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Creative Writing Instructor At After School Matters

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description

After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and in Belmont Cragin at our new Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.

After School Matters programs are developed and delivered through a network of public and private partnerships, including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library and a wide range of community organizations.

Summary of Position:

After School Matters is seeking committed, part-time instructors to teach its Creative Writing program during the upcoming Summer 2019 session and SY 19-20 for 15 high school participants between the ages of 14 to 20. Creative Writing Instructors teach lessons focused on fiction, narrative non-fiction, playwriting, or poetry. In each of these units, the mission is to help students produce quality work and to immerse students in the genre through critical reading and writing exercises. Instructors will supervise and lead students in tasks such as writing, revision, reading your work out loud and potential publishing. The ideal instructor should be supportive of student work and excited to help students improve their writing skills in the classroom and in feedback sessions.

We are particularly seeking instructors for our Gallery 37 Center for the Arts location at 66 E. Randolph. The typical schedule for program sessions are as follows:

  • Summer: 6 to 7 weeks, daily Monday through Thursday/Friday (based upon the program model), four instructional hours per day. Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
  • Fall: 10 weeks, Monday through Friday (after school hours) and/or Saturday, 60-90 instructional hours (based upon the program model). Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
  • Spring: 10 weeks, Monday through Friday (after school hours) and/or Saturday, 60-90 instructional hours (based upon the program model). Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
  • Daytime during School Year (Fall & Spring): 9am-2pm. Exact program days are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
  • Limited opportunities for Saturday only programs are available.

The optimal candidate will have a passion for literary arts and youth development. Special preference will be given to curricula and program ideas that increase access for male, Latinx participants, and the inclusion of diverse learners.

Responsibilities:

  • Design an engaging, hands-on creative writing curriculum that utilizes a variety of instructional methodologies that establishes clear objectives for teen participants
  • Provide instruction in, and lead teen participants though, inquiry-based discovery methods, including but not limited to, Instructor demonstrations, hands-on activities, performances, assessment and coaching, youth and instructor content development, etc.
  • Establish and maintain a rigorous and cooperative learning environment where students flourish taking in account varied learning strategies and best practices that address diverse abilities and backgrounds
  • Guide student practice and development towards a culminating project (i.e. gallery showing, performances, portfolio development, commissions, marketing, gift shop sales) at the end of the program
  • Intentionally expose teen participants to the varied professions in visual or performing arts and related industries
  • Develop, plan, and implement high-quality related field trips, master classes and guest visits to enhance instruction and training
  • Organize, develop, and coordinate special events/activities in the discipline
  • Intentionally support critical youth development skills, including leadership development; community building; real-world and experiential learning; public speaking; youth voice and agency
  • Attend all planning and program dates, including: Instructor orientation, professional development workshops, meetings and other required sessions
  • Participate in the recruitment, interview, and selection process of participants
  • Maintain a safe, engaging, and positive environment for program participants
  • Provide supervision during program field trips and other youth engagement opportunities
  • Manage and track program activities such as attendance, interview outcomes, enrollment, evaluation surveys, and pertinent student records in an online data tracking system (CitySpan).
  • Report all problems or concerns and program updates to After School Matters Program Specialist to maintain consistent lines of communication throughout the program session.
  • Supervise teens at an average of 15:1, instructor: teen ratio

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated writing experience required
  • Must have a passion for creative writing
  • Ability to work with and supervise teens
  • Ability to collaborate with others

How to Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter and resume at http://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply

EEO:

After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.