Young Chicago Authors Teaching Artist Corps Member

Young Chicago Authors

Position: Teaching Artist Corps Member


Young Chicago Authors (YCA) is hiring a Teaching Artist Corps Member.  This is a contract position with a unique mid-size non-profit youth arts organization.  


Organization Summary

Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable. YCA does this work through a variety of arts education programs in and out of schools, which expose young people to Hip-hop realist portraiture and show them how to create their own authentic narratives. The capstone of YCA’s programming each year is the Louder Than A Bomb Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, which has 1,000 participants and more than 6,000 audience members.


Teaching Artist Corps Member Role Summary:

Young Chicago Authors mission is to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education. YCA Teaching Artist Corps Members carry out the organization’s mission by delivering public programs and promoting a culture of safety in YCA spaces. YCA believes that artistic craft and teaching artistry go hand-in-hand, therefore Corps members engage in artistic and professional development over the course of the year.




Teaching Artist Corps is a part-time position requiring an average of 10 hours a week between September 1st 2018– August 31, 2019. Over the course of this period Teaching Artists deliver assigned programs implementing YCA curriculum and pedagogy. (Note: Weekly hours will fluctuate throughout the year, increasing during LTAB in February-March and decreasing during the summer months, with an average of 10 hours per week)


  • In-School Residencies

    • Teaching in three long-term high school residencies (spending one day a week in each school) from Oct 2018 – May 2019; includes in-classroom, after-school, and out-of-school delivery.

    • Identifying and mentoring a group of youth over the course of a calendar year; includes organizing students to participate in public programs of their choosing.

    • Implementing program evaluations: maintaining a log of teacher observation/comments, management of attendance sheets, distribution/collection of information cards, and implementation/reporting of a pre and post assessments.


  • Louder Than A Bomb

    • Serving as Bout Staff for the festival during February-March 2019: hosting bouts, bout managing, assisting in organizing and staffing special events.

    • Attending at LTAB Production Meetings as needed during the festival.


  • Wordplay Open Mic

    • Serving as the Artist-in-Residence at WordPlay during 1-2 months during the calendar year: hosting the open mic, booking featured performers, and teaching writing workshops.


  • Artistic Development

    • Participating in weekly 3- hour Cohort writing/critique sessions and regular craft seminars.

    • Participating in an overnight Teaching Artist Cohort retreat

    • Working throughout the year to produce a portfolio or body of work (i.e. book manuscript, mixtape, poetic short film, etc.) and presenting an excerpt of their work at the TAC culminating event.


  • Professional Development

    • Participating in beginning of the year Orientation and Training sessions

    • Participating in group Professional Development Trainings during the year.

    • Participating in mid-year and end of the year review sessions focused on individual professional development.



  • Young Chicago Authors is located at 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. Easily accessible from the CTA Blue Line at Division, #70 Division, and #9 Ashland bus lines

  • Teaching Artist Corps Members will need to travel to LTAB locations and In-School Residencies throughout the city of Chicago. Wordplay, Cohort Meetings, and Professional Development will usually take place at the Young Chicago Authors space.


Stipend & Benefits:

  • A 12 month contract for a total of 500 hours

  • Total stipend of $18,000 paid on a bi monthly pay cycle

  • Opportunities for paid fee-for-service gigs throughout the year.

  • Artistic mentorship through writing sessions and on-going critical feedback of work produced.

  • Access to event, work, and rehearsal space. Teaching Artists are encouraged to utilize YCA’s space to curate their own artistic events in partnership with YCA’s artistic team.


Hiring Timeline:

  • We will be accepting applications until June 30th.

  • Selected Applicants will be invited to interview and participate in a teaching demonstration with YCA students in early-July.

  • Applicants should be prepared to participate in orientation and training August 28th-August 31st 2018 and start by September 1st 2018.

Skills & Qualifications: 


The ideal Teaching Artist Corps Member is passionate about poetry, spoken word, social justice, and education in the city of Chicago.  The ideal candidate has a defined poetic expression and is committed to further developing their artistic craft on a professional level.  Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and have a passion for teaching poetry and spoken word in a variety of educational setting to middle school and/or high school students. Experience teaching in a classroom setting is preferred.  Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

To Apply: 
How to Apply: 
To apply for this position, please submit a resume and letter of interest detailing specific supports for your candidacy to:
Mariah Neuroth
Director of Programming and Production
Please include “Teaching Artist Corps Application” in the email subject line.
Deadline for applications:  June 30, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Mariah L Neuroth