|Title:||Arts & Design Instructor/Tech-Integrated Program Manager|
TECH Freire is a public, non-profit charter school committed to reimagining teaching and learning, and redesigning the high school experience for students who live in North Philadelphia. TECH Freire serves the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, one of the most underserved communities in the Philadelphia area. 91% of our students are African American and 85% qualify for free or reduced-cost school meals under federal Title 1 guidelines. â€¨
TECH Freire’s focus is on tech-integration: the integration of technology practices, processes and experiences across core liberal arts disciplines. Our model promotes personalized, experiential and multi-modal learning. â€¨
TECH Freire was launched in 2016 by a small, committed cross-section of educational leaders, community organizations, volunteers, and philanthropists, and initially served 300 students. As of September 2017, we serve 450 students, and will grow to serve roughly 580 students in grades 9-12 by September 2018. TECH Freire is a member of the Freire Charter School network, a group of diverse, nonprofit, mission-driven schools.
Our mission is to provide an educational program that unleashes creativity and potential in our students, enabling them to realize their academic and professional goals, and empowering them to overcome multi-generational poverty. Upon graduation, all TECH Freire students will have a post-high school plan and be prepared for their chosen next step, whether it be entering the workforce or continuing their education.â€¨
TECH Freire is seeking an Arts and Design Instructor/Tech-Integrated Program Manager to serve as the inaugural teacher of an after-school, weekend and summer program focused on technology, visual arts, design and curation, and craftsmanship.
This position presents a unique opportunity for a highly creative professional to play a central role in shaping a new program, a new space, and the future of one of the first tech-integrated schools in Philadelphia.
This position reports to the Director of Programs and Partnerships and serves as a teacher, coach, and mentor to students, and as a curator and event planner who helps raise awareness of the importance of crafts/making and technology in education.
Our ideal candidate is an experienced visual artist, engineer, tinkerer, and inventor with a flair for designing real-world student projects that foster experimentation and collaboration and demand rigorous application of skills and knowledge to create original student artifacts.
The Arts & Design Instructor/Tech-Integrated Program Manager must be a dynamic person with strong interpersonal skills, and above all a passionate and experienced teacher who loves working with young people and inspiring their curiosity.
- Design and lead tech-integrated after-school visual arts classes for students during the school year and over the summer.
- Keep students safe and productive while working with a wide range of tools and creative technologies.
- Design spaces, materials and tours that highlight student work and partnerships.
- Curate classroom and community spaces with students to highlight art-making programs for internal and external constituents.
- Create artifacts with students that can be shared and implemented for community popups and maker fairs.
- Organize four maker fair festivals annually.
- Help facilitate monthly family weekends and regular community tours of the school.
- Lead a thematic year-long project that will be highlighted for a major gala at TECH Freire in June as part of the launch of a tech-integrated electives program and to support major gift fundraising.
- Contribute to vision for publications accompanying exhibitions and to a range of companion public programs such as artist talks, panels, gallery discussions, and workshops.
- Collaborate with other subject area teachers to integrate a “hands-on, minds-on” approach to technology and the arts across disciplines.
- Work collaboratively with the entire campus and community to develop and promote engagement with the arts.
- Maintain an active knowledge of current artist practices and exhibitions in the art world, especially in and around Philadelphia.
- Perform other duties as assigned, including administrative support for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, as directed by the Director of Community Programs and Partnerships.
- Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in the visual arts, either independently or within an organization, or an equivalent combination of museum gallery and/or visual arts experience, education, and training.
- Experience with project-based learning and curriculum design.
- Experience with 3D printing and laser cutting.
- Knowledge of basic electronics, robotics and diverse visual arts forms.
- Extensive knowledge of and passion for contemporary art, especially technology in art, and a strong track record of curation, exhibition management and/or related work.
- Passion for working with students to advance their learning.
- Superior communication skills, including public speaking, and analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Strong organizational and project planning skills and experience, including budget planning, marketing and publicity.
- Ability to contribute to grant reporting and maintenance.
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills including Word and Excel.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines.
- Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and holidays as needed, and travel to outreach sites occasionally.
This position is open beginning immediately. Salary is competitive based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
TECH Freire is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.