PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Currently, DCD is searching for paid Design Educators that share our vision to co-teach in our design studios.

All studios take place throughout the academic school year, starting in early October and ending in late May.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Design Educators will be expected to:

  • Work cooperatively with co-educator, Program Director, and Project Manager to develop curricula.

  • Lead design instruction for groups of up to 18 students

  • Engage students and facilitate positive conflict resolution

  • Lead design challenges, team building activities, reflections, and critiques

  • Work one-on-one with students to support their learning and guide them through design principles

  • Oversee completion of the project and delivery to the client

  • Facilitate project documentation

  • Assess student performance using DCD assessment tools

  • Additional responsibilities specific to individual program requirements

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep knowledge of design processes and principles

  • An undergraduate degree (required) or graduate degree (preferred) in a design-related field

  • Teaching experience (ideally with high school or middle school students)

  • Comfort working with young people from diverse backgrounds

  • Experience using and teaching computer software commonly used in design disciplines

  • Strong curriculum design skills and student engagement strategies

  • Openness to creative collaboration and working as a team

  • Experience coordinating projects and communicating with partners and constituents

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excitement about project-based learning and social practice

 

Qualified candidates must be available for the entire academic year. Instructors are expected to coordinate or provide their own means of transportation; teaching venues are conveniently located along RIPTA bus lines. Hourly wage $18-22/hr, commensurate with experience.

 Interested applicants must apply through the link below. The application will ask you to specify which Design Studio you are applying for.

Please carefully read each Program Description, listed below, before starting your application.

Applications are due at 5 pm on September 6, 2019.

 

2019-2020 DESIGN PROGRAMS

Design/Build

Positions Open: Lead Educator

In our two Design/Build programs, DownCity Designers (grade 9-12) and DownCity Discovery (grade 6-8), students collaborate with a community client to design and build a new structure to improve a public space like a park, school, or playground in Providence. Students will learn the design process while investigating the project site to figure out how to improve it. Students will learn basic architectural techniques such as drawing and small-scale model making. In the spring, students will learn to use power tools to build their design.

We are looking for experienced designers to be Lead Educators for these two programs. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth outside of school settings and will have an undergraduate degree (required) or graduate degree (preferred) in architecture, carpentry, or engineering.


DCD Designers

Dates: September 30, 2019 – May 20, 2020 (winter break 12/23-1/1)

Days + Times: M/W, 2:30-5:30pm 

Location: DownCity Design, 425 West Fountain Street, Providence RI

Age: High School (Grades 9-12)


Discovery

Dates: Sept 27, 2019 – May 29, 2020 (winter break 12/20-1/24)

Days + Times: Fridays, 2:30-5:30pm 

Location: DownCity Design, 425 West Fountain Street, Providence RI

Age: Middle School (Grades 6-8)

EXPLORE DESIGN

Positions Open: Lead Educator and Teacher Assistants (TA)

EXPLORE DESIGN is a series of free Saturday workshops for high school students who are interested in design careers, offered in partnership with DESIGNxRI. Students can sign up for any or all of the sessions including: applying to design colleges, portfolio documentation, portfolio review, and personal branding. Fall sessions are geared towards students in their senior year of high school, while the spring session focuses on career exploration for younger grades.

We are looking for experienced designers to be a Lead Educator for the fall session of this program. Opportunity to teach in the spring may be available pending funding. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of the college application process, formal experience teaching high school students, and will have familiarity with various design fields. They will also have experience documenting work and creating comprehensive design portfolios.

We are also looking for Teaching Assistants (TA) to support our Lead Educators. Ideal candidates for the Teaching Assistant position will have a background in design and experience working with youth.


Dates: Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 9, and Dec 7, 2019 

Days + Times: Saturdays, 12:00-5:00pm 

Location: DownCity Design, 425 West Fountain Street, Providence RI

Age: High School (Grades 9-12)


PCTA Design Studios

Positions Open: Lead Educator and Teacher Assistants (TA)

The DownCity Design Studio at PCTA offers a range of engaging design-based, career-oriented after-school programs for students grades 9-12 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy (PCTA). Our Design Studios offer opportunities for students to explore career pathways, improve academic achievement, learn valuable workforce skills, and internalize the design process as an approach to problem-solving in school and in life beyond. 

We are looking for experienced designers to be Lead Educators for an after-school studio program that introduces students to an area of design of your choosing. Past studio programs have included design/build, graphic design, product design, and fashion design.

We are also looking for Teaching Assistants (TA) to support our Lead Educators. Ideal candidates for the Teaching Assistant position will have a background in design and experience working with youth.


Dates: Oct 15, 2019 – May 21, 2020 (except winter break 12/20 - 1/7)

Days + Times: M/W or T/Th 2:30-4:30 (fall) + 2:30-5:30pm (spring)

Location: Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence RI

Age: High School (Grades 9-12)