Brooklyn Public Library

  • Seasonal/Temporary Lead Educator / Teaching Artist (Photojournalism) for BCAPteen Summer Photojournalism Internship

    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/22/2018 9:44 AM)
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  • Overview

    BPL seeks an enthusiastic photographer-educator with knowledge in photojournalism and experience with teens to facilitate the six-week summer BCAPteen program. A curriculum and schedule is provided for our Lead Educator, who teaches lessons, leads activities, builds community, coordinates trips, provides guidance for projects and portfolios, and more. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with excellent creative, technical, organizational, and interpersonal skills to take a leading role in shaping and executing a fun summer learning experience for 27 teen participants and 3 teen alumni interns, with special access to the sites and collections of six premiere cultural institutions in Brooklyn. Lead Educator must be able to balance multiple roles simultaneously, including planner, teacher, coordinator, and camp counselor.



    Application Instructions:


    Apply at

    Please submit one PDF document using the "upload resume" button including the following:

    ● cover letter

    ● resume

    ● list of 3 references: name, title, relationship, email, phone number

    • o At least one reference who can speak about photo/journalism and one who can speak about working with teens

    Work sample: link to online photography portfolio, or links to at least three individual work samples


       Prepare for and facilitate 2-week curriculum for each session, including:

    • Lead morning and afternoon meetings and related opening and closing activities
    • Teach daily photojournalism lessons and lead related learning activities
    • Oversee daily assignments in the field, and daily critique, editing, archiving, and submission of work
    • Guide teens in developing an independent project focused on BCAP campus/theme and personal interests
    • Guide teens in the creation of online portfolios
    • Guide teens in the preparation and installation of a photography exhibition

    ● Supervise and mentor BCAPteen Alumni Interns, who recently completed the program and will provide assistance

    • Integrate roles for interns into program planning
       Keep interns informed; Delegate tasks and responsibilities; Provide opportunities for growth   and leadership
    • Scaffold learning in all areas toward synthesis in independent projects

    ● Integrate a breadth of photo/journalism knowledge and skills, such as history, cultural contexts, criticism, etc.

    ● Lead occasional recreational activities, teambuilding activities, and games

    ● Ensure physical and emotional safety, and create a sense of community and where teens are comfortable to take risks, build skills, be creative, make new friends, express opinions, and have a fun and fulfilling experience

    ● Promote a positive community, high morale, and family-like environment for all BCAP staff, teens, and children

    ● Bring energy and enthusiasm to each day

    ● Communicate with the BCAP Directors regularly to share updates, and to seek support and guidance

    ● Facilitate teen pre-, mid-, and final evaluations, and write a letter of recommendation for each participant




    Enthusiasm for and commitment to community arts education and working with youth

    ● BA, preferably in photo/journalism. MA/MFA or equivalent work experience in photo/journalism or education a plus

    ● Deep knowledge of photo/journalism: production, artistry, tech, historical-cultural contexts, literacy, criticism

    ● Excellent rapport with teens a must; teaching experience required

    ● Interest in cultural institutions—museums, libraries, zoos, parks, gardens, etc.

    ● Balance of fun and approachable AND excellent classroom manager; clear boundaries, ability to be authoritative

    ● Enthusiastic and positive team player; Prepared and organized; Open-minded, flexible, patient; Comfort with ambiguity and comfortable changing plans when needed; Solution-finder; Both big-picture and detail-oriented; Self-motivated

    ● Ability to work well with and respect individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as multiple stakeholders

    ● Ability to supervise and collaborate with young adult interns

    ● Self-motivated worker; Ability to take leadership for carrying out duties

    ● Background check required (provided by BPL)

    Ability to walk up to 2.5 miles a day on the BCAP campus, plus occasional trips off campus;

    Ability to lift and carry camera equipment and supplies; Ability to work long periods outdoors


    This is a Seasonal/Temporary position from June 18, 2018-August 17, 2018 with a 37-hour work week at $20.00 per hour.


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