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Job Opportunity: Project Manager/Teaching Artist for 2 Year Project

Project Manager/Teaching Artist: Merced County

Venice Arts (VA) is facilitating a two-year program in photography and multimedia for youth that will support The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) youth initiative in Merced. Priorities for this initiative include supporting healthy development of youth, and keeping families safe from violence. Working in alignment with the curricular programs of other youth service providers in Merced County, VA’s role is to build local partners’ capacities to sustain the VA model through professional development trainings for local teaching photographers/media-makers; deliver workshops to 15 youth in South Merced/Beachwood Franklin, and 15 youth in Le Grand/Planada; and train youth on how to use their multi-media/photo essays to support advocacy efforts, policy and system change.

The Project Manager/Teaching Artist, along with contract Teaching Photographer(s), will be expected to participate in a professional development Training (anticipated for Jan 2012) at Venice Arts, in Los Angeles. S/he has the following primary duties and responsibilities, working with supervision from the Director of Programs (DOP):

- Project Management Oversee and effectively manage all components of a 2-year photography/multimedia health initiative with youth and community partners in Merced County, with a goal of building local capacity to sustain a model media-mentoring program over the long-term
- Act as primary liaison for VA with community partners in the Merced area
- Assure the security and maintenance of all program equipment and materials
- Coordinate purchasing requests and assure the set-up of an efficient office
- Assure timely planning for two student workshop cycles (2012 and 2013) to be taught by Project Manager, and another contracted Teaching Artist team, including Volunteers
- Organize, and help deliver, professional development training for 10 teaching artists / or representatives (ideally) in Merced, including securing site and managing logistics
- Evaluate and analyze data, prepare work samples, create and distribute written reports to DOP

Supervision and Support
- Outreach to networks, universities, and colleges to engage prospective volunteers to help mentor in youth photography workshops
- Recruit and supervise paid, contract Teaching Photographers, Assistant(s) and Volunteer Artist-Mentors

Youth Outreach and Recruitment
- Work with DOP to develop plan. Coordinate, schedule and develop outreach presentation for schools and other youth-provider sites
- Enroll 15 students per site, in S.Merced/Beachwood-Franklin and Le Grand/Planada, and sustain their participation in the program

Teaching and Curriculum Oversight
- Assure submission of syllabi (based on VA template) that reflects VA teaching philosophy and curricular goals, with emphasis on strengthening photo essays and storytelling narratives (including use of audio)

Collaboration, Advocacy, and Partner Support
- Work with BHC Merced partners to take a collaborative, cross-training approach in addressing community health issues, including youth and non-youth providers, to integrate media-based arts into advocacy and system change efforts.
- Act as key strategist with at least one non-youth NGO supported by the Endowment to increase their use of youth media in their advocacy efforts
- Act as key strategist with the DOP, partner network, youth, and the California Endowment, as appropriate, for disseminating the media work of youth to decision makers, via media and/or via advocacy campaign(s)

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is a photographer with experience in program management and teaching. A background in documentary photography and/or photojournalism preferred, and experience teaching or working with youth is required. S/he must be a skilled visual storyteller, proficient in both photo essay and multimedia (photo + audio) narrative, and must have a keen understanding of story dissemination strategies, including via print, online media and advocacy campaigns. Must be well organized, highly computer literate working on a Macintosh platform and skilled in a range of arts software; Adobe Suite required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as diplomacy and people skills, with a demonstrated ability to outreach and recruit a range of participants. The ideal candidate is able to work independently, and cooperatively, within a broad-based coalition, adapts to change easily within a deadline driven environment. S/he is a strong advocate and champion of the arts at teaching sites among students, parents, staff, and community stakeholders

; and comfortable with a start-up environment: fast growth, flexible roles, limited resources. Knowledge of California State Standards and assessments; and/or interest in participant-based photography, a plus.

Education: BA or BFA in Fine Arts/Photography and/or Photo/Journalism from an accredited college or university, 
or equivalent professional industry experience.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full–time, exempt position with a per annum salary starting at $42,000 (Hours negotiable). Health benefits available after the initial 90–day period.

To Apply: Send résumé with cover letter highlighting relevant experience and salary history to Jerri Allyn at Please indicate: Program Manager/Teaching Photographer Merced in subject line. Portfolio or other materials may be requested if an interview is scheduled. Position open until filled. Available immediately; start-date no later than January 1, 2012.

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