The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

Teaching Artist

Dates: Part-Time/Hourly
Application Deadline: Rolling


AjA’s Teaching Artists are professional artists with skills in both teaching and the arts who educate multi-cultural students in a variety of school and community settings. The goal is to provide education in the arts, thereby expanding the leadership, critical thinking, career and civic horizons of young people in the community. The Teaching Artist will work closely with AjA staff in order to ensure the effective delivery of the program and to drive the day-to-day operations of the program itself, from attendance records to equipment checkout and planning for the end-of-semester exhibition.


  • Attend a mandatory orientation/training session before the semester
  • Provide instruction during the scheduled time at the designated sites.
  • Provide a professional and supportive classroom environment for students by following AjA’s protocols for a safe and respectful participatory photography learning environment.
  • Participate in curriculum development and deliver AjA approved curriculum to displaced/underserved youth.
  • Complete Program Objectives and Outcomes as determined by AjA and the grant and/or funder deliverables.
  • Ensure adequate planning, lesson plan development, and evaluation time for all activities including providing AjA with curriculum and lesson plans prior to each session
  • Provide punctual attendance and active participation at all classes, as well as, artist trainings and meetings as scheduled by AjA.
  • Successfully coordinate and manage volunteers and assistant photography instructors and communicate any issues to AjA Staff.
  • Offer timely communication about positive and challenging issues that arise at the site, in the community or with AjA staff to ensure appropriate and timely responses or actions.
  • Participate in program activities including program planning and expansion, evaluation design and implementation, community meetings and workshops, and other related activities.
  • Work directly with Program Office Support to ensure the proper uploading, storage, organization, and maintenance of program related images, forms, and information.
  • Attend weekly meetings with Education Specialist or AjA Staff to relay pertinent classroom and site partner information and to discuss curriculum, lesson plans, and program deliverables.
  • Manage the planning and execution of end of the semester community exhibits according to the program deliverables
  • Submit end-of-program report to the Executive Director and AjA Staff detailing classroom activities
  • Facilitate briefing and debriefing meetings with assistant instructors.
  • Work closely with the education specialist to translate the curriculum/outline into daily lesson plans and activities that speak directly to the objectives of the program.
  • Oversee the procurement, delivery, storage, inventory and maintenance of program related images and equipment.
  • Organize appropriate level of classroom support to implement and maintain attendance records, class and teacher evaluations, teaching hours and other required procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in arts, education, or social science
  • Culturally literate
  • Respectful and accepting of differing religious and political views
  • Conversational-level knowledge of Arabic and Farsi languages strongly preferred.
  • Strong and demonstrated project and time management skills required
  • Trained (formally or informally) photographer plus experience in one or more of the following: ESL teaching, participatory photography methods, art therapy, child psychology, middle/high school counseling/education, social justice issues, or working with ethnically diverse communities
  • Strong communication skills – demonstrated ability to lead a team of 2-3 assistant instructors, and 15-20 middle or high school students at once
  • Interest in populations served by AjA and a desire to help displaced youth share their stories
  • Experience facilitating large-group discussions and activities with middle or high school students
  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Self-directed and initiative-taking
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends if necessary
  • Excellent computers skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint/background check; Valid CA Driver’s License and reliable transportation – Must provide own transportation with valid CA

Application Procedure:

To Apply, Email your cover letter and resume as Microsoft Word or PDF files to

*It is the policy of The AjA Project to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.