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JOB TITLES: Teaching Artists and Media Educators

SCHEDULE: Full Time and Part Time Positions 


Outside the Lens empowers youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world. Our innovative programs engage youth, encourage them to tell their stories and show them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. We use cameras and digital media along with a proven educational strategy that allows youth to think creatively, engage in issues that are important to them. We envision a future where all youth will have the access and education necessary to understand, evaluate and, most importantly, create media. Through photography, videography and digital media, youth become engaged learners and active participants in the classroom, their communities and ultimately the world.


The Media Educator at OTL collaborates with the leadership team to support OTL’s mission, and contributes to a sustainable, effective and robust organization. The Media Educator is proactive, flexible and forward looking; developing and delivering innovative digital media curricula to youth and adults in alignment with OTL’s mission, vision, goals and objectives.


  • Develops and delivers OTL media curricula to K-12 students and adults at OTL, school and organizational sites in San Diego and elsewhere. Develops and delivers teacher media training programs in workshops and through the OTL online portal.
  • Coordinates and produces final exhibition and other student presentations such as portfolios.
  • Works closely with teachers, students, administrators and parents to communicate OTL mission and vision and facilitate program delivery.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned by OTL leadership team.


  • Demonstrates mastery of related subject matter, instructional skills, and resource materials for programs taught.
  • Creates lesson plans, aligned with current state and national standards.
  • Provides complete record of all curricula and educational materials developed and used at OTL assignments in electronic and written form.
  • Maintains a safe, organized classroom, which supports students’ independent learning, collaboration and choice.
  • Utilizes a variety of effective instructional and management techniques.
  • Utilizes and implements OTL assessments for planning and instruction.
  • Provides consistent, immediate feedback to students and asks analytical questions that elicit student responses that incorporate prior knowledge, life experience and interests that are directly related to the content objective.
  • Monitors and maintains a positive classroom environment to provide and support student engagement, mutual respect and cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members at contract sites by communicating in a tactful, courteous, and confidential manner.
  • Appropriately communicates and interacts with OTL staff.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and other organizational related events and activities.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional growth and works with OTL leadership team to formulate and complete professional development plans.
  • Maintains a professional appearance, and demonstrates behavior that is conscientious and responsible.
  • Does not engage in discriminatory practices on any basis, including race, origin, gender, socio- economic status, disability, religion, or political beliefs.

Education: BA in photography, video or film production, media or communication studies required, MA , MFA or equivalent professional media experience preferred.

Skills: Photography, film and video production, editing, graphic design and visual communication strategies. Proficient with both MAC and PC platforms. Software knowledge required: iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Pixlr. Knowledge of web based content management systems, video optimization and archival techniques preferred.

Experience: Two to three years experience teaching media to youth, adults or educators.


  • Must be able to pass an initial fingerprint and background clearance check and maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card at all times.
  • May be required to demonstrate fluency in foreign language(s) as well as English (written & oral).
  • May be required to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • May be required to work outside normal working hours.
  • May be required to travel to perform work functions.


Please email a resume and cover letter to, with "Media Educator 2017-18" in the subject line.