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Aurora Picture Show Opportunities

Aurora Picture Show is currently seeking applications for the following positions:
  • Media Arts Educator (Hourly Contract Position)
  • Internship (Unpaid Position)


Position: Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator

Applications accepted year-round

Aurora Picture Show is looking for media art/film educators who can teach a diverse set of media literacy workshops and classes in the community. These lessons will be developed with Aurora Picture Show in conjunction with our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.  Instructors should have an interest in experimental and non-traditional video art. Employment is part-time, typically a few hours each week at various locations throughout Houston and surrounding communities.  Each opportunity is unique and flexible applicants will have the best opportunity to work on a regular basis. The pay is variable and ranges from flat rates for a multi-hour visit in one day to an hourly rate for a lead teacher or an assistant teacher. In addition to teaching, lead teachers will also be responsible for preparing lessons, responding to student work, and organizing final copies of works created for class. We are looking for media artists and filmmakers with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the film and video in ways that are relevant for Houston area children. Experience in other kinds of lens-based work instruction will also apply. Bilingual speaking is a plus, but not required.  Assistant teachers are also needed, who might have less experience in education but have experience in the field and an interest in growing and developing into this area by providing support to lead instructors.  Position reports to Media Arts Education Manager.

Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator Responsibilities:

- Prepare creative filmmaking lessons focusing on the creative process, incorporating social issues or school lessons, and creating films that are inspiring, relevant, and appropriate
- Provide verbal feedback to students on their filmmaking
- Attend training events with Aurora Picture Show
- Keep track of student work and submit it to Aurora staff as requested for displays, online and print publication, etc.
- Reflect on and evaluate your residency

Required Qualifications:
- A love and enthusiasm for filmmaking and a desire to teach students the creative process
- Teaching or mentoring experience preferred
- Interest in collaborating with public school teachers
- Excellent communication skills
- Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
- All candidates must pass a criminal background check

How to Apply:
If you are interested in teaching with Aurora Picture Show, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and an online link or DVD of samples of your work: 
  • Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street, Houston, 77098
  • aurora@aurorapictureshow.org

Applications are accepted year-round.  No phone calls please.



Position: Internship (Unpaid)

Ongoing Deadline for Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters

Internship Application Deadlines:
SPRING: December 1 (for 1/15 to 4/30)
SUMMER: April 15 (for 5/1 to 8/31)
FALL: August 15 (for 9/1-12/ 15)
 
The Aurora Picture Show Internship Program provides students with a bridge between studying media arts as a student and working in media arts field as a professional, by providing hands-on experience within a well-established media art organization. Interns gain insight into the national and international world of new media art, along with basic administrative skills useful in any professional position. Interns at Aurora are involved in: basic operations of arts management (data entry and office errands), programming (screening film submissions), community outreach, fundraising, publicity (press outreach and press clippings), and social events (providing hospitality to filmmakers and screening operations). Though internships are unpaid*, an internship with Aurora is valuable and fun. Aurora prides itself on not only providing experience, but also creating a supportive environment where successful interns are rewarded and encouraged into roles beyond their time at Aurora. Past interns have made strong connections through our network of supporters, which have lead to employment.

Qualifications and Requirements:
All interested individuals are eligible to apply for an internship. We seek out interns with the following qualities:
• Understand the Aurora mission and objectives
• Eager to learn
• Understand the many levels of responsibilities that come with a non-profit
• Strong organizational skills
• Have an interest in developing their experience into a professional path
• Some positions may require college, graduate training or professional experience

Interns should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours a week. The exact schedule will be determined in advance with staff. Interns should be able to work a minimum of three months. Majority of hours are in the office during the week, but weekend event support is also required.

How to Apply:
Please complete our application, which can be found under in the Education section of the website. Attach a resume outlining your educational background and past work experience along with a short essay or cover letter indicating why you chose to apply for an internship at Aurora. Also, per the application, please make sure to include contact details for two references from professors or previous/present employers.

* mileage is reimbursed if your car is required for errands
 
Please send all materials together in one envelope. Submit all materials to:

Internship Program
2442 Bartlett Street
Houston, TX 77098
Fax: 713.868.2104

No phone calls or email applications please.


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