Instructor- The Moth Education and Community Programs (Consultant)

The Moth | New York, New York

Job Summary

What we're looking for:

We are looking for engaging and empathetic facilitators with a passion for storytelling. Our instructors are able to prioritize participant agency as they create a thoughtful, fun and supportive space for young people and adults to engage in the often vulnerable work of true, personal storytelling. 



  • This is a freelance contractor position with an expected workload of 1-2 EDU residencies per semester and 3-4 COMM workshops per year (see info below on the range of time commitment for those workshops).
  • In the Education program, we primarily facilitate HS residencies and PD workshops for educators.
    • High school students join us for an after-school residency program for 2 hours, once a week, for 8-10 weeks culminating in a story SLAM at their school.  Teaching artists must be able to commit to at least one residency per semester (about 16 teaching hours plus paid planning time). 
    • We hold 1-2 Teacher Institutes per year for K-12 educators plus occasional one-off workshops for colleges and other educational organizations.
  • In the Community program, adult participants (ranging from young adults to senior citizens) affiliated with a partnering non-profit organization join us for 3-hour Intro workshops, 6-hour Alumni workshops, or 15-hour Intensives. Teaching artists should be able to commit to at least 3-4 workshops per year (anywhere from 6 to 60 contact hours). 
  • Instructors are also invited to participate in regular PD and training opportunities throughout the year

Our Onboarding Process:

  • Newly hired instructors will attend a series of paid training sessions as well as observing workshops in both  Community and Education spaces before being placed as a co-instructor (paired with a more experienced lead instructor) in Moth workshop spaces.
  • There will be 3 training sessions (3 hours each)
  • The paid observation period will include 2-3 EDU workshops (2 hours each), 1-2 EDU SLAMs (~2 hrs), 1 COMM Intensive (15 hrs) and 1 COMM Intro or Alumni Workshop (3-6 hrs).

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate Moth-designed curriculum
  • Reflect critically with co-instructors and supervisors on teaching practice
  • Communicate regularly with partners, participants and program managers
  • Attend paid instructor trainings and adhere to safety protocols


  • Instructors must currently live in the immediate NYC area. 
  • At least 2 years prior experience leading groups as a teacher, teaching artist, facilitator, social worker, or comparable leadership position.
  • Previous storytelling (facilitation or performance) experience preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity and the ability to connect with diverse groups of people.
  • Proficiency in language(s) other than English a plus (but not required).

How to Apply

The application for this position can be found here. The deadline to submit is December 31, 2019

The Moth


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations