Detroit Future Schools is hiring

Detroit Future Schools is seeking experienced, visionary applicants for two roles for the 2014-2015 school year: Program Coordinator and Artist-in-residence of Detroit Future Schools’ In-school Program.

Detroit Future Schools is a digital media arts-integration program committed to humanizing schooling. We partner artists-in-residence with K-12 classrooms in the Metro Detroit area for a full school year, during which time they work collaboratively with teachers to make core content engaging and relevant. They lead students through semester-long media projects that investigate essential questions about their communities and the world. We provide teacher professional development throughout the year to support both the artists-in-residence and the classroom teachers to nurture a humanizing classroom culture.

Detroit Future Schools is a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects.

Read more about the two open positions below. To apply, please send the following to work@alliedmedia.org:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • Three work samples (curricula, articles or essays, grant applications or reports, links to videos of workshops you have led, etc.). Work samples that demonstrate your written communication skills are highly encouraged.
  • names, emails, and telephone numbers of three professional references

Applications will be accepted until May 21, 2014. Interviews will take place 
in late May or early June. Our ideal candidate will start on July 7, 2014.

NOTE: These positions are posted pending funding approval. We expect to hear a response to a request for funding of these positions by mid-June.

Allied Media Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status or marital status.

Detroit Future Schools Program Coordinator

Title: DFS Program Coordinator

Reports to: Allied Media Projects Executive Director

Based at: Allied Media Projects: 4126 Third St. Detroit, MI 48201

Primary Objective:
To lead the continued implementation and development of the Detroit Future Schools program.

Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the DFS Lead Artist, advance the long-term vision and strategy of Detroit Future Schools
  • In partnership with the DFS Lead Artist, provide professional development and instructional coaching to DFS teachers and artists to ensure the integration of research-based instructional practices (also known as DFS Root Practices).
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of DFS programming in order to hold a “balcony” view of trends and patterns across classrooms and course-correct as needed.
  • Organize, design, and facilitate gatherings of staff and participants of the DFS in-school program (approximately five events per year)
  • Oversee all program evaluations, including:
  • Monthly Self-Assessments
  • Quantitative Surveys
  • Student interviews
  • Manage DFS Public Relations, with support from Allied Media Projects staff, including:
  • Publicizing events and opportunities
  • Sharring curricula
  • Conference presentations
  • Blog posts that may include summarizing learnings from the program
  • School presentations
  • Email and social media blasting
  • Manage DFS fundraising efforts, with support from Allied Media Projects staff, including:
  • Grant prospecting
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • Interacting with current and prospective funders
  • Securing contracts with schools
  • Developing a base of recurring donors through the AMP sustainers program
  • Provide general administrative and organizational support as needed

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have:
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice values.
  • Excellent leadership, strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • High-level proficiency with Google applications (Drive, Calendar, etc.)
  • A breadth of knowledge, including current trends and emerging practices of digital media education, assistive technologies and arts-infused education.
  • A grounding in alternative/community-based educational theories, such as popular education, critical-pedagogy, project-based learning and multiple intelligences.
  • Five years of curriculum-development experience within a community organization or educational institution.
  • Preferred three years experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with state curriculum standards and benchmarks and experience adapting curricula to meet those standards in creative ways.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills; strong public speaking skills.
  • Excellent self-management and time-management skills
  • Ability/desire to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, and willingness to travel occasionally.

Compensation:

  • Part-time and Full-time options available
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Detroit Future Schools Teaching Artist

Title: DFS Teaching Artist

Reports to: DFS Lead Artist

Based at: Allied Media Projects: 4126 Third St. Detroit, MI 48201

Primary Objective:
To develop and implement DFS media arts-integrated curriculum in K-12 classrooms, in collaboration with classroom teachers and the DFS teaching artist team.

Responsibilities:

  • Build a strong collaborative partnership with assigned DFS classroom teacher(s)
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of research-based instructional practices (also known as DFS Root Practices) and support partnering teacher(s) to integrate these practices into their classroom culture.
  • Facilitate DFS media-making modules, through which students will:
  • develop skills in digital media production
  • experience all four phases of the media-making process: pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.
  • investigate essential questions relevant to their lives and their communities
  • increase their mastery of core content
  • develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Complete two DFS media modules with each classroom over the course of the school year.
  • Adhere to DFS documentation and evaluation procedures, which include:
  • Weekly lesson plans
  • Monthly self-assessments
  • Program pre, mid-point, and post evaluations
  • Participate in regular DFS meetings, which include:
  • Bi-weekly staff meetings
  • Quarterly Tune-ups (usually on Sundays)

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice values.
  • Demonstrated commitment to authentic youth leadership
  • Mastery of at least one digital media art form (video production, audio production, graphic design, or web design) and at least one year experience teaching that art form.
  • Two or more years experience working as an educator in K-12 schools or youth leader/facilitator in a community organization.
  • Familiarity with theories and practices of popular education
  • Familiarity with arts-infused education practices.
  • High-level proficiency with Google applications (Drive, Calendar, etc.)
  • Thorough and creative lesson-planning, paired with the ability to improvise in the classroom
  • Attentiveness to detail demonstrated in thorough execution of major media projects
  • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and communication skills; strong public speaking skills.
  • Excellent self-management and time-management skills
  • Ability/desire to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, and willingness to travel occasionally.

Compensation:
$20 per hour, for 10 hours per work week, including roughly:

  • 3 instructional hours
  • 3 prep hours
  • 4 flex hours, which may cover: lesson reflection/debrief with partnering , DFS staff meetings, support for various DFS events
  • Option to join group health/dental benefits plan.

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