Venice Arts,

Teaching Assistant, Center for Creative Workforce Equity

17 days ago
Employment type
Part Time
Closing date

About this organization

Venice Arts’ largest, longest-running program, Art Mentoring & Education, provides a sequenced, Media Arts Education curriculum, college success programs, and creative career development—completely free of charge to low-income young people from throughout Los Angeles. Our Center for Creative Workforce Equity targets young people ages 16-24, offering a sequenced program—from exposure, education, and training through internship placement—that helps build a more equitable and inclusive creative sector. Priority is given to uplifting those whose lives have been most challenged, including homeless, foster, justice involved, and LGBTQ youth.

Through all of our programs we reach over 800 young people, each year. As community demand far exceeds our current facility capacities, we turn away approximately 150 low-income youth annually. 95% of youth served are low-income; 53% live in poverty. Just under 50% live in Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, and neighborhoods with high pockets of poverty on the West Side; the balance live throughout Los Angeles County including Mid-City, South L.A., and Inglewood, and some travel from as far as Norwalk and the Antelope Valley to participate. Most (85%) are youth of color, the majority children of immigrants, and nearly all attend poorly performing public schools and have no access to meaningful creative education.

About this job

This 160-hour, immersive program is designed for talented, low-income young people, ages 18-24, to develop at least foundational creative and technical knowledge and skills in visual storytelling, with an introduction to narrative, documentary, and commercial forms. Through a project-based learning model, students learn about development and pre-production, production, and post-production, with an emphasis on the latter. Soft skills development is integrated into the curriculum, and students are provided with mentoring and other support. Successful graduates receive certification from Venice Arts; sit for professional-level Adobe Premiere Pro certification; compete for paid, creative sector internships; and, those with a special aptitude for editing, receive priority for our 480-hour Editing Pre Apprenticeship.

Roles & responsibilities

The program runs in three, seven-week cycles. In the first week, students meet M-F in a 32 hour “bootcamp” that focuses on soft skills and building foundational knowledge. The remaining 6 weeks are 20-hours per week, T-WTh. The first cycle begins October 23, with two programs offered in late/winter and spring 2024. We will have a strong preference to hire a Teaching

Assistant able to work for all three cycles. This position works under the Director of the CCWE and is directly responsible to the Senior Lead Teaching Artist, who is responsible for the

overall classroom experience and curriculum. Specifically, the Teaching Assistant:

● Sets up the classroom to support daily and weekly in-class activities.

● Takes attendance and notifies the program Coordinator of absences within 15 minutes of the start of class.

● Manages all equipment distribution according to Venice Arts’ protocols, including logging the return of equipment and assuring that it remains in good working order.

● Maintains program-dedicated equipment and media labs.

● Depending on technical and creative skills and knowledge provides in class teaching assistance and direct support to students.

● Photographs and/or video documents programs as directed.


The ideal candidate is personable, an excellent communicator, and able to take direction and work as a member of a team. A graduate of a filmmaking program (college and/or community-based), or an individual demonstrating related experience, is required. Must be comfortable with Adobe Suite software, especially PremierePro, and have a high level of technical expertise with digital video cameras, sound, peripheral equipment, and Apple computers. Prior experience assistant teaching filmmaking is preferred, but is not required.

To apply

Send résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience Please indicate “Teaching Assistant, CCWE” in the subject line. Please: No phone inquiries or walk-ins. Portfolio, curricular, or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled.

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