Teaching Artist

Job title Teaching Artist
Company Name Deep Center
Location Savannah
Date Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Job Type Part-Time


Block by Block (BxB) is Deep Center’s intermediate creative writing program that engages youth (high school-aged 14-18) in researching, writing about, and celebrating the stories of Savannah. Youth will work with two adult creative writers (“teaching artists”) to map the people, stories and resources that make this community vibrant.

Over the course of a year, youth will conduct ethnographic research, uncover the history of their community, go on site visits and guided walks, and interview local experts, wise elders, young change-makers, folk artists, and other community sources of knowledge, strength, and hope. They will process these experiences through arts-based projects and creative writing activities. Adult and youth writer-artists will decide on content for final creative writing and public artworks: e.g., a published book, colorful temporary public art, blog posts on our website, culminating event and celebration with a live reading.

The Block by Block Teaching Artist position is for individuals with exceptional dedication, innovation, and reliability, and an invested interest in Savannah and its stories. These accomplished artists possess the sensitivity, awareness, and fearlessness to guide youth as they explore and discover their place within their community. They demonstrate mastery of the written word, creativity in lesson planning, vigor in one-on-one work, and enthusiasm and careful listening as a mentor. They are skilled at gently directing conversations and ask effective follow-up questions during discussions to encourage youth to examine their world with a critical eye.

Each Block by Block Teaching Artist commits to co-leading a 10-month-long workshop series of two cohorts meeting multiple times weekly. The expected term of employment runs from September 2018–June 2019.

Plan weekly workshops with partner teaching artist that respond to youths’ needs
Lead multiple weekly workshops, including Saturday sessions
Facilitate student-centered dialogue and writing that supports literacy, agency, and learning
Guide students during community-based exploration and experiences
Attend regular evaluation and support meetings with Deep staff
Comment thoroughly on student writing weekly
Assist students with creation and exhibition of final products
Co-research alongside youth as part of youth participatory action research (YPAR) framework
Attend ongoing training and development in Deep’s method and pedagogy

Ability to purposefully engage youth in the learning process through dialogue and create a culture of mutual respect, honesty, and vulnerability
Commitment to racial, gender, economic, and social justice
Has an assets-based framework for working with low-income populations
Able to be an active participant in an open and democratic work culture
Strong demonstrated interest in Savannah’s community and cultural assets (places, stories, people)
Commitment to amplifying the voices of youth from underserved communities
An independent, curious, problem-solving attitude
Efficient, organized, and dependable, with a strong track record of balancing multiple deadlines
Strong skills in oral and written communication, and a love of reading and writing
Experience in multiple creative modalities (visual, audio, written) a plus
Experience as a Deep Writing Fellow a plus

This is a 35-hour per week position over 10 months at $18/hour based out of the Deep Center office. This position is eligible for health benefits (medical, dental, and vision) and paid holidays.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three examples of your strongest writing to writewithus@deepcenter.org. Include “Teaching Artist” in the subject line. Your cover letter should answer the following prompt: Explain how your current qualifications make you the best fit for the Teaching Artist position, one challenge you foresee will be necessary to overcome in this role, and how you plan to do so with the goal of empowering some of Savannah’s most fearless high school writers.

Deep Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workplace; LGBTQ, women, people of color and other members of under-represented communities are encouraged to apply.