Venice Arts,

Art Mentoring Manager

1 month ago
Employment type
Venice, CA
Closing date

About this organization

Venice Arts is a 30-year-old, non-profit media arts education 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 its participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities.

About this job

Venice Arts seeks a Manager for its Media Arts Education & Mentoring Programs. Responsibilities include curriculum development, management of Teaching Artists and other program staff, oversight of youth exhibitions and film screenings, and more. In the first year, this position also teaches one Advanced Studies class to deepen an understanding of Venice Arts' pedagogy. The ideal candidate is an experienced educator, a working photographer (preferred) or filmmaker committed to their personal practice, and an adept program manager.

This exempt (salaried), full-time position offers an opportunity for growth for a high-performing, motivated individual. Compensation package includes a starting salary of $60,000; employer-paid medical and dental insurance; 2 weeks accrued vacation in the first year; up to 12 standard paid holidays; up to 8 days of accrued sick time; and an opportunity to contribute to a 401(k). The work schedule is generally Tuesday-Saturday during the academic year and M-F during July Media Arts Camp.

Roles & responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the Director of Education, and with the broad guidance of the Executive Director, this position manages all facets of the AMP program and, in the first year, teaches one Advanced Studies class (photography preferred) to assure a keen understanding of the youth population and Venice Arts’ pedagogy. This position also has the following roles and responsibilities:

Curriculum Development

• Plan academic year and Media Arts Camp classes aligned with Venice Arts’ sequenced curriculum.

• Work with the Arts Education Coach to update syllabi templates to assure they remain relevant, exciting, and age- and learning level-appropriate.

• Review/approve Teaching Artists’ modifications to submitted syllabi templates.

Teaching Artist Staff and Support

• Develop and manage strategies for new Teaching Artist Recruitment, including drafting position descriptions; paper screening; completing initial interviews; and participating as a member of the hire committee.

• Collaboratively deliver training in Venice Arts’ pedagogy and other professional development opportunities, as needed.

• Conduct classroom observations and provide support and feedback on lessons to Teaching Artists to develop their strengths as educators.

Exhibitions of Youth Work

• Manage the annual, culminating exhibition and film screening, including assuring the caliber and quality of how youth art works are presented for this event.

• Manage external opportunities to exhibit or show youth work.

• Manage youth participation in Venice Arts’ activities or events (e.g., annual Gala), including the preparation of youth work, profiles, and related materials.

Awards, Competitions, and Film Festivals

• Assure the maintenance of the awards, competitions, and film festival calendars, and of data logs tracking submissions and outcomes.

• Work with educators to identify strong candidates for all opportunities, providing or assuring 1:1 mentoring and other forms of support to all student applicants.

Creative Pathways

• Manage the Creative Pathways calendar, assuring successful College Pathways events, including bi-annual College Days; 1:1 mentoring for high school seniors; Portfolio Day; and 1:1 college counseling; and successful Creative Career Pathways events, including Creative Career Day, field trips, and opportunities to participate in age-appropriate programs at the Center for Creative Workforce Equity.


• Teach one Advanced Studies class at least during the first year of employment.

Program Management & Administration

• Supervise Programs Operations Coordinator, Faculty, and seasonal staffing.

• Assure the effective management of all program office procedures, such as enrollment, data management, and youth outreach.

• Assure the creation of strong process documentation for the Archive and the Development and Communications Office, including that the latter has the media assets needed for their work effort.

• Share key process data at least quarterly, and formally evaluate the impacts of all programs under this position’s management, at least annually.

Other Duties as Assigned


The ideal candidate has at least 5 years of experience in media-based arts education (photography strongly preferred). An understanding of a project-based and experiential pedagogy is required, experience preferred, as is background in creative youth development. Must have experience in personal and/or documentary storytelling, demonstrate a firm grasp of curriculum development, and understand how to develop sequential lessons for project-based syllabi. Familiarity with college/career pathways programs a plus.

The ideal candidate is personable, an excellent communicator, and able to manage staff at a variety of levels. Candidate ably balances management responsibilities with direct services; is able to see the big picture, while managing day-to-day details; is exceptionally well-organized; and understands how to evaluate and analyze process and impact data.

The ideal candidate has a grasp of visual communications, editing, and curating. Must demonstrate a high level of technical expertise with cameras, Apple computers, and software, especially Adobe Creative Cloud. Experience with audio capture and multimedia a plus, as is working with analog processes.

This is an in-person, on-site position. Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Must possess valid California Driver’s License with a clean record for at least five years, and be willing to transport students in Venice Arts’ passenger van.

To apply

Please send a résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to AMP Manager in the subject line. Please: No phone enquiries or walk-ins. Portfolio, curricular, or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled.

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