Youth Speaks Poet-Mentor Fellow

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Youth Speaks Poet-Mentor Fellow REPORTS TO: Bay Area Program Director and Associate Director of Bay Area Programs Youth Speaks is hiring our inaugural pool of Poet-Mentor Fellows, a two-year teaching artist position in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Youth Speaks Poet-Mentor Fellowship includes an annual stipend of $36,000, health care, and significant training and support. Youth Speaks Poet-Mentors Fellows work 4 days per week as Teaching Artists in and out of school. Fellows will be trained to be fluent in Youth Speaks’ mission, pedagogy, and philosophical frameworks, and be integrated into all Youth Speaks programs serving young people in the Bay Area. Poet-Mentors facilitate writing and performance workshops, serve as mentors to youth, integrate Bay Area youth into national Youth Speaks initiatives, and work to continue to develop the tenets of the Youth Speaks pedagogy and practice. These individuals operate at the highest standard, and represent Youth Speaks publicly with multiple constituents. They are fully integrated into the Youth Speaks staff framework, including working with three full-time Teaching Artists. Poet-Mentor Fellows must demonstrate a proven commitment to excellence in both their teaching and their craft as writers and performers. They are professional and timely in their interactions with our staff and partners and support evaluations and assessments of programs. As staff members, Fellows attend all staff meetings, participate in fundraising and organizational development activities, and serve as models to Youth Speaks Apprentices (emerging arts educators) and Spokes Members (youth advisory board). After the end of their Fellowship, Poet-Mentors will receive a formal Youth Speaks accreditation, which they can take with them throughout their career. Poet-Mentor Fellows will report directly to the Associate Director of Bay Area Programs and the Bay Area Program Director. ABOUT YOUTH SPEAKS  Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is a multi-faceted organization that understands and believes that the power, insight, creativity, and passion of young people can change the world. In addition to a wide variety of arts education, youth development, and civic engagement programs that serve thousands each year in the Bay Area, we are the founders and creative forces behind The Living Word Project - a repertory theater company that commissions, produces and tours internationally-recognized new work in new aesthetics - and Brave New Voices, an annual event and a national network of young poets and youth development organizations centered around the principle that the voices of young people matter. Additional Information  The Youth Speaks Poet-Mentor Fellowship will provide a few talented individuals the chance to work closely with a strong diverse staff in the field of arts education, youth development, civic engagement and artistic presentation. Each Fellow will be responsible, in concert with the Bay Area Program team, for the successful planning, execution, oversight, and review of local programs. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of three years of mentoring and facilitating experience in the field of spoken word and/or poetry and writing, be an expert in arts education and the performing arts, and understand the principles and frameworks of positive youth development. The ideal candidate will be effective on a strategic as well as operational level, have strong communication skills, and an ability to prioritize demanding responsibilities in a fast- paced, creative environment. Experience in arts, youth development, and civic engagement organizations preferred. Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices alumni are especially encouraged to apply. TO APPLY – NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Applications open July 1 Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter detailing your interest and experience to aespiritu@youthspeaks.org with the subject line “Poet-Mentor Fellow.” An exceptional cover letter will outline the specific reason you want to join Youth Speaks as an inaugural Poet-Mentor Fellow. Youth Speaks is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.