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Salt Teaching Assistant

Company:
Maine College of Art & Design
Job Location:
Portland
Category:
Tutors and Learning Resources
Type:
Adjunct/Part-Time

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The Salt Teaching Assistant (TA) typically specializes in at least one form of Documentary Storytelling, such as audio, film, or writing. The TA supports the instructional and curricular goals of delivering the learning outcomes in the course syllabus for the course or courses to which the TA is assigned. These support tasks range from administrative services, promotional support, tutoring and/or technically training students outside of class, providing student feedback on pieces/pitches, mentoring students through their documentary storytelling skills development, directly supporting student learning around the editing software for the track they are assigned (ProTools for Radio & Podcasting, and Adobe Premier for Short Film. The Workshop and Writing Track require no special software). Maine College of Art & Design recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity, and social responsibility. All employees are expected to actively support these values.

  • Creating copies of handouts, collecting or managing file-sharing for faculty, and uploading content to the course Canvas site when needed;

  • Attending class sessions at the request of faculty members and providing in-class support to students; 

  • Mentoring current students by demonstrating/role-modeling Storytelling practice and ethics;

  • Monitoring and evaluating student development of technical editing skills and reporting to the instructor(s) of note and the Salt Director;

  • Reporting student concerns related to academic matters or at-risk students to faculty of note and, if directed, by way of MECA&D Alerts

  • Supporting Guest Lectures Zoom sessions (when digital) by moderating chat questions, managing captions as needed, and recording and encoding video when appropriate;

  • Attending Storytelling Night and supporting as an attendant, usher, and paper/digital-program creator;

  • Attending Final Show and Graduation and supporting as an attendant, usher, and paper/digital program creator;

  • Attending Faculty Meetings when requested and providing insight into students’ experiences to support their academic growth in the cohort;

  • Supporting the Director’s maintenance and lending library/inventory of equipment;

  • Posting to Salt’s Social Media Channels (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook) regarding upcoming Salt-related events and maintaining a presence in the discipline for the program;

  • Substituting for the course when the instructor requests assistance and/or is absent from class;

  • Holding regular “office hours” to meet with students 1:1 and in small groups to assist them in meeting learning outcomes;

  • Developing an understanding of the syllabus and course requirements and helping students remain on track with those requirements;

  • Providing support to students as delegated by the instructor of note or Salt Director;

  • Sharing student experiences, soft evaluations, or reports related to the curriculum so that the instructor of note and Director can consider on-demand programming adjustments and long-term curricular design needs.

Qualifications: 

  • A graduate certificate in documentary studies or equivalent experience is required.

Experience: 

  • 1-2 years working in journalism/documentary work required;

  • Expertise with documentary equipment (audio recorders, microphones, cameras, etc) required;

  • Experience working in a classroom/critique setting preferred;

  • Expertise with non-linear editing software (ProTools and/or Premier) preferred;

  • Google Docs expertise preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people; 

  • Ability to work independently as well as contribute to team initiatives;

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Compensation & Benefits

This part-time, nonexempt position is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 19, 2024, and end on Friday, December 20, 2024. Compensation is $23.00 per hour, 15 to 20 hours per week. 

This position is not benefits eligible. 

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed immediately and accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Please email the document to employment@meca.edu. Place “Salt TA [Last Name, First Name]” in the subject line. 

The PDF must include:

  1. An application/cover letter that describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments, and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; 

  2. A resumé/curriculum vitae; 

  3. A diversity statement; 

  4. A list of four references with contact information, one of which should be a prior supervisor and/or professor.

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