The North Avenue Knowledge Exchange is an educational platform supported by learning from and with communities along North Avenue by building and strengthening sustainable relationships with new and existing community-based grassroot education initiatives. Developed in partnership with Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Station North Arts & Entertainment District (SNAED), the Knowledge Exchange is a justice-oriented, community-based education program that seeks to collaborate and build with the existing beauty and knowledge within Penn-North, Station North, and Greenmount West. Guided by the principle that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn, the Knowledge Exchange aims to connect community members with access to city-wide and community-based resources by bringing together key neighborhood stakeholders to vision, build, and sustain this information-sharing network. The North Avenue Knowledge Exchange builds upon the Baltimore Free School, a project of Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, to combat the problem of equitable access to quality education. Knowledge Exchange participants will be connected to projects in along North Avenue that bridge their skills and knowledge with tangible benefits that can be activated across socioeconomic, cultural, and racial divides to improve community livability and growth.
Content Coordinators (CC’s) will be responsible for working with a diverse set of workshop facilitators to build a schedule of free public programming throughout the duration of the 2017 Knowledge Exchange programming cycle. CC’s will be responsible for organizing content around many different themes, inclusive of, but not limited to: visual art, creativity, social justice, environmental justice, medical care, food and nutrition, safety, skill-based/skill-sharing, advocacy, LGBTQIA rights, health and wellness, sexual health, harm reduction, etc.
Candidates for the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange Content Coordinator position should have some experience with planning and coordinating public programming, and experience working within diverse communities. A history of active involvement in Penn-North, Greenmount West, and the Station North district is a plus. This position involves a large amount of communication and logistics coordination. Content Coordinators will be the first line of support for all workshop leaders, so attention to detail and good organizational skills are a must.
This is a part-time 7-month position beginning June 2017-December 2017. The Content Coordinator will be an employee of Maryland Institute College of Art, but will work closely with members of Red Emma’s, SNAE, and other community partners.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Public Programming • Support the development and execution of the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange curriculum tracks • Review workshop applications • Determine scheduling for curriculum tracks • Assist in the development and/or selection of assessment, other evaluation methods, and project documentation • Attend monthly meetings with the Knowledge Exchange Content Committee • Act as a liaison for teachers and workshop leaders to communicate their needs to Knowledge Exchange team.
Community and Publicity • Assist in the organization of publicity campaigns for NAKE as required • Aid in the recruitment of program participants (from workshop leaders to volunteers)
Logistics • Maintain a working knowledge of liability and any possible restrictions with programming • Assist with applications for teachers, volunteers, and organizations participating in NAKE • Establish and maintain a record keeping system for curriculum block
Perform other related duties as assigned
Minimum qualifications: Candidates for the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange Content Coordinator position should have the following:
High School Diploma or equivalent
Experience planning and coordinating public programming
Experience working within diverse communities
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Excellent attention to detail
Valued, but not required: • A history of active involvement in Penn-North, Greenmount West, and the Station North district is a plus.
Conditions of Employment: Conditions: Satisfactory background check
Applicants Should Submit: • Brief statement outlining interest in the position and examples of recent relevant experience (no more than one page)
Topics to consider: • What experience do you have with public programming and organizing? • What interests you about community-based education models? What experiences have you have with this form of education? • What motivates your work/interest in public programming? • Most recent relevant projects • CV or Resume (required) • Personal or Professional Reference (required)
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.