Teaching Artists for Youth Summer Camps

Job Description:
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is seeking a Summer Camp Teaching Artists to instruct our half-day and full-day summer camps throughout July and August 2018. PPAC offers 2 different summer camp structures for ages 9-12 and 13-17.

On-location Digital Beginnings explores the fun of digital photography. Students photograph at different locations and experience a wide range of environmental challenges. They learn compositional and camera techniques through in-class demonstrations and on-location shooting projects. Students meet at each location, transportation is not provided by PPAC. Teaching artists are expected to arrive on time to each location.

Our Full Day Summer Camps are meant to introduce the many worlds of photography to a young student. Taking place at PPAC’s classroom, gallery and around our neighborhood, the curriculums combine art history, visual literacy, and technology. Students will have an in-depth exploration of PPAC’s upcoming exhibition, “Welcome to Camp America” by Debi Cornwall. We encourage students to take part in an open dialogue to discover the possibilities of visual image creation, meaning, and interpretation. In addition to learning the basics of digital photography, the students hone their communication and collaboration skills. They have the opportunity to develop their own creative and critical voice, acquiring the tools to express themselves and their unique perspective. Through structured class time, the students will learn digital camera techniques, but will also have the opportunity to define their own perspectives and experiences. Other activities will include discussion and reflection on what images show, what the students think or feel about them, and how this connects to both the history of the present moment and how it is changing.

This employment opportunity is a temporary, part-time contract position.

● Develop personalized curriculum for one-week summer camps with Youth Education
Assistant and Education Director.
● Instruct summer camps with the idea of the camp theme in mind.
● Prepare course materials. Purchase art and photography supplies and other materials as necessary for class.
● Maintain comprehensive records, including class attendance and camera loans.
● Provide continuity with program participants throughout the creative process, overseeing
the students’ work from concept to printing.
● Maintain class attendance and stay on top of the curriculum.

● BS/BA/BFA in Photography or Video/Media or related studies
● Technical knowledge of digital photography and camera functions.
● Personal artistic practice (in photography) preferred.
● Knowledge of large format digital printing.
● Experience with bookmaking using Blurb and other handmade binding techniques, and
● Experience working in educational environments, with teaching and managing a
classroom preferred. Ability to organize, instruct and motivate individuals and groups. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with participants, associates and the general public.
● Strong knowledge of iMacs and Adobe Suite (especially Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, and InDesign).
● Desire to work with youth.
● Must be culturally competent.
● Good organizational and project management skills. Detail oriented. Ability to
troubleshoot and solve problems.
● Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
● Ability to work independently. Willingness to work collaboratively and in partnership with program managers, teaching assistants and artists. Flexibility and adaptability.

All youth instructors will also need to submit a Background Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. There is a $13 processing fee for the clearance. PPAC will reimburse the applicant for these charges.

Rate: $30/ hour
The Summer Camp Instructor will work an estimated 20-37 hours per week from
July 9 – July 13, July 23 – 27, and August 13 – 17.

To Apply:
Please provide cover letter, resume, and sample curriculum or lesson to Josh Brilliant at josh@philaphotoarts.org and Michelle Wallace at michelle@philaphotoarts.org by Wednesday, June 13th.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive work
environment, and is an equal opportunity employer who seeks qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or veteran status.

Internship Opportunities

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center seeks highly motivated individuals who will benefit from the experience earned while participating in our internship program. We are particularly interested in applicants who have the potential to assist in the growth of the individual department as well as the larger organization. Applicants should be technically skilled and have a strong interest in photography, the visual arts, the Philadelphia community, or arts administration.

As a PPAC intern, you will have the opportunity to take PPAC classes, use PPAC’s digital equipment, and get a feel for the operations an artcesses of an arts nonprofit.

Please submit a current resume and cover letter detailing your background, applicable skills, reasons for applying, and the contact information of three references. In your cover letter please indicate the following:

  • which internship you are applying for
  • which time period you are applying for (either a six-month period or a twelve-month period)
  • your schedule availability

Internship Commitment

Accepted applicants are expected to commit one day a week, for either a six or twelve-month period.  Preferred hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-6pm, or Friday 11am-5pm.  College credit is available for those who request it. Applicants are required to currently be living in or have plans to relocate to Philadelphia area.

Email applications to grace@philaphotoarts.org or mail them to:
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Grace Miller
1400 N American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please note that only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Graphic Design + Social Media Intern

This part-time opportunity assists with graphic design and social media strategy. The intern will assist with the coordination and integration of all PPAC social media efforts and presence. This is an opportunity to apply your education to a professional setting, while gaining valuable experience and skills

The ideal candidate is looking to practice and explore their design capabilities, build their portfolio, and leave with statistical data that shares how their contribution increased PPAC’s social media presence. Preference will be given to those with a background in contemporary art or design – either through education or work experience and communications experience within nonprofit or for-profit sectors.


  • Desire to learn and grow in creating and curating content for social media and web (including Facebook and Instagram)
  • Undergraduate degree in graphic design, design, marketing, visual art or related experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills; ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills
  • Design within the parameters of PPAC’s established visual identity
  • Mastery of Google Sheets and Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge
  • Familiarity with social media content management platforms such Planoly or Hootsuite
  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to build narratives through social media
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to successfully engage colleagues across the organization


  • Assist with concepts and follow-through development of design, production and completion of visual design projects as assigned
  • Assist with PPAC’s Instagram and Facebook to effectively promote PPAC’s exhibitions, residencies, and programs in order to drive audience growth, cultivate visitor loyalty, and enhance the institution’s local and national reputation
  • Note editorial errors on website and communicate with staff
  • Liaise with PPAC’s departments to develop communication strategies and recommend appropriate platforms to support their programs and initiatives
  • Set and evaluate goals related to account growth and audience engagement
  • Stay up-to-date with latest art and design trends
  • Welcome visitors to the gallery and stay informed on current exhibition, programs, and events at PPAC
  • Other organization-wide duties as assigned by PPAC staff


  • Increase the number of followers on Facebook and Instagram
  • Develop a social media plan-of-action, including establishing hashtags across all departments and programs
  • Develop a portfolio of design content used for social media and web
Arts Administration Intern

The Arts Administration Intern will assist the CEO and Comptroller. Responsibilities include: conducting donor and foundation research; database input and management; assist in the planning and execution of members and donor events; handle phone calls and customer service while working the front desk.

Interest in arts administration; technically proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel with some experience with Adobe Photoshop; strong verbal and written skills; ability to multitask; and highly organized.