Opportunities

Current Work Opportunities:


 

21st-Century Media Arts Program Manager

Spark Media Project is seeking an engaging, experienced Program Manager for its 21st-Century Learning Communities after-school programs within the Poughkeepsie City School District.  In Spark’s 21st-Century Programs, Spark media educators/ teaching artists teach and mentor youth through the process of creating a diverse range of media, including planning, producing, finalizing and exhibiting their projects. The 21st Century Program Manager is responsible for teaching at one program site while also directing, coordinating, and overseeing the successful implementation of Spark’s other four 21st-Century Program sites. This position supervises four Lead Teaching Artists/Assistant Teaching Artist teams, as well as supervises their own teaching team. The position is supervised by Spark Media Project’s Director of Education. This is a full-time (40 hrs/week) position. Salary commensurate with experience. The position initially is contracted for January through June 2017 with the potential for permanent full-time work thereafter.

Responsibilities:

  • Designing learner-centered, constructivist project-based learning units focusing on media and art
  • Developing curriculum and assessment materials to create a reusable archive
  • Direct instruction of one program while simultaneously managing lead teachers teaching similar media/arts lessons in other programs
  • Leading teams of teachers in planning, implementing, and evaluating media/arts education curriculum for elementary and middle-school aged students
  • Managing program interns to oversee all production/post-production in programs
  • Assisting with professional development for teachers
  • Maintenance of attendance records, activity logs, and other administrative duties that may be relevant to program, along with liaising between parents, administrators, and Spark.
  • Grow the program’s reach and potential to better fulfill Spark’s mission
  • Upholding and training other teachers in following site-specific disciplinary policies

A successful candidate will possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in media arts, film-making, video production, education, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree in education, arts education, or media production is preferred.
  • The ability to juggle multiple overlapping high-stakes priorities at once
  • A minimum of one year coordinating and directing a team, particularly teams working with children or youth
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated track record of effectively teaching a diverse range of learners
  • A vision for sustaining and expanding Spark’s transformative pedagogy across all 21st-Century programs

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and work samples or sample lesson plans to maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org.

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Assistant Teaching Media Artist (Part-time Staff)

Spark Media Project (formerly Children’s Media Project) is seeking dynamic, engaging teachers with interest in media literacy and production to join Spark’s Media Education team.

Spark Media Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization focusing on media and technology.  Education at Spark Media Project takes a variety of forms:

  • After-school programs for 1st/2nd grade, 4th/5th grade, and middle school students (21st Century Learning Communities Program)
  • After-school and summer youth job training programs for high school students (Media Magic and DROP TV)
  • In-school residencies for public and private K-12 and undergraduate educational institutions
  • After-school, weekend, and summer workshops at libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson library system (Mobile Media Labs)

Spark is seeking Assistant Teaching Artists/Media Educators for programs across all of these departments. Spark media educators/ teaching artists teach and mentor youth through the process of creating a diverse range of media, including planning, producing, finalizing and exhibiting their projects.

This position is supervised by Spark Media Project’s Director of Education.

Responsibilities:

  • Taking an active role within the teaching team, helping to create a vibrant, engaged classroom
  • Sharing in curriculum planning and implementation
  • Serving as a positive role model for the youth in our programs
  • Assisting with editing media produced in the program
  • Assisting with tracking attendance, activity logs, and other administrative duties that may be relevant to program.

Requirements:

  • A strong work ethic and a positive attitude.
  • A minimum of six months direct experience working with children or youth
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work well with team members
  • Experience creating media
  • An aptitude for learning new programs easily
  • A strong desire to take initiative and grow professionally

Compensation: (Commensurate with Experience)

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, work samples, and three references in PDF form to info@sparkmediaproject.org. Application process is on-going.


Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

An internship at Spark Media Project can and will open doors for you, regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in film and media production, education, or nonprofit administrative/management. At Spark, interns and volunteers become integral members of our team, as we rely heavily on intern support to help deliver our quality programing and to advance the organization’s mission of engaging the area’s youth through media arts. While Intern and Volunteer positions are unpaid, if you are a student, you may be able to work with us for school credit or to fulfill community service requirements. While experience is always helpful, for those with the rigorous work ethic and passion-driven mindset we expect here at Spark, lack of experience won’t be a problem.

See what some of our past interns have to say about the value of a Spark internship:

“My internship at Spark Media Project was truly a rewarding experience! I was able to share my passion for media and the arts with so many eager kids while refining my own creativity and skills at the same time. I always felt like my suggestions and opinions were taken seriously and that I was truly a part of the amazing Spark team. I left at the end of the summer with more confidence in my ideas and abilities and the skills needed to succeed professionally in this industry.”
– S. Catherine McCabe

“Working as an intern at Spark really paved the way for the work I do now as a Spark staff person. My internship gave me insight into how a non-profit organization like Spark Media Project operates while providing me with the opportunity to practice my teaching skills. Spark makes sure you are supported to ‘level-up’ professionally, as a teacher or media maker, and does a lot to ensure you grow possitively as an employee and a person.”
– Ethan Hofmayer

“Interning at Spark Media Project has provided me with invaluable workplace, technological, and interpersonal skills.  I’ve learned how to use specialized software and programs, had the opportunity to lead and collaborate with youth and my co-workers,  and have gotten the chance to learn skills — from writing promotional materials to initiating partnerships with other organizations — that will be useful in any career I choose.  Not only have I acquired exceptional professional experience, but it’s wonderful to intern in a place where the staff is friendly, supportive, and genuinely wants to help me to succeed and grow. My internship experience at Spark Media Project has been a vital supplement to my college education, and it’s allowed me contribute to providing indispensable services to youth in the Hudson Valley communities.”
– Nicole Schonitzer

Production/Post Production Assistant

Spark is seeking production interns to support our production house, Forge Media.The ideal candidate is a motivated, self-starter who has passionate career interests in film. Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in pre-production, production, post-production at a professional level. Experience working with camera operating and/or non-linear editing systems (Final Cut, Premiere, or  Avid) preferred.

To apply, please contact Head of Production Kyle Bahl at kyle@sparkmediaproject.org.

Media Arts Teaching Intern

Media Arts Teaching interns support the development, implementation, and assessment of Spark media arts curricula and programming. This includes the opportunity to gain experience in: helping run workshops and after school classes, assisting in curriculum development, and creating new teaching materials, as well as programming, planning and promotion of screenings and events; researching film festivals and venues seeking youth-produced work and coordinating submissions of Spark’s student-produced work.

To apply, please contact Director of Education Mary-Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org.

Non-Profit Admin Intern 

Non-Profit Admin Interns assist with communications and development, as well as fundraising and public relations. Responsibilities include: keeping our website up-to-date – creating content and uploading it to the web, connecting with local and national media outlets, creating and sending out press releases, writing articles for web release, connecting with local agencies and youth groups, and organizing and rebuilding the Spark press kit, developing and executing fundraising campaigns, and conducting outreach to the community for support.

Both those who have prior experience with/knowledge of website administration, fundraising, marketing etc. and those who would need training in these areas are welcome to apply.

To apply, please contact Director of Education Mary-Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org.


JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE!!

Spark is looking for volunteers to help drive its fundraising and development efforts. Although prior experience is not necessary, it is certainly helpful. Volunteers will assist with developing and executing a fundraising campaign, and will be encouraged to call on the community for support. Join our team of awesome community members and help fund youth media education in the Hudson Valley.