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:
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.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER
Schedule: Teaching takes place during after-school hours and on Saturdays; exact schedule TBD by end of August 2019, but Saturdays will be required.
Compensation: 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.
Send résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to Director of Education, Issa Sharp at [email protected] Please indicate: 'Lead Photographer' in subject line. Please: No phone inquiries or walk-ins. Portfolio, curricular, or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled.