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Audio Mentor

Part-Time, Temporary (roughly mid-Feb 2024-mid-May 2024, 12 weeks)

20 hours/week, Mon - Thu, 2-7pm

 

Direct Supervisor: Associate Director of Education

💰Hourly rate: $32/hour

📍 Location: This position is in-person at the BAYCAT office, where we hold afterschool youth programming Monday-Thursday.

 

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Associate Director of Education, the Audio Mentor role is responsible for developing, teaching, and leading project-based audio production courses for youth ages 11 - 18 in Spring 2024. We’re seeking a creative, consistent, and resourceful audio producer and educator. 

 

📽️ What we do:

  • Empower 200+ young creators yearly, guiding them through the media-making process.

  • Collaborate with 250+ partners, bridging the digital divide for 4,700+ youths over 17 years.

  • Provide paid media arts training for young people while creating stories that progress social justice.

 

The Role

The Audio Mentor will provide mentorship in audio production in the afterschool youth program; curriculum development & ideation; and youth project management, collaboration, & team building.

 

All team members are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions. Team members are to work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.

 

Key Responsibilities

Mentorship - 35%

  • Model and support BAYCAT’s mission and values

  • Act as a mentor to middle school and high school aged youth and support training efforts

  • Assist with selecting youth and assigning them to class levels and projects

  • Lead instruction of two audio-production courses, one intro and one advanced

  •  Collaborate with and lead with assistance of youth Teaching Assistants

  • Design project-based learning timelines and manage youth progress through benchmarks 

  • Build trust and a culture of accountability and model emotionally intelligent communication

Curriculum Development & Ideation - 35%

  • Develop curriculum for 2 hour long, 2 day a week after school programs for 2 audio production classes (intro and advanced), based on BAYCAT Academy’s existing foundational media production and community building curriculum 

  • Integrate existing audio production curriculum (music production and podcasting) into planning and instruction

  • Ensure that curriculum  is aligned with the proposed outcomes and  learning goals of BAYCAT Academy and our funders  

  • Instruct and guide youth through the creative production process of the audio production focus that you choose (for example, scoring and sourcing music, writing interview questions, live recording using scripts and/or cue sheets, story structure and scripting, and collecting and recording wild and foley sound effects, etc. )

  • Collaborate closely with Program Coordinator, Teachings Assistants, BAYCAT Academy and Studio teams to provide an interactive and collaborative learning environment 

  • Attend Academy meetings and meet lesson planning deadlines for revision and feedback in advance of instructional days

  • Stay current in regards to creative ideas to keep the creative and audio production processes fresh and engaging for youth

 

Producing & Project Management - 20%

  • Ensure that all youth audio projects are properly realized from conception to completion, in a timely fashion for sharing with the BAYCAT community (family, friends, staff, funders, Board, external stakeholders, etc.) by the end of the Spring term

  • Manage class timelines using master planning calendar template, on BAYCAT’s Google calendar, and using Google Drive and Asana tools and keep the whole team up to date with all projects’ status and development progress 

  • Engage the Academy Coordinator during program hours including with teaching support, youth welcome and family communications, and group project support

  • Respond to parent and caregiver emails and phone calls promptly, warmly and professionally

  • Act as “executive”  producer and client liaison (when applicable) when on production

  • Prepare youth to Interview subjects/clients for nonfiction audio projects as needed

  • Participate in group feedback sessions and provide feedback that is appropriate for youth based on their social-emotional and artistic development and learning styles and that aligns with clients' needs and BAYCAT's values of compassion and equity

  • Build​ ​and​ ​maintain​ good ​relationships​ ​with​ clients, partners (funders, guest speakers), community members, and interns

  • Help create and document learning activities and share on social media

 

Collaboration & Team Building - 10%

  • Demonstrate and report on deliverables and outcomes with support from the Associate Director of Education and Development Team

  • Collaborate closely with filmmaking mentors for possible crossover between projects, use of equipment, and scheduling

  • Collaborate with BAYCAT team members to continue to ensure the curriculum and learning environment aligns with anti-racist and neuro affirming BAYCAT culture and practices

  • Reflect and engage in your own anti-racist journey and professional development individually and with the team

  • Engage and participate in BAYCAT team building activities, which may include Academy team meetings, Studio < > Academy meetings, retreats,and other organizational gatherings, when schedule allows

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:

  • 1-3  years of experience in youth-based settings (ie, educator, afterschool, teaching artist).

  • Experience creating original curriculum.

  • Experience with and/or interest in learning how to create inclusive learning environments for youth with disabilities and social emotional support needs

  • Audio production experience (recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio) and handling of basic equipment.

  • Experience in post-production sound is a plus! 

  • Is detail-oriented and a strong project manager. 

  • Would have a creative approach to teaching and a warm, patient demeanor.

  • Is knowledgeable of current trends in audio production; the demands of the professional field; and the tools, technologies, and resources inherent to the discipline.

  • Passion for using media as a tool to create positive community impact.

  • Is a fierce team player.

  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and alignment with BAYCAT's anti-racist and inclusive values.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and a lesson plan sample for which you were the sole or a primary writer to work@baycat.org. No phone calls, please.

EOE. We strive for a workforce as diverse as the community we serve. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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