Bronx Documentary Center
The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is a non-profit gallery and educational space; we use community-based documentary practice and education to explore vital issues, stimulate critical thought, and drive social change. Through documentary photography, film, and multimedia storytelling we foster dialogue around contemporary local, national, and global issues.
The BDC is seeking a Director of Education to oversee all aspects of our education programs. We currently have four free programs that serve 11 to 90-year-old students in documentary photography and film. These programs are:
- The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), a documentary photography and college access program serving middle through high school students. This program serves around 100 students each year after-school (October - June) and during the summer (July - August) and continues to support nearly 30 alumni. Students in this program have been awarded recognition from the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, the New York Times, the BBC, and Photoville among others, and have traveled to share their work in Maine, Japan, and Norway.
- The BDC Films Fellowship Program invites documentary filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities to participate in a free year-long documentary filmmaking fellowship at the BDC. Four fellows are chosen for the program every year and undergo a three month-long training before working on their own short documentaries. Current fellows and alumni also have the opportunity to join the BDC’s production team in contracted projects. Such projects include a series of New York City Health and Hospitals (NYCHH) promotional and educational videos, BDC’s film project on COVID-19 in the Bronx, Verbatim’s “Fueling Social Change” project with Urban Justice Center, and more.
- The Bronx Senior Photo League (BSPL) is a free photography program for older adults in the Bronx. This program is currently in residence at two senior centers in the Bronx and serves around 35 students each year. The goal of the BSPL is to develop participants' skills in photography while promoting social connection and community pride.
- The Bronx Photo League (BPL) was created to expand access to documentary photography and provide skill development for traditionally underrepresented Bronx photographers. The BPL’s first major exhibition and publication was the “Jerome Avenue Workers Project.”
With each year our alumni for these programs grows, and we are looking for ways to continue to involve, challenge, and provide professional opportunities for BDC photographers and filmmakers, including expanding our national and international partnerships for travel opportunities. In addition to these programs, the Director of Education will oversee all educational activities that regularly take place in coordination with our exhibitions, including curriculum development and group tours, and will collaborate with senior BDC staff to develop and launch new and expand existing educational programs for our local community.
This is a new position that represents an exciting opportunity to further develop our range of innovative education programs. We are seeking someone who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the community arts education field, with either a focus or strong interest in documentary photography and film.
The Director will work with program leads to ensure curricula and participant experience are consistent with the BDC’s mission. The Director will closely manage the BJPL program, coordinating all aspects of the program as well as hiring and supporting teaching artists. Additionally, the Director oversee program budgets and draft program updates for grant reporting purposes for all educational programs.
Commitment of 40 hours is required. Due to the changing/flexible needs of BDC, it is understood that additional hours may be required, and flexibility in arrival and departure time may occur. The Director will sometimes work during evening and weekend.
Responsibilities for BJPL
- Recruit and enroll students in our middle and high school programs
- Hire and onboard teaching artists, assistant teaching artists, and program volunteers
- Supervise teaching artists, College Success Counselor, Education Program Assistant, and program volunteers and create and manage resources for staff
- Manage communication channels for teachers and students and maintain communication with students and families regarding program announcements, opportunities, events, and more
- Assist in class as needed
- Manage program budget and expenses and order and manage supplies, food, and program equipment
- Track student progress through evaluations, demographic information, awards/opportunities, etc.
- Coordinate college access work with BJPL College Success Counselor and workshops on high school choice
- Manage mid-year presentations, year-end exhibitions, and summer program presentations
- Seek and coordinate additional professional and creative opportunities and national and international travel opportunities for BJPL students and alumni
Essential Duties and Responsibilities for All Programs
- Ensure that all education programs maintain the mission, objectives, and standards of the BDC
- Hire, supervise, and direct education staff and volunteers in all phases of their work
- Plan for and conduct team meetings on a regular basis
- Effectively communicate with and train staff to embrace the organization mission
- Oversee and support curriculum development
- Coordinate professional development opportunities for education staff
- Attend relevant professional development workshops
- Manage program consultants
- Maintain and care for applicable equipment and supplies
- Ensure proper record-keeping including participant file folders
- Coordinate program evaluation
- Submit reports, record-keeping and evaluations requested in a timely manner
- Increase visibility of the programs through various means of outreach, speaking engagements, and relationship-building
- Provide guidance and discipline to ensure a safe and positive environment for students and staff
- Create an engaging environment that fosters a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and volunteers
- Work with BDC fundraising staff in their efforts to gain support for the BDC
- Act as liaison to Bronx arts and non-profit community and assists generally in BDC promotion and public relations
- Attend staff meetings and other meetings as deemed necessary
- Articulate BDC’s mission and work to the public
- Other duties related to operations and administration as well as tasks assigned by the Executive Director
Skills and Abilities
The Director of Education should possess the following skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication skills
- Creativity in developing innovative ways to apply curricular content to programs
- Experience managing programs, a medium-size team, and volunteers
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to multi-task and maintain attention to detail
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Energetic and collaborative personality with a self-starter approach to work
- Knowledge of documentary photography and film
- Proficiency with Google Drive and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc)
- Experience with Adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in education; administrative experience, arts administration helpful; excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills; ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
Email your cover letter, resume, and a sample curriculum for a program previously taught or coordinated to email@example.com by June 18, 2021. For more information about the Bronx Documentary Center, please visit www.bronxdoc.org.
Bronx Documentary Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. Bronx residents are encouraged to apply.