Teaching Artist-Mentor, Film & Digital Media Career Pathways

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Arts Non-Profit Igniting Low-income Youth's Imagination

Teaching Artist-Mentor, Film & Digital Media Career Pathways 
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 Teaching Artist-Mentor for our Film and Digital Media
Creative Career Pathways Pilot Program (Pilot). During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes
are largely expected to be in-person, although remote teaching may also be required.
Venice Arts adheres to strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
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 trainings; 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

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.

Teaching Artist-Mentor, Film & Digital Media Career Pathways
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
jobs@venice-arts.org. 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.

Teaching Artist-Mentor, Film & Digital Media Career Pathways
ATTACHMENT A: General Calendar of Key Activities [Note that these may change as the
program develops.]
LEVEL 1: EXPOSE Feb-Mar | 75 youth | 12 hours (youth attend 1 or more activity)
● Teaching Artist Mentor is present and facilitating all remote activities.
o Career-focused presentations: Five virtual presentations introducing young people
to different creative sectors (e.g., film, animation, advertising, talent).
o Career-focused field trips: Three virtual career-directed and team-led field trips
underscoring the collaborative nature of work in the many creative sectors.

LEVEL 2: EXPLORE Late Feb-early April | 30 youth | 24 hours
● Teaching Artist Mentor is present and facilitating all remote/in-person activities.
o Job Shadowing: Three virtual Job Shadows develop youths’ understanding of how
teams work in pre-production, production, and post. Followed by a “reflection”
o Special workshops: Four workshops (April-Aug) introducing VR or AR, animation,
o Immersive Learning: An 8-hour (could be different structure, TBD) hands-on
workshop resulting in the creation of “client” assignments
LEVEL 3: JOB TRAINING Early April–June | 30 youth | 64 hours
● Teaching Artist Mentor is present and facilitating all remote/in-person activities.
o Media Arts Bootcamp: Intensive workshop furthering pre-production, production,
and post skills for continuing students; addressing foundational needs of new
o Job Training: 48- hours, building storytelling, conceptual, aesthetic, and technical
skills/knowledge through the creation of collaborative works. Students master skills
in media formatting/sharing, as well as proficiencies in camera operation, shot
design, audio recording/editing, lighting design, and editing in Adobe Premier Pro.
o Career Mentoring

To apply for this job email your details to info@venice-arts.org