Digital Photo Instructor

First Exposures

The Digital Photography Instructor works directly with the Public Programs Manager to conduct curriculum planning and to ensure the needs of the programs are met. The Digital Photography Instructor teaches classes and leads activities for the mentees with the support of their matched volunteer mentors and FX program staff. The instructor is also responsible for equipment maintenance and minor administrative duties related to the program.

The Digital Photography Instructor is a non-exempt part-time position. This role will require a 12-hour workweek with an additional 12 hours of pre-semester planning, 12 hours of post-semester wrap up, and 10 hours of flexible time to accommodate trainings and meetings. Time beyond 12 hours a week is at the Executive Director’s discretion. Pay range is $22 - $24/hr based on experience.

The Digital Photography Instructor role may have the opportunity to be expanded to include more hours for a candidate who is experienced as a darkroom and photo studio manager.

  • Teach weekly classes in digital photography using photo editing software.

  • Plan semester in collaboration with FX Photography Instructor and Program Manager.

  • Develop a curriculum that fosters community while prioritizing educating mentees on the key concepts and technical aspects of photography, including the use of Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

  • Clean, assign and maintain cameras and/or laptops for student use and repair when needed

  • Set-up and disassemble classroom space each week before and after class

  • Maintain classroom resources such as film, paper, batteries, or ink & paper supply and other supplies

  • Responsible for regular digital archiving of mentee work

  • Meet with mentors to debrief on mentee progress and discuss concerns as needed

  • Communicate with mentees and mentors regularly regarding classes, attendance, and projects.

  • Maintain attendance records and arrange part-time mentors to support mentees when mentors are absent.

  • Handle and coordinate weekly shopping for class and inventory with other instructor.

  • Act as mandated reporter and contact Child Protective Services, Social Workers, CASA workers, case workers and families depending on situational needs with Director’s approval

  • Support and encourage mentor and mentee leadership

  • Act as a public representative of the program

  • Highly experienced in both digital and traditional photography

  • Compassionate and empathetic with an ability to bring joy into a learning environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Must be able to work effectively with diverse populations

  • Experience in developing engaging curriculum for youth

  • Knowledge of Youth Centered Approach to teaching and planning

  • Skilled in troubleshooting digital, film cameras and software like Adobe Creative Suite

  • Ideal candidate has experience managing a darkroom and/or photo studio

  • Aligns with our Equity Statement:

  • Please note First Exposure employees are required to complete criminal background checks and show proof of their being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply


  • Please fill out this application with an attached cover letter, resume, and example of a basic digital photography curriculum (either one from the past or a sample you create).

  • All attachments should be PDFs.

For questions:

A note about applying: Often potential applicants are dissuaded to apply if they do not meet all of the requirements or experience, which studies have shown is especially true for those who come from historically marginalized identities. If you believe you would be a great youth Digital Photography Instructor at First Exposures, but do not meet every criteria, we encourage you to be apply anyway.

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Posted on June 9