The BDC is looking for teachers!

The BDC is looking for teachers!

The BDC is currently seeking qualified part-time Teaching Assistants to support the Teaching Artists for our BJPL summer photography class.

Part-Time Teaching Assistant

Bronx Junior Photo League Summer Programs
Deadline to Apply: June 2, 2019

Bronx Documentary Center
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space; our mission is to share documentary photography, film, and new media with underserved Bronx communities and the cultural community at large. We use these mediums to foster dialogue around contemporary local, national, and global issues. We also 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 photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students. Our free afterschool and summer programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues, preparing them for college and future careers. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing international travel. Students and families participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours.

As a part-time position, the Teaching Assistant will support the Teaching Artist in the summer photography class. The Teaching Assistant 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. Teaching Assistants should have demonstrated experience in the photography disciplines and be passionate about teaching school-aged children. All Teaching Assistants report to the Teaching Artist and Education Manager.

Time Commitment:
A commitment of 8-14 hours per week is required. There are positions available for 3 separate summer classes. Teaching assistants are required to commit to class time plus at least one hour of prep time per class.

Due to changing/flexible needs of BDC, it is understood that additional hours may be required, and from time-to-time, flexibility in arrival and departure time may occur.

● Attend BDC teaching staff trainings. There will be a mandatory training in late June (date TBD).
● Participate in meetings 1-2 times per month 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 as well as become familiar with the lesson.
● Clean up materials and secure equipment after class.
● Upload and organize student work on the BDC server. ● Coordinate with Teaching Artist on in-class responsibilities

Skills and Abilities
The Teaching Assistant should possess the following skills and abilities:
● 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

High school diploma or equivalent work experience; teaching experience; excellent organizational, time management and communication skills; thorough knowledge of digital photography, photo editing software and the Google Suite.

Salary Range
The BDC Teaching Assistants earn $15 an hour. Teaching Assistants are paid for trainings and meetings.

How to Apply
Please email a resume, cover letter and references to Education Manager Bianca Farrow at

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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.