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New Media Arts Teaching Artist


New Media Arts Teaching Artist (Filmmaking, Digital Photography, Animation)

Organizational Description:

  • Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP) is a 40-year-old non-profit educational organization that works in over 150 New York City public schools each year serving over 20,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 annually. LEAP engages a roster of over 150 teaching artists to bring arts-integrated educational programs and cultural experiences that inspire students in schools underserved in the arts.

Job Brief:

  • We are seeking passionate, experienced teaching artists with a strong interest in arts and academic integration for daytime and after-school opportunities, educational assemblies, family engagement workshops, and professional development workshops at our partner schools in all five boroughs. Teaching artists must have demonstrated previous experience teaching new media arts, ideally in NYC public school settings.
  • New media arts refers to all artwork created with digital technology, including but not limited to: graphic design, filmmaking, animation, and digital photography.

Reports to:

  • Program Coordinators and/or Site Directors (per placement)

Culture Statement:

  • At LEAP, we believe that people are most successful when they’re:
  • Committed to feedback and willing to provide clear, consistent communication
  • Community oriented, and believe in a shared moral responsibility
  • Believers in self-care and the wellbeing of others
  • Accountable to themselves, their team, and the organization
  • Strong proponents of equality and inclusivity
  • Open-minded, creative, and flexible
  • Mission driven
  • Collaborative


  • Represent LEAP through collaborative planning with classroom teachers and schools
  • Plan engaging and active lessons that combine the arts and academics
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students and teachers in daily lesson plans using the LEAP lesson format
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to all participants
  • Promote positive character development through modeling and instruction
  • Make LEAP a visible and exciting part of the school community
  • Aid in the organization and execution of student culminating performances and events
  • Work closely with the LEAP staff on data, attendance, and evaluation collection, and residency documentation, as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in required trainings and professional development


  • BA/BS (required), MA (a plus) related to the arts and/or education (preferred)
  • Demonstrated excellence in the described digital new media art genres
  • Passion for inclusion and advocacy in the arts
  • 2 years of experience working with the NYC DOE (or other major city) school system
  • Experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in the arts
  • Experience planning, creating, and executing exciting and meaningful lessons
  • Commitment to supporting the LEAP mission and instructional model
  • Ability to actively implement NYC Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
  • Familiarity working with Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be responsible, reliable, and punctual
  • Available September 2016 – June 2017
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to travel to multiple boroughs


To Apply:

  • Please submit a resume and a cover letter, attention Madleen Santana with the subject line: Teaching Artist – LAST NAME to
  • No phone calls, please
  • For more information please view our website:


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: Hourly rate commensurate with experience
  • Hours: varying based on placement, maximum 29 hours per week
  • This is a Part-Time position which qualifies for paid sick time

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Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable