WHO IS "TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!"?

"Take My Word For It!" is an innovative creative writing program - a place where kids can feel safe and supported while they grow as writers. Since 2005, we have been offering our one-of-a-kind curriculum through after-school, in-school, and community-based creative writing programs, as well as summer camps. We run more than 20 programs and camps in the greater Bay Area, as well as in Boston and Northern Virginia. We're a team committed to turning kids onto writing and believe that when their imaginations are ignited, kids are more enthusiastic about learning.

POSITION OVERVIEW

We seek energetic, skilled instructors who have experience working with children in a group setting. We hire BA's, MFA or M.Ed candidates, MFA & M.Ed graduates, former teachers, and local writers. You'll be facilitating writing activities with kids ranging from 2nd - 6th grade in the classroom or in a community or summer camp setting. We provide all of the curricula and there is plenty of opportunity for feedback and follow up. To be considered for this position, candidates must have availability during after school hours (M-F, 2-5pm), reliable access to transportation, and commit to a minimum of one year contract.

Pay for Master's students and MFA/M.Ed graduates is $40 per hour. Pay for those with a BA is $30 per hour. Estimated hours per week is 1-4 hours, depending on instructor and class availability. Please note: While teaching with "Take My Word For It!" is a paid endeavor, the hours are less than part time and a position with us is not a good choice for candidates seeking part-time or full-time employment.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • A collaborative community of writers and educators committed to the personal and professional development of all staff
  • An opportunity to engage with young writers
  • Training and support in teaching our innovative and kid-tested curricula
  • To support quality "Take My Word For It!" classes, we compensate for class prep, completing paperwork, staff meetings and a once-yearly professional development retreat

RESPONSIBILITIES

Teaching

  • Create a collaborative culture of learning that supports kids in their development as writers and artists
  • Connect children's stories to a broader audience through a culminating performance and/or exhibition for families at the class site
  • Be a reliable, responsible, positive presence for all students

Classroom Administration

  • Build positive relationships and communicate on a regular basis with all program partners including school site staff, students' families, and other "Take My Word For It!" staff to ensure quality learning
  • Set up before, and clean up after, each class
  • Complete and submit program paperwork including student attendance, media release forms, invoices, final program reports, and student writing excerpts and photos in a timely manner
  • Participate in "Take My Word For It!"'s professional learning community by attending (paid) staff meetings and professional development trainings
  • Coach students through preparation and practice for an end-of-session class reading

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Art and/or Arts Education, English, Creative Writing or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years experience with one or more of the following:
    • As an active artist (spoken word poet, creative writer, photographer, animator, etc.)
    • As a teaching artist, preferably related to supporting kids in sharing their own stories
    • As a teacher in public school or community-based setting working with diverse groups of young people between ages 5-12
  • Proficiency with Apple operating systems and Google Apps

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS

  • Classroom management experience
  • Confidence and ability to focus in a non-traditional classroom setting
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, and communicate effectively
  • Commitment to "Take My Word For It!"'s mission
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and follow through, with an interest in building relationships with students, fellow instructors and "Take My Word For It!" staff

TO APPLY

Please take some time to read samples of our students' work (found at Our Writers). To apply, email us a resume that highlights paid and volunteer teaching and classroom management experience, as well as a letter telling us why you'd make a stellar teacher for our program. Email Sondra Hall at sondra@takemywordforit.net