OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for overseeing a Graphic Design Studio of 8 teen participants, while also working with other program staff and studio participants. The studio runs much like a small business of which you are the artistic and production manager, and the teen artists are your creative and production staff.
HOURS: This job requires 25 to 30 hours/week during the school year (required hours are Mon –Thurs 1-6pm) and 30 hours/week for 7 weeks in the summer (Mon through Thurs noon-6pm).
EDUCATION: BA/BFA degree in the arts, preferably graphic design, and a strong portfolio.
SKILLS: Candidate should possess a thorough knowledge of Adobe CS5 or later, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a basic understanding of PHP and JQuery are required. Experience with WordPress and Constant Contact is a plus. Excellent design skills with previous experience in a design studio or agency preferred. Candidate must be able to oversee the completion of projects within given deadlines, and be responsible for not only teaching teen participants, but also making sure they produce the highest quality of work. Projects range from logo designs and brochure design, to web design and implementation. Therefore, this position requires teaching skills, and leadership and art direction skills, as you work with teens to complete various projects.
EXPERIENCE: Working with youth, preferably in an urban environment; experience creating lesson plans and designing of short and long-term projects; knowledge of higher education opportunities is helpful. Graphic design experience in an agency or boutique environment with some pre-press experience is desired. Must be flexible, able to multi-task, work under deadlines, empower teen participants to mentor others in art-skill development, and work with high-school aged youth to develop new products; possess strong interpersonal communication skills, able to work independently, accept supervision and work with other staff.
SPECIAL: Some background in general business skills including marketing, job tracking, estimating, invoicing, inventory management, and supply ordering, product development, and marketing.
ABOUT RIVERZEDGE ARTS: RiverzEdge provides high-school youth in the Woonsocket-area (20 minutes north of Providence) with keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. The year-round employment experience engages youth in a lifestyle of disciplined effort, creative self-expression, and economic self-reliance. RiverzEdge is built on the philosophy that art is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship through the arts is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people.
THE NEED: Woonsocket youth live in a community which offers few opportunities to its high school youth. The city has a 30% high school dropout rate, the highest rate of school disciplinary actions in the state, the second highest rate of teen pregnancy, and the highest rate of child abuse and neglect. With 31% of the children living in poverty and 46% living in single-parent families, RiverzEdge Arts Project is providing services to help meet the needs of it’s underserved youth.
HOW TO APPLY: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail resume and cover letter to 196 Second Ave., Woonsocket, RI 02895
Riverzedge Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recognizes the importance of diversity within its workforce and recruitment. Riverzedge makes all decisions which affect terms of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political belief or affiliation, religious belief, sexual orientation, military status, disability or any other protected characteristic.