HOW TO APPLY: Email resume and cover letter* to Erik@FirstExposures.org by June 30, 2018. *Only candidates who submit both a cover letter AND resume will be considered.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Associate/Photography Instructor position works directly with the Director to ensure the needs of the program are met, which includes curriculum planning, coordination of program activities, administrative duties, equipment maintenance and instructing a class. The position also plays an important role in supporting the mentoring program by interviewing potential mentors and mentees, creating goals and resolving issues that arise. The position also supports fundraising endeavors and acts as a public representative of the program.
The Program Associate/Photography Instructor is a non-exempt position. Non-exempt employees work a standard 30-hour workweek. Time beyond 30 hours is at the manager’s discretion.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
I) Program Associate
• Develop and update yearlong curriculum with at least 3 or 4 assignments, leading to one final themed project in collaboration with the Youth Advisory Board and other staff
• Screen, interview and administer onboarding process of prospective mentors and mentees
• Plan and coordinate Mentor/Mentee training program and dates
• Partner with Director to develop plans, roles, and goals for Junior Mentors
• Assist Director with evaluating Mentor/Mentee matches
• Troubleshoot issues, problems or questions that arise from mentors and/or mentees and escalate concerns to Director, when needed
• Archive student work and arrange digital documentation
• Coordinate field trips, guest speakers and special events with other staff
• Help research, coordinate and lead off-site and internal outreach workshops
• Assist Director as needed with grant applications with research materials and support
• Help maintain social media accounts and newsletters; create postings/articles
• Work with Director on creating and facilitating intern and volunteer projects
• Build and maintain relationships with parents and caseworkers; handle oral and written communications
• Act as mandated reporter and contact Child Protective Services, Social Workers, CASA workers, caseworkers and families depending on situational needs with Director's approval
• Act as a public representative of the program
• Work with Director to prepare, plan, coordinate, lead meetings and set goals with the Youth Advisory Board
• Work with Director to create curriculum, projects, and lead the Residency Program
II) Photography Instructor
• Create semester plans that include approximately 3 long-term assignments
• Ensure plans focus on educating students about technical aspects of photography, create competency with their equipment, and enable students to learn overarching concepts of what makes a good photograph
• Partner with Director and other Instructor to create and teach 8-week summer class
• Introduce and implement ideas related to annual project theme
• Plan and teach a class in darkroom or digital photography (using Lightroom and/or Photoshop) each Saturday for students and their mentors
• Clean, assign and maintain cameras and/or laptops for student use and repair as needed
• Set-up and disassemble classroom space each week before and after class
• Maintain classroom resources including film, paper, batteries, or ink & paper supply and other supplies
• Check and replenish rechargeable batteries and memory card supplies
• Prepare classroom group agreements and camera contracts
• Meet with mentors to debrief on mentee progress and discuss any issues
• Communicate with youth and mentors regularly regarding attendance, and project reminders
• Maintain internal and external attendance records
• Responsible for weekly shopping for class and inventory meal supplies
• Arrange part time mentor needs with Director when mentors are absent
• Support and encourage mentor and student leadership
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Meet with Director weekly about class planning and reporting
• Communicate with parents and caseworkers as needed
• Troubleshoot issues, problems or questions that arise from mentors and/or mentees and escalate concerns to Director when needed
• Assist Director and the other instructor with evaluating mentor/mentee matches
• Assist coordination of end of semester events such as exhibitions, potlucks, and evaluations
• Assist with fundraising activities by preparing materials, helping with installations, executing plans and attending events
• Maintain social media accounts and newsletters; create postings/articles
• Working with Director and the other instructor on intern/volunteer projects
• Research, coordinate and lead off-site and internal outreach workshops
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor of Arts in Photography or equivalent experience preferred
• Minimum two years background in youth mentoring or teaching experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Basic understanding of both traditional and digital photography
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Must be able to work effectively with a diverse population and underserved youth
• Knowledge and implementation of a Youth Centered Approach to teaching and planning
• Skill in using and troubleshooting computer hardware and software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
• Ability to multi-task, keep organized, and handle multiple priorities
Interacts regularly with Director and volunteer mentors on a day-to-day basis. Responsible for some of the communication with contractors and vendors to maintain program efficiency. Acts as public program representative as needed.
Must be able to lead classes for an average of five hours once a week (two three hour classes a week in summer), whether on feet or in a chair. Needs to have the ability to lift approximately 30 pounds at a time in order to shop for weekly groceries and supplies for class. Must be able to sit and use computer software and key data into a computer for long periods of time, up to 4-5 hours.
Office space is located in a small office in the SOMA area of San Francisco. Position may require telecommuting and ability to work from home or offsite for meetings, etc. Class space is a shared use space but reserved for the program during class time
First Exposures, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process.
Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
When applying, please note that you saw the job posted on the NOVA Job Board. If you need help with your resumé, please see a NOVA Career Advisor.