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Animation/Life Skills Instructor – Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (23-week full-time contract, finishes March 31, 2014)
Compensation: $26/hour
Start Date: October 28, 2013
Application Deadline: October 22, 2013
** Please note this position is contingent upon confirmation of funding **

About the Project:
First run in 2007, the Aboriginal Youth Animation Project (AYAP) is a project for community action that seeks to empower Aboriginal youth through the medium of animation. The project welcomes all Aboriginal youth, including street-involved youth and those facing barriers to education and employment. A partnership between the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), AYAP equips youth with fundamental life, teamwork, creative thinking and personal management skills while fostering an environment supportive of traditional Aboriginal values, cultures, languages and identity.

The Position:
Reporting to the Project Manager of the Aboriginal Youth Animation Project, the Animation Instructor will provide professional, expert and courteous educational support and instruction to a class of youth facing barriers to employment. The Animation Instructor is able to manage a production-focused classroom, to identify and support the learning styles suitable to each participant and to encourage the creation of unique and independent animation. The Instructor will have hands-on knowledge of digital editing production and animation software, including: Toon Boom and Final Cut Pro. Highly organized, energetic and a positive self-starter who thrives in an evolving and fast-paced environment, the Animation Instructor is also sensitive to the needs of youth, and competent in dealing with complex social situations.

Responsibilities:
• Develop and deliver a curriculum centered on animation
• Present lectures, develop and prepare course materials and projects
• Evaluate assignments, providing verbal and written feedback
• Assist in the development of timelines, enforcement of deadlines
• Inform students of the procedures for completing class work
• Assist the Project Manager in monitoring attendance and encouraging professional behavior
• Manage the production process, including: shooting, editing and completion of the final DVD and project documentary

Qualifications:
• Experience working with Aboriginal youth; knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
• Demonstrated creative accomplishment
• Demonstrated good judgment and initiative, with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Highly organized team player with a flexible approach and works well under pressure
• Ability to present a professional and positive image and maintain discretion and confidentiality
• Ability to relate to multi-barriered youth

Please send resume, three references, and cover letter to info@quickdrawanimation.ca with AYAP Animation Instructor in the subject line.

Quickdraw is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. As this is an Aboriginal program, Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and may be preferred. We thank you for your interest, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 



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