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Teaching Artist - Video + Photo

Youth Beat

286 East 10th Street

Video Production
Local (Bay Area)
August 16

Note-- We are preparing to fill this position immediately to begin ASAP. To apply and be considered for the position, please send your resume and cover letter ASAP to jake@youthbeat.org !**


Youth Beat at KDOL-TV is a non-profit program (fiscally sponsored by the Oakland Public Education Fund) that offers free media production programs to Oakland youth. We provide hands-on training and job experience in video production, journalism, narrative filmmaking, photography, design and animation. We teach media to middle school and high school students with the goal of keeping them engaged in school and developing job readiness skills to pursue a career in the media industry.

Our team of teaching artists, educators and producers facilitate after school programs at KDOL - TV, work in schools across the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and lead freelance media projects for our youth media production company. We are currently looking for energetic, creative individuals who are passionate about media, sharing their craft, and working with socio-economically and ethnically diverse groups of youth.

This is an ideal opportunity for local freelancers looking to secure some reliable part-time work, or those looking to get their foot in the door in the world of media education at a rapidly growing non-profit program. Staff members may also have the opportunity to take on additional hours throughout the year and lead freelance media projects through our production company, Youth Beat PRO.

The Oakland Public Education Fund is the fiscal sponsor for Youth Beat. The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. Teaching Artists will be employees of the Oakland Public Education Fund working at Youth Beat.

MetWest High School is one of our longest standing school partners. Our teaching artist at MetWest teaches three hour long classes during the school day three times per week: Filmmaking, Photography/Design, and MetWest Live. MetWest Live is the bi-weekly town hall program at MetWest where students create short topical videos and announcements that are shown in front of the entire school.

The teaching artist will use and adapt existing curriculum to teach professional media skills to students, and also have a crucial role in curating and putting together the MetWest Live shows and video content. The classes are taught out of our television studio at KDOL-TV, next door to MetWest. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves, learn employable skills and gain access to internship and job opportunities.

Prospective teaching artists for this position should demonstrate an ability to connect with inner-city youth, as well as a strong understanding of professional media production skills. Prior experience teaching or working with youth media programming preferred.


MetWest High School Teaching Artist - 16-18 hours/week: Mon/Wed/Fri roughly 9:00am-2:00pm

Please send cover letter and resume ASAP to jake@youthbeat.org.



Work with diverse, inner-city youth from Oakland schools as they learn the basics of multimedia production.
Participate in Professional Development and Staff Trainings in mid-August and throughout the year
Follow data and attendance tracking procedures and complete regular progress reports for Youth Beat
Lead and complete media projects along with students for paying clients as part of our youth production company, YB Pro. (These opportunities offer additional freelance opportunities and income for our employees and students, as well as access to our professional production gear at KDOL-TV.)


Bachelor's Degree, Master’s preferred, from an accredited college or university in a related field: Media Studies that includes Video Production, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, etc.
Ability and passion for working with diverse, inner-city teenagers.
Working knowledge of the three stages of video production, ideally with a DSLR workflow.
Editing experience in Adobe Premiere and/or FCP X (or Photoshop for Photography Classes).
Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
Additional media skills a plus: Photography, Motion Graphics, Music Composition, Web Design.