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Teaching Artist

AVFilm, a regionally acclaimed, non-profit, film exhibition and educational organization located in Northern Sonoma County, CA, seeks part-time Teaching Artists for their film & media arts educational programs: Future Filmmakers and Integrated Filmmaking Intensives. Reporting to the Manager of Engagement and Education, the Teaching Artist will be responsible for teaching classes and workshops.

Position Summary

AVFilm Teaching Artists support AVFilm’s education and community engagement programs. AVFilm offers in-school and after-school filmmaking classes to students in various settings throughout Sonoma County. AVFilm Teaching Artists rely on their own artistic process and dedicated teaching practice to provide engaging, rich, and unique creative experiences for students grades K-12. AVFilm Teaching Artists deliver high-quality curriculum, expose the community to filmmaking from a range of cultures. AVFilm Teaching Artists build an inclusive and creative experience for community organizations and the students/participants we serve.

The AVFilm onboarding process for new Teaching Artists begins with assisting another Teaching Artist (such as helping with editing or production days), then shadowing (directly assisting another teacher for a full term), and then taking on a class independently.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Adapt existing lesson plans for classes and/or workshops based on the objectives of the AVFilm educational program.
  • Submit documentation of teaching practice, including lesson plans.
  • Teach acting/theatre making/writing across multiple age groups, as assigned.
  • Address the learning needs of diverse student populations.
  • Work with AVFilm staff and community partners and to fulfill objectives: exploration of storytelling, exploring personal experiences, creating and editing video.
  • Collaborate with other Teaching Artists in co-teaching and collaboration, as well as attending professional development opportunities, team meetings and planning sessions for classes & workshops.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Experience in teaching filmmaking with expertise in filmmaking, production, writing, acting, photography, animation, or digital audio experience.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively in a school or community organization environment with various community members, and with AVFilm staff.
  • Work well with public and staff – have a commitment to diversity and proven ability to work effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Able to interact positively across departments.
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes.
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule that may include afternoons, evenings and some weekends.
  • Dependability
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Benefits & Wages

Professionals who teach skills training start at $25/per hour, and teachers with credentials start at $35/hour. Benefits include travel reimbursement, paid sick leave, and cell phone reimbursement, among others.

Schedule & Location

AVFilm Teaching Artists work off site in multiple locations throughout Sonoma County.

AVFilm is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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