Spark Studios Teaching Media Artist

The Art Effect (formerly Spark Media Project and Mill Street Loft) is seeking an engaging, creative, and enthusiastic teaching artist to support Spark Studios, a media arts and entrepreneurship spring and summer workforce development programs for youth ages 14-19. Youth receive hands-on training and practice in filmmaking and videography within the context of entrepreneurship and job skills training, all while earning an hourly wage.


As a teaching artist, you will guide a group of teenagers through the pre-production, production, and post-production processes of creating at least one original film. You will oversee student work and be responsible for student growth, as well as quality of production value and media messaging in student products. You will assist the Program Coordinator in curriculum planning, conducting interviews and selecting youth employees, tracking attendance, writing activity logs, and performing other administrative duties that may be relevant to the program. You will serve as a positive role model to the youth in our programs and be responsible for overseeing student management of media files.


This position requires experience creating media arts projects, an aptitude for learning new programs easily, and proven ability to mentor children/youth/teenagers. The ability to manage and work in a diverse team and think on the spot are also required. The ideal candidate is a lifelong learner and self-starter ready to hit the ground running.

On-set working experience a must. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and/or shooting on Canon C100s or Sony a6300s a plus.

This position reports to the Spark Studios Coordinator In our Poughkeepsie, NY offices.

Dates of Employment:

This position begins in February, covers program dates of 1/20/18 – 4/11/18. Specific start and end date will be negotiated with the successful candidate. There will also be employment opportunities for the summer Spark Studios session.

Pay will be negotiated on an hourly basis and will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, film reel or link to digital portfolio, and three references to

Job Type: Temporary