Organizational Overview: The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, that seeks to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success. We offer a wide variety of free creative writing programs to Maine youth at our Writing Center downtown and at schools and community-based organizations all over the state.
About The Telling Room
At The Telling Room, we empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.
The lead teacher will work in two programs: Young Writers and Leaders and a second mutually agreed upon afterschool program. Young Writers and Leaders program is a free afterschool literary arts program for international multilingual high school students. The lead teacher is also responsible for assisting with curriculum development, co-managing an AmeriCorps teaching assistant and helping with other tasks as needed.
Why Work at The Telling Room?
You will be able to walk the fine line between fun and silly, wacky and smart. And while The Telling Room is informal, we are serious about our field and our community! We’re friendly, and straightforward, with a commitment to excellence and fun. Our staff is small and close-knit, and we care about our culture. If you value inclusion, embrace working with a variety of people, and can maintain your sense of humor in January in Maine, then you will fit well here.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Lead Teacher performs a wide range of duties including but not limited to:
• Co-teach two Young Writers and Leaders weekly cohorts, spring break camp, and 2 week-long intensive summer camps, and manage alumni relations with former students
• Co-teach one weekly session of afterschool programming
• Work closely with lead teachers, AmeriCorps Teaching assistant, and other Telling Room staff members
• Develop and organize curriculum
• Assist with program logistics from initial contact with schools and students and continued correspondence with students and volunteers
• Serve as program representative in funder meetings
• Filter program requests from outside sources and prepare students for events beyond The Telling Room
Education and Experience
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• Enthusiasm for writing and story
• Experience teaching young people
• Experience with young people of diverse backgrounds
Proficient in Google and Microsoft platforms, and social media tools, including Facebook
Knowledge, skills and abilities
• Demonstrated ability in practicing and teaching creative writing to youth from diverse backgrounds
• Demonstrated success in youth program management
• Demonstrated understanding of best practices for youth development
• Demonstrated ability to implement arts and project based programming
• Demonstrated familiarity with literacy issues, including those specific to English Language Learners
Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, option to purchase health insurance, and contribution to a Simple IRA
Additional Job Information
Salary: $17.00-$17.50 per hour
Job Type: Part-time, 23-hour week
Start Date: We anticipate a July 8th start date
How To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter material to Nick Whiston at email@example.com
Application Deadline: August 9, 2019
We are an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.