Media Teaching Artist/Filmmaker

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TITLE: Media Teaching Artist/Filmmaker

(MediaWorks Program at Schenectady High School)

DEPARTMENT: School of the Performing Arts

REPORTS TO:  Education Program Manager


School of the Performing Arts is a critical division of the growing performing arts organization Proctors, serving over 40,000 children and adults each season with on-site and off-site programming. The MediaWorks is a workforce development program that pairs a professional filmmaker with a 9th grade English teacher at Schenectady High School. Together, the teaching team works in tandem to develop new routes to curriculum instruction, using arts strategies to deliver project-based learning and develop skills that will last beyond graduation. The film/media projects act as a conduit for English curriculum to ignite and excite students to therefore encourage class involvement. 

This position will work with the classroom teacher to develop and implement project-based lessons for Common Core curriculum that is adaptable to different learning styles. This position will also provide the co-teacher and school with methodology and resources to include arts-based instruction and to change learning pathways for students in order to increase engagement, attendance and success.


- Act as co-teacher in classroom throughout entire year including creating lesson plans, providing support and leadership in the classroom

- Instruct students in the use of media technology while using DSLR cameras, camera accessories, computers, and editing software.

- Work as co-teacher with English teacher to integrate all film and media projects into year round curriculum appropriate for students.

- Create lesson plans for all media and video projects.

- Facilitate program documentation including student work onto vimeo, lesson plans, student evaluations, and quarterly tracking of grades and attendance.

- Promote the creative process and advocate for student voice.

- Communicate feedback, updates and obstacles to Manager.

- Offer advice, ideas, technical knowledge and experience in developing media-based   projects.

- Contribute to planning sessions, curriculum development, student assessments and grading (where applicable).

-Must present 10 completed student film projects by end of school year; with an average of 3 or more per quarter.


- Associates or Bachelors Degree in related field.

- Proficiencies working with Mac platforms. Software knowledge required: IMovie, Final Cut Pro 7 and 10, Adobe After Effects, and Photoshop.

- Teaching experience preferable, with strong interest in or knowledge of media with TV and film production, and working with youth.

- Web-based content management.

- Must be dependable, self-motivated and proactive in problem solving.

- Have professional demeanor and appearance.

- Have the ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.

- Be a team player that is able to work well with others.

- Possess strong verbal and written skills.

- Comply with Schenectady City School District’s requirements for student contact time and must pass fingerprint clearance by the NYS Department of Education.

Tenure: 10-month teaching schedule, September through June (concurrent with school year).

Benefits: Health insurance for 12 months, access to other employee benefits (in employee handbook)                                                                                               

Start Date: October 16, 2017

Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

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