Lead Teacher, In-School Programming

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Free Spirit Media

Job Title: Lead Teacher, In-School Programming

Reports To: Program Manager, In-School & Curriculum

Directly Supervises: Production Coordinator

The Lead Teacher, In-School Programming will teach three courses at one of the North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) campuses including Digital Media Level 1, Digital Media Level 2, and Advanced Senior Documentary Project. This person will work closely with the entire in-school programming team on lesson planning and shared teaching philosophies. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for organizational partnerships and administration tasks including academic assessment, program evaluation and reporting, and supervising distribution of youth media.

The ideal candidate is someone that maintains focus, perspective, positive attitude, and attention to detail in a fast-paced, creative, project-based, youth-driven environment. The candidate will be committed to creating to a learning-centered, collaborative space for students and their team.


Primary Responsibilities:

·         Develop and implement media production programming (levels introductory to advanced), including writing curriculum, as well as teaching and instructing students on photography, audio and video production, and documentary filmmaking and researching new practices and contemporary examples of these media forms

·         Supervise and coach Collins campus Production Coordinator, collaborate with NLCP-Christiana campus instructor to align lessons, evaluation and pace in delivery of program curriculum, and work successfully with students and community partners

·         Create and maintain youth development environment where students receive academic, artistic, social and emotional support

·         Coordinate and maintain existing and cultivate new relationships with local media professionals to serve as guest speakers and mentors

·         Plan, oversee, and attend field trips to media production companies, organizations, and events

·         Assist with planning FSM showcases of youth media from in-school program, including Spring Senior Project Panels and NLCP Colloquium, and other events to share and celebrate student work

·         Work collaboratively with school administration and other service providers to ensure quality classroom instruction and support school partner’s college readiness efforts in program

·         Maintain students’ attendance and grades, participate in parent-teacher conferences, and communicate student successes and challenges with caregivers and school administration

·         Support FSM’s leadership team in evaluation efforts and reporting requirements by assisting in the collection of data and writing reports on in-school programming

·         Participate in FSM and NLCP staff meetings and professional development trainings, as well as support facilitation of these meetings and trainings as needed

·         Perform other duties as assigned, including coordinating with NLCP to support filming of school events per the partnership agreement

·         Identify and support the recruitment of youth to summer programming and internship opportunities based upon skill level and interest

·         Serve as liaison with alumni from NLCP program to share information about media opportunities and FSM events


Qualifications & Experience:

·         Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; focus in media arts, education, or youth development preferred

·         ISBE Professional Educator Licensure in relevant content area and/or CTE educator license with stipulations preferred.

·         Minimum 3 years experience working with high school aged students in an education or youth development setting; experience as lead classroom teacher in a school setting preferred

·         Experience teaching predominantly African American student population from under-resourced communities

·         Experience working with student populations with different needs, including young people with individualized education plans, behavior-management plans, specialized instructional needs, or chronic exposure to trauma

·         Experience in production of video, film, or television media, as well as post-production tools, such as Final Cut Pro or other non-linear editing software

·         Experience or interest in designing and developing engaging project-based program with youth

·         Strong professional organizational skills and ability to balance tasks; experience with a complex educational partnerships

·         Ability to use effective, engaging, and persuasive speech and writing in instruction, presentations, meetings, and site visits


Work Requirements:

This is a full-time position, starting early August. Hours may exceed 40 hours a week with out-of-school time devoted to lesson planning, grading, and parent/student communication. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience; Range $35,000 – $45,000

Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, dental, and vision; IRA match after 1 year

Paid Time Off: 18 Paid Time Off days accrued during first year in addition to 16 paid holidays (including most school holidays and the month of July off)

Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


To Apply:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, philosophy of education or teaching portfolio, and salary requirements to hr@freespiritmedia.org with subject line: Lead Teacher Candidate: {Your Name}.
Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and equitable environment in which all staff can excel regardless of race, ethnicity, age, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


About Free Spirit Media:

The mission of Free Spirit Media is to cultivate diverse youth voices to transform media and society. Free Spirit Media provides youth on Chicago’s South and West sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and a hands-on media production experience through a youth development lens. We employ a holistic program model to develop youth into productive, connected, and engaged adults. Since our founding in 2001, Free Spirit Media has empowered more than 5,500 youth to share their stories, discover their potential, and engage their peers and communities through digital media. Free Spirit Media’s programming includes school-based media arts education, after school digital media programs, and advanced pathways programs that connect participants with opportunities in professional media industries. Participants at all ages and levels of our programming are supported in developing 21st Century skills that prepare them for success in college and careers. Please see freespiritmedia.org for more information.


About North Lawndale College Prep

North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) was opened in 1998, and is comprised of two campuses: Christiana (1615 S. Christiana Ave.), and Collins (1313 S. Sacramento Blvd.). NLCP was established to address the growing concerns in the neighborhood around of young people having access to high quality education. The mission of NLCP is to prepare young people from under-resourced communities for graduation from high school with the academic skills and personal resilience necessary for successful completion of college. Please see nlcphs.org for more information.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@freespiritmedia.org