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JOB: Mentor, Afterschool digital enrichment program, Institute of Play

Position Description: Mentor, Afterschool digital enrichment program

Position summary

The Institute of Play, seeks a motivated, youthoriented, design and technologysavvy individual to teach in its afterschool program, Short Circuit. Short Circuit is an enrichment program developed by the Institute of Play for Quest to Learn, the innovative new game-based, public school it founded in 2009. Short Circuit extends into the afterschool space the school’s focus on tinkering, problem solving, collaboration and invention.

Program Description

Short Circuit provides a studio-like learning environment where kids explore and experiment in digital and analog areas working with everything from papers to pixels. During Short Circuit, students are given the chance to build expertise in a range of design, media and technology skills— programming, soft circuits, web development, media production, and more. The program is partially funded by the Gates Foundation as a pilot site for youth-led programs centered on creativity and innovation.

Both The Institute of Play and Quest to Learn are located in New York City, near Chelsea. | |

Position Description

As a Short Circuit Mentor, the successful candidate is enthusiastic, committed to working with youth within a design, media, and technologyled space, open to new ideas, adept at engaging diverse audiences, and able to foster and inspire broad participation.

Specific skills required

• Experience teaching and working with middle school students

• Enthusiasm about technology, design and media platforms, and their integration into the design process

• Fluent in digital design, media tools and platforms, and willing to learn more as required

• Flexible and able to solve problems creatively and effectively

• Positive attitude with strong collaboration skills

• Team player: responsible, independent and willing to pitchin where needed

Program Details

• Start date: Monday, January 3, 2011

• Part Time: Monday-Friday, 2p-6pm, with an onsite commitment of 20 hours per week

• Salary: Commensurate with experience

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

• Resume and letter of application outlining your qualifications and interest in the position

• Link to your online portfolio or PDF file with relevant work samples

• Names and contact information for 3 references

All materials should be submitted via email to:

Applications accepted until Friday, December 10, 2010 or until position is filled