Lead Photographer

Venice Arts

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Venice Arts is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and to use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.

Venice Arts seeks a part-time (20 hours) Lead Photographer whose primary responsibility is to teach in its award- winning Art Mentoring and Education Program, with an assignment of four academic year classes and one Summer Media Arts Camp class. Working under the Director of Education, responsibilities include:


Syllabi Planning and Development

  • Plan age- and experience-appropriate syllabi for assigned classes aligned with Venice Arts’ learning objectives and reflecting its highly experiential, project-based pedagogy.

  • Support the Director of Education in the orientation and training of additional photography faculty, as requested, to assure that their syllabi and approach aligns with Venice Arts’ practices.


  • Teach four photography classes at the beginning to advanced levels during the academic year, and one session of daily Media Arts Camp, which meets daily during the month of July.

  • Assure that all photography students participate in program evaluation. Supervise Mentors, Assistants, and/or Interns Assigned to Classes

  • Orient and support volunteer photographers, working as mentors in the classroom, with a goal to provide a child-centered classroom experience and close mentoring of all students.

  • Orient and support Teaching Assistants and/or Interns, assuring that they are adequately fulfilling their classroom support role, including managing media according to Venice Arts’ protocols

Culminating Exhibition

  • Work with students to edit work for an annual culminating exhibition, and writing their artist bios.

  • Work with the Education Team to install student work and realize the annual exhibition.


  • Complete rough edits of student work in a timely manner, delivering to the Director of Education for fine selections for the Archive.


  • Work on other, education-related projects and program development activities, as assigned, during available time in the teaching cycle and off-cycle.

Qualifications and Experience

General: The ideal candidate is a graduate of a photography program (graduate degree preferred, but not required), with a background in visual storytelling (documentary, photojournalism, street photography). Candidate demonstrates a broad knowledge of historic and contemporary practices; a working artist preferred. The candidate is personable, an excellent communicator, and able to demonstrate an ability to self-initiate and work independently. Must posses a high level of technical expertise with cameras, computers (Apple), and software (Adobe Suite); experience with audio capture and multi-media a strong plus. Experience supervising volunteers and working in a community-based setting and with project-based learning a plus. Most posses valid California Driver’s License with a clean record for at least five years, and must be willing to transport students in Venice Arts’ van.

Arts education background: Candidate has at least two years experience teaching photography to young people (middle- and high-school preferred); experience teaching at the beginning to advanced levels, preferred. Candidate is highly proficient at building a syllabus with sequenced lesson plans that support the development of youths’ conceptual knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity, while demonstrating an interactive, experiential, and project- based approach. An understanding of the needs of “at-risk” low-income youth is a plus, as is experience in a mentoring program.


Teaching takes place during after-school hours and on Saturdays; exact schedule TBD by end of August 2019, but Saturdays will be required.


This is a non-exempt, part-time position with a compensation package that includes a salary of $21,000 to start; paid vacation time accrual available after the initial 90-days of employment; sick time provided according to City of Los Angeles regulations + accrual; and an opportunity to pay into a 401k. Venice Arts’ staff may also request unpaid time-off—when classes are not in session—to work on personal projects, or for other reasons.

How to Apply

To Apply: Send résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to Director of Education Issa Sharp at issa@venice-arts.org. Please indicate: ‘Lead Photographer’ in subject line. Please: No phone enquiries or walk-ins. Portfolio, curricular, or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled.

Venice Arts is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Posted on August 4