TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

JOB TITLE: Teaching Assistant (Photography)

HOURLY CONTRACT: 2-4 hours per week (Class meetings dependant on School Calendar)

REPORTS TO:  Lead Teaching Artist

Duration: 8 weeks 

SALARY: $17/hr-$25/hr

BENEFITS: 1 Year Free Membership at TILT


Tilt Institute for the Contemporary Image is accepting applications  for a Teaching Assistant for our Photo in Schools Program. Photo in Schools is a free, grant funded program that offers photography classes to students in grades 5-8. The curriculum focuses on visual literacy and articulation; color, shape, and pattern study; and identity and representation.

Through the program  students will acquire the tools to navigate, produce, and understand a wide array of imagery.

It is expected that the curriculum is aligned with TILT’s values and contains contemporary artworks, subjects, themes, and artists that are representative of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Our goal is to “decolonize the lens” by being intentional about whose stories we tell and the work we show. Expanding representation and introducing different experiences and practices will help inform the next generation of artists as they continue to move the discipline forward.



– Working knowledge of DSLR cameras (Nikon, Canon, etc).

– Working knowledge of Adobe editing software.

– Exceptional written and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.

– State and Federal Criminal Background Clearances.*

– Align with TILT’s Community Agreement


*TILT will reimburse you for the cost of the background checks.

Applicants MUST submit to all background / criminal history checks. 


– Engage in lessons and promote classroom participation.

– Foster creativity and confidence in students as young artists.

– Communicate and collaborate with the Lead Instructor.

– Organize student photos.

– Assist lead instructor with lessons, classroom set up, and clean up.

– Advise and mentor students through constructive feedback.


TILT, Institute for the Contemporary Image (formerly known as Philadelphia Photo Arts Center) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. At TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, we believe our mission is to build and support a just and equitable community of dedicated contemporary visual creatives centered on the importance of image making as an ever-evolving art form. TILT does so by providing educational programming, residencies, events, exhibitions, and public programs that celebrate our collaborators and community.  


TILT Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, national origin, marital status, race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or nature of disability.


To Apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to dmorris@tiltinstitute.org, with the subject line “Photo In Schools Teaching Assistant”.