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
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.
To Apply: Send résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to Director of Education Issa Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.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.