Education Manager.
The Lead Teaching Artist is required to be at the Bronx Documentary Center for class every Wednesday from 4:15-6:00PM*. Including lesson prep, commitment of at least 3.75 hours per week is required. Due to changing/flexible needs of BDC, it is understood that additional hours may be required and/or fluctuate weekly and flexibility in arrival and departure time may occur.
*Please note that during the fall semester, from October 14 - December 16, 2020, all BJPL programming will take place online via Zoom. Through the fall, we will assess the safety of returning to in-person learning at the BDC for our spring semester, beginning in January 2021.
Teaching and coordinating this class entails the following responsibilities:
- Meet with BDC staff to determine curriculum using Bronx Junior Photo League curriculum template
- Attend BDC teaching staff meetings and training throughout the year. There will be a mandatory staff retreat before the program begins, date TBD.
- Participate in meetings with 6th-12th grade teaching staff at least once a month
- Maintain communication with Education Manager to report curriculum, activities, changes in program design, changes in roster, and assessment
- Prepare and teach lessons weekly
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students
- Coordinate and facilitate student trips and guest speakers
- Communicating with students, their school and families as needed
- Ensure that students’ final projects are prepared for final exhibition opening in June 2021
- Manage the responsibilities of teaching assistants including, but not limited to, class prep, attendance, organization of student work, coordination of equipment and materials, and student evaluations
Skills and Abilities
The Teaching Artist should possess the following skills and abilities:
- Have prior experience teaching photography and instructing youth
- Strong technical skills and comfort working with state of the art technology
- Knowledge of photo history, as well as contemporary art, film and culture
- Ability to connect media to contemporary issues and situations
- Commitment to youth development and community building
- Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet the students' varying needs, interests, and developmental levels
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Energetic and collaborative personality with self-starter approach to work
- Skilled working with DSLR cameras
- Proficiency with Google Drive
- Experience with Adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, etc) is preferred
- Proficiency with remote learning and remote learning platforms such as Zoom
The BDC Teaching Artist pay scale is based on experience, education, and expertise. Teaching Artists are also paid for training and planning time and the BDC covers the cost of supplies.
How to Apply
Please email a resume, cover letter and references to Education Manager Bianca Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to social justice. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.