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10 Aug 2019

Part-Time Photography Instructor

First Exposures  San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description


First Exposures seeks an experienced photography instructor with a passion for youth mentoring and development. Our ideal candidate must be highly knowledgeable in traditional black & white and digital photography. We are currently hiring for someone to join our team this fall for our upcoming year of programming.

About First Exposures:

First Exposures leverages the power of mentoring relationships and photography to empower young people to thrive, express themselves creatively, and become leaders in their communities. First Exposures nurtures the academic and social development of underserved youth by providing a venue to enhance their self-confidence, develop their creativity, and gain a passion for learning. Photography is the catalyst through which First Exposures fosters self-expression and deepens the intellectual, academic, and developmental experiences of mentees. Our academic year program provides free classes and all resources for 30 young people.

The Photography Instructor works directly with the Director and the Program Associate to conduct curriculum planning, teach classes and ensure the needs of the program are met. The instructor is also responsible for equipment maintenance and minor administrative duties related to the program.

The Photography Instructor is a non-exempt temporary part-time position. This role will require a 12-hour workweek during the length of the program (Time also includes 10 hours of pre-semester planning, 10 hours of post-semester wrap up and exhibition planning and installation, and 10 hours of flexible time to accommodate trainings or meetings). The program meets on Saturdays. Time beyond 12 hours is at the Director’s discretion.


  • Create semester plans that include approximately 3 long-term assignments
  • Ensure plans focus on educating students about technical aspects of photography, create competency with their equipment, and enable students to learn overarching concepts of what makes a good photograph
  • Plan and teach a class in darkroom or digital photography using Lightroom and/or Photoshop each Saturday for students and their mentors
  • Introduce and implement ideas related to the annual project theme
  • Prepare classroom group agreements and camera contracts
  • Clean, assign and maintain cameras and/or laptops for student use and repair when needed
  • Set-up and disassemble classroom space each week before and after class
  • Maintain classroom resources such as film, paper, batteries, or ink & paper supply and other supplies
  • Responsible for regular digital archiving of mentee work
  • Meet with mentors to debrief on mentee progress and discuss any issues
  • Communicate with mentees and mentors regularly regarding attendance, and project reminders
  • Maintain internal and external attendance records as needed
  • Handle and coordinate weekly shopping for class and inventory meal supplies with Program Associate
  • Arrange part-time mentor needs with Director and Program Associate when mentors are absent
  • Support and encourage mentor and student leadership
  • Coordinate field trips, guest speakers and special events with Director and/or Program Associate
  • Act as a mandated reporter and contact Child Protective Services, Social Workers, CASA workers, caseworkers, and families depending on situational needs with Director’s approval
  • Act as a public representative of the program


  • Meet with Director and/or Program Associate weekly about class planning and reporting
  • Communicate with parents and caseworkers as needed
  • Troubleshoot issues, problems or questions that arise from mentors and/or mentees and escalate concerns to Director and/or Program Associate
  • Assist in the on-boarding process of prospective mentors and mentees
  • Assist Director and Program Associate with evaluating mentor/mentee matches
  • Assist coordination of end of semester events such as exhibitions, potlucks, and evaluations
  • Assist with fundraising activities by preparing materials, helping with installations, executing plans and attending
  • Help provide materials for social media accounts and newsletters; create postings/articles
  • Working with Director and Program Associate on intern/volunteer projects


•  Bachelor of Arts in Photography or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of two years of background in youth mentoring or equivalent teaching experience


  • Basic understanding of both traditional and digital photography
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work effectively with a diverse population and underserved youth
  • Knowledge of Youth Centered Approach to teaching and planning
  • Skill in using and troubleshooting computer hardware and software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities


Interacts regularly with Director, Program Associate and volunteer mentors on a day-to-day basis. Responsible for some of the communication with contractors and vendors to maintain program efficiency.


Must be able to lead classes for an average of five hours once a week, whether on feet or in a chair. Needs to have the ability to lift up to approximately thirty pounds at a time in order to shop for weekly groceries and supplies for class. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, up to 4-5 hours.


Office space is located in a small office in the SOMA area of San Francisco. Position may require telecommuting and the ability to work from home or offsite for meetings, etc. Class space is a shared-use space but reserved for the program during class times.


  • Please submit a cover letter and resume to by August 19, 2019
  • Please include a sample 12-week curriculum teaching basic black & white or digital photography along with one sample lesson plan.

First Exposures, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise First Exposures/Tides Center in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: education, photography, and teaching. States: California.

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