Teaching Artists


Big Picture Alliance has teaching opportunities for innovative, creative, qualified teaching artists with an interest in the impact of digital media arts as a vehicle for self-expression, social and academic change with underserved youth. We provide transformative learning opportunities where, through film, youth have a platform for creativity and an outlet to voice to their successes and challenges.  Qualified teaching artists will have experience in experience in any of the following areas:  screenwriting, film production, theater direction, playwriting, performance, animation, stop-motion graphics, editing, cg animation. Must have interest in exploring the intersection where youth/film/learning meet. Experience working in community based settings, Title 1 schools,  charter schools, arts organizations (we partner with Philadelphia Museum of Art and BMFI) and community-serving organizations. Bi-lingual is a plus!


  • Work with Big Picture Alliance Staff and school/organizational liaisons/teachers design and implement digital media arts education curricula that reflect collaboration and meets the needs of participants
  • Develop age & contextually appropriate lesson plans, maintain attendance sheets, support program evaluation, and attend all required meetings and training sessions
  • Provide arts instruction in a range of settings from classroom to community centers to participants of varying ages and backgrounds including those with disabilities and English as a second language
  • Deliver 1-3 hour lessons that include facilitating discussions and hands-on digital media arts instruction
  • Prepare materials, coordinate and obtain equipment, materials and supplies for classes
  • Provide support to Big Picture Alliance at community-wide screenings
  • Participate in staff meetings geared toward best-practice
  • Other responsibilities as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree a plus
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage, challenge and interest people through communication and media arts
  • Able to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for children, youth, adults, and volunteers
  • Desire to experiment with new techniques and capacity to adapt them and teach them to others
  • Desire to work with diverse populations (i.e. age, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.)
  • Capable of performing in busy non-traditional classroom settings
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently while keeping open communication and status reports
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative
  • Must provide own transportation (must show drivers license) (bike, car, public -competently able to navigate/plan if using public transportation)
  • Teaching credential preferred
  • Fluency in a second language preferred but not required


Salary is competitive, based on experience. This is a part-time position. There are various opportunities available on a project basis.

To apply, email a letter of intent and/or résumé to aleks@bigpicturealliance.org.