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NOW HIRING: PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTORS

Title: Photography Instructor (3 part-time positions)
Organization: Athens Photographic Project
Organization Type: Non-profit
Hours: Part-time – 10-month term. Average 18hr/wk, 10 months.
Salary: $14,000
Reports to: Operations Director
Locations: 434 W. Union St. Athens, Ohio 45701
Deadline to apply: Open until filled. Interviews begin May 8, 2021.
Preferred Start Date: August 2, 2021

Athens Photographic Project (APP) is now hiring part-time photography instructors to lead 30-week photography classes, provide arts mentorship, and assist with exhibitions opportunities in Athens, Ohio. APP photography instructors support emerging and established artists who use photography as a tool for personal growth, social change and self-expression within the mental health recovery journey.

At APP, we believe individuals living with mental health challenges deserve to have a voice in the community. Through photography, we create the space for learning to express oneself creatively and confidently. This process allows individuals to directly confront mental health stigma and to share their lives and imaginations with the world as artists.

We invite you to join our staff as a Photography Instructor. This is a part-time opportunity for a community art educator or visual artist to take on a teaching role within our award-winning organization. If you are a service minded individual who loves photography and wants to create a more equitable world for those experiencing mental health challenges, this could be the perfect position for you! We provide training for instructors in photography and mental health integration. Our classes take place at the APP art studio and at community partner facilities. A Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Visual Arts, Art Education or a related field is required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to nate@athensphotoproject.org. Three (3) part-time positions will remain open until filled.
Interviews begin May 8, 2021.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Instruct art photography classes following APP determined class schedule.
  • Manage classroom volunteers, mentors, and interns.
  • Follow and Develop sequential curricula based on previous curricula, and with Director’s approval, including weekly art history, camera technique, assignments, activities, and art critique appropriate for group skill level and recovery support goals.
  • Manage digital archive of student artwork.
  • Collaborate with staff, volunteers, and multimedia specialists in producing exhibitions.
  • Provide mental health recovery support for participating artists during regular hours of operation, under guidance of Director. Support includes timely communication with all stakeholders, active support of individual artist goals.
  • Provide individual arts mentorship for artists enrolled in class.
  • Collaborate with Hopewell Health Center (HHC) to provide APP classes as a component of Community Psychiatric Treatment Support (CPST), under guidance of Operations Director and HHC, including compliance with HHC staff guideline.
  • Engage in ongoing planning, training, and review with APP director and staff.
  • Maintain a recovery-oriented focus in all activities, based on training provided by the Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Photography, Visual Arts, Art Education or related field.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in photography and self-expression.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • One-year experience facilitating educational or therapeutic art-based classes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to mental health recovery (personal, family, or professional).
  • Proven collaborative leadership with experience managing volunteers or assistants.
  • Proven ability to actively develop and maintain supportive relationships.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to balance short and long-term activities, and maintain timely and professional correspondence with constituents.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with supervisors and board members.
  • Creative problem-solving, flexible, respectful and a positive attitude.
  • Experience in gallery practices including framing, hanging, and promotions.
  • Knowledge and practice of self-care techniques.

BACKGROUND

At APP, our programs focus on photography and are rooted in the integration of self-expression, arts learning, peer support, and social inclusion. Our artists, staff, and community partners have worked together for more than 20 years to establish photography that is an innovative, and fundamental component of behavioral healthcare in Southeast Ohio.

Our programs are provided in partnership with mental health and social service organizations to ensure all community members have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts. Each year, more than 60 artists, instructors, and volunteers join together to in our adult and teen photography classes. Our programs are based on mutual support and a dedication to long-term relationship building, which fosters an environment for meaningful art making while recognizing

the importance of the individual beyond what he/she/they create. Our artists use professional camera equipment and follow curricula that include photo history, visual theory, camera technique, take home assignments, workshops, art review, and field trips.

Description, Responsibilities, and How to Apply (PDF)


Now Hiring: Director of Photography Programs

At Athens Photographic Project, we believe individuals living with mental health challenges deserve to be active and visible community members. We provide the resources needed for individuals to overcome the stigma associated with mental health challenges, and to create positive transformations in their lives through the arts.

Our programs focus on photography and are rooted in the integration of self-expression, arts learning, peer support, and social inclusion. Our artists, staff, and community partners have worked together for more than 20 years to establish photography as an innovative, and fundamental component of behavioral healthcare in Southeast Ohio.

We invite you to join our staff as the new Director of Photography Programs. This is a rare full-time opportunity for a community art educator, art therapist, or visual artist to take on a teaching and leadership role within our award-winning organization. If you’re a service minded individual who loves photography, has teaching experience and the skills necessary to manage other instructors, peer support members and volunteers, this could be the perfect position for you!

Apply by February 12, 2021 for full consideration.

Descriptions, Qualifications, and How to Apply (pdf)


Internships + Graduate Assistants

Are you looking to develop your talents while nurturing community mental health and the arts? We are looking for interns, graduate assistants, and photography instructors.

Each year, we offer a 30-week photography program for adults and a 10-week summer photography program for teens. We also support the exhibition and sales of artwork created within our classes on an ongoing basis.

These positions, designed with Ohio University, mesh with our current needs and your professional development goals. Positions are paid and competitive. They target classes, exhibitions, and/or outreach projects. Internships and Graduate Assistantships are 10-15 hours per week, on average.

Photography Instructors lead classes with direct support from a teaching team that includes peer mentors and volunteers. Instructors collaborate with participating artists in two-hour classes held twice per week. They also mentor individual artists. Instructors develop curricula with our director and support artists in archiving arts learning objectives. Our director and a Hopewell Health Clinical Supervisor guide instructors through weekly meetings and oversee billing and evaluation conducted by the instructor.

How to Apply:

  1. Send us an email with a copy of your resume and a link to your digital portfolio (if available). Tell us why you want to work with the Athens Photo Project.
  2. We will contact you to schedule a studio tour and in-person meeting to learn more about our program and consider career opportunities.
  3. After the initial tour, you can schedule a formal interview. We require a background check within two weeks of orientation. Please note, our 30-week photography class schedule coincides closely with the academic calendar at Ohio University, so there may be a gap in time between acceptance for a position and your start date.

To learn more about our Career Opportunities, please contact:

Nate Thomson
Executive Director
(740) 818-3624

nate@athensphotoproject.org