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Title: Classroom Outreach Instructor

Reports to: Education Program Manager, Classroom Programming Coordinator

Summary: Responsible for the planning and execution of educational programming and outreach[MS1]  at schools, libraries, community centers, and events around the Denver metro area, including at FAN EXPO Denver.

Compensation and benefits: $30 per hour plus travel

Hourly Expectation: 5-10 hours per month (varies depending on availability and time of year)

Description: Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) is a Denver-based education nonprofit with a mission to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. PCC accomplishes this by creating free resources and providing professional development for educators, as well as enacting pop culture-based, educational programs for youth and families at schools, libraries, community centers, and events.

We are currently adding members to our team of qualified art, media, and literacy instructors to continue building on our mission. Our ideal candidate is someone with a background in creating pop culture (comics, gaming, art, film, podcasts, streaming video, etc.) and who is excited to join a vibrant and diverse educational community, work with various populations (including those that are underserved and at-risk), and build one-of-a-kind learning experiences for students of all ages.

Not benefits eligible. Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@popcultureclassroom.org.
No phone calls, please.

Applications Due: September  25th, 2022
Start Date: October 12th, 2022

  • All applicants must pass background check before moving forward with the application process.
  • All applications will be required to receive CPR/First Aid training upon hire.

Pop Culture Classroom is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with Education Program Manager and Classroom Programming Coordinator to successfully plan and execute outreach workshops.
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors and PCC staff to develop lesson plans, coordinate supplies, and set clear learning goals for students.
  • Communicate with site coordinators and PCC staff to coordinate workshop logistics and address needs/concerns as they arise.
  • Manage learning spaces to create positive, healthy, and safe learning environments for all regardless of age, background, race, ability, etc.
  • Learn and instruct PCC’s comic book-creation curriculum, Storytelling Through Comics.
  • Learn and instruct PCC’s tabletop game design curriculum, Game On!
  • Be familiar with PCC evaluation and assessment tools, striving for proficiency in all areas
  • Keep and submit logs for hourly payment and mileage reimbursement.
  • Arrive to workshops early, well-prepared, and familiar with the day’s lesson.
  • Hold students accountable to high behavioral and academic expectations.
  • Be willing to receive feedback and attend professional development as needed.
  • Be flexible for all classrooms and age levels as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Perks: In addition to the responsibilities above, instructors with Pop Culture Classroom may receive various perks associated with their position. These may include:

  • Opportunities to develop teaching practice through professional development
  • Immersion in nerd culture through staff gatherings, FAN EXPO Denver, etc.
  • Opportunities to develop portfolios and create media for PCC, such as downloadable curriculum and issues of Colorful History comics
  • Flexibility of schedule

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to creatively solve problems on the spot
  • Compassionate and clear communication skills
  • Excellent, detail-oriented planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills, and workshop teaching skills that support social and emotional development.
  • Ability to relate authentically to youth of all ages
  • Demonstrated leadership, reliability, stability, and responsibility
  • Ability to travel to and from workshops as needed
  • Comfortable carrying materials (up to 30 pounds) to and from workshops
  • Valid drivers license and reliable transportation
  • Flexibility in work hours
  • Experience with contemporary pop culture
  • Demonstrated skills in creating pop culture media (Digital or physical art, video games, board games, comics, podcasts, digital video, cosplay, coding, creative writing, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth and families

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Experience teaching in a classroom setting (K-12 preferred)
  • Experience with utilization of pop culture as an educational tool
  • Bilingual fluency (Spanish preferred)
  • Ability to work during the school day (8am – 3pm)