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Venice Arts

Teaching Artist-Mentor for Youth Workforce Development Program

Employment type
about 2 months ago
Venice, CA

Venice Arts seeks a part-time Teaching Artist-Mentor for our Film and Digital Media Creative Career Pathways Pilot Program (Pilot). The Teaching Artist-Mentor works under the direction of the Creative Pathways Manager and is responsive to the Lead Teaching Artist. This position will assist the Lead in facilitating break-out groups in virtual and in- person presentations and training events; will teach in all in-person training components; and, will act as a secondary creative career mentor to youth. Areas of responsibility include:

Program Execution

  • Participate and support students in all learning activities, virtual and in-person throughout the program’s “Levels,” as described, below.
  • Facilitate interactive break-out groups for virtual and in-person events including field trips and related interactives.
  • Work with the Lead Teaching Artist and the Teaching and Media Assistant(s) to deliver programs effectively.
  • Act as a Creative Career Mentor to approximately 15 youth.
  • Participate in case management team meetings.
  • Work with the Lead Teaching Artist to assure that all youth graduate from Level 3 of training with a résumé and portfolio of work.
  • Work with the Lead Teaching Artist to assure that all youth sit for the Adobe Premiere Pro, Certified Associate exam
  • Other duties as assigned QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE



The ideal candidate is a graduate of a filmmaking program (graduate degree preferred, but not required), with both documentary and narrative filmmaking experience. Candidate demonstrates knowledge of historic and contemporary filmmakers, and is proficient at executing a syllabus with sequenced lessons that build youths’ conceptual knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity, while demonstrating an experiential, and project-based approach to learning. Candidate possesses a high level of technical expertise with digital video cameras, sound, computers using the Apple OS, and Adobe Suite software. Expert in Adobe Premier Pro required.

Candidate has at least two years of experience teaching filmmaking to young people (high- school and college strongly preferred); experience teaching at the beginning to advanced levels an asset. Experience and/or understanding of entry-level work across creative sectors, but especially in film and digital media, is a strong plus, as is experience in the workforce development sector.

An understanding of the educational equity needs of low-income and other highly marginalized youth, a plus, as is being bilingual (Spanish/English). Experience designing/delivering filmmaking workshops remotely, a plus. A working artist is preferred.

Candidate is personable, an excellent communicator, and able to self-initiate and work independently, as well as collaboratively. Experience mentoring a plus. Must possess 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.

Schedule and compensation: This seasonal position is expected to run from late- January 2021 through July 2021. Teaching time will be variable, depending on the phase of the Pilot, with most teaching expected to take place during mid- to late-afternoon hours during Level 1, with some Saturdays during Levels 2, and all Saturdays during Level 3.

The best candidate for this position works well with, and can commit to, such a variable schedule. A calendar of activities will be provided at interview.

This non-exempt (hourly) and part-time, seasonal position pays $30/hour for teaching time and $20/hour for administrative time (planning, meetings, etc.). Sick time is accrued commensurate with time worked.

To apply

Send résumé with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to [email protected] Please indicate “Teaching Artist-Mentor, Film & Digital Media Career Pathways” in subject line. Please: No phone enquiries or walk-ins. Portfolio, curricular, or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled.

Venice Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.