We're Hiring | BJPL Assistant Teaching Artist

We're Hiring | BJPL Assistant Teaching Artist

Title: Part-Time Assistant Teaching Artist

Bronx Junior Photo League
Middle School and High School After-School Photography Classes
October 12, 2021 - June 10, 2022

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through September 19, 2021

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 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.

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 Education Manager.

Time Commitment:
Commitment of 4-10 hours 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.

*Please note that we will be meeting in-person for the 2021-2022 program and following strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

Middle School | Documentary Storytelling
Tuesdays | 4:15-6PM
October 12, 2021 - June 7, 2022

Middle School | Documentary Storytelling
Wednesdays | 4:15-6PM
October 13, 2021 - June 8, 2022

High School | Documentary Storytelling - Digital
Tuesdays + Thursdays | 4:30-6:30PM
October 12, 2021 - June 9, 2022

High School | Advanced Documentary Storytelling - Analog
Mondays + Wednesdays | 4:30-6:30PM
October 13, 2021 - June 8, 2022

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 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

Qualifications and Requirements:
The Assistant Teaching Artist should possess the following qualifications:
• COVID-19 vaccination is required for all BDC staff
• 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

Salary Range:
The BDC Assistant Teaching Artists earn $17 an hour. Teaching Assistants are also paid for training and planning time.

How to Apply:
Please email a resume, cover letter, and references to Education Manager Bianca Farrow at bianca@bronxdoc.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.