In-School Teaching Artist - Journalism


About 826NYC and In-Schools & Partnership Residencies 826NYC — a Brooklyn-based writing and tutoring nonprofit — is hiring dynamic and experienced Teaching Artists for short-term, project-based residencies in New York City public schools and nonprofit organizations. 826NYC’s in-schools and partnerships programs are tailored to the needs of each partner school and organization. Residencies typically range from 6 to 10 sessions in length, lasting approximately the same number of weeks. Each project culminates in an anthology of student work, which is professionally designed and printed for distribution.

Possible projects that 826NYC’s Teaching Artists may work on include: memoir, poetry, short stories, playwriting, and speculative fiction. This list is not exhaustive.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and Teaching Artists will have placements throughout the year based on schedule and expertise.

Overview of Position: 826NYC is seeking Teaching Artists to design curriculum and lead in-school and partnership project-based residencies, typically 6 to 10 weeks each. This person should not only be a writer, but also be passionate about literacy education and have experience working with students. This position will be supervised and supported by the 826NYC Director of Education. Teaching Artists will also have the support of trained volunteers, who assist students with their writing during the in-class project sessions. Planning hours/days are somewhat flexible depending on the Teaching Artist’s schedule. The end-goal for each in-school and partnership residency is to produce professionally designed and printed anthology of the students’ writing. The teaching artist will be responsible for overseeing the publishing process from start to finish.

Reports to: 826NYC Director of Education Supervises: Project volunteers Duration and Hours: Project-based during the school year Pay: $40/hr in the classroom plus $20/hr paid time for planning and training

Major Responsibilities

● Design an age-appropriate, project-based writing curriculum

● Facilitate each in-class session of the residency

● Communicate regularly with the Director of Education

● Oversee on-site volunteers, acting as a liaison between volunteers and students

● Coordinate the publishing of an anthology of writing from the project when relevant

● Submit lesson plans, timesheets, reports, and other administrative documents

Desired Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience

● Artistic excellence in their discipline

● Experience working with youth

● A passion to improve literacy and a deep commitment to student success

● Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal

● Excellent organizational skills: ability to multi-task

● A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, self-starter

● Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft office suite)

● Background in Journalism but other disciplines also welcome

● A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC


How To Apply

How to Apply Please send the following to Interim Director of Education, Aarti Monteiro (, with subject line: “826NYC Teaching Artist.” No phone calls, please.

1. A cover letter explaining your approach to teaching your discipline, your relevant experience, and a specific explanation of why you are interested in working at 826NYC on these special projects. 2. A resume that demonstrates your experience as an artist and educator. 3. A one-page outline of a six-session residency with any age group 5-12 grade, including learning goals, questions for students, and activities to address learning goals. This outline should also include how you would utilize the support of volunteers during each lesson. 4. Two professional references.

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826 National and its chapters recognize the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. 826NYC is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the 826 community through their work, teaching, and/or service. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: We will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, marital status, English fluency, parental status, military service or disability.