The Processing Foundation is hiring a part-time Education Community Director!

Students and teachers working together at Creative Coding Fest at UCLA, led by Saber Khan. [Image description: People gathered in chairs in a large room, looking at laptops and phones as they work together.]

The Processing Foundation’s mission is to promote software literacy within the visual arts, and visual literacy within technology-related fields — and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities. The Education Community Director will lead the development of the Foundation’s educational outreach, which includes but is not limited to: expanding the existing community of educators; guiding the focus of major events such as Processing Community Day 2020; managing the Foundation’s online pedagogic resources, tools, and curriculum; and assisting with ongoing education-centered events and initiatives.

A key component is creating a network of “Node Cities” that expand on these goals within their own local communities. K12 education is emphasized, as well as alternative education models such as informal learning, self-teaching, and workshop-style public programming. Currently, we have educational initiatives with the Knight Foundation and the New York Department of Education.

The Director of Education Outreach will work closely with the Board of Directors, the Director of Advocacy, the Program Manager, and other collaborators. We are an organization that, rather than using a top-down model of command, values the work of the collective equally. For the role of Director of Education, we are looking for someone who is excited to develop a vision and plan of action to realize a new dimension of the Processing Foundation’s commitment to education. We want someone who will lead the project with imagination, initiative, and independence, and we are committed to supporting the trajectory of this.

The Director of Education Outreach’s responsibilities will include:

Educational programming (50%)

  • Develop and lead educational initiatives and partnerships
  • Lead planning and logistics of major events and programming such as Processing Community Day and “Node Cities” network
  • Mentor Processing Foundation Teaching fellows
  • Oversee and continue developing Educational Institution Membership

General program management (25%)

  • Lead the administration for Google Summer of Code
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advocacy for editorial and writing tasks of documentation related to education initiatives
  • Assist in developing and managing the Processing Foundation website

Education Portal (25%)

  • Lead the development of an education portal for the Processing Foundation website
  • Draft and finalize educational resource materials for portal and Github
  • Oversight of education portal

The ideal candidate has strong management and communication skills, and a commitment to promoting diversity and access in arts and technology fields. This is a half-time salaried position for an average of 20 hours per week; salary is based on experience. The position does not include benefits. It is a one-year contract position with the possibility to extend. Our team has members based in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Berlin, and we work together online, and in person when we can. The Director of Education will work primarily remotely, and can be based anywhere.

The Processing Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. Candidates from groups generally underrepresented in the arts or tech fields are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume including contact information for two references to foundation@processing.org with subject: “Director of Education Outreach application” by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Signing Coders workshop taught by Taeyoon Choi at NYU Tandon. Image credit: Taeyoon Choi. [Image description: People of different ages participate in an exercise where they draw patterns of squares with markers on a glass surface between them]