About 826NYC:
826NYC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on encouraging the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. Our mission is to create spaces where students can build the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance, and to support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire student engagement. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Teaching Artist (creative writing specialty)

We are collecting resumes for dynamic and experienced writing-focused Teaching Artists. We review applications on a rolling basis, with hiring cycles 1-3 times per year depending on need. Please read through for full details of how to apply.

Teaching Artists lead short-term, project-based residencies in New York City public schools, nonprofit organizations, and city-run programs. 826NYC’s in-schools and partnerships programs are tailored to the needs of each partner school and organization. Residencies typically range from 6 to 12 sessions in length, meeting 1-2 times per week. 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, and projects are typically designed in partnership with classroom educators and program staff to embrace themes and genres of interest to participating students.

Teaching Artists 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 12 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 asynchronously. 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 a professionally designed and printed anthology of the students’ writing. The teaching artist will work with 826NYC staff to support the publishing process.

Reports to: 826NYC Director of Education
Supervises: Project volunteers
Duration and Hours: Project-based during the school year; some summer projects may be available.
Pay: $50/hr in the classroom plus $25/hr paid time for planning, administrative tasks, and training

Major Responsibilities:

  • Design an age-appropriate, project-based writing curriculum for grades ranging from 5-12
  • Facilitate each in-class session of the residency
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Education; communicate with school or partner staff as needed
  • Support asynchronous volunteers, acting as a liaison between volunteers and students
  • Collect student writing
  • Administer feedback surveys; take attendance; support the collection of publication consent forms
  • 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 one or more writing disciplines
  • Experience working with youth in NYC public schools
  • A passion to improve literacy and a deep commitment to student success
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, self-starter
  • Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft Office, Google Drive)
  • A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC

How to Apply
We review applications on a rolling basis, with hiring cycles 1-3 times per year depending on need. Please submit your resume and contact info via this Typeform to indicate your interest, and when we are once again hiring we will invite you to submit a full application if your resume demonstrates a strong fit for the role. No phone calls or emails, please.