We're Hiring: Assistant Teaching Artist

We're Hiring: Assistant Teaching Artist

Title: Assistant Teaching Artist
Reports to: Bronx Junior Photo League Coordinator
Part time: $20/hour

Bronx Documentary Center
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space; we use community-based documentary practice and education to explore vital issues, stimulate critical thought, and drive social change. Through documentary photography, film, and multimedia storytelling we foster dialogue around contemporary local, national, and global issues. 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. 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.

Position Overview
As a part-time position, the Assistant Teaching Artist will support the Lead Teaching Artist in an after-school photography class. The Assistant Teaching Artist plays a critical role in the success of the program, preparing for each class to ensure everything runs smoothly and working with the students to help guide their work. Assistant Teaching Artists should have demonstrated experience in the photography disciplines and be passionate about teaching school-aged children. All Assistant Teaching Artists report to the Lead Teaching Artist and BJPL Coordinator.

Time Commitment
A commitment of 4-10 hours in-person at the Bronx Documentary Center per week is required. There are positions available for middle and high school classes. Teaching assistants are required to commit to class time plus at least one hour of prep per class. 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.

Responsibilities/Duties
● 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 monthly meetings with BDC teaching staff
● Prepare all equipment for classes, which includes charging camera batteries and laptops and making sure cameras are on correct settings.
● Check lesson plans in advance: prepare any required materials and familiarize yourself with the lesson ● Clean up materials and secure equipment after class
● Upload and organize student work on the BDC server
● Coordinate with Lead Teaching Artist on in-class responsibilities
● 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

Qualifications and Requirements
The Assistant Teaching Artist should possess the following qualifications:
● Have prior experience working with youth and photography
● Commitment to youth development and community building
● Strong organizational and time management skills
● Energetic and collaborative personality with self-starter approach to work
● Skilled working with DSLR cameras is required
● Darkroom and analog photography experience is preferred
● Proficiency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc)
● Experience with Adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, etc) is preferred Qualifications/requirements HS degree or equivalent work experience in education; ability to speak Spanish is a plus Benefits
● Paid sick leave ● Free membership to One Medical including dependents and life partner
● Significant opportunities for professional development and growth

How to Apply
Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to jobs@bronxdoc.org and BJPL Coordinator Ricardo Partida at ricardo@bronxdoc.org by September 16, 2022.

Bronx Documentary Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. Bronx residents are encouraged to apply